THE Australian Open marks the beginning of the tennis Grand Slam tour each year, kicking off the Australian sporting calendar with a bang.
Held in the last two weeks of January, the Open has been played at Melbourne Park since 1988 and has a total prize kitty of $50 million. It hosts men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.
First held in 1905, the Australian Open has a rich history. After initially being played on the traditional grass surface, the Australian Open has moved forward with the times and is now played on a hard, plexicushion surface.
The current men’s champion of the Australian Open is Roger Federer, who will be aiming at three in a row when he returns to Melbourne Park in 2019. Caroline Wozniacki edged out Simona Halep for the 2018 women’s title, but fit-again Serena Williams will start as the outright favourite.
|2019 Australian Open dates:||January 14-27, 2019|
|Venue:||Melbourne Park, Melbourne|
|Most men’s singles titles:||Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 6|
|Most women’s singles titles:||Margaret Court (Australia), 11|
2019 Australian Open title odds
Can Roger Federer do it again? The ever-green champ could be competing in his last Australian Open and is remarkably playing some of the best tennis of his storied career at age 37. Breathing down his neck will be old foe Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic – a six-time winner at Melbourne Park. If the favourites falter – and there’s every chance they could given age and injury – then there’s some value to be had with outsiders like Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and former Australian Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka. Young guns Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur will lead the Aussie charge.
Serena Williams will start as the favourite after missing 2018 while on maternity leave. Next in line is the rising star who conquered Williams at last year’s US Open, Naomi Osaka. Caroline Wozniacki is the defending champ, but the likes of Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Sloane Stephens are better liked in the outright betting. Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova are the pick of the Aussie women.
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Popular Australian Open bets
The following are just some of the most popular markets available to punters on the Australian Open.
Head-to-head: A fixed odds bet available on each match during the Australian Open.
Futures: A simple bet on who you think will be the overall winner of the men’s or women’s tournament.
Game handicap: A regular handicap bet, calculated on total number of games won by each player at the end of the match.
Australian Open betting tips
When betting on the Australian Open, there are several things you should ask yourself before locking in a bet.
First, just because a player has done well on grass or clay playing surface in the lead up to the Australian Open doesn’t exactly mean they will be as successful on the hard court Plexicushion surface of Melbourne Park.
Which players have a good history at the Australian Open? Do some research to take note of previous winners when betting on futures like tournament winner.
If you are betting on a head-to-head match, be aware of the players’ history against each other.
The most important thing to do though is to look between your multiple online bookie accounts and find the best price for the bet you have decided to make.
List of past Australian Open winners
The following is a list of the men’s and women’s Australian Open Champions from 1969 when the tournament turned professional:
|Year||Men’s Singles winner||Women’s Singles winner|
|1969||Rod Laver (AUS)||Margaret Court (Aus)|
|1970||Arthur Ashe (USA)||Margaret Court (AUS)|
|1971||Ken Rosewall (AUS)||Margaret Court (AUS)|
|1972||Ken Rosewall (AUS)||Virginia Wade (USA)|
|1973||John Newcombe (AUS)||Margaret Court (AUS)|
|1974||Jimmy Connors (USA)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)|
|1975||John Newcombe (AUS)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)|
|1976||Mark Edmonson (AUS)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)|
|1977 (Jan)||Roscoe Tanner (USA)||Kerry Reid (AUS)|
|1977 (Dec)||Vitas Gerulaitis (USA)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)|
|1978||Guillermo Vilas (ARG)||Chris O’Neil (AUS)|
|1979||Guillermo Vilas (ARG)||Barbara Jordan (USA)|
|1980||Brian Teacher (USA)||Hanna Mandiklova (CZE)|
|1981||Johan Kriek (RSA)||Martina Navratilova (USA)|
|1982||Johan Kriek (RSA)||Chris Evert (USA)|
|1983||Mats Wilander (SWE)||Martina Navratilova (USA)|
|1984||Mats Wilander (SWE)||Chris Evert (USA)|
|1985||Stefan Edberg (SWE)||Martina Navratilova (USA)|
|1986**||** No tournament**||**No tournament**|
|1987||Stefan Edberg (SWE)||Hanna Mandiklova (CZE)|
|1988||Mats Wilander (SWE)||Steffi Graf (GER)|
|1989||Ivan Lendl (RUS)||Steffi Graf (GER)|
|1990||Ivan Lendl (RUS)||Steffi Graf (GER)|
|1991||Boris Becker (GER)||Monica Seles (USA)|
|1992||Jim Courier (USA)||Monica Seles (USA)|
|1993||Jim Courier (USA)||Monica Seles (USA)|
|1994||Pete Sampras (USA)||Steffi Graf (GER)|
|1995||Andre Agassi (USA)||Mary Pierce (FRA)|
|1996||Boris Becker (GER)||Monica Seles (USA)|
|1997||Pete Sampras (USA)||Martina Hingis (CHE)|
|1998||Petr Korda (RUS)||Martina Hingis (CHE)|
|1999||Yevgeny Kafelinkov (RUS)||Martina Hingis (CHE)|
|2000||Andre Agassi (USA)||Lindsay Davenport (USA)|
|2001||Andre Agassi (USA)||Jennifer Capriati (USA)|
|2002||Thomas Johansson (SWE)||Jennifer Capriati (USA)|
|2003||Andre Agassi (USA)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2004||Roger Federer (CHE)||Justine Henin (BEL)|
|2005||Marat Safin (RUS)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2006||Roger Federer (CHE)||Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)|
|2007||Roger Federer (CHE)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2008||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Maria Sharapova (RUS)|
|2009||Rafael Nadal (SPA)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2010||Roger Federer (CHE)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2011||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Kim Clijsters (BEL)|
|2012||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Victoria Azarenka (BLR)|
|2013||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Victoria Azarenka (BLR)|
|2014||Stan Wawrinka (CHE)||Li Na (CHI)|
|2015||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2016||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Angelique Kerber (GER)|
|2017||Roger Federer (CHE)||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2018||Roger Federer (CHE)||Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)|
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