The tennis season really gets going on January 14th when the Australian Open kicks off at Melbourne Park as respective world number ones Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka look to defend their titles won this time last year.
Djokovic has won the prestigious competition for two consecutive years now and is strong favourite to make it a hat-trick with odds as low as evens in places on the brilliant Serb. His main competitor is seen to be the man who beat him in last year’s US Open final Andy Murray followed by Roger Federer and then there is something of a jump to the rest of the field.
Azarenka is not favourite to retain her title with five time champion and world number three Serena Williams odds-on in most places to win an unbelievable sixth title down under. The reigning champion is second favourite at around 3/1 but it looks like the American is the one to beat in the women’s game.
Australian Open History
The Australian Open takes place at the start of the year in January. It is the first of the four major grand slams and takes place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne in Australia.
Back in 1996 Melbourne Park was called the Flinders Park but was renamed after a major revamp and expansion, including a new Centre Court named the Rod Laver Arena after the great Australian player. Melbourne Park has four Tennis Betting show courts, twenty outdoor courts and five indoor, including Rod Laver's Arena.
Betting on the Australian Open with Free Betting Online
The Australian Open attracts a huge volume of interest from tennis betting fans. The advent of online betting sites has vastly expanded the nature of betting and tennis is no exception. Nowadays, instead of simply wagering on who will win a match, you can bet an all aspects of the encounter giving you the opportunity to predict.
- Number of aces
- Number of double faults
- Number of sets played in a match
- Games conceded
- Tie breaks
And many more bets too numerous to mention here. You should check out the various online betting sites to see what types of bet interest you. Live betting is another great innovation giving you the chance to place bets as many times as you like during the progress of a game. This keeps the match alive right through to the end. If you want to get involved in the bigger picture then you can find odds on offer for how far a player will get in the tournament right through to which two players will get to the final as well as the overall winner. There are also many free bets available for new customers and online betting sites can be very generous in this respect. There are even sites there to guide you to the best offers of the day and the best site for your needs.
Australian Open Bets
This year the organisers have introduced a new playing surface called Plexicushion and, although it is very close in performance to that used in the tennis Nigeria Open it remains to be seen how the players will respond to it. Unlike Wimbledon, where rain is usually the issue, The Australian Open is often subject to extreme heat conditions and sometimes there has to be a break in proceedings to allow the temperature to drop to within acceptable levels.
There are two main courts at this event, the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena and each has a retractable roof which is handy, not just for rain, but also to enable the temperature to be more easily controlled. At present this is the only one of the four major tournaments to feature indoor play but Wimbledon will soon be following suit. The atmosphere at this event is fantastic given the enthusiasm our Australian friends have for sports of all kinds and this has led to it being one of the highlights of international sport.
Recent years have seen a number of players having the potential to win Grand Slam tournaments on their own chosen playing surface and the dominance of a single player over several years is less likely. This makes the whole thing much more exciting and helps to make the task of the tennis betting enthusiast a more interesting one. Odds are better and winnings are potentially greater in these circumstances.