Plenty of betting to be had in tennis post-Wimbledon
Less than 48 hours after Novak Djokovic took down Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) in the final of Wimbledon, you wouldn’t blame the tennis world for having something of a hangover.
After all, it was an incredible fortnight of tennis—Djokovic picking up his 21st Grand Slam, edging one ahead of Federer and one behind Nadal; the story of Nick Kyrgios finally fulfilling some of his long-known potential by making a deep run in a Grand Slam—complete with the drama of his attire, sassy press conferences and salty win over Stephanos Tsitsipas; as well as Sinner producing some of his best tennis, and several other players making their first deep runs in Grand Slams, courtesy of Berrettini, Medvedev, Rublev, Cilic and Zverev not being in the draw.
However, the show goes on. Such is the nature of tennis, that less than a day after Wimbledon had wrapped up, another tournament is starting on the other side of the world, with plenty of opportunities for betting.
Here’s a look at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport, USA, as the American summer leg of tennis kicks off ahead of the US Open.
Big names getting a head start on US Open
Far from taking a post-Wimbledon rest, several big names are fronting up for this 250 tournament to get a jump start on the American courts this summer.
Felix Auger Aliassime, John Isner, Tim Van Rijthoven and Andy Murray headline the tournament, in what is a strong line up for an ATP 250 event.
Having won the tournament in 2011, 2012, 2019 and 2017, John Isner is definitely one to watch. The American is coming off a strong Wimbledon showing where he took down previous champion and crowd favorite Andy Murray in four tough sets, before falling to eventual quarterfinalist Jannik Sinner in the third round.
Murray and Isner could meet again this week, with the two drawn on opposite sides of the draw.
A tournament dominated by big servers
John Isner will fancy his chances of picking up a sixth title here in Newport, as this has typically been a tournament dominated by those with a huge serve.
The fast grass surface saw Kevin Anderson win his last career title last year, before retiring several months ago. Ivo Karlovic—a player who until ten days ago held the world record for most aces served—is also a past champion in 2016.
With John Isner the player to take the ace record off Karlovic at Wimbledon, you’d think the big serving American has a good chance of carrying on that momentum on the grass courts of Newport.
What the odds are saying this week
Despite having won the tournament five times before, John Isner isn’t actually the favorite this year.
World No.9 and top seed Felix Auger Aliassime is a +250 favorite to come away with the title, leading Isner who comes in second favorite at +550.
Recent Wimbledon fourth round loser Tim van Rijthoven is third favorite to win the tournament at +650, reflective of his strong 2021 which has seen him achieve his inaugural ATP tour win, and inaugural title.
Andy Murray rounds out the betting at +700, and is a good bet given his strong season on grass this year.