The US Open Gets Under Way So Who Will Win The Final Grand Slam Of 2017?

There’s lots of exciting news from several different Bet365 sites to bring you this week, but we are going to start with a major sporting event that gets under way today Monday 28th August at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York as the cream of world tennis gathers to compete to be the next US Open champion.

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That will give you plenty of opportunity to explore the many attractions and markets available on the Bet365 Sport site, one of which this week is the fantastic betting opportunities available at the US Open Tennis Tournament.

The US Open – A Brief History of the Event

The 137th US Open will be competed for as keenly as any of the previous events over the years and although American players once dominated the event, especially in the pre-open era before 1968, it is now an event which has seen plentiful participation and victory for players from all over the world.

This year’s prize pool of $50,400,000 is the richest in the history of the event.

The defending champion in the men’s event is Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, though he will not defend his title due to injury. Germany’s Angelique Kerber is the defending title-holder in the women’s event and she will be keen to replicate her success of 2016.

In the Open Era, the three men have won the most titles in the Men’s Tournament; Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who have all won the US Open a total of five times. Federer has the unique distinction of winning all five of his US Open titles in succession, winning every year from 2004, through to 2008.

Chris Evert and Serena Williams have the most number of victories in the women’s tournament with six win’s apiece, Evert winning her six titles in an eight year span from 1975 to 1982, while Serena’s six wins have spanned an incredible 16 years, from 1999 through to her last victory here in 2014.

The 2017 US Open – Injuries and Absences Prior to the Tournament

This year’s US Open has already been hit by the absence of several key figures in the men’s game in particular, although the women’s draw is also diminished somewhat by the absence, through pregnancy, of Serena Williams.

The men’s draw however has been decimated by injuries to players. Three of the world’s top five including last year’s two finalists, Stanislaw Wawrinka who won the event, and runner up Novak Djokovic both were ruled out of the tournament a short time ago. Then on the eve of the event, second seed Andy Murray called a press conference to confirm he was having to withdraw from the competition due to injury.

Add to this the fact that two other top ten seeded players in Kei Nishikori of Japan and Milos Raonic of Canada means that this year, the men’s draw has a somewhat unfamiliar look to it once you get beyond the usual suspects of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

If the absences in the men’s draw seems to have narrowed down the number of potential winners to just a couple, Serena Williams’ absence has had the opposite effect in the women’s game in recent months. Since her last win in Australia at the start of the year, Williams absence has seen a number of surprise winners at Major events with Jelena Ostapenko’s victory at the French Open the biggest surprise, while Garbine Muguruza’s Wimbledon victory was also something of a shock.

The Top Ten Seeds In Each Tournament

Due to the injury or absence of key players, the top ten seeds in the men’s and women’s events does have a somewhat unusual look.

Men’s Top Ten Seeds

  1. Rafael Nadal (Spa)
  2. Roger Federer (Swi)
  3. Alexander Zverev (Ger)
  4. Marin Cilic (Cro)
  5. Dominic Thuem (Aut)
  6. Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)
  7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)
  8. David Goffin (Bel)
  9. John Isner (USA)
  10. Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa)

These are revised seedings following the withdrawal of no 2 seed Andy Murray on the event of the tournament which has seen all players move up one space as a result.

Women’s Top Ten Seeds

  1. Karolina Pliskova (Cze)
  2. Simona Halep (Rom)
  3. Garbine Muguruza (Spa)
  4. Elina Svitolina (Ukr)
  5. Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
  6. Angelique Kerber (Ger)
  7. Johanna Konta (GB)
  8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
  9. Venus Williams (USA)
  10. Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol)

Yet looking at the top ten seeds doesn’t tell the whole story especially in the women’s draw where a Wildcard entry has been granted to Maria Sharapova, while the likes of Petra Kvitova, Jelena Ostapenko, Kristina Mladenovic, Cocn Vanderweghe, Madison Keys and Domenika Cibulkova have all been ranked just outside the top 10.

What’s the best value betting I can enjoy on the US Open tennis?

Bet365 Sport offers plenty of great betting on all the games taking place in the Men’s and Women’s singles events at the US Open, as well as betting on all the doubles matches taking place, and even down to the Junior and Senior matches that will be contested.

Of course you can place a myriad of bets on these games both pre-match and also In Play where you can also tune in to watch matches live via Bet365’s Live Streaming service throughout the day and across a wide range of courts.

However for the best value bets, why not take advantage of Bet365’s outstanding Tennis Accumulator Bonus offer, which is specifically designed for punters that like to put together their own tennis accumulator bets.

To make a bet for this promotion simply place a bet of 2 or more selections on any of the To Win Match, First Set Winner or Set Betting markets for Singles or Doubles matches at the US Open (or indeed, any ATP, WTA or Challenger Tour event) and if your bet wins then you’ll receive a cash bonus on top of your standard winnings.

The size of your bonus depends on how many selections were in your successful accumulator bet, combined with how much your winnings were. Your bonus is calculated as a percentage of your winnings, with the size of the percentage increasing the greater the number of selections you had on your bet.

The full list of bonus payments are as follows:

  • Double – 5% bonus
  • Treble – 7.5% bonus
  • 4-fold – 10% bonus
  • 5-fold – 15% bonus
  • 6-fold – 20% bonus
  • 7-fold – 25% bonus
  • 8-fold – 30% bonus
  • 9-fold – 35% bonus
  • 10-fold – 40% bonus
  • 11-fold – 45% bonus
  • 12-fold+ – 50% bonus

So for example, if you land a 10-fold bet that returned you £10,000 in winnings, you would earn a 40% bonus on top of that sum, so your actual winnings would be £14,000, plus you would get your stake money refunded back to you too.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy some high quality tennis betting over the course of the next fortnight on one of the biggest and best tennis tournaments in the world, so do remember to take advantage of this offer when you can, especially during the earlier rounds of the tournament.

Who is going to win the US Open Men’s and Women’s Tournaments 2017?

So having had a look at the major contenders, the key omissions, a brief history of the event and a fantastic betting offer you can enjoy throughout the tournament (and indeed throughout the tennis season), who do we think will win the men’s and women’s titles this year?]

In the men’s event we cannot look past a Federer v Nadal final and given the form the Swiss legend showed in Australia and at Wimbledon, we think this is going to be Federer’s year and his sixth title. You can back Roger Federer to win the event at 7/4 and we think that is an outstanding value bet.

The women’s event is far more open and there is scope for almost any of the top 30 seeds to win this event. Muguruza is the 4/1 favourite with Bet365, with defending champion Kerber a tempting 20/1 chance but I think the value bet here is Simona Halep who is a strong hard court player and who has been close in several Grand Slam’s this year, at 11/1 the Romanian, if she can control her emotions on court, stands a good chance to win here.

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