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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.

They include:

  • 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.

The Top Contenders

Being a Grand Slam, the Australian open is highly competitive and attracts the best players in the world.

We’ve split this section into two: men and women. It’s also important to remember that there will be doubles matches played including mixed doubles.

Top Male Contenders

Novak Djokovic – Let’s start by introducing the man who needs no introduction, last year’s Australian Open winner and the No.1 male tennis player in the world – Serbia’s very own Novak Djokovic.

It’s hard to imagine anybody beating Djokovic at present to be perfectly frank. He’s leagues ahead of even his closest rival Andy Murray, and the Australian Open odds reflect this. At 10/11 to win outright, Djokovic is the clear favourite.

At age 29, Djokovic will be looking to add another Grand Slam title to his record in 2017. Having won the Australian Open in 2016, he won’t want to give up what’s his and will want to remain on top and make history into the bargain.

Djokovic is currently participating in the US Open and has breezed into the quarter finals. It’s highly likely he’ll win this tournament too.

We’ll have to see if he’s still on form come the Australian Open, but it’s a safe bet he will be. He’s in his prime, still relatively young, still hungry and is simply unmatched in terms of sheer skill. With 737 career wins, 66 titles and $102 million in prize money already in the bag, Djokovic is the real deal.

Expect his price to come down significantly closer to the actual tournament. 10/11 is actually a bargain on him at this time. Snap it up while it lasts.


Andy Murray – It would be a huge mistake to ever count Andy Murray out, even against competition like Djokovic. If there’s anyone who can topple the Serb and take the Australian Open from him, Scotsman Murray is the most likely to do it.
Murray is ranked 2nd in the world and has racked up 602 career wins along with 39 titles and close to $50 million in prize money. He’s a serious threat to anyone and everyone who steps onto the court with him and he’ll be giving it everything he has to unseat Djokovic from the top spot and claim the Australian Open as his domain.
Murray actually has beaten Djokovic on occasion, one of which was in Rome in May 2016. While he subsequently lost to him in Paris in June, it nonetheless proves that on a good day Andy Murray can beat anyone and equally that Djokovic is not unassailable.
Could Andy Murray pull it off in Melbourne in January? We’ll have to wait and see. With Wimbledon in the bag in 2016 and at current Australian Open odds of 7/2 for the outright win in Melbourne, it might not be a bad idea to place a bet on him for stellar returns if he does.


Roger Federer – Swiss superstar Roger Federer is another man who needs no introduction. Widely considered one of the greatest of all time, Federer has dropped down to world number 4 in recent times but still poses a threat to anyone, anytime.
At age 35, Federer may be past his absolute prime, but it would be foolish to underestimate him. With well over 1000 career wins and 88 titles, not to mention $98 million in prize money, Federer has beaten them all and is a master of the sport.
Having played 21 matches and lost 7 in 2016 so far, it’s fair to say Federer isn’t at his best. It’s unlikely he’ll win the tournament outright up against players like Murray and Djokovic. That said, there’s always the possibility of a long shot bet. At 16/1 Australian Open odds a Federer comeback could pay handsomely.
Remember that outright winning isn’t the only bet you can make. There are also some other possible wagers you could make on the Swiss legend. We’ll explore those in more detail later.


Stan Wawrinka – Having turned pro in 2002, Wawrinka of Switzerland may not be a household name like the previous 3 entries on this list, but he’s no stranger to glory on the tennis court.
Wawrinka has won 2 Grand Slam titles in his career. He won the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015, proving that when on form, Wawrinka can beat the best in the world.
Ranked third in the world, Wawrinka has won 425 matches in his career and has brought home 14 titles.
At age 31, Wawrinka will be looking for another shot at glory before he goes into the twilight of his professional tennis career. He’s already proven he can do it before, and if the stars align and he plays at his best, Wawrinka could taste Australian Open glory for the second time in 2017.
At Australian Open odds of Wawrinka would make a good long shot bet. It isn’t likely, but he has pulled it off before and in the game of tennis you just never know what might unfold.


