The final grand slam of the tennis season is fast approaching as New York prepares to host the 2019 US Open beginning on Monday, August 26
Since 1978, the event has been held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the tournament has become a late-summer staple for sports fans and bettors alike from the final Monday in August through Labor Day and into the first week in September, where celebrities pack Arthur Ashe Stadium as matches last long into the night on the famous hardcourt at Flushing Meadows.
There aren't too many occasions throughout the year when professional tennis becomes the sport of choice for people to put their money on, but when grand slam championship championships come around bettors show up in droves to online betting sites in NJ to get in on the action. DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the platforms that provide profitable odds and a variety of options for a wide range of sports, making gambling on tennis more convenient than it's ever been.
Below we'll provide some tennis betting tips before making some 2019 US Open picks based on odds from DraftKings.
Tennis Betting Tips
- Consider Past Performance
This may seem like the most obvious of tennis betting tips since it applies across all sports. Before selecting a player to make a deep run in a tennis tournament, knowing their past performance at this event is crucial. Players without much US Open experience could be set up for less success than someone who's played on the big stage in New York.
- Playing Surface Matters
The tennis season alternates playing surfaces, and players perform better on some than others. For example, Rafael Nadal is the king of clay, hence all the French Open titles at Roland Garros. The Australian Open and the US Open are played on hardcourt, so players who tend to excel at one can do so in the other for obvious reasons. A player who struggles on hardcourt would have a tougher time navigating the field at The Open, but also may have more profitable gambling odds.
- Focus On Current Form
How players are performing heading into the US Open is huge. A player trending in the wrong direction is unlikely to turn things around entirely just as a grand slam arrives on the calendar. There are a series of hardcourt tournaments on both the ATP Tour (Men) and WTA Tour (Women) leading into the tournament, and current form is oftentimes a great indicator of a deep run at Flushing Meadows.
- How The Draw Sets Up
How the US Open bracket shakes out is one of the leading factors in which players to bet. Being able to see the draw allows you to draw a potential path to the final and determine whether there's value in the bet. A wide-open draw or one that includes the least amount of top seeds is the most preferred, but all grand slam draws are difficult to some degree.
Sometimes, the draw sets up better for some players than others. Players with more difficult paths to the final can also have more advantageous betting odds, however, and come with more value.
US Open Tennis Odds, Favorites For Men's Draw At DraftKings
The usual suspects are the favorites at DraftKings on the men's side, beginning with 16-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic (+120). Not only did "The Joker" win last year's Open, but he also won the Australian Open and Wimbledon already this season. He'll be going for his fifth slam in six tries when he walks onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium next, and there's little evidence to say he'll be stopped. Oddsmakers seem to feel the same way, as the payout on the Serbian was around +250.
Two more legends in Rafael Nadal (+350) and Roger Federer (+500) come with profitable odds going into the US Open. Nadal, who is this year's French Open champion (again) and a three-time US Open winner, is slated for the opposite side of the draw than Djokovic and may be able to make a run to the finals before having to play him. Federer, who is a five-time US Open champion, hasn't won the tournament in over a decade but could inspire some confidence in bettors after losing a five-set epic to Djokovic at Wimbledon just weeks ago.
One of these three has won this tournament on 11 occasions in the past 15 years and barring something unforeseen, it's going to happen again with Djokovic. It will take a heroic effort to beat him, so we'll take the favorite at plus-money. If you're looking for a large payout and want to look beyond the big three, 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic (+4000) is worth consideration to us.
2019 US Open tennis pick: Novak Djokovic (+120)
US Open Tennis Odds, Favorites For Women's Draw At DraftKings
The women's draw has tended to be a bit more wide open in recent grand slams, as there hasn't been a multi-slam winner in the same year since Angelique Kerber in 2016. That said, the focus has come back to one woman as the US Open nears: 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams (+500).
Williams has been stuck on 23 for a while she has reached three grand slam finals but has struggled to get over the hump since the birth of her daughter. The greatest female tennis player in the history of the game needs just one more title to tie Margaret Smith Court for the most singles titles of all time (It's worth noting that only 11 of Smith's wins came in the Open Era).
There's so much at stake for Serena to accomplish at this year's tournament. This event marks 20 years since her first title in New York, while her second came 10 years later in 2009. How fitting would it be for her third US Open to come another decade later in 2019? Throw in the umpire controversy and meltdown as Naomi Osaka (+1000) beat Williams in the 2018 US Open women's final, and there's certainly some incentive for Williams to create some new memories heading into play in Flushing.
Most recently, Simona Halep (+700) surprisingly dominated Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon final and is the second-biggest favorite according to oddsmakers. After paying off at +1700 at the All-England club, she's sure to see action on DraftKings and other sports betting sites in NJ to win a second major title in a row (a rare a difficult feat).
The competition is stiff with contenders on the women's side, but we say Williams pulls off an amazing feat as she wins three US Open titles in three different decades while tying Margaret Court's record. In fact, we like a rematch if the draw allows it, so take Osaka at +1000 for more of a longshot play after proving she could handle the bright lights last year. But remember, Williams just won a head-to-head battle at the Rogers Cup earlier in August.
2019 US Open tennis pick: Serena Williams (+500)