Australian Open Tennis Betting Tips, Offers, Odds and Preview, 2017
This week sees the return of the Australian Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. With Andy Murray ending 2016 in excellent form, just how will he start his first major of 2017? With the world number 1 now carrying a knighthood, we’ve backed more British success in Australia this week – in both the Men and Women’s events! Novak Djokovic seeks a record breaking seventh Australian Open title be we think he may come up short.The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year and tennis fans don’t have to wait long for the action with Melbourne hosting the championship every January.
Read on for our full Australian Open preview, along with the latest betting tips, odds and free bets, not to mention trivia, stats and facts too!
Australian Open Betting Tips
Men’s Australian Open betting tip:
Andy Murray to win at 7/4 (Betfred £30 free bet)
Women’s Australian Open betting tip:
Johanna Konta each-way at 40/1 (Betfair £30 free bet)
Australian Open Tennis Betting Offers
All offers, free bets and promotions for the 2017 Australian Open will be here as and when the bookie release them. Note that 888sport offer triple odds on your first bet to new customers on ANY Australian Open bet you fancy.
Murray 40/1 Coral Offer
Australian Open Tennis Betting Tips
Andy Murray may now be Sir Andy, while leading the way in the men’s rankings, but that hasn’t seen him installed as the favourite here. That honour goes to Novak Djokovic, who is an 11/8 shot with BetVictor. Meanwhile, Andy Murray is out at 7/4 with Betfred, as he looks to prolong Djokovic’s recent drought without a major honour.
Milos Raonic starts the tournament as the third seed, although he’s yet to win a Grand Slam. His lack of a track record in big events shows that there’s little consistency behind the Djokovic/Murray carve up in the men’s game. That’s left us looking at the big two as clear favourites, with Raonic out at 16/1 with Coral.
We thought that 2016 would be the year to remember for British tennis. Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title (take a look at our Wimbledon betting offers), GB were defending Davis Cup champions and Johanna Konta made the last four at the Australian Open. Could we see an even better year in 2017?
Well, as said, Murray starts it as world number 1, and he’ll be in no mood to let that go. Even though Djokovic has been closing the gap on him with a win in Qatar, we see the Scot managing to win in Melbourne for the first time. He’s at his best on this surface, and he’s a five-time runner up here. It’s about time Murray landed the trophy. He’s a 7/4 shot with Betfred, and that seems like value given his recent accomplishments. He no longer fears his Serbian rival and we think he’s great value to go all the way.
In the women’s game we suspect we weren’t alone in failing to pick the winner last year, although we did at least oppose Serena. This year we’re actually ignoring the outright winner betting and opting for a nice each way betting tip.
While the men’s draw is set to be more of the same between the big two, the women’s side is a lot more open. Serena Williams is usually the go-to selection for almost every Slam, but she’s now out at 5/2 with Coral. In her place, Angelique Kerber is looking to step up and build on a promising 2016 season. She’s a 10/3 shot with Coral, but the women’s draw could be wide open this time around.
For our money, the two favorites are both just a shade short in the betting. Meanwhile, adopted Brit Johanna Konta has hired the coach who helped Kim Clijsters back to the top, while also coaching Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka. That should give her a boost, and the world number number 10 looks set to maintain her rapid improvement. After making the semis here last year, we think she’s improved enough to go one better, especially given how open this tournament is. Konta looks like a value each-way bet at 40/1 with Betfair.
Australian Open Tennis History
As said, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year and it is also often the hardest to call. In fact, since the Open Era began in 1969, no player in either the men’s or women’s singles has won four or more titles here in a row. Considering the dominance of certain players in the other tournaments (think Nadal at the French, Sampras at Wimbledon) this really shows how a new year can often bring new champions in Melbourne.
The tournament began life as the Australasian Championships in 1905. This name was reflected in how the tournament was occasionally (twice in fact) hosted in New Zealand, being held in Christchurch in 1906 and Hastings in 1912. However, clearly the Aussies didn’t really like the Kiwis getting too involved, so the tournament became the Australian Championships in 1927.
