The Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slams on the tennis calendar and typically takes place in mid-January. It began in 1905 and has become the largest annual sporting event to take place in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is held over a two-week period and is competed on hard courts. Since 1988, it has been held at Melbourne Park. Although it’s now equipped with a retractable roof, the searing heat remains an issue for players who compete at the Australian Open.
Prior to 1988, the tournament was held on grass courts. Perth was one of the many locations that the Australian Open was held at prior to its move to Melbourne.
Australian Open Ante-Post Betting Markets 2020
The 2020 tournament begins on Jan. 20 and will conclude two weeks later on Feb. 2. It will be the 115th staging of the event.
Djokovic is extremely prolific in the first Grand Slam of the season and has lifted the trophy in seven of his 15 appearances in Melbourne. He’s lost just eight times at this tournament and regularly starts as the favorite in the Australian Open odds.
Djokovic has won three of the last five stagings of this tournament and is always tough to beat on the hard courts.
Rafael Nadal is the next in the Australian Open betting, with the Majorcan hoping to bring his 2019 form to the Southern Hemisphere. The 33-year-old has only ever managed one success at this tournament, and that came all the way back in 2009.
Last season, he reached the final but was defeated by a resilient Djokovic. He has made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in five of his last six visits to Rod Laver Arena.
Roger Federer is often raring to go at the beginning of the season, and the classy Swiss is the third favorite in the 2020 Australian Open betting. He has been victorious on six occasions at this venue, though he crashed out in the fourth round in 2019. He was successful in both 2017 and 2018 and is likely to be prominent once again.
Both Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are short in the 2020 Australian Open odds, and both players will be hoping to reach the final four this time around. The latter has won seven of his 11 matches at this tournament and reached the fourth round of the event last season.
Medvedev reached the same stage in 2019, although he’s played just seven times in Melbourne.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is also quietly fancied at the 2020 Australian Open after managing to reach the quarterfinal stage 12 months ago.
Twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has enjoyed a huge amount of success at this tournament, and she will be aiming to clinch her eighth victory in Melbourne. The 38-year-old is the favorite in the 2020 Australian Open betting and will be hoping to improve last year’s quarterfinal finish.
She was beaten in the final of the US Open and will relish the chance to get back on the hard courts in mid-January. She’s only played once here since winning this tournament in 2017.
The breakout star of 2019, Bianca Andreescu, is the second favorite in the Australian Open betting, and she’s hoping to make it back-to-back Grand Slam successes in January. She’s only played twice at this venue, reaching the second round of the event 12 months ago.
Simona Halep is next in the Australian Open odds, although the Romanian is yet to taste success in the opening Grand Slam of the season. She did make the final back in 2018, although she was disappointingly knocked out in the fourth round last year.
This will be her 10th appearance at the tournament, and she will be aiming to mark it by collecting some silverware.
Home favorite Ashleigh Barty will be roared on from the stands, as she is currently the fourth favorite for the 2020 event. She made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last season, and the Ipswich-born superstar will be hoping to make it through to the final this time around.
Karolina Pliskova has made it through to the last eight in each of her last three visits to Melbourne. The Czech player always performs well here and always looks match-fit. She also tends to perform well at Brisbane and will be a significant threat once again.
Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina are also fairly prominent in the 2020 Australian Open odds.
What Happened In 2019?
Although many tennis fans were expecting a long, arduous match between Djokovic and Nadal, the 2019 Australian Open final was actually completed in straight sets. The Serbian player clinched his seventh success in the tournament and justified favoritism in the Australian Open odds.
He won 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to deny the Majorcan his second victory in the tournament. He went into the tournament as the top seed (and defending champion).
Lucas Pouille, who was a relative outsider in the Australian Open betting prior to the tournament getting underway, was beaten in the semifinals while Stefanos Tsitsipas also reached the final four. Both semifinal matches were completed in straight sets.
Other players to make it through to the last eight included Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Roberto Bautista Agut and Frances Tiafoe.
After seeing off Taylor Fritz and Dan Evans, Federer was eliminated in the fourth round by eventual semifinalist Tsitsipas.
Osaka came out on top in the women’s final, beating Petra Kvitova in three sets. It was a hugely entertaining contest which ended 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in favor of the Japanese player.
Osaka also needed three sets to see off Pliskova and Williams. She had a tough run to the final and deservedly clinched the title at the end of January 2019.
US star Danielle Collins also made it through to the final four, although she was shut out in the second set by Kvitova. Home hopeful Barty was unable to make it past the quarterfinal stage, while Elina Svitolina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also reached this point.
Halep, who went into the tournament as the favorite in the Australian Open betting and as the top seed, was unable to get beyond the fourth round. She was beaten by Williams in a thriller. Second seed Angelique Kerber was also sent home at this stage, beaten by Danielle Collins.
Advice For Betting On Australian Open
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the season and can often catch bettors by surprise. Although the men’s draw usually goes to form, there are always one or two surprises, and some bigger prices in the Australian Open odds can often go deep into this tournament.
Players who aren’t fit enough are often caught out in Melbourne, so it’s always advised to look for players who have played warm-up events.
Pliskova is an example of a player who often competes at Brisbane and Hobart, and this often helps her prepare for this energy-sapping event.
It is important to consider the conditions. Heat can pose a significant problem for players who aren’t used to the conditions, and therefore, it’s advised to look for players who train in the Southern Hemisphere or are acclimated to the heat.
The hard courts in Melbourne often play slower than Flushing Meadows, so clay courters can often fare better at this event. Players can sometimes be caught out by the unexpected lack of pace, and that is something to consider.