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Betting On The Australian Open

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History Of The Australian Open

The Australian Open is dubbed the “Friendly Open” because of the warm, friendly way it treats both players and fans. While events like the French Open – also known as Roland Garros – and Wimbledon are steeped in tradition, with Wimbledon particularly famous for indulging in a high degree of pomp and circumstance, both the US and Australian Opens have a younger, fresher outlook and ambience which is geared toward providing both fans and players with a highly enjoyable experience.

The Australian Open is the only major annual sporting event that takes place solely in the second half of January and is therefore very much the highlight of the month.

The Australian Open takes place at the Melbourne Park tennis complex, and its centre court is the 15,000 seater Rod Laver Arena. The Australian Open was the first slam to introduce retractable roofs, which it has over its three showpiece courts, the Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena, and the Margaret Court Arena.

With its iconic blue courts, packed stadiums (the Australian Open ranks second only to the US Open in terms of annual attendance with 750,000 fans through the turnstiles in 2016) and penchant for dramatic late night matches played under the floodlights (which make for ideal morning viewing in Europe), the Australian Open is always the perfect way to kick off yet another exciting tennis season.

2017 Australian Open Dates

The 2017 Australian Open will be played in Melbourne, Australia from January 16th to January 29th

Australian Open Format 

The Aussie Open kicks off in the middle of January, with the exact Australian Open tournament dates varying slightly from year to year. While January is the peak of winter in Europe and North America, it is high summer in Australia, and temperatures will frequently hit 40 C degrees in the Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open Seeding and Draw

Like the other three Grand Slams, the Australian Open schedule features a 128-player main draw for both the men’s and women’s singles events. The top-32 players in each draw are seeded in accordance with the world rankings provided by the ATP for the men, and the WTA for the women.

The object of a seeding system like that used in the Australian Open draw is to keep the highest ranked players away from each other until the latter stages of the tournament. The ideal scenario for tournament organizers would be the world’s top-eight players in each draw meeting in the quarter-finals, the top four then reaching the semis, and ultimately the world’s top-two players going on to contest the final. While this is how seeding should work in theory, in practice it rarely if ever runs so smoothly, and the Australian Open results in the opening week will always be littered with seeded casualties.

Doubles, Mixed, Junior and Handicapped Events

As well as the men’s and women’s singles competitions, the Australian Open features men’s, ladies and mixed doubles events, the girls and boys junior competitions for those aged 18 or under, a Masters doubles competition, plus a whole spectrum of wheelchair tennis events including men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions.

The main doubles competitions will be covered by many bookmakers as will the junior events. The girls and boys junior competitions at the slams often features young players who will become major stars in the near future.

Australia was the first nation to feature junior competitions as part of its slam set-up, and Aussie great Jack Crawford was the first winner of note. Australian tennis icons like Frank Sedgman, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver, Tony Roche and John Newcombe all won the junior competition from the late 1940s through to the 1960s.

In recent decades boy’s junior winners at Melbourne who have gone on to become top pros include two-time Australian Open champion Stefan Edberg (who won in 1983 en-route to becoming the only player to win the junior Grand Slam), Thomas, Enqvist, Nicolas Kiefer, Andy Roddick and Gael Monfils. In 2013, Nick Kyrgios defeated his friend and fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis in the final, with both subsequently going on to make their mark in the pros.

The list of girl's winners who have gone on to become slam winners as pros includes Kerry Reid, Yvonne Goolagong, Sue Barker and double-Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka as well as former world no.1 Jelena Jankovic.

Australian Open Betting Explained

If you are a sports bettor who loves a wide range of betting markets but is relatively new to betting Australian Open tennis – you are in for a treat. Few sports have more betting markets than tennis, and what’s more, they are on the whole straightforward and easy to understand and play, as long as you know the difference between a game and a set, or a service break from a tiebreak, etc.

Australian Open Outright Winner Odds

A Grand Slam event like the Australian Open is made up of more than a dozen individual tournaments that range from the men’s and women’s singles events, to the Masters doubles competition for tennis veterans in their 40s or older. Bookmakers will carry outright bets on many of these competitions.

