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The U.S. Open Means Great Tennis Betting

The excitement of Wimbledon is still palpable, the smell of fresh-cut grass still wafting in the air, yet summer is almost drawing to a close and the U.S. Open is right around the corner. Wimbledon was a wild ride – particularly on the women’s side – but that only makes the possibilities in New York even more interesting. At the end of August, all eyes will be on Flushing Meadows where the year’s fourth and final Grand Slam event will be played in what is arguably the most exhilarating city in the world.

The only thing that can make tennis even more exciting is punting on the outcome. Tennis betting online is easy; find a reputable sports betting site (William Hill Sports is always a “safe bet”), become a member, check out the odds, and place a bet. A good site like William Hill will also give you the latest news (regarding the players’ health, recent matches, predictions of the pundits, etc.) and will list the in-play results. The odds in the weeks preceding a big event reflect the players’ chances of winning: The “longer” the odds the worse the chances are; but, on the other hand, the payout will be greater if a wager is placed on this type of “underdog.”

Andy Murray, the brilliant Scot, is riding high after his spectacular win in London; he was the first Brit to take the Wimbledon cup in 77 years. Nonetheless, he will face a strong challenge in the form of Novak Djokovic, the Wimbledon runner-up and #1 seed. Those two are the favourites to win in the U.S., with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal tucked in behind them. Serena Williams is still the women’s favourite, even after crashing and burning in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Marion Bartoli of France may have won in London, but she is by no means a frontrunner going into the Open (the odds indicate that Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are more viable contenders). As we learned in England, anything can happen; that’s why tennis – and tennis betting – is always a thrill a minute.