2021 ATP Tour: Citi Open Betting Tips & Predictions (31 July – 8 August)
The Citi Open returns to Washington, DC, for its 52nd edition after last year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was also recently confirmed that star turn Rafael Nadal will play in front of full crowds after the tournament was cleared for the maximum capacity.
The inaugural edition of the Washington Open was held in 1969, with Thomaz Koch winning the men’s singles. An American has won the event on 19 occasions since, including Andre Agassi’s record of 5 titles. Now back as a part of the US Open series and with a $2 million prize money, there is no doubt that the participants will give everything they have to try and win the tournament. With that being said, let’s check out the 2021 Citi Open betting odds.
ATP Citi Open 2021 Odds
Tennis sportsbooks consider Rafael Nadal the favorite to win the tournament, and rightfully so. The legendary Spaniard is currently ranked third globally and is the number one seed heading into the Citi Open.
There are 4 other players ranked top 20 in the world who will be taking part in this tournament, namely Denis Shapovalov (10), Hubert Hurkacz (11), Félix Auger-Aliassime (15), and Alex de Minaur (17).
One look at the stats explains why Nadal is considered the favourite to win the Citi Open 2021 on his debut. The 35-year-old has won 5 Grand Slam titles played on hard courts, including 4 on US Soil, with the latest one coming as recently as in 2019. Understandably, the bookmakers predict that Rafael Nadal will lift the trophy on his debut.
Top 3 Picks at the 2021 Citi Open
While how the players are matched up against one another will go a long way into determining the eventual winner, it is not too early to make a bet on one of these 3 candidates.
Tennis sportsbooks’ favorite to win the tournament, there is no questioning the fact that Rafa Nadal is the best player taking part in the 2021 Citi Open. Having drawn a blank in both the Australian and French Open, crashing out at the quarter-final and semi-final stage, respectively, Nadal will be raring to lift some silverware to boost his morale.
It is also believed that Rafael Nadal has been recovering from a foot injury – an issue that impacted his performance in his loss to Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros. Nadal will view the Citi Open tournament as a golden opportunity to regain his lost momentum.
The 22-year-old Canadian is currently enjoying his highest ever ranking since turning professional in 2017. He’s ranked 10th in the world right now, making him the second seed heading into the event. Shapovalov is playing some of the best tennis of his young career at the moment. Fresh off a successful Wimbledon campaign where he made it through to the semi-final stage, he is in a buoyant mood and will certainly fancy his chances at the Citi Open. He is deservedly one of the favorites to win.
Even in defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Novak Djokovic, Shapovalov showed plenty of resilience. Although he’d go on to lose in straight sets, he pushed Djokovic to 12 games in every single one of them. The confidence with which he is playing his recent tennis makes him a great candidate to bet on.
Although the Italian is only the eighth seed in the Citi Open 2021, his youthful exuberance and sheer will to bag his third title render this bold prediction worth making. Ranked 23rd in the world currently, the 19-year-old recently reached the finals of the Miami Open – another hard court event. He showed a lot of promise in the entirety of that tournament, beating higher seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov despite losing the first set in both matches.
While he would lose to Hubert Hurkacz in the final, he displayed a great deal of perseverance in what was far from his best outing. Sinner will see the Citi Open as a real opportunity to add another piece of silverware to his cabinet, and although he isn’t one of the outright favorites to win the tournament, he’s one of the ‘dark horse’ picks.
Recent Champions of the Citi Open
The Citi Open was a tournament typically dominated by the Americans in the 1990s, thanks to the exploits of the great Andre Agassi. However, it has been 14 years since a domicile participant last won the tournament, so it might prove risky to bet on one! John Isner was the last American to make it to the final (2015). The highest-seeded player from the USA in the tournament’s 2021 edition is Reilly Opelka, the 13th seed.
These are the most recent winners of the men’s singles event at the Citi Open:
- Nick Kyrgios (2019)
- Alexander Zverev (2017, 2018)
- Gael Monfils (2016)
- Kei Nishikori (2015)
The most recent champion to participate in the 2021 Citi Open is Milos Raonic, who is the 7th seed this time.
While predicting the 2021 Citi Open winner, many critical determinants have to be considered. Rafael Nadal is the most skilled player and the biggest name heading to Washington to participate in the tournament. Still, it remains to be seen how well he has recovered from his foot injury. He might also be a bit rusty compared to some of the other popular picks.
With the given circumstances and considering the form that he is in, Denis Shapovalov is a strong contender to take the crown. He is a worthy candidate to bet on and offers the most returns with considerable security. If you’re feeling lucky, Jannik Sinner is also an underdog worth considering. Although his chances depend heavily on how the players are matched up, he watches closely.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What are fractional odds? How do they work?
Fractional odds is a system used commonly in the UK. Here, the odds are represented in the form of a ratio. Assume that the odds for Rafael Nadal to win the Citi Open 2021 is (⅔). It means that if an individual successfully bets $3 on Nadal to win the event, he earns a profit of $2.
- What are decimal odds? How do they work?
Decimal odds are generally used in Europe and Australia. Here, the odds are represented in the form of a number with or without a decimal part. For example, assume that the odds for Rafael Nadal to win the Citi Open 2021 are (1.66). If one wagers $100 successfully, a total payout of $100×1.66=$166 is made, i.e., a profit of $66.
- What are moneyline odds? How do they work?
Moneyline odds are popular in American betting. Here, the odds are represented in the form of a whole number with a (+/-) sign preceding it, denoting the (underdog/favorite). For example, if Rafael Nadal has odds of (-152), one would need to successfully bet $152 to make a profit of $100. On the other hand, assume that Jannik Sinner has odds of (+500). In such a case, one would need to successfully bet $100 to make a profit of $500.
- Where can one find insider information involving the Citi Open?
One can follow the official Citi Open Twitter account for any announcements or updates. Tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg is also worth a follow.