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, and sometimes spilling into February, the Open has been played at Melbourne Park since 1988 and now has a total prize kitty of more than AUD $70 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 GreenSet surface.
Once the ugly duckling of the Grand Slam rota, the Australian Open is now one of the best-attended and most-viewed sporting events in the world. It is also a major drawcard for punters, with online bookmakers doing a roaring trade in Aus Open betting every year.
|2021 Australian Open dates||February 8-21, 2021|
|Venue||Melbourne Park, Melbourne|
|Most men’s singles titles||Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 8|
|Most women’s singles titles||Margaret Court (Australia), 11|
2021 Australian Open title odds
This might be an unusual edition of the Australian Open, but it’s the same old story in the men’s draw as Novak Djokovic chases his ninth title at Melbourne Park. Rafael Nadal is his closest challenger, while Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also well in the market. Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur are the best Aussie prospects in the Australian Open outright betting.
Naomi Osaka is the favourite in the women’s draw, but it’s a wide-open market. World no.1 Ashleigh Barty is well backed to become the first homegrown Australian Open singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978, while there is plenty of support for the likes of Serena Williams, Aryna Sabalenka and defending champ Sofia Kenin.
Best bookies to bet with on the Australian Open
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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.
A fixed odds bet available on each match during the Australian Open.
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.
- Total games
A bet on whether the total number of games played in the match will go over or under a specified amount.
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)|
|2019||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Naomi Osaka (JPN)|
|2020||Novak Djokovic (SER)||Sofia Kenin (USA)|