The first major tournament or Grand Slam event of the tennis season is the Australian Open. There are plenty of other Australian Opens, including ones for golf, snooker and badminton, but the one for tennis is the one that commands the most attention.
The event has been played since 1905 and Australia’s own Roy “Emmo” Emerson still holds the record for most singles titles, with six. He shares that spot with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The Australian Open now draws the best the world has to offer in terms of men and women players, as winning give the player a chance to earn a career-slam by winning this, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
The Australian Open for 2019 starts mid-January and concludes by the end of the month.
One easy way to bet on the Australian Open is to pick the winner.
It may be an easy way to bet, but picking the winner can prove challenging. A player can have what looks like an easy draw, but find him or herself extended deep into a match and history demonstrates that on more than one occasion, a male player has survived a five-setter in Melbourne’s January sun, only to find his tank empty for the final.
Many bookies already have some futures markets up, not just for the Australian Open but also for the other slam events and even the Davis Cup.
Tennis is popular in Australia, so the bookmakers will be adding plenty of markets following the announcement of the draw.
Match betting is one way to go about it. The early rounds offer some easy picks as top players typically draw low-ranked opponents and tournament organisers arrange the seedings in order to supply big-name clashes in the latter rounds.
Set betting will also offer plenty of action for punters who want to spread their money around. The Australian Open features best of five set matches for the men, so there will be markets for someone like Roger Federer to dismiss Nick Kyrgios in straight sets, to win three sets to one, three sets to two, etc.
There are similar markets for individual sets as well and for big events like the Australian Open, there will be markets for predicting individual sets by number of games won, set winning margin and even some markets to predict the number of sets dropped over the course of the tournament by a player.
The Australian online bookmakers will be devising all manner of promotions for the Australian Open and they will undoubtedly attempt to capitalise on propositions such as how far rising star Ashleigh Barty will advance into the tournament, or which round will see the departure of John Millman or any of the other Australian representatives in the 2019 Australian Open.