Favorites And Longshots: Men’s And Women’s Australian Open

  • A dozen of the last 14 Australian Opens have been won by either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.
  • The women’s side of the bracket features more parity, with only two women winning multiple titles in the same span of time.
  • Despite being labeled as a longshot, players such as Marin Cilic and Angelique Kerber offer fantastic odds to win.

SYDNEY, Australia – With the Australian Open beginning on Sunday night (Monday in the down-under), bettors are given plenty of options for betting on tennis.

The Australian Open is the first major of the calendar year and of the 2020 ATP and WTA seasons. Though the offseason may make betting on the tournament a challenge, it also opens up opportunities for a longshot to be named the winner.

Betting On The Men’s Australian Open

In the recent past, the men’s side of the bracket has seen the “Big 4” continually show out at the Aussie Open. Since 2006, the title has been won by Novak Djokovic seven times, Roger Federer five times, and by Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka one time each.

However, the runner-ups have ranged in appearances. Besides Andy Murray’s five 2nd place finishes and Nadal’s four 2nd place finishes, no other athlete has been the runner up more than once in that same timespan.

With Murray out of the draw for the Australian Open and Nadal being the World Number 1, bettors can find favorites and longshots for the Aussie Open to wager on. The top of the oddsboard  at certain real money betting sites features:

  • Novak Djokovic +110
  • Rafael Nadal +300
  • Daniil Medvedev +650
  • Roger Federer +800
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas +1000
  • Dominic Thiem +1400
  • Alexander Zverev +3300

Clearly labeled as the favorite, Djokovic is a head and shoulder above the others. However, some longshots give amazing value for their tennis abilities. This list includes:

  • Stan Wawrinka +5200
  • Marin Cilic +10000
  • Gregor Dimitrov +6500
  • John Isner +9500
  • Kyle Edmund +9500

Betting On The Women’s Australian Open

On the ladies’ side of the bracket, the field is much more open. Since 2006, Serena Williams has (obviously) won the most times (5), but only two of those victories came after 2010. Besides Victoria Azarenka, no other female has won the Australian Open more than once in that timespan.

This leaves bettors with the best ability to hit a longshot, as winners can come from the obvious favorites or the unexpected.

The favorites at US online sportsbooks for the Australian Open include:

  • Serena Williams +350
  • Naomi Osaka +600
  • Simona Halep +750
  • Ashleigh Barty +800
  • Karolina Pliskova +1000
  • Petra Kvitova +1600
  • Aryna Sabalenka +1800

Of these favorites, only Williams, Osaka, Halep, and Kvitova have made the Aussie Open Women’s Finals with the first two being the only champions on the list.

Some believe that it may finally be Halep’s moment to win the tournament, while others believe that Osaka or Kvitova can repeat their Finals appearance last year.

However, those looking to score big on a longshot should consider:

  • Madison Keys +2000
  • Angelique Kerber +3000
  • Garbine Muguruza +3200
  • Sloane Stephens +6500

This list of female tennis players have all made a Finals in one of the four majors, with all but Keys having being crowned a champion. Even if one of these ladies do not win, taking an early wager in order to hedge a bet is advised, as they will likely make a deep run.

Whether a bettor decides to live bet on the Australian Open, pick futures, or individually bet each match, there is no wrong way to go about it. Just make sure to get all of the futures betting action before the tournament starts.

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