The US Open Tennis tournament got underway at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York at the end of August, but some big names in the sport have decided not to take part this
The competition runs from Monday, August 31, to Sunday, September 13, and will be the first Grand Slam to take place since much of the world was forced into lockdown. With so much disruption this year as tournaments have been cancelled or postponed, many players’ usual preparations will have changed significantly. So, could we see a shock in New York? Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are familiar names at the head of the market, but there are a few more in with a chance of landing the US Open title.
Tsitsipas will hope to avoid a Greek tragedy?
World number 6, Stefanos Tsitsipas, played in the Western & Southern Open in New York, the week before the US Open, so how he fairs in that will be a good pointer for his chances in the Grand Slam. The Western & Southern Open will be his first tournament since February when he was in terrific form.
Tsitsipas won the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, before reaching the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships where he lost to Novak Djokovic. At the odds with 888sport he looks a tempting price to go all the way at the US Open, if returning in the same form he showed in February.
Can Zverev spring a surprise?
World number 7, Alexander Zverev, has a pretty poor record at the US Open, but did enjoy his best tournament last year when reaching round 4 and will hope to build on that improvement this time. Earlier in the year Zverev reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, but he has only had two more professional games since, so will hope to have a good run in the Western & Southern Open prior to the main event.
At odds of 20/1 to win the US Open with 888sport, the talented German arrives fresh and could certainly surprise a few.
Berrettini could prove a dark horse
Matteo Berrettini arrives in New York as the world number 8, so his odds of 66/1 at 888sport to win the US Open are certainly appealing. Although the big Italian has only had one professional win this year, defeating Andrew Harris in the first round of the Australian Open before bowing out to Tennys Sandgren, he went all the way to last year’s semi-finals at the US Open before losing in four sets to Rafael Nadal.
Prior to that he’d won the Hungarian Open and Mercedes Cup, and went on to reach the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. A talented right-hander, Berrettini should not be overlooked.