- Number one ranked Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus after hosting his own tennis exhibition series in Croatia and Serbia.
- His positive results have not prevented sports bettors from taking action on him in the US Open.
- Djokovic has the shortest odds (+150) to win the Men’s US Open.
ZAGREB, Croatia – The tennis world has stumbled into some bad news as the top-ranked player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Djokovic reportedly organized a tennis series in Croatia and Serbia, resulting in new cases in both countries. Djokovic still has the shortest odds to win the US Open in August despite testing positive, with sports bettors expecting him to make a full recovery in time.
COVID-19 And The US Open
Despite having the coronavirus, tennis bettors are still leaning towards the number one tennis player to win the US Open.
US Open Tennis Betting Odds
- Novak Djokovic +150
- Rafael Nadal +350
- Roger Federer +600
- Andy Murray +1400
- Daniil Medvedev +900
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +1400
- Alexander Zverev +1600
- Nick Kyrgios +2500
- Dominic Thiem +1000
- Milos Raonic +3300
- Juan Martin Del Potro +3300
- Marin Cilic +4000
- Kei Nishikori +4000
- Stan Wawrinka +4000
- Kevin Anderson +4000
- Feliz Auger Aliassime +5000
- Karen Khachanov +5000
- Borna Coric +6600
Ironically, Djokovic was one of the main voices opposed to continuing the US Open due to risk of COVID-19 outbreak in the states.
The matches in Serbia and Croatia had zero social distancing, with fans in attendance and many staff members around players.
Djokovic is now the fourth player to test positive for the virus.
“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with,” said Djokovic in an official statement. “I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”
With this event, the growing scrutiny towards if there will be any more tennis events, including the US Open until the coronavirus is completely out of the picture.
For now, sports bettors can continue to take action on the US Open at legal betting sites.
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