There is nothing complicated about these bets, you are simply picking the winner of one of the competitions that make up the Australian Open. It might be the winner of the men’s or women’s singles or doubles competitions. Maybe you will wish to place more than one outright bet. That’s your prerogative of course.

Because the Australian Open is played in the second half of January and is by far and away the biggest tournament of the year thus far, it can be tough to get a handle on which players are up for such a big test so early. The likes of Djokovic, Federer and Murray rarely show up for a major event in less than 100% shape, but 14-time slam winner Rafa Nadal has been known to “play injured” in tournaments – including slams.

A solid indicator toward players forms can be gained by how they perform in the various Aussie Open tune-up events played in Australia, New Zealand and in Asia during the first two weeks of the year. Also, check odds comparison sites for the betting odds for Australian Open tennis as an indicator of who the bookies think will do well.

Australian Open Match Betting

Still the most popular form of betting, no matter if it’s tennis, soccer, the NFL, boxing, the NBA rugby, cricket or MLB. Sports fans in general love to wager on the outcome of an individual game/match/fight, and even hardcore sports bettors still enjoy straightforward match betting.

In the first week of the Australian Open there will be a host of upsets to be wagered on. In some years, seeds will tumble like skittles, although rarely as profoundly as 2002 when 16th seed Tomas Johansson was almost the last man standing when he won. That year, 23 of the 32 seeds had fallen by the third round.

In 2015, sixteen seeds had fallen by the second round in the men’s singles draw alone, but in 2016 only seven had. For a good insight into the outcome of a match, examine the form of the players in the tune-up events, and check the predictions provided daily throughout the Aussie Open by bettingexpert’s tennis tipsters.,

Australian Open Handicap Betting

When you really want to wager on one of the favorites in an early round match, but there is zero value in the bet, handicap betting is the solution. Handicap betting in tennis allows you to back a favourite in an early round match and still get good value from the bet.

For example, tennis fans know that record six-time champion Novak Djokovic loves playing in Melbourne, just like Roger Federer favours Wimbledon where he won a record seven titles, and Rafael Nadal is more at home at Roland Garros than anywhere else – as a record nine trophies attests. When players are this consistent in events, they tend to be particularly ruthless in the early rounds, and this is certainly the case with Djokovic at the Australian Open.

In the 2016 Aussie Open, Djokovic made short work of seventh seed Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. An examination of their head-to-head shows that Djokovic tends to defeat Nishikori quite comfortably, and he limits the Japanese star to around three games per set.

Taking this into account, with hindsight we could have wagered that Djokovic would concede no more than nine games in his match vs Nishikori, which translates into a handicap bet of Djokovic at -9. Alternatively, we could have backed Nishikori to win nine or more games in the match (Nishikori +9). Either way the odds would have excellent value.

Australian Open Set Betting

One of the easiest ways to back the favoured players in early round matches and still get great odds is set betting. This bet is simply predicting how easily – or difficultly – a player will win a match in terms of sets won and lost. While the women’s competition is played over the best of three sets – as it is in all other WTA and ITF events, the men’s competition in slams features best of five set matches throughout, which offers more scope for betting.

Before attempting set betting, check out the head-to-head statistics of the match you are about to bet on. For example, let’s say Andy Murray is taking on David Ferrer in the last-16 of the Australian Open. A quick check of their head-to-head reveals that while Ferrer has had his successes, Murray has a substantial lead in their rivalry (13-6 at the time of writing). Interestingly, in five meetings between the two at slams, Murray led 5-0, but Ferrer had won one set in every encounter, resulting in each match going to four sets.

If you were going to base your wager on this stat, you would back Murray to defeat Ferrer 3 sets to 1.

Australian Open Correct Score

Betting on the correct score means that you are wagering on the scoreline of a completed set – regardless of the winner. The average scoreline of a set in tennis hovers between 6-3 and 6-4, so by the sheer law of averages, if you wager on either of those scorelines you would have a better than average chance of winning.

However, with a little research, it’s not too hard to discover the most common scoreline of a set when two particular players meet. Let’s take a look at the rivalry between Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, for example. At the time of writing, Murray led their head-to-head 9-7, with Stan having a slight edge in recent encounters.

