Oh….it’s a great time of year tennis betting fans and racket aficionados!
That’s right stick betting buffs…with the 2019 Australian Open getting underway in a mere matter of days, you’re going to have a bunch of great chances to cash in with a potentially winning wager on both, the men’s ATP Tour and women’s WTA Tour winners of the first grand slam event of the year.
Thanks to this insightful look at the odds on some of the top contenders on each tour, you’re going to be able to make a knowledgeable wager on the potential winners on both world tours. Now, let’s get down to business.
2019 Australian Open Odds & Betting Preview
- When: January 14-27
- Where: Melbourne Park, Australia
- TV: ESPN, ESPN2, Tennis Channel
Men’s ATP Tour
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +125
I don’t know what to say about the meteoric return of the top-seeded Novak Djokovic tennis bettors. Prior to Wimbledon a year ago, tennis fans and experts alike were all wondering if, not when, the 31-year-old Novak Djokovic would ever return to the dominating ways that saw him dominate the ATP Tour by winning three slams in 2011 and four straight from the 2015 Wimbledon to the 2016 French Open.
Well, after catching fire en route to last year’s Wimbledon title and then following that up with another win at the U.S. Open, Djokovic has clearly reclaimed his mantle at the top of the men’s game. He’ll be challenged by a bunch of the tour’s up-and-coming young guns, but he’s the favorite for a reason!
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +500
Federer struggled with an injury I the second half of last year, but he’s looked fantastic to start this year and continues to straight-up defy logic! Lest anyone forget, Federer is the two-time reigning champ here and like Djokovic, he’s a six-time winner here looking to become the first man to ever claim seven Australian Open titles.
Just two weeks ago, Federer won the Hopman Cup while beating world No. 4 Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie, and Frances Tiafoe. At a value-packed +500, Federer is definitely worth a wager!
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +550
The 32-year-old Nadal is still the best player in the world when it comes to clay, but he’s only won here once, back in 2009 and has just one slam win that’s not on clay since 2014. Nadal says he’s healthy right now and that makes him dangerous, but I’m going to definitely say, save your money on Rafa at +550.
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +900
The now, 21-year-old German has some big-time talent and the look of an eventual grand slam winner. While Zverev has struggled in grand slam events with a unassuming 22-14 career mark, the world No. 4 also has 10 career titles and a trio of highly-coveted Masters 1000 titles, which suggests he can undoubtedly win on the game’s biggest stages.
After winning the 2018 year-end ATP Finals in London in November with a title-clinching win over Djokovic, no less, I’m thinking Zverev, led, by no-nonsense coach Ivan Lendl, could be ready for the grand slam breakthrough and at +900, he’s offering a boatload of value!
Borna Coric (Upset Pick)
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +5000
I know Coric has gotten knocked out of the Aussie in the first round in each of the last four years, but I’m banking on that streak to come to an emphatic end as Borna Coric challenges for a berth in the finals! Last year, Coric went 40-20 while reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open and the finals of the Shanghai Masters. Coric won one title and recorded six wins over Top 10 players, including a stunning two wins over Roger Federer in the finals at Halle and the semis at Shanghai.
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +400
Over on the women’s WTA Tour, you should know that a mind-boggling eight different women have won the last eight grand slam titles over the past two years! With that said, a familiar name sits atop the odds to win the 2019 Australian Open. Tat name is none other than the incomparable Serena Williams. The 37-year-old American is looking to get back to the top of the women’s game and right now, I’m personally thinking she’s entering 2019 with a massive chip on her shoulders.
In addition to trying to reclaim her stranglehold on the women’s tour, Williams has the added motivation of trying to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors wins. Despite failing to win a slam in her return from having a child in 2018, Williams reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open last year before losing to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, respectively. Again…there’s plenty of motivation and that makes Williams super dangerous and a must-bet at +400.
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +800
Osaka went 42-20 last year while reaching the fourth round of the Aussie open, the third round of both, the French Open and Wimbledon before upsetting Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open! The 5’11” Osaka has power, she’s got speed and she’s still, just 21-years-old. She’ll challenge here for sure and looks like a great wager at +800.
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +900
Considering Halep went 46-11 in 2018 and reached the finals here a year ago before winning her first slam at the French, I’ve got to believe the aggressive 27-year-old Romanian is going to be a legitimate threat here! At +900, Halep is looking good to me.
No. 2 Angelique Kerber
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +1000
Kerber reached the semifinals at the Aussie Open a year ago and won it all here in 2016. Kerber went a stellar 46-19 last year while reaching the quarters of the French, and winning Wimbledon. I see no reason why Kerber won’t challenge to win the 2019 Australian Open and believe she’s offering some great value as a +1000 pick.
Jelena Ostapenko (Upset Pick)
- 2019 Australian Open Odds: +2500
The fiery 21-year-old Latvian and 2017 French Open winner has reached the third round here in each of the last two years and plays an aggressive style of going for broke that is refreshingly pleasant to witness. Ostapenko reached the semis at Wimbly last year and the third round of the U.S. Open and has as much upside as any young female player on the WTA Tour.