New York is the epicenter of American tennis every year when it’s time for the U.S. Open in Flushing, the final Grand Slam event of the season.
This year, the U.S. Open takes place Aug. 28-Sept. 10.
With the Open on the horizon, Wimbledon in session and National Tennis Week just ended on Saturday, what better time to write about tennis?
EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York sportsbooks - decided to look at which states across the United States are the most interested in the game of tennis.
Utilizing four combined data points, we developed ranking of states from most to least into tennis. We utilized Google Trend’s 5-year search interest of the term, “Tennis,” the Google Trend’s 5-year search interest of the term, “Tennis Courts Near Me,” and then awarded 5 bonus points for the states that have a Top 25 city for players or courts listed on Global Tennis Network.
States with Most Interest in Tennis
New York Right in Mix
It stands to reason that tennis would be among the sports to get action on New York betting apps.
The Empire State finished in the top 10 at No. 7 with 94 points, edging out Massachusetts (93). It ranked No. 1 with 50 points in the search interest of tennis category.
Florida (147), California (134), Texas (121), Georgia (105) and neighbor New Jersey (102) rounded out the top five. New York City also finished No. 1 in Top 25 cities of players (1,924 points) and No. 2 in Top 25 cities of courts (186 points).
John McEnroe Tops New York’s Best
Among all the players to hail from New York, the brash John McEnroe tops them all.
McEnroe is the only male player in tennis history to hold the world No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously. He won 77 singles and 78 doubles titles, highlighted by seven Grand Slam singles titles (four at the U.S. Open, three at Wimbledon). He won nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles (five at Wimbledon, four at U.S. Open), and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title (French Open).
Other New Yorkers to excel in the sport: Vitas Gerulaitis, MaliVai Washington, Jimmy Arias, James Blake, Gene Mayer, Paul Annacone and McEnroe’s younger brother, Patrick, to name a few.
Oddsmakers Look at Wimbledon
Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event of the season, started Monday and runs through Sunday, July 16.
BetMGM NY has Novak Djokovic a heavy -175 favorite to win it with Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (+350) his closest competitor.
On the women’s side, BetMGM has Poland’s Iga Swiatek as a +220 favorite, followed by Elena Rybakina (+450) of Kazakhstan.
FanDuel NY has the same men’s 1-2 with -190 on Djokovic and +380 for Alcaraz.
Swiatek is a +230 favorite with Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus next at +500.
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