How the Tournament Unfolded
Unless you’ve been on Jupiter for the last month, you’ll be fully aware that Novak Djokovic was thrown out of the tournament for striking a line-judge with a ball.
This thankfully aided our 8/1 selection Dominic Thiem, with him sealing his first-ever Grand Slam success, overcoming Alexander Zverev in a thrilling five-set final.
Naomi Osaka recorded her third Grand Slam success, sealing the Women’s title with a two sets to one victory over Victoria Azarenka.
Thanks to the world’s new nemesis, the coronavirus, the tennis scene has taken a real tanking this year – Wimbledon was cancelled completely and the French Open is now pencilled in for the end of September.
Thankfully – for all you tennis fans out there – the US Open is on as normal, running from August 31 to September 13 at its spiritual home, Flushing Meadows in New York.
Many of the big guns have decided not to take part and there won’t be any spectators in the stands so this year’s tournament will be far from normal.
Novak Djokovic is the unsurprising favourite to lift the men’s trophy, a top price Evens at Unibet, while Serena Williams is a warm order for the ladies title – a best price of 11/2 at Paddy Power.
Read on to see our fancies for this year’s US Open, and if you’re looking to expand your tennis betting knowledge, then check out our Tennis Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide.
Men’s US Open Winner – Our Odds Picks
This year’s men’s tournament is a messy picture – it could be a stroll in the park for Djokovic but it could also be a great opportunity for an underdog to make a name for themselves.
The seemingly ageless Roger Federer is still out recovering from knee surgery while defending champion Rafael Nadal has decided to relinquish his crown without a fight due to the coronavirus threat.
Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini and Nick Kyrgios are also on the high-profile corona opt-outs list but their absences open the door for a lesser-known player to grab a grand slam win…if they can overcome Novak, that is.
Novak Djokovic: Novak will be looking to make headlines for the right reasons following his Adria Tour PR disaster and subsequent positive coronavirus test.
He’s won here three times before and is a short price to add to that haul, but could he be rusty after a challenging summer?
Our odds pick: Evens at Unibet
Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev loves a bit of hard-court action and lost out to Nadal over five sets in last year’s final.
Well-rested after a lightweight summer schedule, you can expect him to come out swinging as he tries to land his first-ever grand slam title.
Our odds pick: 6/1 at Unibet
Dominic Thiem: Time for Thiem?
The Austrian has failed to seal the deal in three previous grand slam finals – he’ll be eyeing up this year’s US Open as a golden opportunity to finally get his hands on that elusive first title.
Ranked number 2 for this year’s US Open, he should have easy passage to an expected showdown with Djokovic in the final.
Our odds pick: 8/1 at Unibet
Stefanos Tsitsipas: For many, the future of tennis, and he’ll be looking to stamp his authority on this tournament and secure what could be the first of many grand slam titles.
On the flip side, if he gets knocked out early, it’ll give him a chance to make more sexy videos for his well-loved YouTube channel – every cloud and all that.
Our odds pick: 9/1 at Paddy Power
Our top Odds Pick for the Men’s US Open is DOMINIC THIEM at 8/1 with Unibet.
Women’s US Open Winner – Our Odds Picks
Like the men, this year’s women’s tournament is also missing some high-profile protagonists.
Reigning champion Bianca Andreescu, world number 1 Ashleigh Barty and number 2 Simona Halep have all decided to swerve rather than serve.
Check out our breakdown of this year’s female contenders plus our juicy Odds Pick to win outright.
Serena Williams: Williams may now be 38 but with the chance to land a record-tying 24th grand slam title, you can be sure she’ll come out all guns blazing at Flushing Meadows.
Ranked 3 this year, an easy passage to the semis looks assured, and few would bet against her doing the business from there once more.
Our odds pick: 11/2 at Paddy Power
Naomi Osaka: Osaka destroyed the field here in 2018 – dropping just one set in the entire tournament and seeing off Serena in the final.
With a formidable serve, a return to that 2018 form and a favourable draw would undoubtedly see her in the mix.
Our odds pick: 5/1 at Paddy Power
Sofia Kenin: The American looks set to be the only reigning grand slam champion at this year’s tournament following her success in this year’s Australia Open.
She’s previously struggled here though, failing to get past the 4th round for the last three years but does have the boost of being seeded number 2 this time.
Our odds pick: 11/1 at Unibet
Karolina Pliskova: She may only be ranked 3rd on the ATP, but the Czech has secured top seeding for this year’s US Open and looks primed to go deep in the tournament.
A finalist here in 2016, she looks a tasty price to roll back the clock and go one better this year.
Our odds pick: 11/1 at Unibet
Our top Odds Pick for the Women’s US Open is KAROLINA PLISKOVA at 11/1 with Unibet.