How to bet on the Australian Open
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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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.
In an era of brilliant male tennis players, Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest. He added to his legend with an amazing ninth victory in Melbourne in 2021 and a victory in straight sets in the final against Daniil Medvedev. That took the superb Serb’s total of Grand Slams to 18, half of them won in Australia.
Naomi Osaka secured her fourth Grand Slam singles title (two at the US Open and two here in Melbourne) with a relatively routine win over Jennifer Brady. The Japanese star won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) over the no.22 seed and won the first major of the year, dropping just a single set during the entire tournament.
This is one of the most popular markets on Australian Open betting sites. The roll of honor sees the greatest names in tennis history and the competition to join them is always intense. However, in recent years two men have dominated proceedings at Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic’s triumph in 2021 was his ninth and the talented Serb will feel he can add to that tally. Roger Federer has won the title six times, but the Swiss superstar missed the tournament in 2021 and at 40 and without a Grand Slam success in four years, it will be a big surprise if he went all the way.
Daniil Medvedev, fresh from his first Grand Slam title at the 2021 US Open, could be the biggest threat to Djokovic after denying him in the final at Flushing Meadows. And another contender could be Dominic Thiem, a beaten finalist in 2020, who won his first Grand Slam later that year at the US Open - on the same hard surface used in Melbourne. Rafael Nadal, a winner in 2009, Alexander Zverev, the Olympic champion, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, twice semi-finalist, are also in contention.
The fight to be crowned women’s champion in Melbourne is wide open. In the years since Serena Williams’ domination of the sport ended, no one has stepped up to reign supreme. That makes the Australian Open betting odds for this edition of the tournament particularly intriguing, with at least a dozen women able to make a serious charge for the title.
Naomi Osaka leads the way as favourite with most sportsbooks after winning two of her four Grand Slams in Australia, including the most recent edition. That said, Aussie Ashleigh Barty will be desperate to finally make it past the semi-finals in her home country.
Sofia Kenin, the winner from 2020, will hope to bounce back after a disappointing 2021, where she failed to make an impact at the first three Grand Slams before missing out on the US Open due to a positive COVID-19 test. Simona Halep (2018 finalist), Aryna Sabalenka (semi-finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2021) and Iga Swiatek (2020 French Open winner), are also worth a look.
On top of that, a new threat has recently emerged in the form of shock US Open winner Emma Raducanu, and the teenager will be optimistic of making a big impact at her first Australian Open.
The moneyline, also known as a match result bet, is the simplest bet of all when it comes to tennis betting online. All we have to do is decide which player we think is going to win, then place our wager on them. If they triumph in the match, we collect our winnings.
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.
There will be extensive opportunities for Australian Open betting online in the countdown to the tournament, and once the action has begun. Good odds should be available for any man we think can topple Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles. Meanwhile the women’s event is wide open, and an outsider may well go all the way to the crown.
It’s worth checking out some of the special offers available at Australian Open betting sites. Some will mark the occasion by offering new customers a multiple of their first wager in free bets.
Plus, look out for special offers such as a doubling of your winnings if the player you back loses the first set but then hits back to win the match. Sportsbooks sometimes offer to pay our selection out as a winner once our player goes two sets up – without having to wait for them to close out the match.
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.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1/17/2022 - 1/30/2022
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.
No betting can be guaranteed to make us a profit. The best advice for any bettor is to do plenty of research into the players – including their records at the venue in question – and study the odds to work out where there is value.
The best way to target large returns for small stakes is through parlay betting. We can combine bets on various matches or outcomes in a single multiple bet, also called an accumulator. But the risk is high too – all our selections must win for us to get a return.
There are numerous sportsbooks offering Australian Open betting online. Look for reputable licensed operators who offer a broad range of markets, with narrow margins which mean that bettors enjoy more generous returns. And check out the special offers open to new and existing customers.
For new bettors, it’s advisable to keep it simple at first and focus on straightforward wagers such as the moneyline or outright tournament winner bets. As we become more experienced, we’ll be more comfortable with more sophisticated and complicated bets such as over/unders, handicaps and parlays.