We’re a month away from the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and we take a look at Futures odds posted is for the Tennis Singles Gold Medal.
The Men's Tennis Singles Gold Medal market, where the world's top-ranked players like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rogered Federer and Rafael Nadal are all scheduled to compete, with the Gold Medal match on Sunday, Aug. 14. Let's look at the current numbers from Bovada and provide a hopefully logical tennis picks on the events' big Serbian chalk.
Summer Olympics Men's Tennis Gold Medal Winner
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin a little more than a month now on August 6 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad will have 406 events in 26 different sports—including the addition of Golf and Rugby this year—with 207 countries participating and scheduled to run through Aug. 21 in 18 different existing venues throughout Brazil. And one of the most highly anticipated of those events is the Men's Tennis Singles and online sportsbook Bovada has posted betting odds for the Men's Gold Medal winner in this event. And although there are many of the big names like Serbian Novak Djokovic (-125 to win Gold Medal), Great Britain's Andy Murray (5/1 to win Gold Medal) and Swedish legend Roger Federer (5/1 to win Gold Medal) scheduled to participate in the Individual Event, some others have already chosen to bypass these Summer Games, either because of problems with their own countries or fears of the Zika virus and/or Rio de Janeiro possibly not exactly being ready for this massive event which will be covered in the US by NBC and all of its branches live Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, Golf Channel, NBC UNIVERSO and USA Network and can be also streamed live on the Internet. The Tennis events for these Summer Olympics in Brazil will be held at the Olympic Tennis Center (DecoTurf Surface) in west zone of Rio de Janeiro in the Barra Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) are running and organizing the Summer Olympic Tennis events and the 15th edition ever of Tennis at an Olympic Games, which was brought back to the Olympic Games as an official event in 1988. One important note for Handicappers and Tennis bettors here is that this type of Playing Surface (DecoTurf)—used much in North American tournaments—plays fast and is known to minimize disruptions for players because of the matches quicker pace. And unlike previous Olympic events, ranking points will not be awarded to the participating players.
Two players from the Futures Book list below have already reportedly said they would be skipping the 2016 Summer Olympics, 8th-ranked 19-year-old Dominic Thiem of Austria and 17th-ranked John Isner on the USA. Also staying away will be #18-ranked Nick Kyrgios (AUS), #19-ranked Bernard Tomic (AUS)—the two best Men's players from Down Under—#21-ranked Feliciano López (ESP) and #24-ranked Kevin Anderson (RSA). So if contemplating a bet in this particular Futures Book market, best to do as much homework as possible knowing that some players could possibly still pull out, so try to make sure your guy will indeed be going to Brazil. And at least to date, this particular Field has not been finalized.
Men's Singles Olympic Tennis Gold Medal Odds
Novak Djokovic -125 (Serbia)
Andy Murray +500 (Great Britain)
Roger Federer +500 (Sweden)
Stan Wawrinka 10/1 (Poland)
Rafael Nadal 14/1 (Spain)
Kei Nishikori 25/1 (Japan)
Milos Raonic 28/1 (Canada)
Tomáš Berdych 40/1 (Czech Republic)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 50/1 (France)
Marin Cilic 50/1 (Croatia)
Grigor Dimitrov 66/1 (Bulgaria)
David Ferrer 80/1 (Spain)
Richard Gasquet 80/1 (France)
Dominic Thiem* 100/1 (Austria)
John Isner* 100/1 (USA)
Gilles Simon 150/1 (France)
Jack Sock 150/1 (USA)
*Note: Thiem and Isner have reportedly pulled out.
Summer Olympics Tennis Schedules—Men's Singles (Aug. 6 - Aug. 14, 2016)
Men's Singles Gold Medal Match: Sunday, August 14, 2016 [16:00]
Conclusions: Perfect Time For Novak Djokovic to Bring Gold Medal Home to Serbia
The tennis odds speak volumes and although there could definitely be an upset and winning an Olympic Gold Medal these days may be less of a priority to many Men's Tennis Singles players—Andy Murray is the defending Gold medal-holder, defeating Roger Federer in the 2012 London Summer Games in straight sets—than winning one of the sport's four Majors, backing the dominating Serb Djokovic at -125 before the money starts to flow in seems wise as for him, adding a Gold Medal to his growing collection of accomplishments in the sport would seem to matter now and seem to be something the 29-year-old native of Belgrade would like to get out of the way.
Djokovic is currently ranked #1 in the world by ATP and is currently playing in Wimbledon where he has already advanced on to the Third Round, ousting Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 on Wednesday. And even though the #2 (Murray, 8,915 points), #3 (Federer, 6,425 points), #4 (Nadal, 5,335 points; 14/1 to win Gold Medal), #5 (Wawrinka, 5,035 points; 10/1 to win Gold Medal), #6 (Nishikori, 4,155 points; 25/1 to win Gold Medal), #7 (Raonic, 3,175 points; 28/1 to win Gold Medal) and #9 (Berdych, 2,950 points; 40/1 to win Gold Medal) players are all scheduled at this point to also be competing for that coveted Gold Medal, 12-time Grand Slam-winner Djokovic (16,950 points) is just too good and should be driven enough to accomplish this Life goal because a Gold Medal is as historic as historic gets in Athletics, he can bring some joy to his native Serbia and he can check off another box on his impressive Tennis To Do List before he hits the age of 30 all in one fell swoop.
Olympic Tennis Pick: Novak Djokovic -125
Best Line Offered: at Bovada