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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
Surface: Plexicushion Prestige
Most men’s singles titles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 6
Most women’s singles titles: Margaret Court (Australia), 11

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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.

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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.

You can use these tips with all three of the major tennis tournaments of the year – Wimbledon, US Open and French Open.

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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