- Novak Djokovic, who is the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world, was disqualified for hitting a line judge with a tennis ball.
- Djokovic is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, but with his absence, it leaves the door open for a first-time U.S. Open Men’s Singles winner.
- Sportsbooks now favor Daniil Medvedev to win the U.S. Open at +185 odds.
NEW YORK – On Sunday, the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, was disqualified from the U.S. Open. The disqualification was the result of Djokovic hitting a line judge with a tennis ball.
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
Those that were betting on the U.S. Open before it began knew that Djokovic was far and away the clear cut favorite to win the tournament.
The Serbian tennis champion was favored at -130 odds to win the first major tournament since the COVID-19 pandemic halted any mass events such as Wimbledon. The next closest player was Daniil Medvedev at +600 odds.
But, after Djokovic’s actions in his match against Pablo Carreno-Busta, the floor has opened up for a new winner.
Odds To Win U.S. Open Men’s Singles
- Daniil Medvedev +185
- Dominic Thiem +325
- Alexander Zverev +350
- Denis Shapovalov +900
- Felix Auger-Aliassime +1000
- Matteo Berrettini +1200
- Andrey Rublev +1600
- Borna Coric +1800
- Pablo Carreno-Busta +2000
- Alex De Minaur +2200
- Vasek Pospisil +3300
- Frances Tiafoe +6600
Coincidentally, the player that Djokovic defaulted against has some of the longest odds to win the tournament when looking at the remaining competition.
Medvedev who started the tournament with the second shortest odds now takes the reigns of the top dog at +185 odds.
However, the No. 2 seed, Dominic Thiem isn’t too far off with +325 odds to win the U.S. Open Men’s Singles tournament. Thiem famously went toe-to-toe with Rafael Nadal in 2018 where he was able to last five sets with him in the 2018 U.S. Open quarterfinals.
Alexander Zverev also can’t be overlooked at +350 odds. As the 7th ranked tennis player in the world, he cruised past the quarterfinals after crushing Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. But, still being a young 23-year-old player and only reaching his first major semi this year, those betting on tennis have a right to be skeptical.
Still, it’s hard to argue betting against Medvedev. He’s one of three players in the 2020 U.S. Open that has yet to drop a set. He also won the 2019 Western & Southern Open proving he has the capability to go the distance.
Legal sports betting sites will shift the odds continuously as the tournament enters its second week. But right now might be the only time that every player on the oddsboard has positive odds.
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