US Open Favorites
The US Open is the least predictable of all the Grand Slam competitions, at least, in the men’s tournament. Roger Federer dominated it for a spell, but the last five US Opens have produced five different winners, and two of those winners, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic, don’t belong to the so-called Big Four. This is partly down to it having the fairest surface, on which grass court specialists and clay court stalwarts still have a chance, but whatever the reason, the US Open is not a tournament in which you can go big on the favorite.
US Open Prize Money
The US Open remains the most lucrative of all four Grand Slam events. There was a ten per cent increase in the prize fund for the 2016 edition, up to a total of $46.3 million. The winner of the tournament, Stan Wawrinka, took home $3.5 million, while runner-up Novak Djokovic earned $1.75 million for his failed attempt to win his third Grand Slam of the year. Beaten semi-finalists Gael Monfils and Kei Nishikori pocketed $875,000 apiece and the losing quarter-finalists picked up a healthy $450,000 for their trouble.
US Open Betting
This is the toughest tournament in which to find a winner, and so generally you should be looking outside the obvious favorites. Seven different men have made the final in the last five editions, and an each-way bet on a player finishing in the top two can often be a good way to profit from a bigger-priced selection. Physical fitness going into the event is important, as this tournament comes towards the end of a long, hard season, and although the surface at Flushing Meadow is fair, the atmosphere generated by a passionate crowd is unique, so you want to be sure your selection can handle it.
US Open Odds
This is probably the hardest Grand Slam for bookmakers to weigh up and caution is likely to be their watchword. Markets will be priced up based on hard-court form going into the event, and previous record at the tournament, though bookmakers find it harder to weigh up players who may have taken a break after the grass court season, and younger players with clear potential who have yet to show solid form.