Introduction to the 2020 Australian Open
The ocean blue courts of Australian Open is once again put into action, as the world's best tennis players from both the ATP and WTA tour travels to Melbourne for some top level tennis action. Last years winner on the men side was Novak Djokovic, who with that win broke the all time record of Australian Open as he lifted the trophy for a mindblowing 7th time. Novak is of course once again in Australia, ready to defend his silverware.
The ride will not be easy however, considering pretty much all of the biggest names will be available to play. Rafael Nadal who lost the final last year is back for revenge, and legendary Roger Federer will for sure also be around. Apart from those 3, there are dangerous outsiders such as home playing "joker" Nick Kyrgios, Russian wonderkid Danil Medvedev, huge serving Milos Raonic and many, many more.
If you fancy a bet on Novak, or any of the other greats, we recommend Bet365 and their excellent selection of Australian Open outright odds.
The Women 2019 tournament ended in very dramatic fashion, with Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka beating veteran Petra Kvitova in a thrilling 3 set battle 7-6 5-7 6-4. With that win, Osaka moved to world number one overtaking the spot from Romanian Simona Halep, and also became the first women since Jennifer Capriati to win their first two Grand Slam titles in consecutive fashion.
Retirement in sight for WTA legend Caroline
Another Australian Open legend is Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, who returns to the tournament for a final time. She has, despite still being rather young, announced her retirement after the tournament. Can the Dane come in clutch and cause a massive upset and retire in the most fantastic way imaginable? Could she even be a target for some Australian Open outright betting at the massive price of +5000? Keep track of all Australian Open women's singles odds here to find out!
Tennis players gather to help Australia in the battle with the ongoing bushfires
Apart from the tennis being played in Australia the coming weeks, the country itself has suffered severe damages due to all bushfires going on lately. Both humans and animals has suffered immensely and fire fighters from all across the globe has traveled to Australia in order to stop the flames from spreading even further. Some tennis players has also decided to help in their own way. It all kicked off when local hero and "bad boy" Nick Kyrgios announced that he will donate 200 dollars for every ace he hits during the Australian Open.
Other quickly followed with similar statements, and eventually also Tennis Australia made a huge statement in order to raise funds for the ongoing work. Firstly they decided to give 100 dollars for every ace any player hits during the ATP Cup in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. Furthermore they will also host a special exhibition match on 15th of January, at Rod Laver arena in order to raise even more money towards the bushfire relief and recovery efforts.
Where can I watch the Australian Open?
The event can be watched through several different medias, such as Australian Open live stream through their own website, and you can find out how to do so on https://ausopen.com where they also present their own Australian Open TV schedule.
From the UK and most of Europe, you can watch the Australian Open on your TV through Eurosport. In the US, you will have to turn on ESPN or Tennis channel to get a piece of the action!
When is the Australian Open?
The qualification tournament of Australian Open starts 14th of January and the main draw a few days later, at the 20th of January. The women final is played at 26th of January 7.30 p.m local time and the men final the same time the following day.
Who are the betting favorites to win the Australian Open?
Looking at the men side of the tournament, it is 2019 winner Novak Djokovic that once again is favorite to win the tournament at odds around +130. Not very surprisingly, it is the runner up from last year, Rafael Nadal that is the second biggest favorite to win this year, and his best odds can be found at around +400. Russian upcoming superstar Danil Medvedev who ended last year in incredible fashion, comes in at third and can be found at prizes around +800. If you fancy some Australian Open outright betting, Danil Medvedev could be a fun shout at a big price!
Looking at the WTA side of things instead, things according the the sportbooks looks way more close. American legend Serena Williams comes in as favorite to win the tournament at around +400, followed by local hero Ashleigh Barty, Japanese and current Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka and the very solid Simona Halep, all at around +900 in odds.
If you look for some serious action with Australian open outright betting, Australian open match betting and live betting, the WTA side of things could be more interesting coming into the 2020 tournament. Match-ups looks closer and more value could be presented.
Where is the Australian Open played?
The Australian Open is as per usual played in the scorching heat of Melbourne, at the Melbourne tennis park. The main arena is Rod Laver arena, followed by Melbourne arena and Margaret Court arena. The event moved to this location in 1988!
Where do I bet on the Australian Open?
There are endless of bookmakers around the internet where betting on the Australian Open is available, some better than others. We can highly recommend BET365, where you can bet on every single match from all tournaments at the Australian Open, even from the qualification tournament. Unibet is another bookie that offers plenty of markets and matches, and most often at very good odds. Additionally, Unibet offers set-handicaps which is rather uncommon when it comes to tennis betting online.
Last year's winners
Australian Open Qualification
Each Grand Slam tournament, such as the Australian Open, hosts a qualification tournament a couple of days prior to the main event. In this qualification tournament, players who just missed out on the cut for the main draw get to battle for the last precious spots of the Australian Open.
Some people might think that these qualification tournaments are of low quality, but that is flat out wrong. The lesser known players of the qualification draw plays not only for pride and honor, but also for actual survival. Making a living from playing tennis unless you are top 70 in the world is extremely tough, and most players lose money every week.
Grand Slam qualifications are therefore extremely important for the lower ranked players, as this could become a payday that pays for coaches, travels and competitions for the rest of the year. The prize money of reaching a Grand Slam is for these players so much more than they usually earn, that you can count on it being a qualification tournament filled with pressure, passion and really high level tennis.
