US Open Tennis 2023 - Our verdict
The last Grand Slam tennis tournament starts next week and we have summarised the current situation for you in the following article. Are there any German players with a chance? Who will come out on top this time between Djokovic and Alcaraz? All this is answered now.
US Open Tennis 2023
The last major Grand Slam tournament of the tennis year 2023 takes place over the next two weeks. For the elite, it starts on Monday 28th August in the Big Apple, New York. At GambleJoe we have looked at the odds on the title as well as the various US Open betting odds.
Unlike previous years, there will be no free TV coverage for tennis fans in Germany. Instead, streaming channel Sportdeutschland.TV has secured the rights to the US Open until 2027. Prices range from 25 euros for the entire tournament to 10 euros for a single day. A single match costs €5.
Review of the year in tennis
In men's tennis, it has been the year of Novak Djokovic. The Serb won both the Australian Grand Slam and Roland Garros in Paris. In Melbourne, he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets. At Roland Garros, he also lost in straight sets to Norwegian Casper Ruud. At Wimbledon, all the pundits had him winning, but he did not. The Djoker lost to Spain's Carlos Alcaraz in a thrilling five-set final. It was Alcaraz's second Grand Slam title after winning the US Open in 2022.
While the roles in men's tennis are fairly clear and Novak Djokovic now has a real challenger in Carlos Alcaraz, the women's game is a little more unpredictable. Several women are expected to win a Grand Slam. Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka's star has really risen this year. After winning her first Grand Slam title in Australia, the 25-year-old reached the semi-finals in both Paris and Wimbledon. As well as Sabalenka, there is also world number one Iga Swiatek. The Pole has been on a roll of late, winning her fourth Grand Slam title in Paris. Now she says she is ready to defend her US Open title. At Wimbledon 2023, however, she suffered a shock quarter-final defeat to Elina Switolina. Svitolina had only qualified for the tournament on a wild card. As well as Sabalenka and Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Jelena Rybakina are also worth keeping an eye on. Gauff won the Cincinnati Masters a few days ago, beating the favourite Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals.
In the next section we will take a closer look at the players.
Favourites for the title
Looking back on the tennis season so far, it is already clear which player(s) have legitimate hopes of winning the US Open. We take a closer look at the top favourites.
Novak Djokovic - Back in the USA at last
- Country - Serbia
- Age - 36 years
- World Ranking - 2nd place with 9795 points
- Grand Slam wins - 23 wins, including the US Open 3 times (2011, 2015 and 2018).
- Punching hand - Right
- Special - Among the best players in the history of the sport
Novak Djokovic will return to the US Open after 2021. He missed the last two tournaments due to his vaccination status in the wake of the Corona debate. After a strong year that saw him win the Australian Open, French Open and Cincinnati, the Djoker heads to New York as the overwhelming favourite. On top of those wins, he has a Wimbledon final and a Rome quarter-final to his name. His victory in Paris saw him leapfrog Spain's Rafael Nadal to become the world's all-time leading Grand Slam winner with 23.
One of his strengths is an incredibly reliable serve. The Serb wins over 91% of his service games on average. He is also known for his positive attitude and all-round qualities. No player returns better than Novak.
Carlos Alcaraz - The greatest challenger
- Country - Spain
- Age - 20 years
- World Ranking - Rank 1 with 9815 points
- Grand Slam Wins - 2
- Punching hand - Right
- Special - Already considered the best tennis player of his generation
The 20-year-old Spaniard is regarded as the legitimate successor to his idol Rafael Nadal. After winning the US Open in 2022, he climbed to the top of the world rankings for the first time. At the same time, he became the youngest world number one in the history of tennis rankings. He is considered to be a similar type of player to Rafael Nadal. Fast on his feet and with an incredible intelligence. His defence is also feared, and the Spaniard has been on the counter-attack in recent tournaments.
The year 2023 could hardly have gone better. We will never forget his thrilling Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, which he won. The Wimbledon victory was also revenge for the semi-final defeat in Paris at the French Open. Victories at Indian Wells and the Madrid Masters followed. In the dress rehearsal for the US Open, he narrowly lost the final (7-5, 6-7, 6-7). Against whom? To Novak Djokovic, of course. Based on the results so far, the US Open will be another battle between the world's two best players.
Other favourites among the men
Now that we have described the two top favourites in a little more detail, here is the extended favourite trip in a nutshell.
- Daniil Medwedew (27) – Won the US Open in 2021 and is favourite to win it again behind Alcaraz and Djokovic. He has already won the Masters in Rome and Miami this season. He is currently ranked third in the world.
- Jannik Sinner (22) – Has been waiting for the big breakthrough for years. This season, Sinner won a Masters tournament for the first time. He beat the Australian Alex de Minaur in two sets at the Canada Masters. He also achieved the best Grand Slam result of his career by reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
Iga Swiatek - The Favourite
- Country - Poland
- Age - 22 years
- World Ranking - Rank 1 with 9955 points
- Grand Slam Wins - 4
- Punching hand - Right
- Special - Already won the French Open three times
Iga Swiatek literally knocked the stars out of the sky last year. She won the Masters in Rome, Miami, Indian Wells and Doha. She also won the Grand Slams in New York and Melbourne. Iga had reached the top at the age of 21. The current 2023 season has not been quite as successful for the versatile right-hander. With 'only' one tournament win, at the French Open, she certainly doesn't want to call it a year. In New York, she wants nothing more than her fifth Grand Slam title. Her chances are good, according to several tennis experts.
