Australian Open 2019 Betting Guide: Free Bets, Tips & Promotions
The Australian Open signals the start of the epic Grand Slam season, and is one of the biggest tennis tournaments around the world. Scheduled to start January 14 to January 27, 2019; the Aus Open offers enough betting opportunities to make your money, and then some more. We’ll be sharing all of the greatest tips, betting sites and promotions for tennis Australia to top up those dollars.
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January 24th Latest Update: Djokovic vs Pouille
Tennis fans will be waiting in anticipation for the Australian Open men’s and women’s singles finals this weekend. But first, there’s the little matter of the second semi-final tomorrow. This is truly a battle of David and Goliath proportions. In the one corner, Lucas Pouille of France, aged 24, ranked 30, and in his first-ever semi-final. In the other corner, Novak Djokovic – no introduction needed. For those tipping an upset, Pouille is paying 10.75 in head-to-head betting at MadBookie. For the more realistic punters, here are a few tips. Djokovic is on a 19-match winning streak at grand slams.
He’s won seven of his last eight grand slam matches against right-handed opponents in straight sets. Unibet is paying 1.58 for him to beat Pouille in straight sets. Pouille has played a first-set tiebreak in each of his last four matches. Neds is paying 8.00 for Djokovic to win the first set 7-6.
Jan 23 Update: Nadal vs Tsitsipas
Only two players have ever defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same grand slam: Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open and Novak Djokovic at the 2011 US Open. Stefanos Tsitsipas will be aiming to add his name to that list when he plays Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday night. Tsitsipas, the 14th seed, knocked out Federer in the round of 16 and backed it up with a four-set win over Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarters. Only Nadal stands in the way of Tsitsipas becoming Greece’s first grand slam finalist.
Okay, perhaps we shouldn’t have used the world “only”. Nadal hasn’t even looked like dropping a set at this tournament, and he deserves the 1.80 odds bet365 is offering on another straight-sets win. But this tournament has had a few upsets already, and TopBetta is offering 5.15 on a Tsitsipas upset victory.
January 22th: Serena Williams vs Pliskova
Three matches. That’s all that stands between Serena Williams of winning the 2019 Australian Open and matching Margaret Court’s record 24 grand slam singles titles.
Williams won a three-set thriller against world number one Simona Halep in the round of 16. It won’t get any easier in the quarter-finals when she plays seventh seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Pliskova has dropped two sets at this tournament, although she thrashed two-time slam winner Garbine Muguruza in the round of 16 on Monday. These players have met only three times before, and Serena leads 2-1. Pliskova defeated Serena on the way to making the US Open final in 2016, and Serena returned the favour at the same tournament in 2018.
Update January 21th: Ashleigh Barty vs Petra Kvitova
Aussie tennis fans have become accustomed to a lack of success in their home grand slam in recent years. Not so at the 2019 Australian Open, where Ashleigh Barty is through to the quarter-finals. Barty, aged 22 and ranked 15 in the world, will play eighth seed and two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.
Barty is the first Aussie woman to make the quarters of the Australian Open since Jelena Dokic in 2009. Australia’s brightest young tennis star has only dropped one set this tournament – to Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. Kvitova has yet to drop a set. Can Barty cause an upset?
Bet365 thinks she’s a chance, and is offering 2.30 for a Barty win. Neds is paying 3.85 for a repeat of what happened just over a week ago in the Sydney International final, when Kvitova defeated Barty two sets to one.
Update January 20th: Medvedev vs Djokovic
Some cracks in Novak Djokovic’s armour started to show in his third-round win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The world number one and reigning Wimbledon and US Open champ unexpectedly dropped the third set before recovering to win the fourth 6-0.
Djokovic won’t be able to afford to relax when he faces young gun Daniil Medvedev of Russia. Medvedev, aged 22 and seeded 16, is into the round of 16 at a grand slam for the first time in his career. He has an 0-2 record against Djokovic although both those matches were played in 2017 when Medvedev was just 20 years old.
Medvedev hasn’t dropped a set at this tournament, and he destroyed 21st seed David Goffin in the third round. Sure, it’s unlikely Medvedev will actually beat Djokovic, but how about Unibet’s odds on this match going to four sets or more? They’re paying 2.12.
Update January 17th: Alex de Minaur vs Rafael Nadal
Aussie teenager Alex de Minaur faces the biggest test of his career against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open third round on Friday. De Minaur, seeded 27th, was taken to five sets by Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen in the second round.
Nadal has already made short work of two Aussies in this tournament, James Duckworth and Matthew Ebden. Rod Laver Arena will be packed on Friday night for this encounter between youth and experience. De Minaur is tracking nicely for a 19-year-old.
