The final tennis Grand Slam of the year is well underway with Flushing Meadows hosting the US Open.
Won last year by Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, this year has served up some excellent games and magnificent entertainment for the paying public.
The men’s draw was headed by no.1 seed Novak Djokovic. He had been imperious this year, winning at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and is the current holder of the US title.
He was the worthy favourite to retain his title, however, had to pull out through injury when trailing Stan Wawrinka by two sets. Rafael Nadal looks to be one of his biggest rivals, having reached the final of the Australian Open, winning at Roland-Garros, and a semi-finalist at Wimbledon.
He is the second seed, so on the other side of the draw and can be backed at 11/10. Tennis fans were treated to a Wimbledon final for the ages between Djokovic and Roger Federer, and the Swiss icon is now 21/10 to win in New York.
In terms of outside bets, it was very difficult to oppose any of the big three, however, Stefanos Tsitsipas had an excellent Australian Open on the hard surface, and looked to have offered good each-way value, only to suffer a shock first-round exit to Andrey Rublev.
Wawrinka has come back into form, and he will have benefitted from the extra rest following Djokovic’s retirement. The Swiss number two is 8/1 to win his first Grand Slam title since 2016.
The women’s draw offered some exciting early matchups, such as Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova and an all-American tie between Coco Vandeweghe and Sofia Kenin.
Serena Williams is the 8/5 favourite to win the title she failed to in such controversial circumstance 12 months ago.