If we stick to their last six matches, we see that there has been just one tiebreak, no 7-5 sets and no bagels (6-0 sets), so we can strike those scorelines. The most prevalent set scores were 6-2 (five appearances) 6-3 (four) and 6-4 (four) Therefore, based purely on the law of averages, the correct score of a random set between Murray and Wawrinka will be 6-2.

Australian Open Betting Strategies

If you are serious about betting on the Australian Open, it is essential that you have a sound betting strategy in place. Like any form of sports betting, the more familiar you are with the sport you are targeting, the more successful you will be. If you are already a fan of tennis but would like to increase your overall knowledge of players ahead of the Australian Open, there is an array of excellent and easy to use tennis websites like those of the ATP and WTA plus ESPN that are crammed full of all the facts and stats you will ever need.

When formulating your Australian Open betting strategy, here are some factors to consider:

Players Past Records At The Aussie Open

While every now and again an exciting relative newcomer will suddenly catch a hot streak (literally) in Melbourne and go all the way to the final – Marcos Baghdatis and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2006 and 2008 in the men’s and Dominika Cibulkova in 2014 in the women’s draw spring to mind – in general both the winners and the losing finalists in Melbourne are established stars ranked in the top-four.

Once a player wins in Melbourne, they tend to win at least once more, and since the tournament began attracting the top pros in 1983, only six men have won just one title – Petr

Korda, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Johansson, Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, although Rafa and Stan have plenty of time to add to their tally.

This pattern is less prevalent with the ladies, and great players like Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Kim Klijsters have only claimed one Australian Open title, with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka the only players to retain the trophy in recent years.

Which Players Are Looking Sharp?

While the tennis season officially ends in November with the WTA and ATP World Tour Finals, many players will continue to compete in various highly lucrative exhibition tournaments around the world, while others will use those precious few weeks to recharge their batteries ahead of the new season.

The season proper gets underway in early January, and both the ATP and WTA have five tune-up events for players to fine-tune their games ahead of the Australian Open. These events will give a strong indication as to who will “hit the ground running” in Melbourne, and who will be off the pace.

Which Seeds Are Vulnerable On Hard Courts?

While most top players on the men’s and women’s tours can play to a high standard on any surface, some Spanish, French, Italian and Latin American players are more at home on clay, and will likely have gained more points from clay court events than hard courts. The surface in Melbourne is called Plexicushion and is a medium-fast man-made surface, not quite as fast as Decoturf which is used at the US Open, but still fast enough to favor those players who serve big and hit hard.

Check the seedings and scan for the players who are considered primarily clay-courters. Should any of these players come up against the type of tall, rangy big server with a massive forehand, chances are they will be able to capitalize on any festive-season rustiness., and an upset will be on the cards

Check Head-to-Head Matchups

Whenever you are about to wager on a match bet, be sure to check the head-to-head record of the players or doubles teams involved. Simply log on to the ATP or WTA website, enter the name of one of the players or teams and when their profile page appears, scroll down to the head-to-head option and add the name of the second player/team.

If these players/teams have played each other previously, the past results will appear, giving you the outcome, scoreline and stats of each match in detail, as well as where those matches took place and on what surfaces they were played on.

As pretty much all tennis betting outside of outright bets revolves around individual matches, checking the head-to-head rivalries of players and doubles teams truly is a prerequisite and essential for anyone serious about betting successfully on the Australian Open.

Best Tennis Stats Sites

ATP Stats Centre

WTA Stats Centre Stats

Tennis Abstract

Tennis X Stats

Australian Open Bookmakers

During the Australian Open fortnight be sure to sign up with a bookmaker that takes their coverage of tennis seriously. Here’s what you’ll need to look for in a bookmaker to get the most from your Aussie Open betting:

A Bookmaker of Repute

The Aussies have always loved a bet, and per-capita Australia is the nation with the biggest sports betting market in the world. Unlike the US, online sports betting is legal in Australia, and they even have their own online bookies.