Rafael Nadal – Better known in the world of tennis as ‘Rafa’, the Spanish sensation that is Nadel, currently ranked fifth in the world, is a danger to any player who brings less than 100% to the court on any given day. Even then, no-one can afford to underestimate him.
Nadal has an impressive record with 801 career wins, 69 titles and $78 million in prize money won over the course of his career.
While bookmakers don’t see Nadal as anywhere near favourite, giving him 22/1 odds for the outright win, anyone considering a long shot bet would do well to lock Nadal in at these odds as soon as possible.
Nadal did suffer a shocking first round loss in the Australian Open this year, marking only the second time in his entire pro career that he has been knocked out in the first of a Grand Slam. Keep this in mind because it does bring to light some other interesting betting strategies other than betting on the outright win, which we’ll cover in more detail later.
So, that about does it for the credible men’s single title competition. There are others in the mix, but with these 5 tennis giants competing they don’t stand much of a realistic chance.
While it looks almost certain that either Djokovic or Murray will walk away with the title, nothing can ever be 100% in tennis. Anything could happen during any given match, and bets on the others are not wasted.


Top Female Contenders

Serena Williams – You might have guessed her name would pop up in a list of women competitors. Serena Williams is the face of women’s tennis, and for good reason.
Utterly dominating the women’s tennis scene for the last decade, Williams has smashed several world records and beaten everyone in the game.
Having racked up 770 singles wins and 185 doubles wins, over $80 million in prize money and 94 titles over the course of her career to date, Williams is the woman to beat on the tennis court.
While several other world-class players will be trying, they won’t find it easy. Williams is 13/8 in Australian Open odds to win outright, making her the bookmakers favourite by a mile.
Betting on Serena Williams to win the Australian Open outright is a smart bet. At these odds it’s a chance to make very good returns on something that’s highly likely. While nothing is certain in tennis, and her recent defeat in the US proves she isn’t invincible and can have a bad day like anyone else, Serena Williams winning another Grand Slam in January is about as probable as anything can get in this sport.


Simona Halep – Hailing from Romania and having exploded onto the world tennis scene in 2012, Halep poses a credible threat to Serena Williams in January.
Currently ranked fifth in the world, the 24 year old is coming into her prime and has her sights set on taking over.
Halep’s record is impressive. With 398 career wins and over 20 titles already in the bag, she’s arguably just getting started.
Halep did play Williams in the semifinals of the US Open in September 2015, testing the world’s best to her limits. In a tit for tat exchange, Williams came out the victor over 3 sets, but it was hard won and showed the world that Halep is capable of testing the best of the best.
At 9/1 Australian Open odds Halep makes for a fantastic outright win bet. If any player is going to deny Williams another Grand Slam, she could be the one. While it certainly won’t be easy and it isn’t highly likely, she’s already proven she can cause Williams problems.
At 9/1 odds this may be somewhat of a long shot, but if it comes good it will return 900% profits and that’s reason alone to take a little risk.

Garbine Muguruza – Another credible women’s contender, Spanish-Venezuelan Muguruza is an up and comer in the tennis world.
Having turned pro in 2012, the world’s number 3 has 263 singles victories and 75 doubles victories under her belt, and has proven she can beat the best by beating Serena Williams in a showdown in Paris, winning the French Open in 2016. This was her first Grand Slam title and may indicate she is coming into her best days.
Muguruza has 10/1 Australian Open odds at the bookmakers, making her a very decent bet with large returns for minimal risk. Since she’s already proven she can beat Williams, which means she can beat anyone else, there’s no reason to think she can’t do so again.

Angelique Kerber – Angelique Kerber rose to world-renown after reaching the semifinals of the US Open back in 2011, despite the fact that she was ranked number 92 in the world.
Hailing from Germany, Kerber has since gone on to create an impressive CV to say the least. Now ranked 1st in the world after Williams’ shock defeat in the US Open, Kerber boasts over 561 career wins including 504 singles and 57 doubles victories. She won the Australian Open in 2016 and reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open, meaning she is a serious contender.
Despite this, bookmakers give her odds of just 11/1 for the outright win in 2017. This could be the diamond in the rough bet, the one where the odds do not reflect the reality. Kerber has a real chance of winning the Australian Open, and an outright bet would not be a foolish one.
If you plan to bet on anyone to win, why not bet on the number 1 contender? She’s already proven she can do it, and as reigning Australian Open champion, she will have that extra drive to make it 2 in a row. This is the best bet we’ve come across so far for the Australian Open 2017.


