Betting on The U.S. Open
How to Bet the U.S. Open
The US Open is a hard-court tennis tournament. It’s one of the four major grand slam tournaments and is the last one chronologically played in the tennis season. It takes place on the last Monday of August and lasts for two weeks.
The US Open is the modern version of the U.S. National Championship, one of the oldest tennis championships in the world for which men’s singles and men’s doubles were first played in 1881. The 2020 edition of the US Open will be the 140th anniversary of the tournament and is located in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The US Open employs the standard 7-point tiebreakers in every set of a singles match. It’s the only grand slam that employs this method with the other three (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon) employing special scoring methods for a match that reaches 6-6 in the last possible set.
The History of the U.S. Open
Three men hold the record of most titles in US Open history, regardless of era. Richard Sears, William Larned and Bill Tilden all won seven US Open’s in the amateur era with Sears winning the first seven editions of the competitions. No player in the Open era has been able to match the seven titles but Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer have won five each.
Federer also holds the record of most consecutive titles in the Open era as his five titles were won from 2004 to 2008. He’s lost in two US Open finals since then (2009 and 2015).
Federer’s dominance from 2004 to 2008 in the US Open came when he was simply dominating the world of tennis at large. The hardcourt at the US Open tends to play medium-fast to fast because there is little energy absorption by the court, unlike the French Open with its clay surface. However, it is similar to Wimbledon, which is played on grass courts and is Federer’s stomping grounds where he holds the record for most men’s singles titles with eight.
The fact that the ball tends to bounce high thus allowing for extra spin during rallies, is a predicator to Rafael Nadal’s success at the US Open. He has four titles at the U.S. Open including two in the last three years as well as being the reigning champion.
The women’s tennis game is undergoing an overhaul and that is apparent in the distribution of titles at the U.S. Open on the women’s side of the draw. There have been six different winners in the last six years with five different nationalities ending up victorious.
The Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the reigning champion after defeating six-time US Open champion, Serena Williams. Andreescu’s win was an historic won for tennis as she became the first Canadian—man or woman—to claim a grand slam title. The women she defeated, Serena Williams, is tied with fellow American Chris Evert for most US Open titles in the Open era with six. Meanwhile, the Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt Mallory holds the record for most titles regardless of the era with eight.
Betting the U.S. Open for Both the Men’s and Women’s Draws
Williams has lost the last two US Open finals in straight sets and hasn’t won a grand slam since 2017. Despite this, it is never the smartest of moves to bet against the Queen of Tennis, and there is a good chance she can make it seven titles come August.
On the men’s side of the draw, Nadal has been great on the Arthur Ashe court over the last several years, and although Djokovic triumphed in 2018, there is a good chance Nadal can reclaim his title if the two meet again. No matter what, if Nadal and the legendary Serbian meet in the finals, it will be a sight to behold, but never sleep on Roger Federer, who is always lurking in the background and is unbeatable when he is in rhythm and his body is holding up.