However, just because it’s the Australian Open doesn’t mean you need to sign up with an Australian bookmaker (unless of course, you are in Australia.) If you live in the UK, Ireland or Europe, stick with the reputable bookmakers that you know and feel comfortable with like Paddy Power and BetFred, but be sure that they have a strong selection of Australian Open tennis betting markets.

Tennis Betting Markets

All of the top online bookmakers have a solid range of tennis betting markets, but some cover the sport in more depth than others, and you may have to align yourself with several bookies to get all of the markets you need.

When it comes to tennis, Ladbrokes take some beating as they provide all of the most popular tennis markets along with consistently good betting odds. However where Betfair really excel is in their in-play betting and live-streaming of matches.

Great as they are, William Hill limit themselves to the more popular betting markets. If you wish to play markets like “Set 2 Score After 6 Games” or “Set 2, Race To 4 Games” you may need to venture over to rival bookies like Coral, Bwin or Paddy Power.

Australian Open In-Play Betting

In-play betting allows a bettor the chance to wager on the outcome of individual games during a set of tennis. The length of a game in a tennis match depends very much on the quality of the server and returner involved, but on average a game lasts between 3-5 minutes. With a minimum six games in a set, and at least eighteen in a men’s singles match in a slam, the scope for in-play betting in tennis is huge and can be a lot of fun, not to mention very lucrative.

As the old saying goes, knowledge is power, and the more you know about the two players on the court, the more successfully you will be able to anticipate the outcome of games using in-play betting. If in addition you are following the match on TV or via live-streaming it is even more enjoyable, and you will be able to spot clearly if a returner is getting into their groove, or a server is beginning to falter.

Consistently Good Australian Open Betting Odds

If you win a bet with one bookmaker, then discover that you would have got better Australian Open tennis odds with a different bookmaker and won more money – it is somewhat annoying and a bit of an inconvenience. However, if that were to happen consistently throughout the course of the Australian Open, you could be looking at being down a substantial amount of money.

As well as delivering outstanding Australian Open betting picks, bettingexpert will always supply the bookmaker who is providing the best odds for a particular bet. In addition, will always display the entire array of bookmaker odds for any Australian Open tennis betting market.

For more information on Australian Open bookmakers, please refer to our detailed bookmaker reviews listing.

Australian Open Free Bets

Tennis betting is big business, and come the slams, bookmakers will attempt to outdo each other with enticing offers and free bets, all designed to grab the bettors attention. From the perspective of the punter, this is great news. If you were intending to bet on the Australian Open anyway, an offer from a bookmaker to “Sign up for £20 and get £50 in Free Australian Open Bets!” is a no brainer, as is “Sign up to our Mobile App today and get a £50 Free Australian Open Bet!“.

These offers will continue throughout the two weeks of the Australian Open, and only intensify as it reaches the semifinals and finals, especially if there are some fan favorites involved. Britain’s Andy Murray is a huge favorite among the UK betting fraternity, so if Murray is facing the likes of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal or Wawrinka in quarterfinal, semifinal or final, expect to see offers like “Get Enhanced Odds of 10/1 on Andy Murray to beat Novak Djokovic!” etc., etc.

Just remember that these offers are a lot of fun, and should be taken advantage of when possible. For example, if you were already going to back Murray to beat Djokovic, why not take advantage of those enhanced odds of 10/1?

With all offers, free bets and enhanced odds, remember to stick to reputable bookmakers, read the small print and if in any doubt, don’t be scared to ask bettingexpert’s opinion!

To receive Australian Open free bets, please refer to our comprehensive bookmaker free bets listing

Australian Open Live Streaming

The Australian Open UK TV coverage is provided by Eurosport, who do a solid job and have excellent commentators like Frew McMillan, but if you don’t have a satellite TV package, you won’t get to see any matches. Eurosport is also limited in their coverage to no more than two matches at any time.

To learn more about bookmaker live streams, please refer to our detailed guide to accessing bookmaker live streams.

Australian Open Betting Tips

If you want to bet on the Australian Open, but your knowledge of tennis is limited and you would love some expert assistance, the Australian Open betting tips provided by bettingexpert’s team of top tipsters are exactly what you need.

