US Open Day 1 Betting Tips: Three Top Bets For The Opening Day

The last Grand Slam of the year unfolds in New York in the upcoming two weeks. Our tennis expert, John Pentin, has given insights on both the Men’s and Women’s divisions for the US Open. He will be guiding us daily throughout the tournament, sharing his top predictions for each day.

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US Open Day 1 Tips


US Open Day 1 Analysis & Tips

Key Stats
– The first day of the US Open will witness a total of 64 matches, with 256 players competing in the opening round.
– Sebastian Korda recently defeated Martin Fucsovics in straight sets with a score of 7-6, 6-3.
– Felix Auger-Aliassime, despite his high ranking, has an even record of wins and losses in 2023 (both standing at 14).

In the buzzing heart of New York, the final Grand Slam of the year is set to take place over the coming fortnight. As tennis enthusiasts around the world anticipate the action in the US Open, the likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic from the men’s division, and Iga Swiatek from the women’s, are already drawing significant attention as potential victors. The event will witness a total of 256 contenders battling in the inaugural round, giving us 64 nail-biting matches on Monday alone.

Day One Match Highlights

Sebastian Korda vs Martin Fucsovics: This promising encounter will have Sebastian Korda challenging Martin Fucsovics on Court 11. Given Korda’s recent victory over Fucsovics in straight sets (7-6, 6-3), he seems to be a strong candidate. Surprisingly, bettors are leaning towards Fucsovics, but it’s hard to ignore the value in backing the American, especially for the first set.

Varvara Gracheva vs Taylor Townsend: Transitioning to the women’s category, Gracheva and Townsend are poised for a thrilling match-up. Townsend’s recent competitive streak on hard courts, particularly her close encounters against top players like Ekaterina Alexandrova and Lesya Tsurenko, signals a tight match. Considering Gracheva’s recent inconsistencies, betting on the match to go beyond two sets seems plausible.

Sebastian Ofner vs Nuno Borges: The word on the street suggests a fiercely competitive face-off between Ofner and Borges. Despite Borges’ recent slump, both players are known for their formidable serve, making a game total exceeding 38.5 quite conceivable.

Potential Game Changers

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Marcos Giron: Fokina, having reached the last 16 at the 2022 US Open, has shown his mettle on hard courts, which potentially puts Giron at a disadvantage.

Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Mackenzie McDonald: Auger-Aliassime’s form in 2023 has been disappointing, with an equal number of wins and losses. Meanwhile, McDonald, having had a fair run recently, could pull off a surprise.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Jasmine Paolini: A potential upset might be in the cards as Ostapenko’s minimal matches post-Wimbledon might see her at a disadvantage against the impressive Paolini.

Predictions and Justifications

Drawing on the wealth of information, three insightful predictions emerge for Day 1:

  1. Sebastian Korda to Win the First Set: Their recent encounter and Korda’s stellar performance indicate a strong start from him. His decision to withdraw from the previous tournament likely signifies his dedication to prepping for the US Open, although concerns about his fitness might pose challenges.
  2. Varvara Gracheva vs Taylor Townsend to go Over 2.5 Sets: Townsend’s performance on hard courts, combined with Gracheva’s recent erratic displays, suggest this match could stretch beyond a straight-set win.
  3. Sebastian Ofner vs Nuno Borges to go Over 39.5 Games: Given both players’ reputation for powerful serves and the possibility of this being a tight five-set match, this prediction seems rather plausible.

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John Pentin
Born and raised in London, John has always been in love with sport. He started successfully his own blog back in 2006, while writing for football in several newspaper. John has also worked with several betting operators as sports trader and has joined since the start in 2013. John is now head of the content team at