Tennis fans are primed for the 2019 U.S. Open as stars such as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Roger Federer travel to New York. It’s time to take a look at what to expect from this year’s field. Where will the event be held, who’s expected to contend, and what are some of the key storylines to follow?
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 U.S. Open.
When and where is tennis’ U.S. Open held?
The U.S. Open is held every year at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. It begins on the last Monday of August each year. It lasts for two weeks.
The main court is known as Arthur Ashe Stadium, named for the late tennis star Arthur Ashe. In 2016, Arthur Ashe Stadium had a retractable roof added on to ensure there were no disruptions in play due to weather. No tennis stadium in the world has a larger retractable roof.
Other courts in the facility include Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand Stadium, and several other smaller courts.
Who are the favorites?
According to OddsShark.com, here are the favorites to win the men’s and women’s U.S. Open singles championship this year:
- Novak Djokovic: +125
- Rafael Nadal: +400
- Roger Federer: +500
- Alexander Zverev: +2000
- Juan Martin Del Potro: +2000
- Andy Murray: +2500
- Dominic Thiem: +2500
- Martin Cilic: +2500
- Stefanos Tsitsipas: +2500
- Kei Nishikori: +2800
- Nick Kyrgios: +2800
- Serena Williams: +350
- Simona Halep: +700
- Naomi Osaka: +800
- Ashleigh Barty: +1000
- Angelique Kerber: +1400
- Bianca Andreescu: +1400
- Karolina Pliskova: +1400
- Petra Kvitova: +1600
- Elina Svitolina: +1800
- Sloane Stephens: +1800
- Cori Gauff: +2000
To the surprise of no one, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic seem like the best bets to win. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are also being viewed as possible contenders on the men’s side.
What are the most interesting storylines?
Heading into one of the most anticipated events in tennis, there are several storylines of interest:
- Last year’s women’s final ended in controversy, as Williams had an outburst at the umpire in her loss to Naomi Osaka. How will Williams react in her first U.S. Open since the one she’d like to forget? It’s likely she’ll put last year’s event behind her and make another deep run.
- With all eyes on Williams on the women’s side, how will reigning champion Osaka fare? Will she fold after a strong showing last year or will she defend her title?
- Will any of the men’s field emerge to challenge Djokovic, Federer, or Nadal? The three have had a stranglehold over the majority of the last decade’s grand slams. Will a young upstart such as Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas emerge for an upset?
- What will Nick Kyrgios do? Tennis fans have learned to expect anything from the talented yet volatile Kyrgios. He has a contentious relationship with some of the game’s best stars and a penchant for on-court tantrums. Literally, anything can happen – including a tournament win. Will the mercurial Kyrgios be able to quiet the off-court distractions to channel his ability into a victory?
One of the best parts of the U.S. Open? Anything can happen. Tennis fans have come to expect the unexpected over the years, and this year’s event will certainly be no different.