The US Open is set to get underway this week in New York, with all the best men’s and women’s tennis players in the world competing for the fourth and final Grand Slam trophy of the year. As always, we bring you our best predictions and betting picks for the futures markets right here!
2021 US Open Futures Betting Picks
Like just about all men’s Grand Slam’s in the current era, Novak Djokovic will start as the odds-on favorite to take out the tournament. After winning all three Grand Slams in the season to date, Djokovic now has a chance to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in a calendar year. The Serb’s chances of doing just that are bolstered by the omissions of fellow ‘Big 3’ members Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, however, a niggling shoulder injury that’s caused him to miss the lead-up tournaments, coupled with the huge amount of pressure on his shoulders make his odds too short to get on in our opinion.
If Novak Djokovic doesn’t win the tournament, then who will? In our opinion, the next best chance is world #2 Daniil Medvedev. The 25-year-old Russian has made his mark in Grand Slam’s over the last 18-24 months, making a pair of finals during that time, both of which have been on hard courts. Medvedev has also been in fantastic form leading into the tournament with finals in both the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters.
So, with all things considered, if the Joker can’t get over the line as his extremely short quote, then we see Daniel Medvedev as the man you’ll want to have something on at around 5-1 odds.
Fans of women’s tennis unfortunately won’t be able to see the GOAT in action over the next fortnight, with Serena Williams missing the US Open due to injury. She’s joined by her sister Venus and fellow American star Sofia Kenin as big-name players missing from the women’s draw.
Leading the betting market at all agencies is world number #1 Ash Barty. The 25-year-old is seemingly at the peak of her powers and has been by far the most consistent player on the women’s tour this season with 40 wins from 46 matches. Barty is also coming off her first title-winning run at Wimbledon a couple of months ago, which was her second career singles Grand Slam title. The only other woman at less than a 10-1 shot in the betting market is 2x US Open champion Naomi Osaka, however, with everything that’s gone on for her this year it’s just a futures bet you don’t want to be sweating on.
Of course, you could make a case for 10-15 women and why they’re a solid chance of taking home the title at Flushing Meadows this year, but Ash Barty is the deserving favorite on the back of her form over the last 24 months and is our pick to lift her first ever US Open singles title.
Men's Quarter 3 Winner
Besides the outright market in the men’s and women’s draw, our favorite futures play comes from the Men’s Quarter 3 market. In this quarter it’s world #3 Stefanos Tsitsipas who’s the +100 favorite, but we’re prepared to go around him here and take a shot at #7 ranked Andrey Rublev. The 23-year-old Russian has been the second-best player on hard courts behind Novak Djokovic over the last 24 months and has made four Grand Slam quarter finals on the surface, with two of those coming at Flushing Meadows. Rublev also comes into this tournament in fantastic form, which is another reason why getting on him to win this quarter at juicy odds is a really solid play.