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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. The Swiss master will begin as the $4 favourite for the men’s title after an incredible victory in 2017 over old rival Rafael Nadal. With five Australian Open titles, Federer trails Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic, who leads the all-time tally with six. Could he catch him in 2018?

Serena Williams is the current women’s champion and has tasted success down under seven times. However, it is Australian tennis legend Margaret Court who holds the most single women’s titles, with 11.

 2018 Australian Open dates: January 15-28, 2018
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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The 2018 Australian Open title odds

Mens futures

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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 36. Breathing down his neck will be old foe Rafael Nadal and the unknown quantity is Serbian Novak Djokovic, who has taken his time coming back from injury. 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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How will Serena Williams return after having an extended break with the birth of her first child? It was revealed that Williams was carrying the baby when she triumphed in 2017 and will start as the favourite, given how wide-open and unpredictable the female side of the betting can be. We think there is plenty of value in the futures with Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber both offering great value. If you are looking for more value Madison Keys, the young American, has been claiming some scalps lately and improving at a rapid rate. Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova are the pick of the Aussie women.

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Best Australian Open bookie deals

When it comes time for the Australian Open, online bookies go bonkers trying to entice you to make your bets with them by advertising great promotional offers. This is often on top of their fantastic sign up offers for new customers.

The best example of this is WilliamHill’s Chase the Ace offer. If you were to make a head-to-head bet on any Australian Open match of $20 or more, you get $1 cash for every ace your player serves during the game.

Check out the best bookie deals on the Australian Open right here.

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.

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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)    Stefi Graf (GER)
1989 Ivan Lendl (RUS)  Stefi Graf (GER)
1990 Ivan Lendl (RUS)  Stefi 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)  Stefi 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 (BELA)
2013  Novak Djokovic (SER)  Victoria Azarenka (BELA)
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)