The 137th US Open gets under way in New York on Monday with no dominant player in either the men’s or women’s draw.
Injuries have ruled out the 2015 and 2016 men’s champions, while Serena Williams’ pregnancy keeps her out of the women’s event. Here’s your 2017 US Open tennis betting preview.
Resurgent Federer leads US open tennis betting
At the rate the men’s seeds are falling to injury, there could be practically no-one left by the time the ATP World Finals come around in November.
Top five players Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have already announced that they won’t play at this event, while Andy Murray and Roger Federer arrive in New York injured, with no-one quite sure how fit either will be.
All this means that the current world number one Rafael Nadal looks to be in pole position to take the title. While much of the focus this year has been on Federer’s resurgence, Nadal has reached more finals than anyone this year, winning four and finishing runner-up three times.
The Spaniard is a three-time finalist and two-time US Open winner and although it’s four years since we saw the best of him at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, he certainly has a strong chance this year.
Andy Murray’s bid for a third Wimbledon title was hampered by a hip injury and it will be interesting to see whether the Scot is fit enough for a run to the latter stages of this tournament. He will be seeded two at the tournament which will keep him away from the big guns until the second week, but it would be a surprise if he is totally pain-free and that is reflected in the odds of 15/2 that are available.
A win for Roger Federer would be the first time in a decade that the former world number one had won three Grand Slam events in the same season. That would be an absolutely remarkable achievement for the 36-year-old who has himself called the prospect of three major titles this year ‘a joke’.
Federer sat out the tournament in Cincinnati with a minor back injury sustained in defeat to Alexander Zverev in Canada but he is playing well and a 20th Grand Slam title is clearly not beyond him. He is an 11/8 chance.
With question marks surrounding the main challengers, could this be the season that a youngster breaks through? If the betting is to be believed, that man could be rising star Alexander Zverev. The young German has already beaten both Djokovic and Federer to win ATP titles this year and has risen to number seven in the world after an excellent year.
His aggressive baseline game should suit the hard courts in New York and he is certainly a lively outsider at 13/2.
Wimbledon champion the one to beat in US Open betting
With Serena Williams still absent from the tour, the women’s singles is once again a wide open event.
After her Wimbledon success and a good tournament win in Cincinnati, Garbine Muguruza is the favourite for this year’s title. The Spaniard demolished Simona Halep in the final of the Western & Southern Open for the loss of just one game and is certainly the form player over the last couple of months.
If she is going to go all the way in New York she is going to have to get over her poor record at the tournament. She has only ever won two US Open matches and so it will take a dramatic improvement for her to win the title at 9/2.
This will be Simona Halep’s 30th attempt to win a Grand Slam title and she may not have a better chance considering her current form. She has reached at least the quarter-final stage in ten consecutive tournaments although she once again narrowly failed to reach the top of the WTA rankings in defeat to Muguruza in Cincinnati.
The Romanian reached the semis in New York in 2015 and the quarter-final in 2016 and looks a decent each-way bet this year at 8/1.
Petra Kvitova continues to struggle on her return from injury and has suffered a couple of heavy defeats to lower-ranked players in the last month. A better bet may be Johanna Konta who enjoyed a couple of decent wins in Cincinnati before losing to the eventual finalist Halep in a close match.
Konta has reached the fourth round in New York in each of the last two years and her run to the Wimbledon semis should give her huge confidence. She looks a decent each-way bet at 10/1.
Karolina Pliskova’s unlikely rise to the top of the women’s rankings began at last year’s US Open as the Czech player came close to her first Grand Slam title. She eventually lost the final in three sets but goes into this tournament as the world’s best player having reached the last eight in Melbourne and the last four in Paris.
The Czech star is 13/2 to win.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.