One hundred million. It sounds like a lot of cash, until you’re building your Fantasy Tennis team. Consider that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are valued at $25.01 and $20.78 million respectively and you’re soon back to counting your cash.
Much like the fashionista who effortlessly builds their new-season wardrobe around one big-spend “investment” piece and some chain store bargains, the trick to constructing the best Fantasy Tennis team could be the value-for-money players you add to a big-name star.
Eight players are required in each active team and the extra eight on your bench will help formulate a long-term plan.
To help you create a team that grows in value throughout the year, we’ve listed some quality options valued around the $10 million mark or below.
David Goffin ($10.2m)
Like a quiet achiever? Goffin is your man. Defeating Nadal and Federer in his runner-up performance at the prestigious ATP Finals and a winner of five consecutive singles matches in the Davis Cup final and recent Hopman Cup, there’s a sense of next-level as the solid Belgian builds on career-best form.
Caroline Garcia ($9.85m)
A back injury in Brisbane is a worrying asterisk but doesn’t fully detract from the credentials Garcia established by winning back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing late in 2017. Her AO quarter includes Garbine Mugurza and Angelique Kerber but as a player touted for her No.1 potential, the 24-year-old is capable of some big next steps.
Juan Martin del Potro ($9.68m)
He hasn’t played an AO since 2014 but del Potro is warming up superbly with an Auckland semifinal boosting his top-10 return. The absence of rankings points to defend in Melbourne creates a certain freedom and the 2009 US Open champ loves a hard court. Watch his fitness levels post-AO as you decide whether to trade or hold.