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Read our How to bet on the Australian Open betting guide for a full overview of the Australian Open. We’ll provide our best betting tips, how to pick a winner, a preview of the 2018 version and the best Australian bookmakers for betting on the Australian Open.
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Australian Open History
The Australian Open is a Grand Slam Tennis tournament played in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament runs in the middle of the Australian summer and is the first Grand Slam on the tour. The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and is played on hard-courts. The main stadium used for finals is Rod Laver Arena, which is named after tennis great – Rod Laver. The other major stadiums are: Hisense Arena and Margaret Court. The tournament has a draw for singles, doubles and juniors in both genders. It also has a mixed-doubles competition.
Novak Djokovic is tied with Roy Emerson for most wins at the Australian Open with 6 titles. Djokovic won the tournament in three straight years from: 2011 to 2013. The Womens title is also tied as Serena Williams and Margaret Court have won the Australian Open seven times. Williams first won the Grand Slam in 2003 and she’s still looking for more titles at the moment.
In 2017, Roger Federer claimed his fifth Australian Open title in an epic five set final against Nadal. While in the Women’s draw, Serena Williams defeated her sister for her seventh title in Melbourne.
Head to Head – Head to head betting on Tennis is the most basic option and is most recommended for betting on an underdog. Generally, the favourites will be priced at very low odds in the first few rounds of the Australian Open.
Multi betting – Placing a multi-bet on multiple tennis matches is ideal for improving the odds. A multi-bet can include head-to-head, handicap, sets, total match games and propositions.
Handicap betting – Similar to sports handicap betting, a tennis match also has a handicap market. A handicap bet in Tennis is by the number of games. The player with the minus sign is the favourite and a larger handicap number means they’re more favoured to win. While the plus handicap is for the underdog and would be recommended for betting on an upset.
Sets – Betting via the number of sets provides value bets, especially in the early rounds of a Grand Slam. Players in the top 10 are expected to win by straight sets and the odds are a better option than head-to-head.
Total match games – The total match games is another betting option for betting on Tennis. The number of games is determined by the bookmaker and customers can either bet on the unders or overs. For tennis matches with two similar players at the same odds, the over total match games is most recommended. While for matchups in the early rounds, the unders bet is ideal.
Other markets – The other tennis markets can include: 1st set exact score, total sets per match, games won by margin, total games by player and that’s just naming a few popular markets.
Best Australian Open betting sites
If you’re looking for the best Australian Open betting sites, we’ll provide our best options in this section.
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Bet365 – They have the best live streaming options and would be recommended for watching the Open. If you’re at work or can’t watch the Open on television, Bet365 has you covered with a live stream. The other advantage of the live stream, is live betting at the same time.
Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.
William Hill – William Hill has provided the best Australian Open betting promotion in recent years. They allow punters to bet on the number of aces with a minimum bet amount. For example, if you bet $20 on a player and they serve over 20 aces, they’ll reward a bonus bet for every ace over the bet amount. They also offer live streaming and future markets.
Sportsbet – Sportsbet are just starting to offer live streaming for tennis tournaments (Wimbledon) and they’ll be a great option for betting on the Australian Open. Also, Sportsbet are recommended for betting on the underdog as they offer higher odds in comparison with the competition.
Australian Open 2018 preview
The 2018 Australian Open will begin on the 15th January, 2018 and finish on the 28th January. The 2017 tournament was one of the best in recent years as the Men’s final had a dream matchup of Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal. The final did not disappoint as Federer won in five sets. The Womens final was also a great matchup between the Williams sisters and they’ve been two of the most dominant womens players in the history of tennis. Serena won the final once again and we later found out she was pregnant during the tournament, proving she is arguably the greatest Women’s tennis player.
In 2018, Federer will most likely play his last Australian Open before retirement. But Nadal will be keen for revenge after 2017. Milos Raonic is moving up the ranks and loves the hard-court at Melbourne. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have made the latter stages of the tournament in recent years and they’re always solid betting choices. Stan Wawrinka made the semi-finals last year and he has the best backhand on the tour. Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are two young players that could cause an upset in the 2018 tournament. For Australian tennis, Nick Kyrgios is the best option but he was knocked out in the second round in 2017.
On the Women’s side, Serena should return for her defence of the title. Also, Maria Sharapova will most likely be back after her drugs suspension and she’ll be a serious dark-horse in the Australian Open. Simona Halep was knocked out in the first round and she should improve in 2018. Johanna Konta was born in Sydney but she now plays for Great Britian. She made the quarter-finals in 2017 and will be a player to watch in 2018. Australian, Samantha Stosur has historically struggled at her home tournament but Daria Gavrilova has performed well recently.
We would back Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the Australian Open future markets.