Petra Kvitova – Czech contender Petra Kvitova has been on the pro circuit for a long time, having turned professional in 2006 aged 16.
Since then she’s built an impressive record of over 418 career wins including 405 singles victories and 13 doubles wins.
Kvitova is not likely to win the Australian Open outright this time around, but she is always a contender and should never be counted out. She has won Wimbledon twice, in 2011 and 2014, but since then has slipped in the world rankings from second to sixteenth.
At 12/1 in the bookmakers Kvitova makes for a decent long shot bet. You just never know, and anything could happen come January. Can she recapture her glory days and come back on form? Aged only 26, it’s far too soon to count her out!

Memorable Moment: In 1995 fans eagerly awaiting the mixed doubles final had to wait a little longer than they had anticipated. A electrical power out caused storm drains to open and flood the court.

Australian Open Odds & Tennis Betting Strategies

There are plenty of excellent bets that can be made on tennis, and several tried and tested strategies that can be used to profit a fair amount of the time.

We’ll explore these options and strategies in this section. Always remember, however, that tennis is a sport and so anything can happen. There’s always an element of chance involved in any given match and the tournament as a whole.

No matter how good your information and how well thought out your tennis betting strategy there’s still an unknown factor involved and you’re still stepping up to have a good old fashioned punt.

Outright Winner Bets – Singles

As far as the men’s and women’s singles go, it would be prudent to predict that both Djokovic and Williams will take home the titles.

Both being ranked number 1 respectively for a long time, before Williams was knocked off the top spot recently, and with reasonably favourable odds at this early stage, a bet on either is a wise one.

With Djokovic at 10/11 in early Australian Open odds, giving punters a chance to almost double a winning bet, it’s the right time to step up and snap these odds up while you still have a chance. As the Australian Open draws nearer and punters pile in and place their bets this price is likely to come down significantly.

Likewise, with Williams at 13/8, this is a smart bet with healthy returns if the likely outcome of a Williams victory happens. While not unassailable, it will take one of the other competitors to put on the performance of their lives to beat her, and the smart money is on Williams in any case.

Bookmakers rarely get it wrong. These two are in a league of their own and are a cut above the rest. While Williams has suffered a shock defeat in the US Open this year, she is unlikely to do so again. Every player can have a bad day and this loss has to be taken in context of overall historical performance.

Contender Bets – Singles

Sticking with the format of betting for the outright win of the open, it may also pay to stick some money on the best contenders. After all, no human athlete is invincible, and both Djokovic and Williams have lost to contenders before.

As far as the men’s contenders go, Andy Murray is the best bet. He’s hungry, desperate to defeat Djokovic and at 7/2 Australian Open odds some serious returns are possible if he pulls it off. Murray should never be underestimated and have proven again and again that when on form he can beat anyone and has beaten Djokovic 10 times before.

There are a few more options for contender bets when it comes to the women’s singles.

Simona Halep is definitely worth a look at 9/1. She played extremely well against Serena Williams in the US Open, losing by a single decider set. There’s no doubt that she missed a few great opportunities which had she capitalized on, could have made things go the other way.

Also worth a punt is Angelique Kerber. Currently ranked 1st in the world she has odds of 11/1, meaning colossal gains if she wins. This is, in this writer’s opinion, the best bet currently available on the Australian Open 2017. Kerber is dangerous on any day and could, if on form, defeat anyone else on the court including Williams.

These odds likely won’t last very long so this bet is one you shouldn’t hesitate to get in on.



Long Shot Bets – Singles

Every once in awhile a long shot bet pays off and someone upsets the apple cart and does what everyone thought was unthinkable. Every time this happens punters who have bet on a long shot outcome make huge amounts of money.

Longshot betting is actually a strategy in and of itself and applies to any and every sport. The philosophy behind it is simple – lose small amounts of money consistently, then watch all those losses canceled out and then some when the improbable event actually does occur.

This is also known as betting on the ‘black swan’, a rare creature nobody believed existed when it was first reported by early Australian explorers, but which later in fact turned out to be real.

There are a couple of good long shot bets to be made on the Australian Open singles matches. One is on a man, the other on a woman.

