- US Open Favorites to Win
- Odds for 2020 French Open
- Where to stream or watch on TV
The US Open, the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2020 starts August 31 until September 13, and marks the 140th edition of the tennis tournament. This year, players will compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, in New York City, NY. We’ve got odds for the favorites to win the US Open and the French Open, both slated for 2020.
Fun Fact: The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played every year since its inception—Even in 2020 during a pandemic.
Did you know that even though the US Open has been played every year since its inception, 2020 will be the first year without an audience? It sure is—Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the tennis tournament, which will consist of men’s and women’s singles and doubles draws, with double draws cut in half to 32 pairs instead of the usual 64.
After Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time in 75 years, it was uncertain if the final Grand Slam event, the US Open would take place—Luckily, it’s happening, sans fans.
2020 Grand Slam and COVID-19
What does the 2020 US Open look like in a pandemic? After a player (whose name hasn’t been released by the USTA) was asymptomatic but tested positive for Covid-19, the USTA released a statement which mentioned they’re working with medical advisors and an infectious disease specialist.
One other player, Rafael Nadal from Spain and winner of the men’s singles title in 2019, is choosing not to compete in the 2020 Open.
On Twitter, Nadal said, “After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it.”
The main precaution they’re taking at the US Open, of course, is the lack of audience. Some players are liking the different environment—“When you’re walking to and from practice — you have to get somewhere for a certain time — it’s nice. You know that there’s no one around, that you’re not going to get stopped,” says tennis-pro and 3-time Grand Slam Title winner Andy Murray, but he’s noticed a lack of energy, too. “Now it’s tennis players and their teams walking around with masks on. It’s just all very different and a little bit sad.”
Typically, around 30,000 fans head to the Billie Jean King Center during the US Open to watch matches, shop and talk tennis. Like we mentioned earlier, the US Open is usually the final Grand Slam tournament—When it comes to the other Grand Slam tournaments, the order is a bit mixed-up this year.
The French Open will be held just after the US Open, on September 20, while the Australian Open was lucky enough to be slated before the full-fledged pandemic hit, taking place in January-February 2020. Wimbledon was cancelled in early April, and as of September 2020 will not be rescheduled by 2021. This is the first time Wimbledon’s been cancelled since World War II.
Broadcast: Where to watch, when to watch the US Open
You can watch the US Open on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN+, the Tennis Channel, fuboTV or Prime Video—Events happen until September 13, click here for when you can catch US Open tennis matches, on your favorite channel, in your region. (all air times in ET).
2020 US Open Odds
Who are the favorites to win the US Open? Who are the favorites to take the other big Grand Slam event, the French Open? Check out the 2020 US Open Futures and French Open odds below, via our friends at BetOnline.
Naomi Osaka is the favorite this year (especially after her stunning win against Serena Williams in 2018), while seed no. 28 Jennifer Brady won over Anna Blinkova in the first round. However, if Williams wins, she’ll set a record for most singles victories in US Open History.
When it comes to men, Novak Djokovic is a clear front-runner (especially after Nadul’s exit from this year’s tournament) with 17 Grand Slam singles titles, five ATP Finals titles and 35 ATP Tour Masters Titles. This makes him the player with the third highest number of Grand Slam titles, and tied with Roger Federer for the most hardcourt titles.
|2020 US Open – Odds to Win Women’s US Open Quarter 1|
|US Open – Odds to Win Women’s US Open Quarter 2|
|US Open – Odds to Win Men’s US Open Quarter 1|
|US Open – Odds to Win Men’s US Open Quarter 2|
|Juan Ignacio Londero||+6600|
|Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||+10000|
2020 French Open Odds
|French Open – WTA|
|Jil Belen Teichmann||+3300|