AUSTRALIAN Open odds are released almost the moment the tournament finishes for another year. It is the first Grand Slam played each year, held in Melbourne, Australia, with 2018’s event running from January 15-28.
The tournament will boast some of the greatest names to have ever graced the court, with defending champion Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all among the key chances in the men.
Serena Williams was the hot favourite to win the women’s title after saluting in 2017, but has had to pull out with injury, opening the door for her challengers. Garbine Muguruza leads the pack at $8 and she’ll have to overcome Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep if she is to win.
|Juan Martin del Potro||$15|
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Another notable Aussie contender is Thanasi Kokkinakis at $101. The Adelaide youngster is returning from injury and will most likely be below his best for the tournament. Teen bolter Alex de Minaur made waves with his runs at Brisbane and Sydney, but Nick Kyrgios is the best of the homegrown prospects. Bernard Tomic has to make it through Australian Open qualifying first.
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Ashleigh Barty ($29) is the pick of the Australian options after a successful return to tennis in 2017. Other possible Aussie contenders are Daria Gavrilova at $101 and Sam Stosur at $201, but both had patchy ends to last season and look to be long shots to win the ladies crown.
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