The 2019 US Open Tennis Championships begins today, Monday, Aug. 26, giving anyone inside one of the 11 states with legal sports betting the chance to wager on Grand Slam tennis for the final time this year.
The tournament has been played on the hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York since the late 1970s and it is the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament every year. The US Open takes place over the next two weeks, giving people all across the country plenty of opportunities to bet on it.
Both the defending men’s and women’s singles champions return as the No. 1 ranked players in the world and the top seeds in their respective draws.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic is looking to capture his fourth US Open title, having already won two of the three other Grand Slam titles this year (Australian Open, Wimbledon). Not surprisingly, three-time US Open champ Rafael Nadal and five-time US Open champ Roger Federer are seeded second and third respectively.
Wide-open women’s draw for US Open Tennis betting
However, on the women’s side, the singles draw appears to be much more wide open.
Defending champ Naomi Osaka is the top seed and world No. 1 thanks mostly to a win at the Australian Open to start the year.
Former world No. 1’s Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, and Simona Halep make up the rest of the top four seeds, although neither has ever won a US Open title.
Of course, Serena Williams has won six US Open titles. She made the final versus Osaka in 2018 but lost in straight sets after getting into a much-publicized verbal battle with the chair umpire.
Williams comes as the No. 8 seed, but oddsmakers at most legal US sportsbooks are still making her the US Open betting favorite.
Fifteen-year-old American Cori “Coco” Gauff become the favorite of the US media at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, upsetting Venus Williams and others before a loss in the Round of 16 versus Halep. She retains media darling status headed into the US Open but is still unseeded and a real longshot to win it all.
US Open betting: Women’s singles odds
Below is a look at the opening US Open betting odds on these favorites to win the women’s singles title at four of the top sportsbooks in the country.
|2019 US Open Women's Singles||DraftKings (NJ)||BetStars (NJ)||FanDuel (PA)|
|Serena Williams (No. 8)||+500||+500||+490|
|Simona Halep (No. 4)||+650||+750||+750|
|Ashleigh Barty (No. 2)||+800||+800||+750|
|Naomi Osaka (No. 1)||+1000||+800||+1200|
|Karolina Pliskova (No. 3)||+1300||+1200||+1000|
|Cori 'CoCo' Gauff (Unseeded)||+6600||+3300||+6500|
US Open betting: Men’s singles odds
Here’s what the odds on the favorites to win the US Open men’s singles title look like at the same four sportsbooks:
|2019 US Open Men's Singles||DraftKings (NJ)||BetStars (NJ)||FanDuel (PA)|
|Novak Djokovic (No. 1)||+120||+120||+115|
|Rafael Nadal (No. 2)||+300||+333||+300|
|Roger Federer (No. 3)||+700||+600||+750|
|Daniil Medvedev (No. 5)||+1300||+1300||+1400|
|Dominic Thiem (No. 4)||+2800||+3200||+2800|
The numbers above show that no player is a true moneyline favorite to win either the men’s or women’s singles draws. That should change over the next two weeks as the true contenders emerge. As long as they keep winning, the prices on the favorites will likely drop the closer they are to reaching the finals.
That means those prices aren’t likely to be better than they are right now. So, if you’re thinking about betting on one of the opening favorites to win the 2019 US Open, the early part of the tournament is the best time to do it.
When it comes to US Open betting most sportsbooks in the US also offer alternative futures markets, allowing you to bet on who will win each quarter of the draw. Plus, there are individual player props which let you bet on where exactly each player will finish.
Avoid the favorites early, unless the price is right
You can also bet on individual matches throughout the tournament. However, you might want to avoid betting on the favorites in the early rounds.
In the first few rounds, tournament favorites are often posted as huge moneyline favorites. As unlikely as an upset is, it still isn’t worth the bath you’ll take betting on a favorite if they lose.
For example, Djokovic is a -5000 moneyline favorite over Roberto Carballes Baena (+2400) on FanDuel in the 2019 US Open’s first round. That means you’d have to bet $5,000 on Djokovic just to win $100. In the meantime, Federer is a -10000 first-round favorite over Sumit Nagal (+2000) on BetStars. As you can see, it’s hardly worth the risk either of these prices present.
That said, the women’s US Open singles draw does open with a marquee match-up that offers a pretty good price on the favorite.
It’s Serena Williams at -385 on DraftKings versus 2006 US Open champ Maria Sharapova at +290. Considering most sportsbooks are making Williams the favorite to win the 2019 US Open, that -385 opening round price seems like a steal.