Last year he became the youngest player to make two consecutive ATP semi-finals since Nadal in 2005. He made the third round at last year’s Wimbledon and US Open. At Wimbledon, de Minaur was knocked out by Nadal 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. As you’d expect, Nadal is at short odds. But Neds has some interesting betting markets, including 2.35 on de Minaur getting within six games or less.
"Yeah, he's a great player. Great player, young, playing with big confidence after winning matches. It will be tough one. I need to be ready for it."@RafaelNadal on his 3R opponent @alexdeminaur ?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Glz45zuPLL— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 16 January 2019
January 16th: Day four of the tournament
Tennis fans have an exciting day to look forward to on day four of the Australian Open on Thursday. Men’s top seed and title favourite Novak Djokovic, women’s top seed Simona Halep, and women’s betting favourite Serena Williams are all in action.
Serena plays Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the night session. Djokovic will follow against the man he defeated in the 2008 Australian Open final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Williams has played Bouchard twice for two wins, although Bouchard did take a set off her on hard court in Cincinnati in 2013.
But Serena typically doesn’t drop sets early in grand slams, and frankly Unibet’s 4.20 odds of this game ending in 16 games or less look like a good bet. Djokovic is rightfully at short odds in his match, but Tsonga – who has a 6-16 record against Djokovic – could push him. Bet365 is paying 5.00 for Tsonga to win the first set.
Update January 15th: Roger Federer vs Daniel Evans
Roger Federer began his Australian Open defence with an easy first-round win over Denis Istomin on Monday. His second-round opponent, British qualifier Daniel Evans, is ranked 190 in the world. But don’t let the ranking fool you: 28-year-old Evans made the round of 16 at the 2017 Australian Open, upsetting seventh seed (and 2018 runner-up) Marin Cilic along the way.
These two players have met once previously, in the third round at Wimbledon 2016. On that occasion, Federer beat Evans in straight sets. Federer, of course, has won the last two Australian Open titles. Last year, he didn’t drop a set until the final. But the year before, he dropped a set in the first round and seven for the tournament. So he is human!
Update – January 14th: Nick Kyrgios vs Milos Raonic
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are among the big names scheduled to play on day two of the Australian Open on Tuesday. For a more unpredictable first-round fixture, look no further than the night match between Aussie Nick Kyrgios and 16th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic.
For all the hype around Kyrgios, he’s now 24 years old and hasn’t made a grand slam quarter-final since the 2015 Australian Open – a four-year drought. Kyrgios has an 11-5 record at Melbourne Park and his form coming into this tournament hasn’t been great. Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, has a 23-8 record at this tournament and has made the quarters or semis in each of the last three years.
We’d like to say Kyrgios is a threat, but the truth is Raonic is a good value bet. The Canadian is paying 1.74 in head-to-head betting at MadBookie and 4.33 to win in four sets.
Update – January 13th: Murray vs Agut
The opening round of a grand slam usually promises at least a couple of upsets. If you’re looking for a betting underdog on day one of the Australian Open on Monday, then look no further than Scotsman Andy Murray.
The three-time grand slam champ and five-time Australian Open finalist will play 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the evening session. Murray announced a couple of days ago that he’ll retire after this year’s Wimbledon tournament. He’s struggled for form since coming back from a 12-month injury layoff before last year’s US Open.
Nonetheless, the 4.75 odds being offered by Neds seems quite extreme. Bookies are correct to make Murray the underdog, but you can never rule out a champion. Even if Murray doesn’t win, it’s reasonable to assume he’ll take at least one set off Agut. Interestingly, Unibet is offering 1.88 odds on the game going to four or five sets.
Update – January 11th: Williams vs Stosur?
At first glance, Australian Open title favourite Serena Williams should have an easy start to the tournament. She’ll begin her campaign against 31-year-old German Tatjana Maria, who’s never passed the third round at a grand slam. But a closer look at the draw shows Williams will have to contend with a couple of major hurdles in the first week.
In the third round, she could face hometown favourite Sam Stosur. Serena has an 8-3 record against Stosur, although the Aussie famously defeated her in straight sets in the 2011 US Open final. In the fourth round, Serena will likely play the winner of a matchup between her sister Venus and top seed Simona Halep.
Serena WIlliams is 5.00 in Australian Open women’s singles title betting at PointsBet. Halep is fifth in betting, at 13.00. 38-year-old Venus, who won the Australian Open in 2003 and 2017, is a 67.00 underdog.
Update – January 10th:
The 2019 Australian Open draw has been released, with some exciting matches scheduled for the opening few days.
Top seed Novak Djokovic will play a qualifier in the first round. He could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round in a rematch of the 2008 Australian Open final, which Djokovic won in four sets.
