Last chance, best chance. The US Open tournament stands as the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season. Held in glamorous New York every year’s early September (usually starts in the last Monday of August), it’s considered as the last chance for top tennis players to make an impact during the season.
That’s the main reason the top names of the game are competing hard and many of them save energy after the Wimbledon tournament (held in July) to be at their best just before travelling to the Big Apple.
The tournament, also named “Flushing Meadows” from the name of the tournament complex, is played on hard court (as the Australian Open), the most common surface in modern tennis. This article contains everything you’d like to know about 2020 US Tennis Open in order to place your bets in a smart way and eventually be profitable: From a thorough analysis of which style of players is beneficial on this surface, to the hottest names to watch (and bet on) and the most clever hints and tips to watch before placing your bets.
US Open - Betting on hard court
If you look at past American Open results (winners, runners-up etc.) you’ll notice that there are less upset results than in other Grand Slam tournaments. Why is that happening? Obviously, not only because of player consistency but also due to the surface the game is played on. Hard court is a rather artificial surface, compared to grass (Wimbledon) and clay (Roland Garros). The ball is consistently bouncing, when a player makes a spinning hit or a fast one, this is what the opponent has to deal with. In addition, it is less slippery.
Experienced players, who are also good athletes and know how to move their body, have a complete advantage. In recent years the vast majority of tennis tournaments worldwide (both indoors and outdoors) are played on hard court surface, so the players are fully accustomed to this environment.
History tip: US Open used to be played on grass (from the beginning, back in 1881, to 1974). For a three-year period (1975-77) a clay surface was adopted and since 1978 hard clay is used. This is the only Grand Slam tournament that has passed through all three main surfaces.
One of the main US Open trademarks is the color of the courts, painted in a specific shade of blue named “US Open Blue”! The external surface is painted also at “US Open Green”, so referees, umpires and the crowd could more easily watch the various ball routes.
Best tips for US Open Betting
Before placing your bets on US Open, you’ve got to have a closer look at the tournaments held just before it. August is the month where the main ATP and WTA tournaments are held in North America.
Warm Up Tournaments
- Silicon Valley Classic San Jose (WTA Premier), last week of July
- Washington Open (WTA International), last week of July
- Montreal Open (ATP 1000), 1st week of August
- Canadian Open Toronto (WTA Premier 5), 1st week of August
- Cincinnati Masters (ATP 1000), 2nd week of August
- Cincinnati Open (WTA Premier 5), 2nd week of August
- Winston –Salem Open (ATP 250), 3rd week of August
Servers and returners
Playing on a rather fast surface like hard court gives strong servers an extra advantage. That’s, of course, elementary for somebody trying to analyze not only results and numbers, but also the style of play. However, the main key to success on the US Open is not serving the ball fast, but returning it well.
Novak Djokovic isn’t counted as an excellent server, but he’s one of the most dominating stars of the tournament. The advantage he earns is his unique ability to stabilize his body, evaluate the speed and spin of the ball well and return it right almost all times.
Marin Cilic is also one of the best “returners” of world tennis nowadays, as is Rafael Nadal. The clay surface superhero finds it easier to get through at US Open rather than grass surface Wimbledon, as he can guide the ball almost wherever he wants on court.
Holding the serve
A key element in almost every tennis tournament, at US Open is more important, as this is the only Grand Slam tournament where the final set is decided by a tiebreaker (instead of other Grand Slam events, which require a two-game win at the final set). Players who serve strongly and hardly give any break points have an extra point here, along with experience. Who are they? John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Milos Raonic, to name a few, are matching this profile.
US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which games are scheduled often at 22:00 local time. In fact, these matches tend to have the highest attendance in the TV program (as it’s convenient also for European viewers to watch live), so top players cannot be excluded from this additional discomfort.
These matches could last way after midnight, so the player in question either doesn’t sleep enough to relax, or decided to skip the morning practice (most important for these two-week tournaments) to get some extra rest.
You’re strongly advised to get a good look at the schedule and focus on late matches. When a top player had a five-set exhausting match last night and is competing again in less than 40 hours (this is often), is worth going against him/her, as the body and mind didn’t relax properly.
US Open Past Winners
Let’s have a look at past results: They simply confirm all the facts mentioned above. Strong and experienced players have an impact during the tournament and usually go all the way to the top. Stamina champion Nole Djokovic is a timeless star, as is Rafa Nadal with all this strong fit and fast hits of his. Muscled Serena Williams is present to five of the last eight finals. A glance on the tables below can persuade you that major upsets (aka unknown quantities starring during the tournament and eventually winning it) is something rare.
Past winners - Men
|2018||Novak Djokovic||Juan Martin Del Potro|
|2017||Rafael Nadal||Kevin Anderson|
|2016||Stanislaw Wawrinka||Novak Djokovic|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|2014||Marin Cilic||Kei Nishikori|
|2013||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
|2012||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal|
|2010||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
Past Winners - Women
|2018||Naomi Osaka||Serena Williams|
|2017||Sloane Stephens||Madison Keys|
|2016||Angelique Kerber||Karolina Pliskova|
|2015||Flavia Penetta||Roberta Vinci|
|2014||Serena Williams||Caroline Wozniacki|
|2013||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka|
|2012||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka|
|2011||Samantha Stosur||Serena Williams|
|2010||Kim Clijsters||Vera Zvonareva|
Players to watch
You need no advice placing your bets on Djokovic, Nadal or Serena Williams. These are mighty favorites and indeed have the best chances of reaching the finals. But take a look at the following names, include them in your research and follow their progress. The German Alexander Sverev is considered as the next dominating player on hard court surface. Along with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (winner already of two hard court tournaments).
They’re the only youngsters capable of reaching at least the quarterfinals. Even younger Canadian Felix Augier Aliassime is playing near home, and he’s an excellent athlete with precise forehand strokes. As for the women Naomi Osaka is a known quantity on hard court, winner of both Australian Open and US Open in 2018. However, she’s underrated in odds, as the couldn’t make an impact this year.
US Open: Extra betting markets
Apart from the most popular tennis markets you could find in every minor tournament (winner, overall winner, total number of sets, overall winner etc.) the Grand Slam tournaments such as the US Open are benefited with extra plurality, which adds to the excitement and creates more valuable choices. At the US Open 2020 competition you can choose from a number of additional markets, such as:
- Win to nil/Lose without scoring: Sets ending 6-0.
- Individual totals: If a player will get over or under a number of specific games (usually 17,5), regardless of the final score.
- Tie break: If a set (or more) will be won this way (more often than on other Grand Slams).
- Number of aces: Exists as an individual market (for every player) or total (for a match).
- Come from behind and win: Which player is tough enough to react during the match.