Australian Open Betting

The Australian Open is broadcast globally on television and online through some of the most established broadcasters in world sport, making it a truly international event, both in terms of participation and sports betting.

Another factor to take into consideration is the fact that the Australian Open is one of the hottest tennis tournaments in the world. The temperature on-court has been known to hit over 50 degrees Celsius. Therefore, when the headlines call the tournament a ‘scorcher’ they mean this literally as much as descriptively.

Despite the heat, which needs to be taken into consideration when wagering on the event, or on a particular player, the Australian Open typically has very high attendance, second only to the US Open, and the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena are equipped with retractable roofs. The conditions are notoriously hard on the players, but with a record $30 million on offer in the Australian Open 2016, which is also going to be the biggest prize purse in the history of tennis, players will be giving it their all, despite the heat factor.

The Australian Open in 2016 will be held from January 18th until January 31st.

Some Australian Open Facts that Punters can Consider

Heat causes the tennis balls to shrink and expand, making them react differently, which can cause problems for players during a match. Around 48,000 tennis balls are used at the tournament every year. To-date, Serena Williams has won the most Australian Open titles in the ‘Open Era’, winning 6 finals since 2003.

The sports betting world is traditionally also agog with wagering opportunities and tennis betting, already a major pastime with armchair tennis enthusiasts, always receives a further shot in the arm as millions of punters aim to cash in on their tennis knowledge.

Australian Open Betting Odds

The current singles champions of the Australian Open are Novak Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray in the 2015 final, and for the women, Serena Williams, who defeated Maria Sharapova in the Women’s Final. The current betting odds therefore also favour these winners from last year, and they are favourites to win, with Djokovic at even money, Andy Murray the second favourite at 4/1, and Roger Federer at 7/1. Nadal and Wawrinka follow at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively.

For the women, Serena Williams is at 2/1, Maria Sharapova at 13/2 and Victoria Azarenka at 7/1. The other players are led by Simona Halep at 15/2.

These are the odds for an outright winner of the Australian Open tournament in 2016. There will, depending on the bookmaker and sports book selected, also be odds given on individual matches, significant match-ups and particularly the odds on reaching the final. In the case of Djokovic, the odds on him reaching the final are currently given as 3/10 on. Nick Kyrgios, Australia’s main hope is at 30/1 to reach the final. For the women, Serena Williams is at 1/2 odds on favourite to reach the final, with Maria Sharapova second at 2/1.

The sports betting world waits in anticipation for January 2016 to see the next instalment of this epic tennis tournament, and to put their tennis knowledge and intuition to the test.