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Australian Open 2017
It’s one of the biggest annual events in world tennis, one that sees millions of people tune in from all over the world and hundreds of millions exchange hands at the bookmakers.
In this Australian Open 2017 betting guide we will cover everything you need to know from historical trends and player stats to betting strategies and tips, Australian Open odds, and everything in between!
After reading this guide you will be able to place the best bets and we will provide you the best tennis odds to bet on!
Australian Open Snapshot
The Australian Open 2017 will take place in Melbourne Park between the 16th and 29th of January. Some tickets are still available, but don’t worry, the tournament will be broadcast all around the world so you’ll still have a chance to catch it if you can’t come all the way to Australia.
This epic tennis event is jam-packed with action and includes several tournaments. With men’s singles, women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles, juniors and masters tournaments all to be played, the very best in the world of tennis will show up in Melbourne to battle it out for one of the most prestigious and respected titles in tennis.
The Australian Open is rich in history and tradition, too. From its origins back in 1905 to its current format the Aussie Open has seen some true tennis legends grace its courts and has become a global sensation in the process.
As the tournaments unfold, we’ll see some of the greatest players of all time live in the flesh battling it out for victory. We’ll also potentially see history unfold before our eyes as Novak Djokovic attempts to smash the record of most men’s singles Australian Open titles ever won.
This and much more will be happening at this exciting and ever-popular event.
(As you read, keep in mind that references to world rank are constantly changing as matches unfold. These are accurate at the time of writing, but could change before the event itself.)
Australian Open Schedule
The Australian Open begins on Wednesday January 11th with singles qualifying matches which go on until Saturday 14th. After the qualifying matches are played, the Australian Open odds will likely change, so keep an eye on them.
The knockout stages begin on the following Monday with the 1st round singles matches. Every 2 days thereafter singles players proceed through 4 rounds until they reach the quarterfinals, which will begin on Tuesday 24th in 2017.
Quarters and semis proceed and the doubles matches also kick in over the next few days. All of these matches lead to the finals which begin on Friday 27th January.
The first finals played is the women’s doubles final. This is held on the final Friday, on the same day as the men’s singles semifinal.
Saturday 28th sees the men’s doubles and the women’s final. This is a great opportunity to bet as highly competitive tennis with often unpredictable outcomes will be played.
On the Sunday, the final day of the Australian Open 2017, the mixed doubles final and the men’s single final will bring an end to the open. The latter will be the most anticipated event of the tournament and tens of millions of dollars will be bet all around the world on the outcome.
Tennis Rules & How A Match is Played
A tennis match is much simpler than it first appears to newcomers of the sport. In this section we’ll explain how it works. If you already know about tennis and are an avid fan you can skip this section.
A match consists of several sets, usually best of 3 or best of 5. For a match to be settled, a player, or team in the case of doubles matches, must pull ahead by two sets.
Each set is made up of games. The first player to win 6 games usually wins the set, but must win the overall match by 2 sets.
In the case of a 6-6 tie, some tournaments allow for a tie breaker to be played, whereas others insist game play continues until someone wins by 2. This can take a long time and truly tests players to their limits.
Each game is decided on points scored. 4 points must be scored to win a game, but a player or team must win by 2 points. Tennis has its own specific terms for points in a game – zero is called ‘love’, 1 is called ‘fifteen’, 2 is called ‘thirty’ and 3 is called ‘forty’. So, for example is a game is fifteen-love it is 1-0.
The serving side alternates between players in singles matches or teams in doubles matches.
The rules of tennis are also reasonably simple. Here’s a snapshot of the basic game rules:
Rules Surrounding Serves
A serving player has 2 attempts. If a shot fails to make it into the opponent’s side of the court or strays outside the boundaries of the ‘in play’ part of the court, a second attempt will be given. Two failed attempts is considered a fault and will lead to the opponent being awarded a point.
