Was there something fishy going on in North Carolina over the weekend? The Tennis Integrity Unit is investigating Alexandr Dolgopolov’s match against Thiago Monteiro at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday night. Dolgopolov, who was once ranked No. 13 in the world, lost to Monteiro 6-3, 6-3 in a match that most offshore bookmakers pulled off the board due to suspicious betting activity. This is not the kind of story that tennis fans and officials want to hear before the US Open, which starts next week.
Didn’t. Lose. A. Set. Not only did Roger Federer dominate the Wimbledon field for his 19th major, the 35 year-old only needed to play 20 sets in seven matches to do it. Can he make it major championship No. 20 at the US Open in August? At the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, Federer is a 5/2 favorite, followed by Rafael Nadal (4/1), Andy Murray (4/1). and Novak Djokovic (9/2). The US Open will take place in Flushing Meadows, New York from August 28-September 10.
“The Big Four” all made it to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Men’s bracket, but only one of them is still standing. Rafael Nadal was eliminated by Gilles Muller in Monday’s fourth round, Andy Murray lost a five-set battle with Sam Querry in the quarterfinals, and Novak Djokovic retired after the first set against Tomas Berdych. That leaves Mr. Federer as the only one standing. At the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, Roger Federer was a 5/2 favorite prior to the start of the tournament. Now that his three rivals have all been eliminated, Federer is all the way down to 2/7 to win his eighth All-England Club championship. He is joined in the Wimbledon semifinal by Marin Cilic (4/1), Berdych (15/1) and Querry (20/1) .
What a match! Gilles Muller defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 in a five-set thriller on Monday afternoon. Muller has another up-hill climb ahead of him on Wednesday in the Men’s quarterfinal against Marin Cilic. At the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the Croatian Cilic is a -390 favorite. This is the fourth-straight year that Cilic has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but the 2014 US Open winner has failed to advance in each of the past three years.
We haven’t seen him in a while, but Roger Federer is still the 5/2 favorite in the men’s draw of the 2017 Wimbledon tournament at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Other top men’s players include Andy Murray (11/4), Novak Djokovic (9/2) and French Open champion Rafael Nadal (6/1).
On Sunday, May 28th the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Tennis French Open officially begins in Paris, France. Below are two charts showing the current future odds to win the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Tennis French Open Odds at William Hill’s 109 Nevada Sports Books and on the Mobile Sports app. Also below, are two charts showing the top 10 most popularly bet Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players by total dollars wagered to win the 2017 French Open at William Hill
No Serena. No Federer. No Sharapova. Djokovic off his game. If there was ever a time for a big upset run in a modern major, this might be it. The French Open begins next week at Roland Garros, and it might be the most wide-open major field in recent memory. On the men’s side, if it’s a clay tournament, obviously you have to focus your attention to Rafael Nadal. But is a 30-year old who’s 1-7 in his last eight matches against Djokovic worthy of such a small price? And speaking of Djokovic, he’s only won once on tour this season and admits to being in a career crossroads. World No. 1 player Andy Murray has never won the French Open. Can someone like Dominic Thiem or Nick Kyrgios break through?
Below are two charts showing the current odds, opening odds, longest odds, and trends for the remaining Men’s and Women’s tennis single players to win the 2017 Australian Open.