- Betting odds for the US Open are still not available from major sportsbooks due to more and more of the world’s top players opting out of the event.
- On Friday, No. 5-ranked Elina Svitolina and No. 7-ranked Kiki Bertens announced they will not participate in this year’s major tournament.
- They join Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty, Nick Kyrgios, and many more in opting out of the event due to concerns over the coronavirus in America.
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Two more of the world’s top tennis players announced Friday that they will not be making the trip to the 2020 US Open due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
The world’s fifth-ranked women’s player Elina Svitolina and seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens both announced via social media that they will not be entering American’s major championship.
This comes after the news earlier this week that men’s No. 2-ranked player and 2019 US Open champion Rafael Nadal will also be dropping out from the event.
Svitolina announced in a statement via her Twitter account that she simply does not feel comfortable traveling and playing in the US Open without putting her and her team at risk.
Bertens made a statement in a similar manner, with a post on her Instagram account explaining that she will not be making the trip to New York for the annual event.
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Na lang nadenken heb ik besloten niet naar Amerika te gaan voor de toernooien Cincinnati en Us open. De situatie rond COVID-19 is nog dusdanig zorgwekkend dat de gezondheid van iedereen voorop staat en de controle over dit virus uiteraard prioriteit heeft. Zo heeft onze premier gisteren ook aangegeven dat we na Amerika 2 weken in quarantaine zouden moeten. Uiteraard respecteren wij dit als team en zou dit de voorbereiding voor mijn geliefde gravel in Rome en Parijs in de weg zitten. Ik hoop dat de situatie snel een positieve wending zal krijgen en wens iedereen een goede gezondheid toe # after long consideration I have decided not to go to the states for Cincinnati and the Us open. The situation around COVID-19 is still that worrying and the health of everyone and the control over this virus is priority. Our prime minister indicated yesterday that we should be quarantined for 14 days after coming back from the states. Off course we respect this as a team and this would disturb our preparation for my beloved clay court tournaments in Rome and Paris. I hope the situation will soon take a positive turn and wish everyone good health. Take care!
The two women join fellow competitors and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Australian Nick Kyrgios, the aforementioned Nadal, and others in abstaining from the first major tennis tournament in months.
These decisions have had ripple effects into the world of tennis betting, where the US Open has been removed from betting pages on the majority of sportsbooks.
Oddsmakers and handicappers simply cannot accurately offer odds on the tournament with so many big players opting-out from the event. Still, the US Open Championships are set to begin on August 31 and run to September 13, a date that was moved back already due to the effects of the virus.
The US Open is set to operate in a “bubble” setting, much like the NBA, where players and team members are secluded on the bio-secure campus.
No fans will be allowed in attendance at any of the matches throughout the tournament.
While players and fans attempt to try and enjoy this major tournament during a pandemic, legal sports betting apps will continue to scramble for the latest news in order to provide odds for the event.
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