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US Open Odds Preview

With the US Open start date just a week away, it’s time to preview this year’s event that’s set on the biggest stage in the sport. On the men’s side, it’s the usual ‘Big Three’ who are expected to contend for the title, but the hottest player on the tour heading into New York has been the Russian Daniil Medvedev (+1600), who has reached three straight tournament finals.

There has been no equivalent on the women’s tour, as some of the players who have been red-hot in the first half of the season, like Australian Ashleigh Barty (+1000), are starting to come down to earth. Be sure to check out Bodog Sportsbook throughout this year’s US Open event for updated tennis betting lines, including US Open live odds, to enhance your spectating experience.

2019 US Open Men’s Contenders

Despite much anticipation and speculation about a possible return, tennis fans were disappointed to find out that 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray won’t be packing his bags for Flushing Meadows this year after all. The oft-injured Scot will focus his energy on smaller tournaments as he continues working towards a singles comeback.

Novak Djokovic +110 US Open Odds

There’s just no equal to Novak Djokovic in men’s tennis right now. The Serbian is looking to defend his 2018 title, with his odds to win US Open glory for the fourth time in his career pegged at +110 as of press time. During last year’s event, he only got better as the competition got tougher, not dropping a single set in his last five matches on his way to the championship. Add in two major titles so far in 2019 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer US Open title favourite. 

Rafael Nadal +400 US Open Odds

Notching a Rogers Cup title a week ago in Montreal, Rafael Nadal looks ready to hit the hard courts in New York. The 18-time grand slam champion, who’s always popular on US Open live betting, was forced to retire in the semifinals of the 2018 US Open after dropping the first two sets to Juan Martin del Potro, so he’s hoping for a better performance this year as he chases the great Roger Federer and his 20 major title wins. The lefty is always dangerous regardless of the surface, so watch out for Nadal, whose 2019 US Open odds stand at +400 as of this writing.

Roger Federer +600 US Open Odds

The Swiss is the best men’s tennis player of all time if you go by major wins with 20, but Nadal and Djokovic aren’t too far behind. Federer was stunned by Aussie John Millman in the last year’s US Open in a fourth round upset, but he should never be counted out at any event. With an impressive 38-5 record this season, he’s looking sharp and is a bona fide contender at +600 on the US Open odds board.

2019 US Open Women’s Contenders

Last year’s event saw Japan’s Naomi Osaka lifting the trophy after a convincing straight sets final victory over the legendary Serena Williams, so we should expect a determined Serena in this year’s event.

Serena Williams +350 US Open Odds

Surprisingly, the US Open is Serena Williams’s longest major title drought, not having won at Flushing Meadows since 2014. She’ll be looking to change that this year after falling short in 2018 in a controversial final that was filled with code violations for Williams that she felt weren’t deserved. Look for the legend to play with a purpose in this year’s tournament, where she’s favoured over her competition with +350 title odds. Watch for her real time odds with tennis live betting too.

Simona Halep +700 US Open Odds

At last year’s US Open, Simona Halep had a shocking first round exit to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in straight sets. But following her 2019 Wimbledon title, Halep has proven that she belongs at the top of the odds board going into the US Open. The Romanian has had an up-and-down season, with her Wimbledon title being the only one so far this year, but her talent is unquestioned.

Naomi Oaska +800 US Open Odds

Speaking of inconsistent seasons, defending champion Naomi Osaka will need to get back on track to have a chance at this year’s US Open. With a pedestrian 24-9 record in 2019, including just 5-4 in her last nine matches and a first round loss at Wimbledon, Osaka could really use another great showing in New York to turn her season around.

*Odds as of August 20th, 2019



How to Bet on Tennis

As summer approaches and the hockey and basketball seasons come to a close, bettors are rapidly turning their attention to the action on the tennis court. In addition to the sport's four Grand Slam events, tennis tournaments are taking place on a weekly basis, featuring the best men's and women's players in the world. And along with it, a growing number of tennis betting options are becoming available to both experienced and novice sports bettors alike.

Tennis Moneyline Betting

Like so many other sports, moneyline betting is the most popular form of wagering on tennis. With moneyline betting the objective is simple, as you place a wager on which player will win a match, with the amount of your winnings determined by moneyline tennis odds.

