The US Open is the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and is staged at Flushing Meadows in New York. The inaugural tournament took place in 1881, and the tournament has been played on the hard courts since 1978.
It had previously been competed on both clay and grass courts. The tournament typically lasts for two weeks, with the middle weekend of the event coinciding with Labor Day at the beginning of September.
US Open Ante-Post Betting Markets 2020
The 2020 US Open tournament will take place between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13 and will be the 132nd staging of the event.
Novak Djokovic is the ante-post favorite, with the Serb currently sitting narrowly ahead of both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the US Open odds. The 16-time Grand Slam champion exited the 2019 tournament in the fourth round, although he was victorious at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open earlier in the season.
Djokovic has lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows on three occasions, with his last success arriving just two years ago. He defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets to clinch his second Grand Slam triumph of the 2018 season.
Daniil Medvedev can perhaps be considered a surprise fourth favorite in the 2020 US Open odds. The Russian has enjoyed a tremendous 2019 and was narrowly defeated in the final at Flushing Meadows back in September. He battled admirably and even took a couple of sets off Nadal before losing 6-4 in the fifth. It was his first appearance in a Grand Slam final, and he’s hoping to go one step further this time around.
It’s very competitive at the top of the women’s ante-post US Open betting. Serena Williams regularly begins as the favorite and is always popular with the New York crowd. The six-time US Open winner reached the final in 2019 for the second successive year and will be determined to bounce back this time around.
Despite regularly starting as the pre-tournament favorite, she hasn’t been victorious in the tournament since 2014.
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is the second favorite in the US Open odds and will be aiming to defend her title in 2020. She beat the aforementioned Williams in straight sets in her first appearance at the tournament. The Ontario-born 19-year-old has a bright future in the game, and you can expect her to be winning plenty more WTA events over the next 12 months.
Australia’s Ashley Barty is always a dangerous opponent, and she will be desperately hoping to improve upon her fourth-round exit in 2019. She is currently third in the US Open odds for 2020 and is likely to be popular with bettors. The 23-year-old secured the first Grand Slam of her career in Paris last year and is narrowly ahead of Simona Halep in the 2020 US Open betting.
The Romanian hasn’t progressed beyond the quarterfinals of the event since 2016, although both of her Grand Slam successes have been achieved in the last two years.
What Happened in 2019?
Once again, the pre-tournament US Open odds were dominated by Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. The latter went into the tournament as the defending champion and was fractionally ahead of his two rivals in the ante-post market.
The Serb was knocked out by Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round. He hadn’t dropped a set up to that point. Federer fared slightly better, reaching the quarterfinals before crashing out to a rejuvenated Grigor Dimitrov.
Nadal went all the way to the final before eventually seeing off Medvedev in an absorbing five-set contest.
Matteo Berrettini was one of the breakout stars of the season, and the Italian unexpectedly reached the final four of the tournament.
The ante-post US Open betting markets were very competitive on the women’s side of the draw, with a number of players predicted to reach the latter stages of the 2019 tournament. Defending champion Naomi Osaka was dumped out in the fourth round by Belinda Bencic, meaning that both the 2018 winners were beaten by Swiss opposition at the same stage.
Caroline Wozniacki made her exit in the third round of the competition, while one of the pre-tournament favorites, Halep, was unexpectedly beaten in the second round by Taylor Townsend.
Williams reached the final for the second year running and was defeated in far less controversial circumstances this time around by newcomer Andreescu.
Advice for Betting on the US Open
The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the season, and many players are starting to suffer from nagging injuries and fatigue by this stage of the campaign. As a result, the tournament can often throw up unexpected winners, and this is reflected in the US Open betting markets.
It is the most unpredictable Grand Slam of the year, with Marin Cilic’s only major success arriving in this event. Juan Martin Del Potro also achieved his only Grand Slam triumph here back in 2009, while the inconsistent Stan Wawrinka has also lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows.
Although the last three stagings of the event have been won by either Nadal or Djokovic, it often pays to back a bigger-price player in the US Open betting to reach the final.
There have also been five different winners of the tournament since Williams was last successful here back in 2014. Flavia Panetta’s only Grand Slam win arrived here in 2015, shortly before she retired from the professional game. Sloane Stephens also clinched her first and only Grand Slam success at this venue, while both Bianca Andreescu and Osaka went into the event as outsiders in the US Open odds.
Don’t be put off by sizeable odds in the ante-post market – the US Open regularly throws up a number of surprises!
It is also worth noting that big servers tend to fare well at this particular tournament, while the hard-court surface tends to also favor players who can hit the ball in a flat manner.
The courts play faster than the Australian Open, and it may also be worth studying the court schedule. Late-night matches are played in cooler conditions, and this may just favor players who aren’t used to competing in the heat.