2016-08-01



Along with golf, tennis will be one of the more familiar individual sports you can watch (and bet on) in the upcoming Olympic Games. Both the men’s and women’s tournaments kick off this Saturday and two of the biggest names in the sport will be looking to repeat as gold medalists. Unlike 2012, when the tournament was played on Wimbledon’s grass surface, the 2016 tournament will be played on a hardcourt surface.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic will be looking to hold off Andy Murray to win his first Olympic gold medal. Djokovic has dominated the men’s tour, winning five majors since the start of 2015, but had a very disappointing showing at Wimbledon last month, falling in the third round. With a career grand slam under his belt, taking home an Olympic gold is on the small list of things he has yet to accomplish – and now is his best chance to do that.

Murray, who won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, is coming off his third major victory and looking to add to an already impressive resume. Murray defeated Milos Raonic in straight sets at Wimbledon last month and is in the prime of his career. Murray will not, however, have the home court advantage as he did in 2012 in his home country of Great Britain- which is something to take note of.

Some notable names that will not be playing are: Roger Federer (knee), Milos Raonic (health concerns), Tomas Berdych (health concerns), and Richard Gasquet (back).

Player

Odds (7/31)

Novak DJOKOVIC

10/11

Andy MURRAY

5/2

Stan WAWRINKA

12/1

Rafael NADAL

14/1

Kei NISHIKORI

20/1

Marin CILIC

40/1

Juan Martin del POTRO

50/1

Jo-Wilfried TSONGA

50/1

Gael MONFILS

50/1

David FERRER

80/1

Grigor DIMITROV

100/1

David GOFFIN

100/1

Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER

150/1

Gilles SIMON

150/1

Steve JOHNSON

150/1

Borna CORIC

150/1

Benoit PAIRE

150/1

Jack SOCK

150/1

Roberto BAUTISTA AGUT

200/1

Pablo CUEVAS

200/1

Kyle EDMUND

200/1

Gilles MULLER

200/1

Viktor TROICKI

200/1

Fabio FOGNINI

250/1

Andreas SEPPI

250/1

Guido PELLA

250/1

Yen-Hsun LU

300/1

Thomaz BELLUCCI

300/1

Vasek POSPISIL

300/1

Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS

300/1

John MILLMAN

300/1

Dustin BROWN

300/1

Gastao ELIAS

300/1

Federico DELBONIS

300/1

Thanasi KOKKINAKIS

300/1

Robin HAASE

300/1

Teymuraz GABASHVILI

400/1

Jan-Lennard STRUFF

400/1

Lukas ROSOL

400/1

Nikoloz BASILASHVILI

400/1

Malek JAZIRI

500/1

Damir DZUMHUR

500/1

Joao SOUSA

500/1

Ricardas BERANKIS

500/1

Jordan THOMPSON

500/1

Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS

500/1

Paolo LORENZI

500/1

Denis KUDLA

500/1

Andrey KUZNETSOV

500/1

Brian BAKER

500/1

Illya MARCHENKO

500/1

Dudi SELA

500/1

Juan MONACO

500/1

Jerzy JANOWICZ

500/1

Denis ISTOMAN

500/1

Mirza BASIC

500/1

Evgeny DONSKOY

500/1

Rogerio DUTRA SILVA

500/1

Yuichi SUGITA

500/1

Taro DANIEL

500/1

Andrej MARTIN

500/1

Thomas FABBIANO

500/1

Radu ALBOT

500/1

Darian KING

1000/1

On the women’s side, Serena Williams is hoping to repeat as champion after coming off a dominant performance at Wimbledon. Losing just one set in the entire tournament, Williams finished off Angelique Kerber in the finals to tie Steffi Graf for first with 22 Grand Slam titles in the open era.

Kerber is also having a great season, though. In addition to her second place finish at Wimbledon, she won her first grand slam this January at the Australian Open. She provides some great value at 10/1 compared to Serena’s near even-money payout.

Garbine Muguruza, the third seed in the tournament, has the second best odds at 5/1. Muguruza is coming off a disappointing Wimbledon in which she lost in the second round. However, she beat Serena Williams this year at the French Open to take home her first career major.

Some notable names to withdraw from the women’s tournament include: Simona Halep (health concerns), Victoria Azarenka (pregnancy), and Belinda Bencic (wrist).

Player

Odds (7/31)

Serena WILLIAMS

6/5

Garbine MUGURUZA

5/1

Angelique KERBER

10/1

Petra KVITOVA

12/1

Agnieszka RADWANSKA

16/1

Madison KEYS

20/1

Sloane STEPHENS

50/1

Venus WILLIAMS

50/1

Johanna KONTA

60/1

Dominika CIBULKOVA

60/1

Timea BACSINSZKY

60/1

Ana IVANOVIC

80/1

Carla SUAREZ NAVARRO

80/1

Eugenie BOUCHARD

80/1

Lucie SAFAROVA

80/1

Elina SVITOLINA

100/1

Sara ERRANI

100/1

Caroline WOZNIACKI

100/1

Roberta VINCI

100/1

Andrea PETKOVIC

100/1

Jelena JANKOVIC

100/1

Svetlana KUZNETSOVA

100/1

Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA

100/1

Ekaterina MAKAROVA

125/1

Samantha STOSUR

125/1

Yanina WICKMAYER

125/1

Daria GAVRILOVA

150/1

Alize CORNET

150/1

Daria KASATKINA

150/1

Jelena OSTAPENKO

150/1

Laura SIEGEMUND

150/1

Heather WATSON

150/1

Tsvetana PIRONKOVA

200/1

Annika BECK

200/1

Kristina MLADENOVIC

200/1

Barbora STRYCOVA

200/1

Carolina GARCIA

200/1

Timea BABOS

200/1

Monica PUIG

200/1

Kiki BERTENS

200/1

Monica NICULESCU

200/1

Lesia TSURENKO

200/1

Ana KONJUH

200/1

Shuai PENG

200/1

Irina-Camelia BEGU

200/1

Kirsten FLIPKENS

200/1

Johanna LARSSON

250/1

Misaki DOI

250/1

Karin KNAPP

300/1

Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA

300/1

Danka KOVINIC

300/1

Su-Wei HSIEH

300/1

Shuai ZHANG

300/1

Cagla BUYUKAKCAY

400/1

Nao HIBINO

400/1

Galina VOSKOBOEVA

400/1

Ons JABEUR

400/1

Veronica CEPEDE ROYG

500/1

Qiang WANG

500/1

Teliana PEREIRA

500/1

Stephanie VOGT

500/1

Mariana DUQUE-MARINO

500/1

Magda LINETTE

500/1

Polona HERCOG

500/1

Both tournaments will take place throughout the first week of the Olympics, with the women’s final taking place on Saturday the 13th and the men’s final taking place the following day.

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