Bettingexpert’s tennis tipsters are the most knowledgeable, talented and consistently successful online. To see for yourself just how good bettingexpert’s tennis tipsters really are, go to the Tennis Tips page on and then scroll down to the Tennis Tipster League. There you can see stats for each tipster’s total bets made, profitability and yield margins.

Other sports betting websites may claim to deliver Australian Open winners, but only bettingexpert consistently publish their winning Australian Open betting predictions for all to see.

Bettingexpert prides itself on its policy of openness and honesty within the betting industry, and its promotion of sensible, safe betting. We encourage bettors to always look for the value and logic in a bet, and that is exactly what our tennis tipsters provide with their Australian Open predictions. Whatever the tip, you can rest assured that it is backed by extensive and thorough research before the tipster in question came to their conclusion.

So if you are keen to get in on the Australian Open betting action but don’t trust yourself to make winning picks, let our tennis tipster team deliver those winning picks for you!

To receive every Australian Open betting tip posted by our community of top tennis tipsters, please refer to our Grand Slam Tennis betting tips page.

History of the Australian Open

When a new year begins, fans of most sports have to wait a while before any major trophies are up for grabs. Not so fans of tennis, who are blessed with one of the four Grand Slam events – the Australian Open – kicking off right in the middle of January.

That was not always the case, and the Australian Open dates have chopped and changed radically over the decades. When the Australasian Championships as it was called first saw the light of day in 1905, it was played in November, making it the final slam of the year. Although the event was first played in Melbourne, in the ensuing years it was also staged in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as Christchurch and Hastings in New Zealand, before returning to Melbourne. It was re-named the Australian Championships in 1927.

Borotra, Crawford, Perry and Budge

During those early years, air travel was in its infancy and foreign players had to take a long 45-day voyage by sea in order to compete at the Australian Championships. As a result, the event’s early winners were Australians, with a few British expats thrown in. It was not until the great Frenchman Jean Borotra of the “Four Musketeers” fame made the journey and won the trophy in 1928 did the event get its first high-profile champion and resulting world-wide attention.

Borotra’s victory was followed by the success of the first great Australian player, Jack Crawford, who would win the trophy four times and also be victorious at the French Open and Wimbledon, as well as reaching the US Open final. Britain’s Fred Perry made the journey and won the tournament in 1934, while the great American Don Budge secured the first ever Grand Slam of all four majors within a calendar year with victory there in 1938.

The women’s event didn’t begin until 1922, and the first great Australian women’s champion was five-time winner Daphne Akhurst, who died tragically aged just 29. The trophy presented annually to the Australian Open Women’s singles winner is named the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Australian women dominated their domestic final until the late-1940s, with only Britain’s Dorothy Round - winner in 1935, and American Dorothy Cheney who won three years later briefly interrupting that sequence.

Margaret Court Begins Her Domination

The great American Doris Hart won the first of her six slams with victory in Australia in 1949, while the legendary Maureen “Little Mo” Connelly completed the first ever Grand Slam in women’s tennis with victory there in 1953. Other notable champions during this time included Australian Nancye Wynne Bolton who won the event six times, Britain’s Angela Mortimer and America’s Shirley Fry, who beat the great Althea Gibson in the 1957 final.

The incredible Margaret Court won the Australian Championship in 1960 aged 18, the first of seven-straight titles. She would win her eleventh and final singles trophy in 1973. American legend Billie Jean King was champion in 1968, and the following year the Australian Championships became the Australian Open, with Court winning for another three years straight. Britain’s Virginia Wade was champion in 1972, and in 1974 another great Australian Evonne Goolagong won the first of her four titles.

A Golden Age Followed By A Slump

Men’s tennis in Australia throughout the 1950s and 60s was of such a high standard that it was virtually self-sustaining. The 1950s was the era of the first true super-coach in Harry Hopman, whose protégées Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman and Ashley Cooper not only dominated at home but also conquered the tennis world.

Hopman’s production line of stars would continue into the 1960s with Rod Laver and Roy Emmerson - who between them would win 23 singles slams –plus Tony Roche, Fred Stolle and John Newcombe, who flew the flag for Australia when the game went open in 1968.

