Let’s take a look at some of the US men on the DraftKings Maryland betting board.
Top Five American US Open Hopefuls
DraftKings has the following US Open Championship odds for our top five American hopefuls.
- Taylor Fritz +3500
- Frances Tiafoe +5000
- Sebastian Korda +5000
- Ben Shelton +8000
- Tommy Paul +13000
Fritz has had a fantastic season and, over the last 52 weeks, has recorded the second-most wins on hardcourts. The hard-serving American has won four hardcourt titles since October but has never made it further than the Round of 32 in New York. Fritz is 4-4 over his last four Grand Slam events and will want to end his Slam season with a solid run next week.
Tiafoe took a massive leap with his 2022 run to the US Open semis, and he’s struggled to a 5-4 post-Wimbledon record this summer. Tiafoe is solid off both wings, has a decent serve, and boasts a 19-10 tiebreak record on cement this season. The Maryland native is a huge fan favorite and will look to end his season with a bang in NYC.
Korda reached the Australian Open quarters, but an injury caused the No. 33 ranked American to miss the spring hardcourt season, and he’s been playing catch-up ever since. Korda has won just two matches post-Wimbledon, which would be a tall order for him to win the 2023 US Open.
Shelton is playing his first full season on tour but is 4-10 over his last 14 matches. The Southpaw has a hardcourt record of 22-17 over the past 52 weeks is encouraging, but the young fellow doesn’t return well enough, nor is he consistent enough to win the championship.
Paul is the only American with the game to beat elite players like Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. Paul has the eighth most hardcourt wins this season and boasts hardcourt victories over Fritz and Alcaraz. +13000 is a crazy price for arguably the only US male with a realistic shot at winning the title.
Americans Who Could Pull Off an Early Round Upset
While it may not be realistic for any of the American men to win their home slam event, these Americans could pull off an early-round upset or two next week.
Christopher Eubanks has the serve and the moxy to pull off an early upset in NYC. He has the third-highest ace percentage this season, won his first grasscourt tourney in Mallorca, and will have the full support of the home crowd.
Brandon Nakashima broke into the top 50 late last year but hasn’t had good results this season. Nakashima pulled off a second-round upset of Grigor Dimitrov at last year’s Open but is 0-6 lifetime against the top 10 in the world.
JJ Wolf reached the quarters in Atlanta and Washington but suffered first-round losses in Toronto and Cincinnati. Wolf can sometimes come up with the big serve and is a solid returner with a decent break-of-serve rate. The young American reached the third round here in 2022 and could make some noise in 2023.
Mackenzie McDonald has one of the best return games on the ATP Tour and is 7-4 post-Wimbledon. McDonald has the fourth most hardcourt wins amongst his American peers, but his serve can sometimes be a liability. McDonald is 2-8 over his career at Flushing, but he has a couple of top-10 wins this season and could do damage in 2023.
Alex Michelsen is a new face making a name for himself. He received a wild card into the main draw but was impressive in Newport with his big serve and punishing groundstrokes. He’s played .500 ball on the cement, but the crowd will be behind him, and Michelsen could win a match next week.
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