2020 U.S. Open: Early Odds, Notable Bets

Tennis’s big stars will be in the Big Apple for the U.S. Open, as the second Grand Slam of 2020 starts on Monday.

Both the ATP and WTA made their returns this month, and William Hill bettors have already showed an immense interest in the sport.

“For the individual matches on the tournaments this week, the Western & Southern Open, the handle has been outstanding,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “So we’re expecting the U.S. Open to be heavily bet.”

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are atop the board at William Hill at 5/1 each to emerge victorious from the women’s field. Williams is attempting to tie the record for the most Grand Slam single titles ever, as she’s one behind Margaret Court’s 24. Osaka defeated Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final for her first career Grand Slam.

No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, the highest-ranked WTA player participating in this U.S. Open, is next at 10/1 along with the field (all others). Defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has the fifth-lowest odds at 14/1.

One long shot who has already seen her odds shift dramatically is Maria Sakkari. After opening at 80/1, she’s now down to 35/1. One William Hill Nevada bettor placed $500 on Sakkari back when she was 60/1 for a total potential payout of $30,500.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic is -125 chalk to win his fourth U.S. Open. Earlier in the year, Djokovic captured his eighth Australian Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in the championship. Daniil Medvedev follows at +600, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Thiem right behind at +700 and +750 respectively.

Djokovic had drawn two $1,000 wagers when he had even-money odds for total potential payouts of $2,000 apiece, while Milos Raonic (currently 20/1) attracted one as well when he was priced at 25/1 for a total potential payout of $26,000.

“The women’s side is more balanced,” Bogdanovich said. “Let’s face it, Osaka and Serena are 5/1 co-favorites while Djokovic is the odds-on favorite to win it. Usually there’s more action when the field is more open.

“If you added up the handle on this U.S. Open’s futures and individual matches, I have a sneaky feeling that the women will do more money than the men.”

Check out the five lowest odds below at William Hill for both the U.S. Open men’s and women’s singles tournaments.

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