ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Update: S. Williams, Federer and Nadal Withdraw

ATP & WTA 2021 US Open Update: S. Williams, Federer and Nadal Withdraw

MyBookie returns with an update for the 2021 US Open Betting odds, where we take a look at how the ATP Odds & WTA Odds have changed in the weeks leading to the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

ATP & WTA Updated Odds To Win the 2021 US Open

2021 US Open

  • When: August 30 – September 12 
  • Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City, United States

ATP 2021 US Open Odds – Men

WTA 2021 US Open Odds – Women

Notable Withdrawals In The Men’s Field

In the weeks leading to the 2021 US Open, there have been several withdrawals on the men’s side of the competition. Unfortunately for the tennis fans, it included some of the biggest names in the tennis world.

Rafael Nadal, who was priced as the second-favorite to win (+500) the 2021 US Open two weeks ago, has announced he will not be participating in the Grand Slam. World no.5 cited a chronic left foot injury, which kept him out for two months after the French Open, as the reason for his withdrawal.

Nadal has already skipped the 2021 Wimbledon after his semi-finals loss to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros and was also out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the same injury.

Nadal was last seen competing at the Citi Open earlier this month; however, he decided to pull out from the National Bank Open in Toronto after the pain in his foot persisted.

Joining Nadal as another high-profile name who will not attend the 2021 US Open is Roger Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed that he is due to a third surgery on his right knee.

In the announcement video, which Federer posted on his Instagram, he expressed doubt regarding his future in tennis, as he is unsure how much the upcoming surgery will impact his career. Although still regarded as one of the best players in the world, there is a world where Federer won’t return to the tennis courts next year.

Before the withdrawal, Federer was priced as the third-favorite to win his 21st Grand Slam at +600.

Similar to Nadal and Federer, Dominic Thiem has decided to skip the 2021 US Open to undergo wrist surgery. The Austrian was already forced to withdraw from the 2021 Wimbledon and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Thiem has claimed that while he requires the surgery, he is still confident that the wrist injury won’t set him back in his recovery and that he is optimistic of returning in 2022 stronger than ever.

With Nadal, Federer, and Thiem out of the race, the odds on Djokovic to win his fourth Grand Slam of the year further dropped to -160. There is no doubt that the Serb is the most likely to hoist the trophy, but with Daniil Medvedev (+400) and Alexander Zverev (+550) breathing behind his neck, we could be in for a very exciting finish of the tournament.

Ashleigh Barty The New Favourite, Williams Out

Just two weeks back, Naomi Osaka (+300) was billed as the main favorite to win the 2021 US Open but has since dropped below Ashleigh Barty, who is the current bookie’s favorite at +400. That isn’t too surprising, considering Osaka hasn’t been too active in recent months following her withdrawals from the 2021 French Open and Wimbledon.

There were other big shifts in the betting odds among the underdogs, with betting odds on Bianca Andreescu climbing to +1200 from +700. 

Most of the odds shifts are the result of player’s performances in the pre-US Open tournaments. However, it was the withdrawal of Serena Williams that has had the most impact on the 2021 US Open betting odds.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion decided to pull out from the US Open due to a torn hamstring. Williams revealed her decision on Wednesday, August 25, stating that she needs to take some time off to let her body heal.

“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” said Williams.

The 2021 US Open will mark the first Grand Slam event without Serena Williams, Roger Federer, or Rafael Nadal in the main singles draw since the 1997 US Open.

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