- Tennis sports betting sites are offering odds on Novak Djokovic’s status for the US Open.
- According to his “no” odds of -200, he is not expected to play.
- Despite being unlikely to play, Djokovic’s odds to win the US Open are still +140.
- Betting Djokovic to win at +140 is a bad bet because he has +150 odds to simply play.
NEW YORK – The US Open does not begin until August 29th, but online sports betting sites are already suggesting that 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will not play.
Will Novak Djokovic play in the US Open 2022
- Yes +150
- No -200
Tennis Odds Not Adding Up
Previous examples have been given about sportsbooks offering different odds for effectively the same bet, but with the Djokovic odds it as actually more extreme than ever.
Djokovic has +150 odds to play. He also has +140 odds to win the US Open.
Odds To Win The US Open
- Novak Djokovic +140
- Daniil Medvedev +250
- Carlos Alcaraz Garfia +400
- Rafael Nadal +550
It is clearly impossible for Djokovic to win the US Open without playing, which makes the odds for this individual bet confusing to many. For those looking to bet on Djokovic to win the US Open, it would financially irresponsible to not instead bet on him to just play!
The only risk involved in betting on him to play is whether or not he plays. To bet on Djokovic to win means betting on him to play(with worse odds) and for him to win the tournament.
No one doubts Djokovic’s ability on the court, but getting better odds while not needing him to play well is the better bet.
Reason Why Djokovic’s Status Is In Question
Now it is only better to bet on Djokovic at +150 for yes, if the belief he plays. Otherwise, it makes no sense to be on him to either win or participate.
The question of if he will play or not is quite up in the air. ABC has reported that it is in fact likely that he will miss the tournament.
Similar to the Australian Open, Djokovic’s status for the Grand Slam is doubtful because of his vaccination status.
Brett is a passionate sports writer who majored in Sport Management at Florida State University. He combines his knowledge of stats with his understanding of game theory to find the best values when sports betting. Brett enjoys golfing, playing cornhole, and hanging out by the pool when he’s not locked in watching games.