In order for a qualifier to reach the main draw, he or she must win 3 consecutive matches against top level opponents. If you lose one match, you're out.
Give it a chance, you will not regret it! We will be posting the best picks on Australian Open qualifiers on our tennis betting section as usual, to help guide you through the betting jungle.
TV & Streaming
Men's Singles at the 2020 Australian Open
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is back in action as Melbourne Park once again comes alive with the anticipated Australian Open just around the corner. The Serbian superstar is looking for his 8th Australian Open trophy, as he's been dominating the tournament for almost a decade now. Even with the Australian Open draw not released yet, the bookies got Novak is heavy favorite to once again triumph "down under".
The "Djoker" had an early start to this season, already competing in the ATP Cup under the Serbian flag. He looks as good as ever, and while writing this he has won 5 out of 5 matches, dropping only one set. If you fancy some Australian Open outright betting, the Serb can be found at prices around -100 to +140!
The draw itself consists of 4 different quarters, with a total of 128 players competing for the trophy. In order to win, one player must win 7 consecutive matches against the worlds best players. The better seeded the player is (based on world rankings) the easier draw the player usually gets.
Nadal has already lost to Djokovic in a thrilling battle at the ATP Cup, and additionally lost to David Goffin a few days earlier with 0-2 in both matches. Nadal looks decent, but not at his absolute best. Rafa is however still the second biggest favorite to win Australian Open and he has to be seen as Djokovic biggest rival in Melbourne.
Other than Nadal, the Russian wonderkid Danil Medvedev had an absolutely incredible end to 2019, winning 25 out of his last 28 matches including the Cincinnati masters title, reaching the US Open final as well as winning the Shanghai Masters to end the year. Medvedev managed to snatch a set from Djokovic already this year at the ATP Cup, but in the end lost 6-4 in the third and final set. Medvedev could be a serious outsider to win Australian Open this year, he is in smashing form!
Men's singles betting on the Australian Open
Unibet has the best price on Medvedev to win the Australian Open. You can read more about Unibet in our review to find out why they excel at what they do.
Best men's singles Australian Open outrights odds
Women's Singles at the 2020 Australian Open
The men side of things has a pretty clear cut favorite in Novak Djokovic, while the Women's singles is an absolute wasp's nest with no one priced below +400, which means the bookies rate the draw as wide open. Serena Williams, who might be the "GOAT" of women tennis is the favorite, but by a very small margin. At +450 she leads the draw according to the bookies. Of course, we've made the full draw and the best statistics for every single Australian Open match available on ThePlayer.com.
However, the American had a really rough 2019 compared to what both she, and we as the audience are used to. She did not manage to win any Grand Slams and saw herself losing two consecutive Grand Slam finals to end the year, after being defeated by Simona Halep at Wimbledon and then finally a 0-2 loss to wonderkid Bianca Andreescu at home in the US Open.
Has Serena seen her best, or can she once again climb to the top of the world?
Australian Open live betting is extremely popular and in particular on the women's singles matches, as these usually hold more twists and turns compared to the men's matches. Traders usually also fancy the WTA rather than the ATP, for the same reason as stated above.
Just like on the men's side of things, the players of the women's draw need to win 7 consecutive matches to lift the trophy. The one main difference is that the women play 3-set matches while the men play 5 sets.
Apart from Serena there are plenty of interesting names that could grab the title. Canadian wonderkid Bianca Andreescu whom won US Open last late year has however pulled out of the tournament due to her knee injury. Something Serena might not be too sad about, as the Canadian did win several times against Serena during 2019.
Women's singles betting on the Australian Open
Current champions Naomi Osaka is however attending the tournament, and according to the bookies she comes in to the draw as the second biggest favorite to win the title, once again. She can be a good target for some Australian outright betting at the price of +700
The female side of the tournament looks extremely interesting, with at least ten names who look like they have a shot at lifting the trophy at the beginning of February! We have all odds on all of the women's matches.
If you fancy a bet on Simona Halep to win the Australian Open @ +900, then we recommend Betfair for women's singles outrights odds
Betting favourites to win the Australian Open women's singles
Doubles & Mixed at the 2020 Australian Open
There are in fact 3 different doubles tournaments being played at each Grand Slam tennis tournament. The ATP doubles, WTA doubles and also a rare mixed doubles where men and women compete in teams against each other, one of each sex per team.
The doubles tournaments are in general smaller than the singles, and especially the mixed doubles are somewhat set aside compared to the others, and the winners of that tournament does not win a very big cut from the Australian Open prize money.
If you are looking for good Australian Open odds however, the doubles tournaments could definitely be worth an extra look. The main singles events are extremely sharp, with often little value. Doubles markets are far less exploit and usually provides higher edge to sharp punters.
Current Australian Open champions
2019 men's doubles: Herbert/Mahut (Def. Kontinen/Peers 6-4 7-6 in the final)
2019 women's: Stosur/Zhang (Def. Babos/Mladenovic 6-3 6-4 in the final)
2019 mixed doubles: Krejikova/Ram (Def. Sharma/Smith 7-6 6-1 in the final)
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Best Australian Open doubles odds
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