A star-studded cast of ATP players descends on the nation’s capital for the ATP Citi Open, the first of a line-up of US Open series events in the lead-up to the 2022 US Open.
Russia’s Andrey Rublev is the top seed and betting favorite at the ATP 500 event in Washington. BetUS prices Ruble at +650 to win the title. The 2019 champion Nick Kyrgios, who enters the draw unseeded, is the second favorite according to the oddsmakers. Kyrgios is priced at +700, shorter than second seed Hubert Hurkacz at +750. American Taylor Fritz, seeded No. 3, rounds out the Top 4 best bets at +850
ATP Citi Open Outrights
- Andrey Rublev +650
- Nick Kyrgios +700
- Hubert Hurkacz +750
- Taylor Fritz +850
- Denis Shapovalov +1400
- Alex De Minaur +1400
- Jenson Brooksby +1400
- Andy Murray +1800
- Grigor Dimitrov +2000
- Sebastian Korda +2200
- Reilly Opelka +2500
- Daniel Evans +2500
- Botic Van De Zandschulp +2800
- Frances Tiafoe +2800
- Tommy Paul +2800
- Aslan Karatsev +2800
- Adrian Mannarino +3000
- Karen Khachanov +3000
Two legends of the sport. One amazing day! 😍
— Citi Open (@CitiOpen) July 30, 2022
Rublev is seeking his fourth ATP title this season after picking up titles in Marseille, Dubai, and Belgrade. The 24-year-old is coming off an R16 exit in Hamburg.
Rublev receives a bye into the second round where he will face the winner of Stefan Kozlov vs Jack Draper. In the R16, the Russian could face American hopeful Maxime Cressy who is coming off a title win in Newport. Cressy is the dangerous floater in this section that could shake things up.
Alternatively, America Jack Sock could also emerge as the potential R16 challenger. The 29-year-old is looking to get back into the Top 100. However, Sock opens his tournament against another dangerous floater –-Belgium’s David Goffin, who enjoyed a Cinderella run into the Wimbledon semifinals.
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is one to spot in this corner as he attempts to get his US Open tune-up off to a positive start. The Canadian flanks the opposite end of the first quarter.
Shapovalov receives a bye into the second round. He will face either the American J.J. Wolf or Japan’s Taro Daniel. The American wild card reached the second round of the ATP Miami Masters earlier this season where he took Stefanos Tsitsipas to three sets. He’s a long shot for tennis picks to win the title, but with the home advantage he could enjoy a surprisingly deep run.
If this draw goes to plan, however, Shapovalov and Rune could meet in the R16. The rising Danish star gets a bye into the second round where he will take on the winner of Peter Gojowczyk and Benoit Paire.
Fritz Leads Charge in Second Quarter
Home favorite and top American Fritz leads the charge in the second. A bye into the second round will set up the 24-year-old against either qualifier Tung-Li Wu or Australia’s Alexei Popryn.
Britain’s Daniel Evans is on course to meet Fritz in the R16, should the draw fall in line with the seeds. However, Evans could face either compatriot Kyle Edminds or Yoshuke Watanuki in the R16.
The other side of this section contains Russia’s Karen Kachanov (No. 7 seed) and Australia’s Alex De Minaur (No.11 seed). Both players come into this tournament in relatively good form. De Minaur has the tougher path to the R16 with a potential date against American Jenson Brooksby in the second round.
Opelka, Kyrgios and Tiafoe highlight Third Quarter
Reiley Opelka is seeded fourth and leads the charge in a loaded third quarter that includes second-favorite Nick Kyrgios along with a rash of fellow American threats such as Francis Tiafoe, Marcos Giron and Denis Kudla.
Opelka opens his tournament in the second round where he will face the winner of Michael Mmoh and Denis Kudla. In the R16, Opelka could face Kyrgios in a showdown between two of the game’s biggest servers. Alternatively, American Tommy Paul could emerge from this section.
Tiafor, seeded 10th, opens his tournament in the second round. He could face either compatriot Christopher Eubanks or France’s Benjamin Bonzi. In the R16, he could face Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp, Borna Gojo, or James Duckworth.
Hurkacz, Dimitrov Lead Fourth Quarter
Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov headline a wide-open fourth quarter that includes dangerous floaters such as Sebastian Baez, Sebastian Korda, Aslan Karatsev, and Andy Murray.
Dimitrov, seeded fourth, opens his tournament in the second round against the winner of Adrian Mannarino vs Bradley Klein. In the R16, he could come up against American hopeful Korda, Ilya Ivashka, or Baez.
Hurkacz didn’t get any favors from the draw as he will face either Emil Ruusuvuori or Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. Should he overcome either, he could see either Karatsev, Murray, or Mikael Ymer in the R16 — the former two being the tougher of the options.