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All eyes head to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam tournament in the tennis calendar. This is the first chance each year for fans to see the finest players in the world compete for one of the game’s biggest prizes – and for tennis betting fans to get involved.

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Over the past 15 years, there have been only four winners of the men’s singles tournament at the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal’s 2009 victory and Stan Wawrinka’s win in 2014 were outliers, with the tournament mostly swaying between the Serb Novak Djokovic and Swiss powerhouse Roger Federer.

Therefore, those who follow Australian Open betting know that punting on the overall winner of the tournament rarely offers value. However, this year is a little different.

Djokovic, who has lifted the trophy for the last three years, will not be happy with his preparation for the 2022 event – and he may miss the tournament altogether. Visa issues surrounding his unvaccinated status and Australia’s strict COVID-19 regulations mean that the nine-time champion may miss out on the chance to defend his crown, and even if he is allowed to compete he will go into this tournament with question marks surrounding his push for another Grand Slam win.

If he does miss out, the market will open up big time. German Alexander Zverev recently got the better of the world No.1 in the ATP Finals and he could be a key player in this year’s event. Australian Open betting sites clearly view Daniil Medvedev as a potential winner too, with many listing the world No.2 as the second favorite behind Djokovic.

Russian Medvedev suffered heartbreak in last year’s final, and he will be hoping to avenge that loss and add to his debut Grand Slam tournament win, which came at the 2021 US Open.

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Ashleigh Barty won the 2022 Australian Open - © Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Being the first big sporting event of the year has its advantages, with many Australian Open betting sites offering punters excellent deals and value.

Once again, it will be difficult to look past novak Djokovic in the betting. The Serb is incredibly comfortable in this tournament and will be looking to stamp his authority on the Open yet again.

If this is the case, there will be little value available in the ‘outright winner’ in the men’s singles, and we will be looking towards match betting, set betting and total games over/under betting.

There seems to be a glut of excellent players who are all at a similar level, so it would be no surprise if backing ‘the over’ on total games is a popular choice for this year’s event.

After all, it is the tournament that produced the longest Grand Slam final of all time in 2012, when Djokovic and Nadal produced an epic 5 hours and 53 minutes of gametime.

In the women’s singles, Aryna Sabalenka, looks a star on the rise. However, she will have to battle against a returning Naomi Osaka, who will want to remind the world just how good she is.

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What is the Australian Open?

Melbourne Park, formerly known as Flinders Park, attracts more than 800,000 people over a fortnight early in the year to see the first Grand Slam tournament on the calendar.

With a total prize purse of more than $58million, the Australian Open is the first highlight of the year in elite sport.

It has been won by many of the greatest players in the sport’s history and always provides top-class entertainment for sports fans.

Played on hard courts, the Australian Open is one of the biggest sporting events in the southern hemisphere.

Where will the 2023 Australian Open be held?

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Melbourne Park

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1/14/2023 - 1/20/2023

Melbourne Park is part of a fabulous sports complex in the heart of a sports-mad city. It caters for more than 800,000 tennis fans who flock to see the best players in the world in action.

The venue was formerly known as Flinders Park and has been substantially upgraded in recent years.

It’s the only Grand Slam venue that has three courts fitted with a retractable roof. These allow play to continue during rain or if the heat of an Australian summer becomes unbearable.

Melbourne Park also hosts a variety of other sporting events and musical performances throughout the year.

In-play betting on the Australian Open

Tennis is a sport that suits in-play betting perfectly. With breaks between points, games and sets, there is plenty of time to react.

Just because a match has begun, that doesn’t mean you can’t still place a bet. Most Australian Open betting sites allow you to bet while the action is unfolding on court.

For instance, Novak Djokovic might lose his first set. But if you still think he will win that contest –and even the tournament as a whole – you can bet on that outcome.

Australian Open betting odds will update according to the state of play, allowing you to wager at any time.

Australian Open betting promotions

Bet 10, get 30

If we make your first bet on the Australian Open as a new customer, some sportsbooks will put three times our stake into our account in free bets. Please check the conditions of the offer to make sure you get the maximum benefit from it.

Double your winnings

If our selection loses the first set, but rallies and wins that match, some sportsbooks will double our winnings. The bonus will usually be paid in the form of a free bet. Check the conditions carefully because there may be a restriction on how much we can wager.

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