The Australian Open tennis tournament is the first Grand Slam event of the new season, and runs from 18th-31st January 2016 at Melbourne Park.
Croatian Novak Djokovic is, as always, the man to beat with the Croatian having won four of the past five Australian Open tennis tournaments and Scot Andy Murray is very much the bridesmaid in the event, having finished as runner-up on no less than four occasions.
Though perhaps better suited to Clay and Grass respectively, neither Rafa Nadal nor Roger Federer should be counted out when it comes to Australian Open betting with the likes of Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga being worth a flutter if their Australian Open odds are tempting.
On the female side of things, Serena Williams has enjoyed a great deal of success of late, the American winning six titles, the first of which coming way back in 2003.
Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are both also former winners and more than capable of once again lifting the trophy. For those looking to spice things up with a bet on the Australian Open, it’s worth looking beyond the outright winner markets.
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There are a plethora of betting markets available on individual matches such as Match Winner, Set Betting, Most Aces, Most Double Faults, Number of Sets and Handicap Betting to name but a few. You can also bet on the Australian Open live in-play with many bookmakers, although for those in the UK it would mean staying up into the small hours as the Australian open schedule normally begins around midnight.
Check the head-to-head stats to see how players perform against each other and try to determine their main strengths and weaknesses and bet accordingly. For example, in a match where there are two big servers it may be worth looking at the First Set Tie Break or First Set Correct Score (i.e. 7-6 either way) markets.
A quick check of the Australian Open betting odds tells me that Novak Djokovic, who has won four of the last five, is the clear favourite to win it yet again at odds of 11/10 (2.1), while in the women’s event it’s no surprise to see Serena Williams topping the list of Australian Open odds as the American has a great record here having won it six times.
The best Australian Open tennis odds at the time of writing are:
In the early rounds there will be a lot of hot favourites as the top players take on those much further down the rankings. In these matches, it’s hardly worth betting on the favourites at such low odds but you can put a few together in an accumulator bet to give you a chance of a bigger win.
Many bookmakers offer a promotion known as “Accumulator Insurance” where they will refund your stakes if one player lets you down, which is well worth taking.
Other Australian Open 2016 Free Bet offers you can expect is money back if your player loses in five sets and….
Don’t forget to check which bookies are offering other free bets and incentives on the Australian Open tennis, there will be plenty. We will be listing the best ones on here nearer the time, so bookmark this page for future reference.
It’s hard to see past the two favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams for the Australian Open singles titles, but our very own Andy Murray has been runner-up here four times (losing three of them to Djokovic).
It would be great to see him add the Australian Open to his US Open and Wimbledon titles and Andy Murray odds of 5/1 could be worth a small each-way bet.
In Australia the tournament has long been broadcast on the Seven Network across Europe Australian Open Live coverage is covered by Eurosport and in the US by ESPN.
In the UK Andy Murray betting is rife though it’s worth checking Novak Djokovic odds before placing your bet as the Croatian is pretty much unstoppable right now. In the Womens singles a safe move would be keeping an eye on Serena Williams when it comes to Australian Open betting
The first Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar and a premier tournament which gets the season off and running.
Taking place in January in sweltering Melbourne, this competition that requires a great deal of stamina to succeed and Australian open prize money is now at a hefty $33m.
The Australian open first came into being in 1905 and includes men’s and women’s singles as well as doubles and mixed doubles.
Played on hardcourts, having been a grass court tournament up until 1988, the Australian Open suits the big servers and those tennis players with real brute force.