Tsonga, now ranked 239 in the world, was given a wildcard for this tournament. But the Frenchman has beaten Djokovic 6 times (to 16) in his career. Djokovic is 2.20 Australian Open favourite at PointsBet, while Tsonga is 101.00.
Second seed Rafael Nadal plays Aussie wildcard James Duckworth in the first round, while third seed Roger Federer faces 99th ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. Nadal could conceivably play three Aussies in the first three rounds. In the second round, he’ll play the winner of Aussie Matthew Ebden and German Jan-Lennard Struff. In the third, he could play Australia’s top-ranked player Alex de Minaur, who’s seeded 27th. Neds has Federer 6.00 in title betting, with Nadal third at 9.00.
The two bad boys of Aussie tennis, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic both face imposing tasks. Kyrgios has been drawn to play 16th seed Milos Raonic of Canada. Tomic will play sixth seed and 2018 Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic of Croatia. Cilic could be forgiven for casting his mind ahead to the round of 16 and a possible date with Andy Murray. Unbelievably, Murray has been runner-up five times in Melbourne without ever winning the title. It remains to be seen whether he’s fully recovered from the injuries which kept him off the tour for a year in 2017-18. Unibet is paying 41.00 on Murray for the title.
In the women’s singles, top seed Simona Halep begins her tournament against world number 70 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Second seed Angelique Kerber plays number 92 Polona Hercog of Slovenia. Tournament favourite Serena Williams, who is seeded 16th, plays 71st-ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany. Australia’s biggest hope, 15th seed Ashleigh Barty, begins her campaign against world number 66 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand. Barty could potentially play third seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the round of 16.
Update – January 9th:
Watch out Novak and Roger: Rafael Nadal believes he can win this year’s Australian Open.
The Spanish tennis champ pulled out of last week’s Brisbane International with injury. He played a warmup with Nick Kyrgios in Sydney yesterday, and told media afterwards that he has returned to health. “I can practice now in Melbourne for one full week and the good thing is I am going to have the chance to play matches,” he said said. Nadal will go into this tournament as the second seed, behind Novak Djokovic.
Last year, he also withdrew from Brisbane before making the Australian Open quarterfinals, where he retired in the fifth set against eventual finalist Marin Cilic. Nadal is third in 2019 Australian Open betting odds.
Unibet is paying 8.00 for Rafa to win his 18th grand slam and second Oz Open. Novak Djokovic is 2.10 and Roger Federer 6.50.
Update – January 8th
Australia’s top women’s tennis player Ashleigh Barty has kicked off her Australian Open preparations in style. Barty, ranked 15th in the world, beat former world number 5 Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets in the opening round at the Sydney International. She now sets her sights on a match with world number one Simona Halep, with the winner to go through to the quarter-finals. Barty had a consistent 2018.
She made the third round at the Australian Open, losing to last year’s U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka. She made the second round at Roland Garros and third round at Wimbledon. She made the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, her best performance in a grand slam.
Neds has Barty 12th in Australian Open title betting, at 31.00. Halep is fourth in betting, at 12.00. Serena Williams, who incredibly is ranked one spot below Barty in 16th, is the tournament favourite at 5.00.
Update – January 7th
Japan’s Kei Nishikori has firmed in Australian Open betting after winning the Brisbane International on Sunday. Nishikori defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final to claim his first ATP singles title since Memphis in 2016.
The world number nine has made the Australian Open quarter-finals three times, in 2012, 2015, and 2016. He missed last year’s tournament while recovering from injury. But his recent return to form has been reminiscent of late 2014 to early 2015, when he made the US Open final and reached a career-high ranking of four.
Nishikori downplayed his Oz Open chances following his Brisbane win, telling the media that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal “are on another level”. But he said he thinks another ATP title is just around the corner. Can Nishikori win the Australian Open title? He’s on the ninth line of betting at Bet365, at odds of 29.00.
Update – January 6th
How many more records will Roger Federer break before his career is done? The 37-year old won a record third Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday. He and Swiss partner Belinda Bencic defeated German pair Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the final.
Federer even managed to cross a win over fellow tennis legend Serena Williams off his bucket list, playing her in competitive mixed doubles for the first time ever. Now Federer has his sights set on another record: most Australian Open men’s titles. He has won six in Melbourne, putting him level with arch-rival Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson.
With one week to go till the tournament starts, Unibet has Federer 6.50 in Australian Open title betting, behind only Djokovic at 2.10. Zverev is also high up in the betting, at 9.00. Williams, winner of seven Australian Open women’s titles, is a 5.50 favourite at PointsBet.
