Betting On The Australian Open
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the tennis calender, played in Melbourne during the heat of the Australian summer. It is also the only Grand Slam that is played in the Southern Hemisphere.
Being the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open can be a difficult tournament to predict. Add to that the hot conditions that many of the matches are played in and you have a tournament that not only requires tremendous skill but also great physical endurance.
And being the opening Grand Slam of the year means that tennis punters are eager to get amongst the action. This is reflected in the number of Australian Open betting tips posted by our betting community every January.
How To Bet On The Australian Open
Australian Open Outright Tournament Betting
Will Novak Djokovic win another Australian Open title in 2014? If you think you know who will win the tournament this year, then Australian Open outright betting is what you're looking for. You simply place a bet on who you think the winner of the Australian Open will be . Bookmakers will normally offer each way bets; meaning that even if your player doesn't win the Australian Open, so long as they finish second, you win a share of your stake back.
Always remember that the Australian Open uses a draws to determine which players will face one another throughout the tournament. It's very important that you take a look to see who will be facing who as the tournament progresses. While a highly ranked player may have a difficult path to the final, a lower ranked player may have a dream run giving them a chance of getting deeper into the tournament than you might have first thought.
Australian Open Match Betting
This is the most popular form of tennis betting and is just as popular for punters betting on the Australian Open. You simply bet on who you think will win a particular match at the Australian Open.
But before placing your bet, there are a couple of things you should consider. The first and most important of these is the recent form of the player you are thinking about betting on. Have they been performing well and dominating their opponents? Have they had trouble finishing off matches? Have they been forcing higher ranked opponents into long difficult contests?
It's also important to look at recent matches played between the two players. While some players might not be as highly ranked as their opponents, often you can find matchups where a player has a style of play that causes troubles for a particular opponent. Having this knowledge can help you find great betting value, particularly when it comes to Set and Game handicap betting.
Australian Open Set Betting
To bet on a given set score is the equivalent to betting on the final score in football. In tennis you bet on the score in sets. For example, the 2013 Australian Open final saw Novak Djokovic defeat Andy Murray 3 sets to 1. To win this bet you would have had to bet on Djokovic winning the match 3-2.
Set betting can be a great way of finding value betting when you have a greater knowledge of both player's tendancies, especially if one player is a short-priced favourite but is known for slow starts in the early stages of tournaments like the Australian Open.
Australian Open Handicap Betting
You can also bet on a range of Australian Open match handicaps. The most common of these are Set handicaps and Game handicaps.
In Australian Open Set handicap betting, you bet on whether one player will win with the assistance of a Set handicap. For example, Victoria Azarenka won the 2013 Women's final 2 sets to 1 over Li Na. If you had bet on Azarenka to win -1.5 sets, you would have lost the bet as she only won the match by a single set..
Games handicap betting is similar except that it takes into consideration the total number of games played in the match.
Australian Open Over/Under Betting
As with handicap betting, Australian Open Over/Under betting focuses on Set totals and Game totals. For example, you can bet on whether a match will end over or under 3.5 total sets. On the other hand you can be on whether a match will end over or under 30.5 games.
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