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The 2023 US Open promises to be a tournament for the ages. We are at a pivotal time in men’s tennis with the inevitable takeover of ‘next gen’ players like Carlos Alcaraz. However, Novak Djokovic is apparently not quite ready to give up his throne just yet. And in the women’s game, Iga Swiatek is looking to evolve into a legend of the sport with yet another Grand Slam title. But standing in her way, we have American talents like Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, and others.
At the same time, there are several other challengers for the 2023 US Open in both the men’s and women’s singles events this year. Personally, I cannot wait for the tournament to begin, and if you like, you can join me for daily updates on the US Open 2023 schedule. The event is set to run from August 28th to September 10th, and I will be covering the schedule and order of play for the entire two-week tournament.
However, this isn’t the goal of this particular post. Instead, my goal here is to reveal who the US Open 2023 favourites are for the men’s and women’s singles events. In doing so, you will then develop a pretty good idea of who has the best shot of winning the final Grand Slam of the season in New York. So – ready to read a bit more about the top contenders this year? Dive into the information below for a complete breakdown.
2023 US Open favourites – men’s singles
The two main favourites for the US Open in the men’s singles are obvious. In fact, many believe that it will simply be a two-horse race between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz for the title. However, while yes, these two guys are heavily favoured, there are many other talented players in the draw. Then again, we’re not focusing on the US Open 2023 seeds here. Instead, we are focusing on the main US Open favourites, so let me highlight them and explain why they are a top contender right now.
Although the US Open is a hard-court event, Novak Djokovic hasn’t managed to produce the same success in New York as he has at the Australian Open. Then again, New York has different conditions to Australia, despite the fact that the surface is the same. Regardless, Djokovic has still won this event three times, and with him chasing a 24th Grand Slam in New York, I feel he will be as hungry as ever.
We all know that Carlos Alcaraz is going to take over the tennis world. In fact, some would say that he already has given that he is the world number one. Adding to that, he has two Grand Slam titles to his name, and the US Open was the first of the two. This means that Alcaraz is the defending champion, although he is the second favourite according to the latest US Open 2023 odds.
The US Open is Daniil Medvedev’s most successful slam. He has an 82% win rate in New York, and much like Carlos Alcaraz, he has won this tournament before. In fact, this is the only Grand Slam that he has won, yet he did reach the finals of the US Open in 2019. So really, he could have won it twice already!
US Open 2023 favourites – women’s singles
Turning the attention to the women’s singles now, the following three players are the top three outright favourites as per the most recent odds.
Iga Swiatek has been incredibly dominant in the women’s game for the better part of 18 months now. But prior to last year, she hadn’t always performed that great in New York. In fact, before winning the tournament in 2022, her best performance was the 4th round. However, Swiatek is a totally different player today than she was back then, and she is the top contender this year.
Interestingly, Sabalenka has also captured a US Open crown in the past, only this was in the women’s doubles event. Yet for singles, her best performance is the semi-finals – a round that she has reached in two consecutive years. Additionally, as the world number two, and given that she is having her best Grand Slam season ever, she is a serious threat.
Coco Gauff comes in as the third of these three US Open 2023 favourites. For me, Gauff is one to watch very closely in New York this year. She recently won her first WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati, and she beat Swiatek in that event. Furthermore, she is now the world number 6, and the improvements in her game over the last 12 months have been staggering.
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