With the Wimbledon Championship having been cancelled and the French Open Championship postponed until 27 September 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the US Open finds itself in the unlikely position of being the second Grand Slam event of the year.
There remain some doubts as to the impact of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the USA but, as things stand, the US Open is scheduled to take place from Monday 31 August, 2020 to Sunday 13 September, 2020 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York.
For the first time in the tournament’s 143-year history, the tournament will be held without spectators and there has to be a strong possibility that a number of the game’s leading players could decide that potential health issues result in their withdrawal.
The Australian duo of men’s ranked number 40 Nick Kyrgios and women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty have already withdrawn from the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, with more absentees likely to be announced over the coming days and weeks.
Who will win the US Open 2020 Men’s Singles?
The men’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus in June (after the Adria Tour that he himself organized) and, although now fully recovered, there has to be some doubt as to his attendance at Flushing Meadows.
Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal looks an even bigger doubt, with speculation suggesting that he’s already training on clay in readiness to defend his French title.
‘Big Three’ Doubts
It has long been a mistake to write off the three legends of the men’s game when it comes to the Grand Slam events, particularly given results over the past few years. Djokovic (five titles), Nadal (five) and Federer (three) have won the last 13 Grand Slam titles between them, with the last winner besides the legendary trio being Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open.
The 33 year-old Djokovic has amassed 17 Grand Slam titles, although this only includes three US Open crowns. The 34 year-old Nadal has 19 Grand Slam titles, including four US Open titles, while the now 38 year-old Roger Federer has a record 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, although the last of his five US Open titles (which were all won in consecutive years) came way back in 2008.
With Federer having undergone arthroscopic surgery for a right knee injury earlier this year and having only appeared in one of the last eight Grand Slam finals, there have to be doubts as to whether he can still go all the way and win the tournament in what must surely be the twilight of his career.
There are enough question marks over the established order to suggest that this might just be the tournament where one of the younger generation finally makes the breakthrough.
However, with little in the way of competitive action prior to the tournament there’s precious little recent form to go on, which makes any US Open betting predictions an even bigger challenge. This lack of recent action, coupled with ongoing doubts as to who will compete in the tournament also explains why most online sportsbooks have yet to offer their betting lines and tennis odds for the US Open.
Many sports betting tipsters will consider the 24 year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev as the biggest threat to the usual suspects, given that he was a finalist at the US Open last year.
Another potential contender has to be Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 22 year-old Greek was in excellent form in the months prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, winning the end of season ATP Finals in 2019, followed by retaining his title at the Open 13 tournament this year and reaching the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships (where he lost to Djokovic). On the downside, he’s never gone beyond the second round at the US Open.
Alexander Zverev achieved his best run at a Grand Slam to date in reaching the semi-finals at this year’s Australian Open. The 23 year-old German has long been seen as a Grand Slam tournament winner-in-waiting and now might just be the opportunity he needs.
Who will win the US Open 2020 Women’s Singles?
In stark contrast to the domination by an elite veteran trio seen in the men’s game, the past 13 Grand Slam titles in women’s tennis have been won by a total of 11 different players, with only Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka claiming more than one championship in that run.
Predicting the winner of the 2020 US Open is no easy feat, with numerous players having a realistic chance to prevail and the betting odds market is sure to be wide open.
Bianca Andreescu is the defending women’s champion and a hugely talented player. However, the 20 year-old Canadian struggled with injury prior to the coronavirus pandemic and it would be a big risk to back her to retain her title on that basis.
Although she will be 39 years old within a few weeks of the US Open being completed, Serena Williams will probably be the bookies favorite for the women’s title with most sportsbooks. With 23 Grand Slam singles titles (including six US crowns) to her name, she certainly can’t be discounted, but her last win was the Australian Open in 2017.
The 21 year-old Russian-born American Sofia Kenin caused a minor upset in winning the Australian Open earlier this year and is now up to number 4 in the world rankings.
There’s enormous hype surrounding 16 year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff, with the American having already reached the 4th round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and a 3rd round appearance at the US Open over the last year. Further progress is certainly possible at Flushing Meadows, but a Grand Slam title might need to wait a little longer yet.
Our Final US Open Tennis Predictions:
- US Open 2020 Men’s Outright Prediction - Alexander Zverev
- US Open 2020 Women’s Outright Prediction - Sofia Kenin