New York is taking centre stage as it hosts one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of tennis. New York is the final stop and the last grand slam of the year and every player will be looking to climb up the world rankings with a solid performance in the big apple. The first day will see 128 men and 128 women compete for a spot in the next round and the first day of tennis will see a stellar line-up of talent; some familiar with the thrill of victory here and others hoping to experience it for the first time. We’ll take a closer look at the bets available to discover the best betting options when betting on the US Open.
Betting on the US Open - Men
Djokovic returns to New York on the heels of an inconsistent summer, in which he won the hard-court Toronto event but lost in the third round of the all-white London tennis tournament and the first round in Rio de Janeiro. The world number one faces Janowicz Jerzy, a semi-finalist in the London 2013 tennis tournament who has been ranked as high as No. 14 in the world and boasts of one of the biggest serves in the game, using all of his 6-foot-8 frame to launch his lethal deliveries. If Novak can protect himself against the monstrous serve, he’ll stay confident throughout the game. Djokovis is the clear favourite with odds currently at 1/100 to win the match, but a £10 bet on Jerzy will potentially return £240. Not a bad bet considering Novak’s inconsistency this summer.
Nadal, who won two grand slams at this event in 2010 and 2013 travelled to New York having played just two post-Rio matches, losing in the third round in Cincinnati. Nadal’s first clash is against a familiar opponent, Denis Istomin, who’s never outclassed the Spaniard in their four encounters. The 29-year-old Uzbek best finish here in New York was when reached the fourth round in 2013 and odds for him winning against Nadal are currently at 19/2. Nadal is the clear favourite in his opening clash, with odds at 1/17 as they stand.
Betting on the US Open – Women
Kerber has been in terrific form this year, winning her first career Slam singles title by knocking off Women’s world number one Serena Williams in Australia and then finishing second to Williams at the all-white tennis tournament in London. The world number two secured a silver medal at in Rio de Janeiro and reached the final in Cincinnati two weeks ago. If Kerber had won the tournament in Cincinnati, she would have surpassed Serena to earn the world number one status in women’s tennis, but came up short, losing 6-3, 6-1 to Karolina Pliskova. Kerber will face Polona in her first match in New York and is the favourite to win with odds currently at 1/15.
Another tennis star who should be watched closely in New York is Madison Keys who has one of the most powerful serves in the women’s division. This season, she developed a more complete and well-rounded attack, making her a more consistent threat. To put things into perspective, the world number 9, is the youngest member of the women’s Top 10 and the first American woman to get her name in that elite group since Serena Williams first made it in 1999. This season, she’s reached the fourth round of the year’s first three Slams and she’s confident she can match or improve on this in New York. Her first clash is against fellow countrywoman Alison Riske, a veteran talent whose fourth-round finish here in 2013 makes her best career finish at a major tournament. Madison is the clear favourite, with odds at 1/6 for Keys to win the match.