Stan Wawrinka vs Oscar Otte ATP Prague Challenger tennis live streaming, preview and predictions
World no. 17 Stan Wawrinka continues his search for form at Challenger level as he takes on Oscar Otte for a place in the quarterfinals in Prague.
Wawrinka vs Otte is live from Prague on Wednesday 19 August, time TBC
Stan Wawrinka hasn’t played a Challenger tournament for a decade, not since winning Lugano in 2010, but the three-time Grand Slam champion has opted to play the I.CTLK Prague Open by Moneta on clay ahead of upcoming, bigger ATP Tour events and the French Open instead of travelling to the USA.
After an uneven three-set win in the first round over Roman Safiullin, Wawrinka will look to impose his will on second-round opponent Oscar Otte, a 27-year-old German ranked world no. 217.
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Wawrinka vs Otte: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between Stan Wawrinka and Oscar Otte.
Wawrinka vs Otte: Preview
Arguably the most high-profile player apart from Rafael Nadal to have opted to sit out the upcoming two-tournament US swing, including the US Open where he is a former champion, Wawrinka is clearly targeting the European clay-court season as his decision to drop down to Challenger level for the first time in a decade indicates.
The world no. 17 last played in Acapulco on hard courts in February, losing in the quarterfinals to Grigor Dimitrov, and with finals reached in Antwerp and Rotterdam in 2019 and Grand Slam quarterfinals made at the French Open, US Open and Australian Open over the past 15 months, looked pre-shutdown as close to his major-title-winning old self than he has since multiple knee surgeries in 2017.
How close that is to the kind of form which might win him another major title is another question. But the time off court certainly won’t have done the 35-year-old any harm physically or mentally, and playing in Prague is a good way to recover match fitness. Up against world no. 189 Roman Safiullin in the first round, Wawrinka was stretched to three sets, but it’s notable that he won the first and third sets in dominant fashion, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. He was actually up an early break in the second set, only to narrowly lose it after losing control of the match midway through the set when Safiullin fended off multiple break points in a lengthy game – all very understandable after such a long period off court.
Oscar Otte, who has been playing multiple matches for German exhibition leagues during the shutdown (and winning 18 of the 22, for whatever that’s worth), has yet to drop a set in Prague in wins over Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-0 and 13th seed Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 6-3. Couple it with his exhibition results and that’s some good form for the 27-year-old journeyman, who was 1-4 in 2020 before the shutdown, has never ranked above world no. 129 and is currently world no. 216.
Otte has a 3-12 record against top-10 players, with his best win by rankings coming over then world no. 92 Jaziri (obviously a good match-up for Otte) in the first round of the French Open when both were lucky losers. It would really strain credulity to see him beating Wawrinka, and the Swiss player
Wawrinka vs Otte: Prediction
Over 22.5 games @ 11/10 with Unibet
*Odds correct at 17.44 BST on 18/8/2020
Stan Wawrinka will lead the draw for the upcoming back-to-back Challenger 125s in Prague as ATP Challenger Tour tennis returns.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka will be the star attraction as the ATP Challenger Tour resumes its lengthy hiatus.
The second-highest tier of elite men’s tennis, the ATP Challenger Tour has been suspended – alongside the ATP Tour proper, the WTA and the ITF – since mid-March, due to the global health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WTA tournaments resumed on 3 August and ATP Tour tennis is due to return on 22 August, but the ATP Challenger Tour will restart on 15 August in the Czech Republic and Italy. With the aim of keeping international travel to a minimum, there will be a four-week swing of tournaments in the Czech Republic and another in Italy.
And the return of Challenger Tour tennis received a boost with the news that world no. 17 Wawrinka has signed up to lead the field at back-to-back Challenger events in Prague.
Wawrinka will be playing a Challenger for the first time since winning Lugano in 2010 when he leads the field at the I.CLTK Prague Open by Moneta from 15-22 August, followed by the RPM Open by Moneta from 22-30 August.
The Swiss star is one of the high-profile players to have opted not to travel to the USA for the upcoming two-tournament bubble to be played behind closed doors in New York, with the relocated Western & Southern Open (22-28 August) followed by the US Open (31 August-13 September).
‘It’s a privilege to be back on court doing what we love. I’m looking forward to returning to beautiful Prague after many years.
‘I’ve been working hard and practising well during the last few weeks. Now I can’t wait to be back in competition and to play matches again.’
Other top-100 players set to play the Prague Challengers include Czech hope Jiri Vesely, German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber and France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Wawrinka will be playing for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals of Acapulco in February, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov, and hoping to find his game ahead of the upcoming Rome Masters and the French Open – both played, like the Prague Challengers, on red clay.
Tournament director and I. Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub manager Vladislav Savrda said it was ‘a real honour’ to have Wawrinka joining the field.
He added: ‘I am confident that the first ATP Challenger after six months will run very smoothly.’
Savrda can draw confidence from what has been a smooth resumption of competition on the WTA Tour, despite unfamiliar health and safety protocols and limited or absent crowds. One player tested positive for COVID-19 before last week’s Palermo Ladies Open began and was withdrawn, but otherwise the International tournament proceeded calmly, with France’s Fiona Ferro claiming the title. To date there have been no positive tests reported at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, where Serena Williams is leading the field, or at the Prague Open at the TK Sparta Praha which features world no. 2 Simona Halep as the top seed.