  • Rafael Nadal -200
  • Roger Federer +160

In the example illustrated above, Rafael Nadal is listed as the betting favorite to defeat Roger Federer with -200 odds. That means a successful $200 bet will win you $100. Conversely, Federer is pegged as a +160 underdog, which means a successful $100 bet on the Swiss star will win you $160.

Betting the Spread in Tennis

Betting the spread adds a layer of complexity to your tennis betting experience. As in other sports, most notably NFL football and NBA basketball, betting the spread enables you to wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. The same principle applies to tennis.

  • Rafael Nadal -3.5 (-135)
  • Roger Federer +3.5 (+110)

In this example, Nadal is favored to win at least 3.5 more games in the match than Federer, with the spread supported by moneyline odds. That means if Nadal wins 16 games in the match, and Federer wins fewer than 13, a $135 wager on the Spanish superstar will win you $100. However, if Federer stays within three game wins of Nadal, a $100 bet on him will win you $110, even if he fails to win the match.

Totals Betting in Tennis

While moneyline betting and betting the spread are focused on the outcome of a match, totals betting is focused on the number of total games played over the course of a match.

  • Rafael Nadal O 23.5 (-130)
  • Roger Federer U 23.5 (+100)

An example of a totals betting line is illustrated above, with the total number of games in the match set at 23.5. The O and U on the betting line denote OVER and UNDER, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout on a winning bet.

In this case, if the total number of games played in the match is OVER 23.5, a successful $130 wager will win you $100. Conversely, should the match between Nadal and Federer feature UNDER 23.5 total games, then a $100 bet on even odds of +100 will win you $100.

Tennis Parlay Betting

Parlay betting enables you to combine multiple bets on a single wager, with the payout determined by enhanced moneyline odds. For example, you can combine a moneyline wager on Nadal to win his match with a bet on the total for another match. However, while a wide variety of combinations can be used to create parlay bets, limitations also exist. For example, with a parlay bet you cannot combine a moneyline bet and a totals bet from the same match on the same ticket.

Tennis Props Betting

With props betting, the power to wager on an array of additional aspects of a tennis match is at your disposal, with an emphasis on individual player performance. Here are a few examples of typical tennis prop bets:

Odd/even games betting enables you to wager on whether the total games played in a match will be an even number or an odd number, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout to a winner. Player to win a set betting is just how it sounds, as you can bet on whether an individual player will win at least one set in a match, with moneyline odds once again determining the size of the payout.Tennis player totals betting props work on the same principle as totals betting discussed above, but instead of wagering on the total number of games played in a match, tennis player totals betting enables you to wager on whether a player will win OVER or UNDER the established total, with moneyline odds determining your payout.

Tennis Futures Betting

Futures betting has steadily gained in popularity among bettors in recent years. Unlike the array of wagering options discussed in this article that focus on a specific match, futures betting enables you to wager on which player will emerge as the winner of a tournament well in advance of the tournament taking place, and is extremely popular among bettors wagering on Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the US Open.

In fact, for bettors looking to get in on the Wimbledon odds and the US Open odds, futures betting is where they are likely to start.

  • Novak Djokovic +150
  • Rafael Nadal +350
  • Roger Federer +550
  • Milos Raonic +1500
  • Richard Gasquet +20000

Illustrated above is an abbreviated example of what to expect when surveying the futures odds of an upcoming tournament. In this example, Novak Djokovic is listed as a +150 favorite to emerge as the Wimbledon men's champion. That means if the Serbian tennis legend goes on to win the annual event at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a $100 bet will win you $150. Of course, the odds lengthen the further down the list you go. In this case, Nadal is a +350 second favorite, with the potential to pay out $350 in winnings on a $100 bet, while Canadian Milos Raonic is pegged at a lengthy +1500. Typically all players expected to compete in the tournament will be included on the futures, providing you with dozens of futures betting options, with the tournament longshots offering dramatically long odds. In this example, Richard Gasquet is pegged as a lengthy +20000 longshot, meaning a stunning Wimbledon victory from the French veteran would win you $20000 on a $100 bet.

Tennis Live Betting and Set Lines

Set line betting features moneyline betting and betting against the spread, but with an important difference. Instead of wagering on the results over the course of an entire match, set lines enable you to wager on the results of an individual set. And while set lines are usually published for the first set well ahead of when the match is played, set lines for subsequent sets are often available as part of a live betting option. With live betting, the spread and moneyline odds are dynamically updated while the match is being played, allowing you to bet on the fly during the match, and adding an additional layer of excitement to your tennis betting experience.

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