The current no.1 and the newly crowned 20-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djoković, travels to Tokyo looking to add another gold medal to his vast collection, while the home favorite Naomi Osaka looks to bounce back after two unexpected exits from the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.
While the two storylines are definitely exciting to follow, there will be plenty of tennis players who will look to spoil Djoković’s and Osaka’s plan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As the most prestigious sporting event in the world, the Tokyo Olympics will bring together some of the biggest names in professional sports, who will duke it out at Ariake Tennis Park Centre Court for the eternal glory that comes with winning the Olympic gold medal.
In today’s Tennis preview, we take a look at the main names to watch out for at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and provide you with all the information you’ll ever need to place bets on Olympics Tennis betting odds.
Olympics Betting Preview – Tennis Analysis
2020 Tokyo Olympics Tennis
- When: 24 July – 1 August
- Where: Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo, Japan
Men’s Olympic Tennis Odds
Men’s Olympic Tennis Preview – Djoković Looking For His First Olympic Gold Medal
Novak Djoković has this month passed Roger Federer in the longest time spent as the world no.1 and is currently the undisputed best tennis player in the world. The Serb has already won three Grand Slams on the season and is only one short of joining the elite club of players, who have won all three major tournaments in a single year.
Despite his success on the year, Djoković has not impressed at the Olympics yet. He finished third in 2008 in Beijing and suffered a round-one elimination in Rio in 2016. In London (2012), Djoković had made it to the semi-finals when he got eliminated by Andy Murray.
Despite his lack of success over the years, Djoković has stated that he is motivated to fight for gold in Japan since the Olympic medal is one of few things missing to round up his impressive career.
His chances to achieve just became that much greater after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both withdrew from the tournament. And while Djoković is by far the biggest betting favorite to win, Olympics events rarely end as planned, leaving many wondering whether Djokovović will finally end the long wait or will he fall flat as he had in the previous three iterations.
Women’s Olympic Tennis Odds
Women’s Olympic Tennis Preview – Osaka and Barty Favoured to Succeed
While the men’s side of the competition is dominated by one name, the women’s singles tennis tournaments present us with a far more competitive field. The home favorite Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both travel to Japan as heavy favorites, with several names not too far behind in the betting market.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will serve as a redemption tournament for Osaka, who withdrew from the previous two Major tournaments, citing personal reasons. Meanwhile, her main competitor, Barty, stormed to win Wimbledon and secured her tag as the one to beat in Tokyo.
Joining the two is a long list of elite players, which unfortunately won’t feature some big names. Serena Williams, the US’s best chance to win gold, will not be competing, and neither will Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, who withdrew, citing pandemic-related challenges.
With the two out of the race, their nation’s best chance to win women’s singles tennis gold are world no.15 Jennifer Brady and world no.73 Leylah Annie for the US and Canada, respectively.
Neither is expected to win in Tokyo, as reflected in the Tennis betting odds. However, there’s always room for upset wins and miracle runs – and if there is one competition known for featuring just that, it’s the Olympic Games.
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