Oh what a night ?? pic.twitter.com/Fj9arBT6Ni— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 1, 2019
Australian Open 2019 Best Odds
Betting Australia tennis opportunities are always at their best for the Aus Open. After last year’s performance, Roger Federer is in pole position for taking home the title after storming to victory in the 2018 Australian Open. It was his 20th Major Singles win, and he is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
However, he faces stiff competition in Novak Djokovic, with sports experts predicting Federer and Rafa Nadal need a ‘miracle’ to stop him from taking the titles next year. Bet365, currently, has Djokovic to win at 2.25, with Federer coming a close second at 5.00. Unibet also have Djokovic out front, but with Nadal third in line at 8.
The current men’s singles Australian open betting winner odds are:
The women’s Australian Open betting odds are just as evenly matched, with Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki set to dominate the Grand Slam. While Williams didn’t even make it to the Open, she’s still set to take home the title in 2019 – even with her current rankings of no. 10. The world no. 2, Caroline Wozniacki, will prove stiff competition for Serena – especially with the 2018 title under her belt. However, it’s Simona Halep – the Aus Open runner-up – that many betting sites are expecting to be the player to challenge the Williams sister, as well as Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka.
The current women’s single odds for the Australian Open are:
- Serena Williams 5.30 (Betfair Australia)
- Angelique Kerber 9.00 (Pointsbet)
- Simona Halep 9.00 (Neds)
- Naomi Osaka 9.00 (TopBetta)
- Caroline Wozniacki 13.00 (Pointsbet)
You can also expect plenty of matched betting Australia opportunities, along with thousands of markets to open up in time for the Grand Slam. Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair and the others all boast thousands of markets each week for Australian Open betting, such as outright winner markets, handicap, over and under totals, correct score, set winner and in-play betting. Also, you can expect a lot of promotions to make the most of your matched betting Australia opportunities.
Australian Open 2019 Men’s Tips
Federer stormed to victory in the 2018 Aus Open, and his past performance is strong, solid and worthy of an investment. He successfully defeated Marin Čilić for his 20th Grand Slam singles title, and his sixth for the Australian Open. He’s also the oldest man to ever do this, with experience playing to his advantage but age to his disadvantage.
Like Federer, Djokovic has put in a stellar performance in his last three tournaments and is back to his best, sitting second in the ATP tennis rankings. Rounding up the greatest generation for tennis players, Nadal is expected to kick into gear in time for tennis Australia. He has been plagued with injuries, but is strong and reliable. It’s going to be a close call between the top three.
Australian Open 2019 Women’s Tips
Similar to the men’s predictions, the women’s Australian Open betting odds are close. The 2019 Australian Open spells the return for Serena Williams after her triumph in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant. The 23-time Grand Slam winner will have to fight to retain her title, especially with 2018 runner-up, Simona Halep, going for victory. The final was exceptionally close, and Halep will be looking to push further than ever before. We also suggest keeping an eye on Osaka, Kerber and the current champion, Caroline Wozniacki.
It’s also worth looking into free bets – especially for matched betting Australia. There will be plenty of bookmakers offering welcome bonuses, just in time for one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year.
Australian Open Best Betting Sites
There are a number of betting sites for the Australian Open, and we’ll be sharing the brands to make your fortune.
Bet365 labels itself as the ‘world’s favourite betting site’ for good reason. Their Australian Open betting markets are vast, numbering in the thousands each week. Already, the betting site is taking odds on the outright winners, with the odds boasting great margins. You can also expect good streams and, of course, promotions for the tournament.
TopBetta are renowned for their slick tennis Australia betting offers, with the site already offering loads of promotions. The bookmaker also provides weekly tournaments for players to make even more money.
Unibet are famous for their betting markets and decent sense of humour, so there will be special markets thrown in the mix for the Australian Open – alongside with australian open live stream free. Like the others, they are already taking bets on the outright winners, but offer good odds for those looking for a new bookmaker.
Last, but not least, Pointsbet is a brilliant option for bettors. Australia’s fastest growing bookmaker is almost unrivalled when it comes to matched betting Australia opportunities and markets. Again, you can bet on the outright winners, with more markets opening up as we get closer to the Grand Slam.
Australian Open Results 2018
The betting Australian tennis opportunities for the 2018 Open were huge, and it’s no wonder – the finals were nothing short of impressive. Federer defended his title (after an epic battle against Nadal in the Australian Open 2017), winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 against Marin Čilić. With this win, Federer became the oldest man to with a Grand Slam title since 1972.
The women’s final was much closer, with the two world’s best players, Wozniacki and Halep, competing. They had both been world number one without winning a Grand Slam title, but Wozniacki closed the gap winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.