2021 US Open tennis betting guide - where should your money go

All you need to know ahead of the final tennis major of the year, as Novak Djokovic targets an historic Grand Slam.

What are the latest betting odds for the 2021 US Open tennis?

World number one Novak Djokovic is the odds-on favourite for the men's singles title - no surprise given he arrives chasing the calendar-year Grand Slam having already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2021.

The top 10 in the outright betting (and title odds):

Novak Djokovic - 4/6

Daniil Medvedev - 4/1

Alex Zverev - 6/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas - 9/1

Matteo Berrettini - 18/1

Andrey Rublev - 25/1

Jannik Sinner - 25/1

Denis Shapovalov - 40/1

Aslan Karatsev - 50/1

Milos Raonic - 50/1

The women's singles market is headed by the defending champion, Naomi Osaka.

The top 10 in the outright betting (and title odds):

Naomi Osaka - 4/1

Ash Barty - 6/1

Serena Williams - 10/1

Bianca Andreescu - 12/1

Iga Swiatek - 12/1

Simona Halep - 12/1

Aryna Sabalenka - 12/1

Garbine Muguruza - 14/1

Karolina Pliskova - 16/1

Petra Kvitova - 16/1

*All odds correct as of August 23.

Who's not playing at the 2021 US Open tennis?

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There are three big names missing from this year's US Open men's field, namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Federer, the five-time champion, recently revealed he requires more knee surgery with doubts raised over his ability to return to the match court.

Four-time winner Nadal has a foot injury, which has put paid to the rest of his 2021 season.

Likewise, reigning champion Thiem has called an end to his season. The reason for his curtailment? A wrist injury sustained in June.

The absence of that trio is undoubtedly a boost to Novak Djokovic's hopes of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam.

Despite all his injury problems of recent years, 2012 champion Andy Murray will be involved this year.

The women's singles has not been as hard hit by injuries with every member of the world's top 10 in the field.

Serena Williams hasn't played since retiring from her first-round match at Wimbledon due to an ankle injury but she is still due to bid for what would be a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title. She currently has 23, one shy of Margaret Court's all-time record.

What are the 2021 US Open tennis dates?

The 2021 US Open tennis tournament starts on Monday August 30 and ends on Sunday September 12.

Qualifying takes place the previous week, from Tuesday August 24 to Friday August 27.

When is the draw for the 2021 US Open tennis?

The main draw for the men's singles and women's singles is scheduled to be revealed on Thursday August 26 at 5pm BST.

Unlike in previous years, there will be no ceremony, attended by press and public.

Will there be fans at the 2021 US Open tennis?

Flushing Meadows crowd US Open 2009

Yes, thankfully.

After last year's tournament was staged behind closed doors, fans will be back at Flushing Meadows for the 2021 edition.

The event is being staged with full capacity - the first Grand Slam tournament to do so since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans will not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to gain entry. The unvaccinated should wear a face mask outdoors, while coverings are also required indoors for all spectators.

Where will the 2021 US Open tennis take place?

The US Open is staged in New York, specifically at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the borough of Queens.

The venue is often referred to as Flushing Meadows, which is actually the park in which the tennis centre is situated.

The main showcourt is Arthur Ashe Stadium - the biggest purpose-built tennis arena in the world. It holds almost 24,000 people.

Ashe is one of two courts with a retractable roof. The other is Louis Armstrong Stadium, whose capacity is just over 14,000.

What time do the 2021 US Open tennis finals start?

The men's singles final takes place on Sunday, September 12 at 9pm BST (4pm local time).

The women's singles final will be held 24 hours earlier, on Saturday, September 11 at 9PM BST (4PM local time).

Who holds the UK TV rights for the 2021 US Open tennis?

The tournament will be screened by Amazon Prime Video.

This year is the fourth of a five-year deal signed by Amazon and the USTA in 2018.

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