Can Andy Murray turn his historic Olympic gold medal into a US Open title? In Rio, Murray became the first men’s singles player to win back-to-back Olympic golds by beating Juan Martin del Potro in the finals. Japan’s Kei Nishikori captured the bronze. On the women’s side, Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber for the gold medal. Serena Williams was bounced from the tournament in the third round by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. Fortunately for Williams, she’s returning to Flushing Meadows where she’s won six times.

The US Open has had a recent history of providing surprise winners. In the men’s draw, Juan Martin del Potro shocked Roger Federer in the 2009 finals, and Marin Čilić and Kei Nishikori were both surprise finalists in 2014. In the women’s draw, Australia’s Samantha Stosur shocked Serena Williams in the 2011 finals, and Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci combined for a surprising all-Italy final last year.

Novak Djokovic is an even-money favorite in the men’s draw, followed by Murray at 2/1. Serena Williams is a 5/4 favorite on the women’s side, followed by Simona Halep at 8/1. Odds for the 2016 US Open below, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook


Jay Richards

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