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2018 Australian Open Betting Offers and Tips
Melbourne Park is ready, the world’s best tennis players are ready and millions of fans around the globe are ready for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open.
The lead up to the event has been mostly about the fitness of the key contenders.
In the men’s draw, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori will both miss out while Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka each have to prove their fitness in the early stages.
The big news in the women’s draw is that Serena Williams has decided she’s not yet fit enough to be competitive at the top level following the birth of her daughter in September.
That’s further opened up a women’s draw which contains as many as 20 genuine contenders.
With so many options for your tennis betting, we’ve picked out our best bets from the action in Melbourne below.
Can Anybody Stop Federer?
Roger Federer was the player with the fitness concerns 12 months ago. Then 35, it looked as though time was finally catching up with the Swiss legend but he laughed off those suggestions by lifting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.
This time around, Federer is the clear favourite at a best price of $2.75 with Sportsbet and it’s tough to see anybody stopping him winning his 20th Grand Slam.
Federer is proving the value of carefully managing your schedule as at 36 he was moving as well as ever when winning the Hopman Cup last week with Belinda Bencic.
He also relished the faster courts at Melbourne Park last year and is better equipped to cope with their pace this time around so we make him the worthy favourite.
Is It Time for Kyrgios to Make His Grand Slam Breakthrough
Australian tennis fans have long pinned their hopes on Nick Kyrgios.
After the retirement of Lleyton Hewitt and the complete loss of form of Bernard Tomic, Kyrgios has had to carry the hopes of a nation (in the men’s game at least).
The 22-year-old has not always coped well with the pressure. His career has been dogged by poor behaviour on the court but it’s easy to forget just how young he is.
There is absolutely no doubting Kyrgios’ quality and, to be fair to him, it’s been injury rather than his mentality that’s really cost him in the last year or so.
He proved his quality and his stomach for the fight when winning his first ATP tournament in Australian at the recent Brisbane International and Kyrgios looks hungry for more success on home soil.
It’s hard not to be tempted to back Kyrgios at $13 with Ladbrokes.
The Most Open Women’s Draw Ever?
While men’s tennis has been dominated by the same three or four names for the last decade, women’s tennis has proven much more unpredictable.
Each of the last two seasons saw the four Grand Slams won by different women while Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza are the only two-time winners in that spell.
As we touched on above, there are around 20 women with the game required to win in Melbourne this week which means the best approach from a betting perspective could be to pick out a couple of tasty longer odds shots.
The first of these is 2016 champion, Angelique Kerber.
The German’s win two years ago helped her become world number one but she struggled badly under the weight of expectation that came with her excellent 2016. Strangely for a player of her calibre, Kerber is flying somewhat under the radar this year and she’s available at a very healthy $11 with Palmerbet.
Next, try and each-way bet on CoCo Vandeweghe at $26 with William Hill.
The 26-year-old American has come on leaps and bounds under the guidance of Aussie legend, Pat Cash. The two have built up a very fruitful relationship with Cash even taking Vandeweghe sky diving recently.
With her feet back firmly on the ground, Vandeweghe has a big year ahead of her and could go better than last year when she reached the semi-finals.
Top Betting Tips
Roger Federer to win the men’s tournament at $2.75 with Sportsbet
Nick Kyrgios each-way in the men’s tournament at $13 with Ladbrokes
Angelique Kerber to win the women’s tournament at $11 with Palmerbet
CoCo Vandeweghe each-way in the women’s tournament at $26 with William Hill