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|
|Most men’s singles titles:||Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 6|
|Most women’s singles titles:||Margaret Court (Australia), 11|
The 2018 Australian Open title odds
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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.
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)||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)|