2018 US Open Tennis Preview
Every year one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport of tennis is held on United States soil: the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. Played in Flushing Meadows, NY, this can’t-miss competition is the last of four Grand Slam tournaments.
Where & when is the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament set to take place?
The 2018 tourney will take place from August 27 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, which is a neighborhood located in Queens (a borough of New York City).
This year’s U.S. Open marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Open Era, which is when the tournament allowed professional players to enter. Prior to 1968 only amateur players were allowed entry.
Who is competing this year?
Due to the increased prize pool and ranking points that go hand-in-hand with a Grand Slam tournament, virtually every able-bodied professional tennis player will compete in New York at the end of August. Last year’s tournament featured a prize pool of over $50 million with singles winners taking home $3.7 million each, so every player that enters will undoubtedly leave it all on the court given the tremendous financial payday for advancing deep into the tournament.
Are there any major changes to the US Open Tennis in 2018?
Yes, there are. The main change, which has proven to be a bit controversial, is a set of rules designed to speed up the pace of play. This includes newly-implemented serve clocks, pre-match warmup clocks and stricter rules around coaching.
Players now have just 25 seconds to serve the ball, lest they face a warning and then subsequent docking of points. There is also a 7-minute limit for warm-ups before matches. While the penalty for taking more than seven minutes in a warmup isn’t a point deduction, it would behoove players to finish their warmups quickly as they can be fined up to $20,000 for going over the allotted time.
Another change made to help improve pace of play is a rule that bars coaches from communicating with their players during matches. All three pace of play changes were tested during the qualifying portion of last year’s tournament with favorable results, so they have been implemented into this year’s main draw.
Diehard fans of the tournament will surely notice another change from last year’s setup as the newly-built Louis Armstrong Stadium is set to be opened for the 2018 tournament. The new stadium, which features a retractable roof, will also host night sessions this year. This means that the tournament will now have two venues featuring nighttime tennis–the other being the main court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Early US Open Tennis Predictions?
Despite the fact that we’re still about three months away from the beginning of the tournament, oddsmakers have already put out future wagers that give us a pretty good idea at who the favorites will likely be.
For the men’s singles portion of the tournament, Oddschecker.com has Roger Federer at 7/2 odds, Novak Djokovic at 9/2, last year’s champion Rafael Nadal at 11/2 and Andy Murray at 8/1. All four of the aforementioned players have won the tournament before, so it makes sense that they would be favored going into the draw.
On the women’s side of things, Oddschecker lists six-time tournament champion Serena Williams as the favorite at 6/1 while 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza comes in second at 12/1.
The men’s side of the tournament should be highly-contested between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The two titans of the sport have combined to win the last five Grand Slam events, dating back to the 2017 Australian Open. We’ll give the edge to last year’s champion, Nadal, due to the fact that Federer hasn’t won the U.S. Open since his run of five straight championships ended back in 2008.
For the women’s side of the tournament, it’s not surprising that Serena Williams is favored, seeing that she won it three times in a row between 2012 and 2014. Last year’s surprise champion, American Sloane Stephens, could give Serena a run for her money. With that being said, we simply can’t pick against Serena given her track record at the U.S. Open.
Where can I buy US Open Tennis tickets?
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