The 2016 US Open is just under a week away and futures for the final major of the year have been set. Notable changes to this year’s tournament include a retractable roof added to the main Arthur Ashe Stadium, the addition of a brand new 8000-seat grandstand stadium and a Roger Federer-free field for the first time since 1999.
Has Djokovic finally exited the zone?
Novak Djokovic is back to defend his 2015 US Open title after a disappointing result at the Rio Olympics and at Wimbledon. The Joker has made the final four at the US Open in nine straight years and has won the tournament two times in the last five. Andy Murray is the Serbian's main competition this year with no Federer to worry about.
Murray is +180 to win with the next closest man on Sportsbook's chart listed at +1200. The Olympic champion has won the US Open only once and made only two finals. He has, however, been in the finals of all the majors so far this year.
Milos Raonic is the man at +1200 and that could prove to be significant value for bettors. He made the final of the last major and has been improving almost every tournament he’s been in. The big-serving Canadian took a break during the Olympics so he will have fresh legs for the hard surface. It’s only a matter of time before Raonic gets his first major win and it could just come in the next weeks in New York.
Marin Cilic, the man who beat the Joker in the final of the 2014 tournament, is my long shot pick at +2000 to take down the US Open. He made the semifinal last year and has an 80.65 win percentage in America’s major.
Serena Still the Class of Women's Tennis
Nobody comes close to Serena Williams in this one. Williams has won the US Open six times now and has been in the final of seven of the last eight major tournaments and won five of them. With that said, +120 sounds like a really good deal and that should be the first bet you make in your US Open wagers.
Williams was upset in the semifinal of the US Open last year by Roberta Vinci, who made up half of the all-Italian final. Vinci is listed at +15000 right now and although the 33-year-old is ranked seventh in the world, the final she made last year was the first time she had ever advanced past the fourth round of a major tennis tournament.
Flavia Pennetta made up the second half of the all-Italian final and was also the eventual Sportsbook. She retired almost immediately after the major win and did what many athletes cannot seem to – go out on top.
Garbine Muguruza (+800) and Simona Halep (+800) are my favorite bets to edge Serena out because of the simple fact that they are two of the few women who have managed to beat the 22-time major Sportsbook in the last couple of years. Muguruza was victorious over Serena in the final of the French Open this year and Halep beat her in the 2014 WTA Championships – which, like the US Open, is also played on a hard surface.