ATP Eastbourne presents a relatively open tournament, with many contenders to take the championship. Since it is held a week before Wimbledon, many of the top player do not participate, thus leaving the title up for grabs. Top seeds include Gael Monfils, Alex De Minaur, Lorenzo Sonego, Nikoloz Basilashvilli, Reilly Opelka and Alexander Bublik.
Monfils might have one or two matches in him, but it is unlikely he has the game to last 5 straight matches.
Alex De Minaur
Although 'The Demon' is a fighter, it seems unlikely he can get the title. The grass suits him better than the clay but is still not as good as the Aussie on hard court. He may make it to the QF, but it seems unlikely he can win against other opponents such as big servers, who could upset him.
Sonego bombed out of the ATP Queens last week to Viktor Troicki. Sonego has the game for a grass player, but just is not pulling the results he needs to. Thus it seems unlikely he can go from a 1st Round loser to a Champ in the flip of two weeks.
The big serving American has looked average on grass, losing to Aussie John Millman in a close three set match at Queens, but has the potential to go a long way.
Bublik has a similar story to Opelka, losing to Jack Draper in a tight second round matchup at Queens. His big serve should get him a lot of free points, but if his mentality is right, should go a long way here.
The world no 30 is looking good on grass so far, and should have the game to go to the SF, but a concern that has strung along him this year is his off-court allegations. This does not seem to affect him too much, as he has made the SF of Halle last week, but Basilashvilli has definitely surprised some people, and has 5 titles under his belt.