In the tournament’s early years, it suffered tremendously from the huge travel times players from Europe and America faced. Many greats of the era unsurprisingly found 45 days on a boat unappealing and so it wasn’t until easier forms of travel sprang up that the tournament became a truly international affair. Even those inside the country often found it difficult to travel to the tournament, wherever it was held. Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth have all had a go at hosting the tournament at some stage.
First “Australian Open”
The first Australian Open with that very name was held in 1969 in Brisbane. Even in the Open Era, the tournament initially struggled to attract many of the big names due to travel and awkward dates near New Year. Prize money in the early days was also low. Luckily, since 1982 these problems have been well and truly put to rest and the Australian Open has played host to many great champions and championships.
The tournament moved to its current home in Melbourne in 1972, and has been held at Flinders Park (now Melbourne Park) since 1988. The move also brought a change of surface from grass to hard courts. Fans in Melbourne are known to create a fun and friendly atmosphere and with Melbourne Park just across the road from the enormous Melbourne Cricket Ground, the area is a must-visit for any sports fan.
All the tournaments at Melbourne Park have been held in mid-January. Right in the middle of the Australian summer, the players often have to contend with difficult weather conditions. To help combat this, in 1988 The Rod Laver Arena was fitted with a retractable roof, becoming the first Grand Slam court to feature such an innovation. If the temperature is high enough, the roof is closed. This rule however was contested in the 1993 men’s final by Jim Courier who threatened to boycott his match if the roof was closed.
Perhaps with the weather as a factor, as well as being the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open has become a place for surprises and the beginning of new eras in tennis dominance in both the men’s and women’s events.
Some esteemed men’s players won their first slam at the Australian. Jimmy Connors won the first of his eight Grand Slam titles at the 1974 tournament and Stefan Edberg won the first of his six Slams at the 1985 event. Most recently, Novak Djokovic won his first Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open.
Dominant Figures at the Australian Open
The women’s legend of the Australian Open is most definitely Margaret Court. She had a winning percentage of 95.31% (61–3) at her home open, winning the tournament 11 times spanning across the amateur (seven wins) and Open eras (four titles). That said, American powerhouse Serena Williams holds the record for most Open Era wins as of 2014, with her five titles in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
In more recent times Djokovic has enjoyed great success in Australia, winning three titles in a row from 2011-2013 to go alongside his 2008. Back to back titles in 2015 and 2016 have put him level with Roy Emerson on six Australian Open crowns. Andy Murray has now made the Melbourne final five times but has only managed to win two sets, losing to Djokovic in four of those finals. The women’s game has been more open, with seven different champions between 2004 and 2014, although both Williams (four titles) and Victoria Azarenka (two) have won multiple championships in that time and we had another new champion in 2016 in the form of unfancied German Angelique Kerber.
Australian Open Trivia, Stats and Facts
- Since 2001, the Australian Open has had equal prize money for the male and female singles victors.
- The event was not held from 1916 to 1918 because of World War I or from 1941 to 1945 because of World War II but more unusually there was no 1986 Australian Open. This was due to the event moving from December to January.
- The 2009 tournament was the hottest on record, with an average temperature of 34.7 Celsius.
- The two main arenas are the Rod Laver, holding a capacity of 14,820, and the Hisense, which holds over 10,000 spectators. Both have retractable roofs to combat rain and the extreme heat.
- Roy Emerson won 6 Amateur Era titles, the most in the history of the men’s event. Five of those were in a row but Djokovic, now level with Emerson, will look to break this record at the 2017 Australian Open.
- The Australian Open has been played on a Plexicushion surface since 2008, a hard court material with a pace classified by the International Tennis Federation as “medium”.
- Johan Kriek won consecutive men’s titles in 1981 and 1982, the first as a South African – the nation’s only Australian Open success – and the second as an American citizen.
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