By the 1970s, Australia’s great players were becoming veterans and the once ocean of talent was becoming a trickle. The Australian Open itself would start in the final week of December and finish the first week in January, which wasn’t an encouraging prospect for foreign players. The result was a lack of international stars making the journey, which in turn effected sponsorship, which resulted in low prize money.

Jimmy Connors won the Australian Open in 1974 as he attempted to win the Grand Slam that year, but his was a rare appearance by a major star. Bjorn Borg bypassed the event for virtually his entire career, while John McEnroe would only start making the trip to Melbourne when the dates were switched to November in 1983.

The lack of big names and the decline in Australian tennis during the 1970s allowed several players to record Grand Slam victories. Americans Roscoe Tanner, Vitas Gerulaitis and Brian Teacher all won the trophy, while Argentine clay-court maestro Guillermo Vilas was able to pick up a pair of unlikely grass-court slams. South African Johan Kriek, who never cracked the world’s top-five, won the Australian Open twice in the early 80s.

The Men’s Game Revitalized

In 1983, a change in the Australian Open dates to November and a substantial increase in prize money resulted in its strongest field ever. After years in the doldrums, the Aussie Open was deserving of the title of “slam” once more. 18-year old Swede Mats Wilander defeated world no.1 Ivan Lendl in the final, ushering in the modern era. Since 1983, the Australian Open player lineup has been on a par with that of all the other slams, with the vast majority of top pros making the annual trip down under. 1983 marked the last time the event would be played on grass, and it has been played on hard courts ever since.

Wilander and fellow Swede Stefan Edberg would divide five Aussie Opens between them in the mid-80s before Ivan Lendl finally broke through with a pair of wins at the end of the decade. The 1990s saw a pair of titles for “Boom Boom” Boris Becker, while America’s “Blue Collar” slugger Jim Courier won back-to-back trophies in 1992-93. The greatest men’s player of the 1990s was 14-time slam winner Pete Sampras, yet “Pistol Pete” could only win twice in Australia, while his great rival Andre Agassi would find his spiritual home at Melbourne Park, where he would lift the trophy an open-era record four occasions.

Chrissie, Martina, Steffi and Monica Triumph in Melbourne

With the date changes that occurred in the 1980s – first to November in 1983 and then in 1987 when the dates were switched from November to mid-January (where they remain to this day) the world’s top women also began to travel to Melbourne. The early-to-mid 80s belonged to all-time-greats Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who split five titles between them. Steffi Graff’s victory in 1988 would prove to be the first leg of her Grand Slam winning season, and the first of four Aussie Open trophies. Graf would be succeeded by a trio of great players who would all win multiple Australian Open titles in Monica Selles (four), Martina Hingis (three) and Jennifer Capriati (two).

This century has seen Serena Williams establish herself as one of the true greats of the game, with a record six open-era singles titles in Melbourne, and only Victoria Azarenka has threatened that dominance with two wins of her own. Although now in her mid-thirties, Williams continues to play at such a high level, one should expect to see her featured Australian Open women’s betting odds for many years to come, and looks sure to add to that total before hanging up her racquet.

Federer then Djokovic Rule the Rod Laver Arena

The noughties have already delivered some of the most exciting tennis matches yet seen in Melbourne, starring some of its greatest modern protagonists. Roger Federer has established himself as possibly the greatest player of all time with 17 slams. Federer equaled Andre Agassi’s record of four open-era titles with victories in 2004, 2006/7 and 2010, but lost an epic five-set thriller in 2009 to arch-rival Rafael Nadal which reduced him to floods of tears. In the semifinals Nadal had overcome countryman Fernando Verdasco in a five-set thriller that many rated as the greatest ever played in Melbourne.

Three years later and it was Nadal’s turn to lose another epic five-setter, this time to his nemesis Novak Djokovic. Like Serena Williams in the women’s game, Djokovic has gone on to make a sterling case for being the greatest Australian Open champion ever, with a record-busting six singles trophies, beginning in 2008, and including a sequence of five titles in six years between 2011-16, and Djokovic looks set to be the bookies Australian Open odds-on winner for the foreseeable future.

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