He has not played since January because of a wrist injury but he is among the players on the provisional entry list. He won’t be the favorite in Internet betting though as that honor will go to either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Online betting odds will favor Federer and Nadal in the U.S. Open with Del Potro down the list. He is likely to be about 20-1 behind the two favorites. Other contenders to win the U.S. Open include Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick.
Last year it was del Potro winning his first Grand Slam title by coming back to beat Federer in five sets. Del Potro has played in only one tournament this year, losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Del Potro had surgery on his wrist in May but is still listed at number seven in the ATP rankings.
All of the top players in the world on the men’s side are expected to be in the U.S. Open online betting field. The top 98 players in the world were on the provisional list. Nadal is the top ranked player in the world and he will be attempting to complete a career Grand Slam. He has won the French Open five times, Wimbledon twice and the Australian Open once. He has won the past two major titles and he could end up being the favorite in online betting since Federer seems to be slipping. Federer lost at the quarterfinals at the French Open and at Wimbledon. He has not won a tournament so far this year.
The U.S. Open could be more wide open than it has been in past years in Internet betting. Normally it is Federer and then everyone else. That will not be the case this time. Federer is still a contender but he is no longer considered unbeatable. His run of domination on the men’s side appears to be over. That doesn’t mean he can’t win the U.S. Open but it does mean that the chances of another player like del Potro will be better.