Swiatek's greatest strength is that she has no real weaknesses. She is considered to be an extremely intelligent player who plays both a commanding offensive and defensive game. On the offensive, she plays aggressive tennis, often forcing her opponents to make mistakes. She loves to attack with her fast topspin and powerful forehand. If she can keep her nerve and stay injury free, we expect her to make it big.
Aryna Sabalenka - Crowning her year 2023?
- Country - Belarus
- Age - 25 years
- World Ranking - 2nd place with 8746 points
- Grand Slam wins - 1
- Punching hand - Right
- Special - Wants to crown the current season
The 25-year-old Sabalenka is enjoying the most successful year of her career to date. She won the Australian Open in January, followed by semi-finals in Paris and Wimbledon. At the Masters she impressed with a triumph in Madrid, where she beat none other than Iga Swiatek.
Her strengths include a strong service game combined with a powerful hitting hand. She has a tiger tattoo on her left arm, which has earned her the nickname "Tiger". It is a fitting nickname as she is well known in the tennis world for her fierce attitude. Her big break came after the Corona break and she recently explained in an interview that it was during this time that she changed her game. She explained that she had worked a lot on her biomechanics to be able to attack better. Her previous encounters with rival Iga Swiatek had ended 3-5 and she had beaten the current world number one three times. The semi-final of the last US Open was particularly memorable as Sabalenka ran out of steam in the final after a strong first set (6-3). If the US Open seedings are anything to go by, she will meet Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals and could then face Swiatek again.
Other favourites in the women's category
Besides Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka, we believe that other players will triumph in New York. Here is an overview.
- Coco Gauff (19) – The American recently celebrated her first Masters title in Cincinnati. Many are already comparing her to the Williams sisters. If she continues to improve year on year, she has a great tennis career ahead of her.
- Elena Rybakina (24) – Rybakina has had a strong season so far, winning Masters titles in Indian Wells and Rome. Her biggest success to date was her triumph at Wimbledon last year.
Chances for German participants
After a long injury lay-off, Alexander Zverev is finally back! He reached the semi-finals of the French Open again this year, as well as the US Open in 2021. Zverev is Germany's (only) great hope in tennis. At the ATP tournament in Hamburg, the blonde could win his first title since his serious injury in the 2022 season. Although he is not one of the overwhelming favourites, his exceptional skills have kept him in the running.
Alex Zverev will be joined in New York by Yannick Hanfmann, Dominik Koepfer and Daniel Altmaier. Unfortunately, Jan-Lennard Struff has pulled out due to a hip injury.
In the women's singles, Tatjana Maria (WTA rank 49) will be the highest German seeded player. She will be followed by Anna-Lena Friedsam and Tamara Korpatsch. Unfortunately, none of them have any real chance of winning the title. Just getting to the third round would be a huge achievement.
Our forecast for the tournament
Nevertheless, we see Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz as the clear frontrunners in the men's draw. We see the US Open title going to either of them. Given their current form, we are leaning towards the Djoker. After the vaccination debates, he will be a little more motivated than usual in the USA. Otherwise, keep an eye on Djoker and Alcaraz and place your bets accordingly.
In the women's singles, we think there will be a number of players behind Iga Swiatek. Coco Gauff had an outstanding tournament in Cincinnati and will take the momentum with her to New York. A bet of around 13.00 is a good bet if you are looking for higher odds. Otherwise, it's all about the current world number one, Iga Swiatek. If she plays as well as she usually does and puts on a similar performance to last season in New York, the Pole will be flying home with the trophy at the end of the day.
Tennis betting opportunities
Tennis betting is one of the most popular sports bets. With tennis, you have the opportunity to bet on several outcomes or bets at the same time. We would like to present the most popular bets:
- Bet on the winner:
This is about betting on the winner of a tennis match. Unlike football, there is no tie in tennis. It is therefore a two-way bet. The win bet is the most popular and most commonly placed tennis bet.
- Over / Under Betting:
There are many different types of over/under bets in tennis. For example, you can bet that a match will be decided in three, four or five sets.
- Long-term bets:
Long-term betting allows you to pick the winner of a Grand Slam tournament, for example.
- Handicap betting:
The idea is to give a player a virtual lead. This type of bet is particularly suitable for a favourite, for example, as the odds are logically increased.
- Set bet:
The set bet is a popular live bet. You can follow the action live and place a bet within seconds.
Where can I watch the US Open 2023 live?
Tennis fans in Germany will be able to watch the US Open via streaming provider Sportdeutschland.tv. In contrast to previous years, there will be no free TV broadcasts. Sportdeutschland.tv offers a variety of subscriptions. For example, a subscription for the entire tournament or just one match.
Who is US Open record winner?
In the men's singles, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are the record winners with five titles. John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal follow with four victories each. Among current players, Novak Djokovic leads the way with three titles (2011, 2015, 2018). On the women's side, Chris Evert and Serena Williams lead the way with six titles each.
Who is top favourite for the US Open 2023 title?
Bookmakers expect the 2023 US Open men's title to be decided between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. The odds vary between 2.25 and 2.35, depending on the bookmaker. On the women's side, Iga Swiatek is the top favourite at odds of 3.20. She is followed by Aryna Sabalenka (odds 5.50).
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