If the serve hits the net but makes it into the opponent’s half of the court it is not counted but it likewise is not counted as a fail. The serving player gets another attempt in this situation.
If the serving player steps over the baseline at the back of the court, this is considered a fault and another attempt will be given.
The serving player must hit the ball diagonally into the opponent’s side. This is known as ‘cross court’. If a player fails to do this it is considered a fault. 1 more attempt will be given.
Rules Surrounding Game Play
The aim of tennis is to hit a shot the other player can not return. When this happens, a point is awarded.
Hitting a ball outside court boundaries will result in a player’s opponent being awarded a point. The ball is then served again. Note that the boundaries are different for singles and doubles matches.
Service should be alternated between players during game play.
To win a game a player must be at least 2 points ahead, but must have scored at least 4 points in total. However, if the score is 40-40, aka Deuce, a player must win 2 straight points to win the game.
Things Players Can Not Do in a Tennis Game
There are some prohibited behaviours in any given tennis game.
- Players may not touch the ball with any part of their body other than the racquet after it has been served.
- Players may not touch the net at any time.
- Players may not hit the ball twice in succession.
- Players may not hit the ball into the net.
- Players may not commit a ‘double fault’ or two faults in a row.
- Any of these rules being broken leads to a point being awarded to the opponent.
Memorable Moment: In 1990 John McEnroe became the first player to be disqualified for misconduct in nearly 30 years. After swearing at the umpire and unleashing a torrent of abuse at him. The heated match had seen McEnroe swear at a fan to keep a crying baby quiet and physically intimidate a lineswoman. It is one of the most remembered and talked about moments in tennis history, period.
Australian Open History
- The first ever Australian Open was held in 1905 (111 years ago). It was played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
- The tournament used to be known as the Australasian Championships, then as the Australian Championships, before taking its current name in 1969.
- In 1906 the tournament was actually held in New Zealand, in the city of Christchurch. It was held in that country one more time, in 1912 in the city of Hastings. It has been held in an Australian city every other time.
- After having been held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, it was decided that it should be held in Melbourne every year in 1972. This decision was made because Melbourne consistently attracted the biggest crowd.
- After the decision taken in ‘72 the tournament was played in a local tennis complex capable of holding 140,000 people, until it was moved to the Melbourne Park complex in 1988. This decision to move was made because the demand to attend was exceeding the capacity of the local tennis club. The change of venue led to a 90% increase in attendance.
- It wasn’t until 1946 that the first international players attended, by aircraft, from the USA. Previous to this the journey from Europe and beyond was too long for international players to attend, taking around 45 days by boat.
- It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the infrastructure within Australia and the world at large straightened this problem out and allowed players from all over Australia and the outside world to begin attending annually.
- Despite improving conditions with regards transport, many of the top players still decided not to attend because the event was so close to Christmas, and the Australian Open prize money was relatively low.
- 1977 is the only year in the event’s history in which two Australian Opens were held. This happened because the Open was held in January, as was tradition, but a decision was taken the same year to switch it to December, meaning two events were played in the same year. It was then played in December every year until 1987.
- In 1988 a decision was taken to abandon the grass surface which the grand slam has been played on every year up until that point. It was replaced by hard surfaces.
- Roy Stanley Emerson is widely considered one of the legends of the Australian Open and holds the joint record for most Aussie Open wins to this day. A native of that country, he won 6 Australian Open men’s single titles consecutively starting in 1963. He also won the doubles title 3 times. The Australian Open odds, however, reflect that Djokovic may top this record this year.
- The main stadium and central court at Melbourne Park was named after Rod Laver, who won all 4 Grand Slam titles in the same year – twice!
Memorable Moment: Roger Federer physically broke down and wept while receiving his runners up trophy in Melbourne in 2009 after a long fought showdown over 5 sets. Winner Rafa Nadal, a longtime rival on the court, comforted Federer in a gesture of genuine admiration and respect. The two are said to be genuine friends while not in the spotlight.