As the curtain comes down on another memorable season we take a look to the future with some of the speciality tennis betting odds being offered by the bookies on the Next Gen stars of the game.
Bianca Andreescu enjoyed a breakthrough year, winning the US Open after enjoying an inspired fortnight in New York. The Canadian finished fifth in the WTA Rankings this year after she won three tournaments, including that huge victory at Flushing Meadows.
The likes of Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova will no doubt be her main rivals once again next year, but Andreescu looks to be moving towards her prime and could clean up next season if she stays focused.
She went 48-7 in 2019 but missed a fair chunk of the season through a troublesome shoulder problem. Andreescu needed treatment in both of her matches at the recent WTA Finals, and eventually withdrew in China citing a knee injury.
It has been a strange season for the 19-year-old, one of progress and no little frustration. Ranked 152nd at the start of the year, Andreescu won 48 of her 55 matches yet completed just seven WTA tournaments. She’s 7/2 though with Paddy Power to be ranked No. 1 in the world on 31/12/2020 and that will surely temp plenty of punters if she can stay healthy.
In terms of the men Jannik Sinner is an Italian tennis player with a big future. The 18-year-old Italian sprinted to the title at the Next Gen ATP Finals recently, and is the youngest player in the Top 100 as things stand. It was Winston Churchill who said ‘Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential’, and Sinner’s potential is there for all to see.
If he can avoid the pitfalls of fame and keep on grafting it will be interesting to see where 2020 takes him. Sinner achieved a career high ATP singles ranking of 78 earlier this month, and Paddy Power go 7/1 that he wins an ATP event next season. He’s also 4/1 with the same firm to finish 2020 as the highest ranking Italian.
The men’s game of course is still being dominated by the ‘old guard’, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having won every Grand Slam title since Stan Wawrinka’s success over Djokovic at the 2016 US Open. The trio are not getting any younger however, and the bookies feel Stefanos Tsitsipas is the man who could finally usurp the ATP’s ‘Big Three’.
The Greek star beat Dominic Thiem in the final of the recent ATP Finals to capture the season-ending title and finish his breakthrough season on a massive high. His victory over Federer in the semis was particularly impressive, showing determination and producing some clutch tennis on the really massive points.
After his fabulous week in London, Tsitsipas is an 11/4 shot with Paddy Power to win a Grand Slam next season. He has risen to sixth in the ATP Rankings, and you can get 20/1 about him finishing 2020 as the world’s No 1 ranked singles player. The Greek has built up a cult following already with his tousled locks, natural athleticism and louche demeanour, but if he knuckles down and continues to work on his game he could easily go on to be the next true superstar of the sport.
Bilko’s Banker: Andreescu to be top ranked WTA singles player on 31/12/2020 at 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Best of the Rest: Stefanos Tsitsipas to finish 2020 as the world’s No 1 ranked singles player at 20/1 (Paddy Power)
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