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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, 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.

2020 Australian Open dates: January 20 – February 2, 2020
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Surface: GreenSet
Most men’s singles titles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 7
Most women’s singles titles: Margaret Court (Australia), 11

2020 Australian Open title odds

Yet again, it’s all about the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s draw. Novak won it last year and is heavily fancied to extend his record to eight titles at Melbourne Park. Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur will lead the Aussie charge, but both are well back in the Australian Open outright betting.

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Serena Williams will start among the favourites in the women’s draw, but the seven-time Aus Open champion has plenty of company at the top end of the betting. World no.1 Ashleigh Barty will have all the local support, while defending champ Naomi Osaka has bested Serena on the big stage before.

Best bookies to bet with on the Australian Open

When betting on the Australian Open we like to trust our money with the following online bookies. They have each built a reputation of convenience, safety and generosity for their customers over the years

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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)
2019 Novak Djokovic (SER) Naomi Osaka (JPN)

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