Alexander Zverev’s Citi Open crown is up for grabs as the German is not defending the title he has won in each of the past two years.
With the US Open now just around the corner, players are continuing their preparations for the final grand slam tournament of the year in Washington.
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And while Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are all absent – as well as Zverev – there is plenty to keep tennis fans intrigued over the course of the next week.
The favourite in the 2019 Citi Open betting odds is Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the Greek player currently looking the most likely to break the enduring dominance of the big three at the top of the game.
Tsitsipas cannot expect to have everything his own way, though, as Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev – two Russians in the top 10 of the world rankings – are also taking part.
Add in three-time Citi Open finalist John Isner along with Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, David Goffin and Milos Raonic, and it is clear there are a few potential winners in the field.
But where is the best value on offer in the betting odds for the 2019 Citi Open? Let’s take a look!
Does Tsitsipas Deserve to be the Favourite?
Stefanos Tsitsipas got as far as the semi-finals at the Citi Open a year ago, so he has some experience to fall back on when he heads back to the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.
The Australian Open semi-finalist has won two titles so far during 2019 and will be hoping to add a third at Rock Creek Park having been made the number one seed for the event.
Like all of the top seeds for this year’s Citi Open, Tsitsipas has been given a bye into the second round of the draw, where he will come up against either Tommy Paul or Denis Kudla.
Lurking in his mini-section of the draw is the German player Jan-Lennard Struff, as well as the talented American Jack Sock, who is working his way back up to full fitness on the ATP tour.
Assessing the chances of Tsitsipas for this week is tricky as he does not have a lot of experience of being the frontrunner at a tournament, but the world number six certainly does not lack confidence and he will be a tough contender for sure. He is offered at around the 8/1 mark.
Another man to watch in the same quarter of the Citi Open draw as Tsitsipas is John Isner, who has often produced the best results of his career around this time of the tennis season.
Will it Finally be Isner’s Year in Washington?
John Isner is only the fifth seed in the draw, but he arguably should be a lot higher having made it through to the final of the Citi Open three times in his career. However, that achievement is somewhat tarnished by losses in each instance.
The big-serving American also travels to Washington in decent form having won a title in Newport just a few weeks ago, although he was surprisingly beaten by Reilly Opelka in Atlanta last week.
USA’s top ranked player has Hubert Hurkacz in his mini-section of the draw but get through that game and his price to win the Citi Open of 12/1 might just start to look very generous indeed. Tennis betting sites may be giving us a gift at that price.
2014 Champion Raonic a Dangerous Entry
Although injuries have hurt the Canadian badly, Milos Raonic is without a doubt one of the best players on the ATP tour when he is fully fit and on top of his game.
He won this event back in 2014 when he beat compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the final in straight sets, although he has not been able to claim a singles title in each of the past two years.
Raonic is at 11/1 in the Citi Open betting while the second seed Karen Khachanov, also in the bottom quarter of the draw, is at 10/1 – indicating just how wide open the field is this year.
Khachanov went out in the first round a year ago, losing to Denis Kudla, and it is not out of the question he has to go home early again as he could face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his opener.
Instead, the man to keep an eye on from this section might just be Alex Di Minaur, who heads to Washington on the back of winning the Atlanta title last weekend. The Australian can be backed at as big as 25/1 in the betting odds for the 2019 Citi Open.
Opelka a Floater in the Third Quarter
Beating Isner in Atlanta is a very big ask indeed but that is just what Reilly Opelka – offered at 25/1 – did last week, although it would be a fine effort to make his way through a congested quarter.
Opelka could well face Felix Auger-Aliassime in an early match that would be well worth watching, with the young Canadian rated by many as the top prospect on the ATP tour.
Marin Cilic, who got to the semi-finals here five years ago, is in this section of the draw along with Medvedev. The two men can be backed at 12/1 and 10/1 respectively.
Fourth seed Kevin Anderson is the obvious pick to come through the second quarter, even though the South African – also 10/1 – has not played that much tennis this year due to injuries.
2019 Citi Open Betting Picks
Zverev opting not to attempt to win the Citi Open for the third year in a row means the door is open for a new winner to come to the fore in Washington this week. And it really is an opportunity for any one of a handful of players to make their mark, with the betting odds for the Citi Open showing that as many as 10 players at 20/1 or lower to succeed.
It is hard to argue with Tsitsipas as the favourite but it feels like this is the ideal chance to seek more value from some more unfancied faces, such as the in-form De Minaur. The Australian will go somewhat under the radar this week despite winning the Atlanta title and 25/1 on a player who can beat almost anyone on his day does look to be a touch too big.
Despite losing to Opelka last week it is always worth considering Isner at this time of the year as the American is always very strong in the weeks leading up to the US Open. At 12/1, he has a very good chance of heading through to what would be his fourth career Citi Open final.
Nick Kyrgios (20/1) is a potential winner of this calibre of tournament if he learns to apply himself properly but at the same price, David Goffin is a more backable contender. The Belgian is a solid, reliable performer and is in the second quarter of the draw, which looks very open indeed.