The dust has settled on another inspiring Wimbledon championship, but it’s time for us to go again. The US Open kicks off on the 28th August and will wrap up on Sunday 10th September. It’s the last major tennis tournament of the year, and with so much to play for, it’s promising to be another cracker. So, let’s get straight into the preview, with the latest tennis odds and some tips.
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US Open Men’s Preview – Alcaraz Looking Good
In the aftermath of Wimbledon, there’s only one man everyone is talking about… Carlos Alcaraz. After claiming his first Wimbledon title, he’s gone from a young underdog to a genuine contender. The Spanish 20-year-old has quickly become one of the biggest names in tennis, and sports, after an inspiring victory on the Wimbledon grass. He became one of the youngest ever winners and he’s certainly got a bright future ahead of him.
This would be Alcaraz’s second consecutive US Open title. It will be the 4th anniversary of the tournament so this one is slightly special. It was his first Grand Slam, so Alcaraz will be determined to defend his trophy. However, although he is still young, there will be far more of a target on his back as the hunting pack will know what to expect from this young, Spanish sensation.
But don’t forget about the great Novak Djokovic. He won a recent encounter between the two and if we have learnt anything from his career, it’s to never ever write him off. The big Serbian will be looking for revenge after losing out at Wimbledon and there is probably no better place to do so. While the hard court may favour the power and bounce of Alcarez, Djokovic is a seasoned pro on all surfaces and knows how to get it done in all conditions. Alcaraz and Djokovic will be seeded one and two and you can’t see anyone else breaking them and taking the title!
US Open Women’s Preview – Swiatek to Defend the Crown?
The women’s field seems wide open this year. Without the dominant Serena Williams there are plenty of players that will fancy themselves and the bookies have this one pretty open as well. Much like at Wimbledon, Iga Swiatek will go into this one favourite. After winning things last year she will be wanting to defend her trophy. However, she crashed out in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon so will be looking to change things in the US. She’s likely to be the top seed, however, there are plenty on her heels wanting to cause another upset.
Watch out for Aryna Sabalenka. The world number two has been knocking on the door in this championship, losing out in the semis in both 2021 and 2022. Sabalenka is a powerful and tall player, which lends itself well to the hard courts. At just 25 she has loads of chances left, but this could well be a breakthrough tournament for her.
Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, and Ons Jabeur are also top names to watch out for. The women’s side seems very open so this one could come down to things like form, pressure, and who plays best on any given day. Either way, it’s going to be an exciting one!
Latest US Open Betting Odds
Novak Djokovic – 2.20
Carlos Alcaraz – 2.50
Daniil Medvedev – 8.00
Jannik Sinner – 12.00
Alexander Zverev – 23.00
Stefanos Tsitsipas – 26.00
Casper Ruud – 34.00
Taylor Fritz – 34.00
Hubert Hurkacz – 41.00
Frances Tiafoe – 41.00
Iga Swiatek – 3.23
Aryna Sabalenka – 6.00
Elena Rybakina – 6.00
Jessica Pegula – 11.00
Ons Jabeur – 17.00
Karolina Muchova – 23.00
Marketa Vondrousova – 23.00
Liudmila Samsonova – 23.00
Maria Sakkari – 34.00
Beatriz Haddad Maia – 34.00
US Open Betting Tips
Carlos Alcaraz – 2.50
The kid’s a genius. On the hard, bouncy courts there is a good chance he blows the competition away. Coming into this one in good form and fully fit, hopefully he can put on a show. The only person that stands in his way is Novak Djokovic….
Aryna Sabalenka – 6.00
Although she may not come into this one as the top seed, she has won the Australian Open this year and will really want to finish strong. Her style of play will also be suited to the US courts and with a powerful serve; this could be her second title this year.
Where to Watch
The main tournament will take place from Monday 28th August to Sunday 10th September and is returning to Sky Sports. For those who don’t have Sky Sports, the BBC will have radio commentaries on 5 Live and Sports Extra, BBC Sounds, plus the Sport website and app.
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