A Guide To The US Open.
In this article, Peter Watton from matched betting company OddsMonkey, explains everything you need to know about the US Open and shares some great betting tips.
With Wimbledon now over, the next major tennis tournament to turn to is the US Open. The end of Wimbledon marks the beginning of the hard court season for many of the top pros, who will begin practicing on the new surface ahead of the final major tournament of the year.
This year’s US Open is set to be the biggest ever, with the largest prize pool in tennis history. In this article, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the US Open and share with you some fantastic bettering tips for the tournament.
When and where is the 2019 US Open?
The 2019 US Open is held in late August and early September every year, with this year’s tournament taking place between Monday 26th August and Sunday 8th September. The tournament has been held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York City since 1978, but traces its origins back to the 1881 National Championship, which was held in Newport, Rhode Island. Each match of the US Open is played on acrylic hard courts, with five main competing categories: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
Who won the 2018 US Open?
The current men’s singles champion is world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who currently also holds the Wimbledon and Australian Open titles, after he beat Juan Martin del Potro 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–3 in the final.
The women’s singles competition saw a huge upset in 2018 when Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6–2, 6–4 in the final. This matchup received global attention when Williams was penalised for three code violations, leading fans of Williams to boo Osaka. Despite this, the 20-year-old won her first grand slam title, the first Japanese player to do so.
Who to watch in the men’s singles?
There’s no question that current world No.1 Novak Djokovic is the man to beat at the US Open. Since the French Open last year, the Serbian has been on blistering form, winning four of the last five majors, including last year’s US Open. The other two major contenders, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, have a lot of work to do to unseat the Serb.
Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets back in January, which was also on hardcourt at the Australian Open. While the Spaniard has been the king of clay for the better part of 15 years, he has never been the dominant force on other courts. Likewise, Federer hasn’t fared well in the US Open in recent years, only reaching the final twice since 2009.
As for Britain’s hope, Andy Murray is slowly recovering following hip surgery. He played both men’s and mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year, getting eliminated in the second and third round respectively. Whether Murray will be fit enough to play singles at the US Open is uknown, but there have been reports that he is busy training on hard court. Of course, even if he does play, it would be hard to see him beat the top three.
Who to watch in the women’s singles?
Despite losing in straight sets to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final, Serena Williams is the favourite to win the US Open. Halep herself is only third favourite to win, with last year’s winner Naomi Osaka the second favourite. As is generally the case, the women’s game is much more open to shock results, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few of the top seeds knocked out early on.
At this year’s Wimbledon, for example, defending champion Angelique Kerber lost in the second round. Similarly, world No.1 Ashleigh Barty was knocked out in the fourth round. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Cori Gauff surprised everyone by beating Venus Williams.
When she won the competition last year, Naomi Osaka was seeded in 20th, which shows just how wide the players in with a shot can be. Simona Halep, who was the world No.1 at the time, lost in the first round — the first time that has ever happened in women’s singles at the US Open.
How to pick a winner
Of course, no one knows for sure who will win. But there are some tips you can follow to help you make smarter bets, and therefore boost your chances of winning.
- Check the odds: Bookmakers are clever, and odds will always reflect the chances that a player has of winning. This is a great way to give you a quick overview of who has a chance, and this can be used to inform your research.
- Look at form: When betting on a particular matchup, look at each players’ current form. Are they stuck in a rut or do they have something to prove? The mental aspect of tennis is hugely important, especially in knock out tournaments, and low morale can have a big impact.
- Look at their hard-court history: Some players are better on certain courts, so look at their hard court history. The US Open and Australian Open are the hard court majors, but there are also other tournaments throughout the season, such as the Atlanta and Canadian Open, as well as the Cincinnati Masters.
- Keep up to date: The US open is a two-week tournament, and a lot can happen in that time. Keep an eye on how players are performing, whether they show signs of being unfit, or if they’ve pick up a niggling injury. Knowing this information could be the difference between a winner and a dud.
- See what the pros say: If you don’t have endless hours to analyse form data or keep up to date with every piece of information, listening to the experts can be a good strategy. Who do they think will win? They have in-depth knowledge of the sport, so use it.
When it comes to betting on tennis tournaments, there is a lot of fun to be had. Follow the advice above and boost your chances of winning those bets.
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