British Players at the US Open
Four players will represent the UK in the 2018 US Open singles tournament, three men and one woman. Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Johanna Konta all qualified due to their standing in the top 100 rankings while Andy Murray makes it thanks to his protected entry status from having won the championships.
That number is down on 2017’s six representatives, but the Brits also have some solid doubles players who could have strong showings at the final Grand Slam of the year.
There’s also a strong British contingent in the wheelchair competition with UK athletes making up top-five ranked representatives in the men’s, women’s and quad tournaments. Here’s the pick of the Brits at this year’s US Open.
Britain’s number one has begun to show signs of a smart recovery after a disappointing 2018. Konta hit several career highs during 2017 but a change of coach and a loss of form earlier this year had the 27-year-old slumped to her lowest WTA ranking since 2015.
Last year, Konta became the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final since 1978, an achievement which coupled with her tournament triumph at the Miami Open earned a nomination for the 2017 Sports Personality of the Year.
The Sydney-born daughter of Hungarian parents became a British citizen in 2012 after growing up in the UK. Konta has two fourth-round appearances on her US Open CV but with a kind draw there’s a feeling she could go further this year. Do you think Konta is one of the favourites for this year? Take a look at Bet UK's Women Favourites for the US Open to see who we expect to go the distance.
If you think Johanna Konta can recover after a poor year so far, then take a look at our tennis betting for the latest odds on Konta to win the US Open.
Murray is ranked as something of an outsider for the 2018 US Open. That's hardly surprising given the Scot’s lack of match practice this season. But the three-time Grand Slam champion won three consecutive matches for the first time since Wimbledon 2017 at the Citi Open in Washington recently to give a hint he’s getting stronger.
The 31-year-old withdrew after that trio of long matches, eager to protect his body as he focused on preparing carefully for this year’s US Open. Murray has missed four successive Grand Slams, but his eagerly awaited return at Flushing Meadows is a huge boost for British tennis.
It’s now six years since Murray was crowned US Open champion and fifteen years since his very first appearance at the New York tournament. As well as his 2016 win, the popular Brit has been losing finalist once, made the semis in 2012 and reached the quarters on three occasions. He has won 80 percent of his US Open career matches. It might be too soon for Murray to have a serious chance at winning the US Open, but take a look at Bet UK's Favourites for the Men's US Open.
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The current British number one won the junior version of the US Open in 2012 and advanced to the fourth round of the 2016 senior tournament. Last year, Edmund made it to the third round. The 23-year-old is fresh from a solid season on the pro-tour.
2018 was a year of firsts for the lad who grew up in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Edmund began the year as world number 50 but reached the top 20 in May following some strong tournament performances. Edmund made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, dispatching some big names along the way. In doing so he becomes only the sixth British man to reach the last four of a Grand Slam since the Open era began in 1968.
The 6ft 2in right-hander made his first ATP final in Marrakesh this year and won the doubles title with fellow Brit Cameron Norrie at the Estoril Open.
Stopped by would-be winner Novak Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon, Edmund has now established himself as a well-known name amongst the British public. Steadily adding power to his impressive forehand game, the South African-born player has a steel to his make-up which bodes well for his US Open chances.
If you fancy the British number one follow up his junior US Open win, then take a look at the latest tennis betting odds at Bet UK.
22-year-old Norrie only turned professional in 2017 but he’s already risen into the top 80 ranked players this year. The South African-born left-hander was an all-round sportsman in his youth and only opted to concentrate on tennis at the age of 15.
Norrie’s second career appearance at Wimbledon ended the same as his debut – with a first round exit, but he has tasted Grand Slam victories, progressing to the second round in this year’s French Open and last year’s US Open.
The son of a Scottish father and Welsh mother, Norrie combines a vicious forehand with aggressive flair. He could progress to a career-best Grand Slam finish at Flushing Meadows this year.
Jamie Murray has enjoyed a storming doubles resurgence since he linked up with Bryan Soares in 2016. The Glaswegian won the men’s doubles at the 2016 US Open and claimed the Australian Open in the same year with his American partner. He can also boast two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2017 as well as the 2017 US Open.
Murray and Soares won the Washington Open at the beginning of August and his partnership with Victoria Azarenka is showing mixed double promise. The 32-year-old linked up with the Belarusian former singles world number one in the summer. The pair just missed out on the Wimbledon title in July after a thrilling final against Alexander Peya of Austria and Nicole Melichar of the US.
Murray and Soares will be much fancied to win the US Open this year, with the latest odds available with Bet UK's tennis betting.