At 16/1, Roger Federer makes a good long shot bet on the men’s side. Many argue he’s past his best, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pull it off. Federer is an amazing tennis player by any standards, and if the right combination of factors come together, it wouldn’t be unthinkable to see him walk away with another Grand Slam.

On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova makes for a long shot bet worth investigating. At 16/1 odds, a small punt on an unlikely outcome could return very tasty profits. Kvitova is still young and while she has dropped significantly in the world rankings, has the experience, skill and ability to win against anyone on a good day (or a bad day for them).

Remember, the point of a long shot bet is that it is unlikely. Don’t be surprised if your bets don’t come good, because that’s the nature of the long shot. However, if they do you can rub your hands with glee as you watch your returns column swell as the money rolls in.

Long shot bets should always be made with money you can afford to lose. They should be fun, and you can combine them with other more probable bets to cover any potential losses.

Long shot bets become particularly attractive when using free bets promotions. We’ll cover those in more detail in a little bit.

Pro Tip: Never think the long shot bet can’t happen. As the US Open semi-final proves, Serena Williams and other dominant players can be beaten on any day by a player on good form. Nobody expected Karolina Pliskova to defeat Serena Williams, yet she did, proving that anything can happen in the game of tennis.

Combination Bets – Singles

It’s always possible to look for odds that allow you to hedge your bets by betting on multiple outcomes, for example by betting on a likely outcome and a long shot outcome, just in case.

There are several decent combination bets that can be made on the singles tournaments at the Australian Open.

Betting on the two favourites in each case is a reasonably smart move. When it comes to men’s singles, betting on Djokovic and Murray is a great idea at current odds. With Djokovic at 10/11 and Murray at 7/2, it’s possible to bet £11 on Djokovic and £4 on Murray to cover your bases.

If Djokovic wins, as is expected, you walk away with £6 profit (£10 returned plus £4 lost on Murray). If Murray wins, as is possible, you walk away with £3 profit (£14 won on Murray and £11 lost on Djokovic). Add a few zeros if you fancy some serious action.

You could even squeeze in a third punt in the above scenario, say those bets plus a £1 stake on Federer at 16/1. In this scenario you’d walk away with £5 on a Djokovic win (£10 returned plus £4 lost on Murray and £1 on Federer), £2 on a Murray win (£14 returned less an £11 loss on Djokovic and a £1 loss on Federer) and £1 on a Federer win (£16 returned less £11 lost on Djokovic and £4 on Murray. Again, add zeros on the end of these figures to please your appetite.

Of course, it’s always possible that some up and comer will blitz everyone and spoil your strategy, but that’s simply unavoidable and also highly unlikely. The reality is, 1 of the 3 above is taking home the title with a fair degree of certainty.

When it comes to the women’s singles there’s also a decent combination bet which can be made. Betting £8 on Serena Williams will return £13 if she does what everyone expects. If you combine this with a £1 stake on Simona Halep at 9/1, you’ll still walk away with £12. If, on the other hand, Halep takes home the title, you walk away up £1 (£9 returned on a £1 stake minus £8 lost on Williams).

An even better bet would be to combine winning bets on Williams and Kerber. At 13/8 and 11/1 respectively, a £8 stake on Williams and a £1 stake on Kerber would return a £12 profit in the event of a Williams win and a £3 profit in the case of a Kerber win.

Combination bets are becoming hugely popular and are a very clever way to ‘hedge’ your risk. When combined with free bets promotions they become even more attractive and the odds of you walking away in the money become even greater.

Proposition Bets

There are a number of interesting proposition bets that can be made within a tennis match/game. You’ll have to wait until the actual tournament starts before you can bet on these things, as they take place just before and during live play. Knowing how to bet means understanding the players and their individual strengths and weakness (see player profiles below).

Proposition bets can be made on an intuitive feeling, just because you feel you’ve spotted a pattern and have a strong feeling something is likely to happen. They can also be made based on analyzing historical data and looking for patterns and individual strengths/weaknesses in players. For example, if betting on the number of faults within a given game, it would be wise to look at the data and see which player historically has committed more.

Proposition bets are exciting and spice up the act of watching a tennis match. Here are some of the most popular proposition matches that can be made on tennis:

First Set Winner – The name of this bet pretty much explains it. You’ll be betting on who will win the first set in any showdown. To get a good feel for who to bet on pay attention to form coming up to the match, as always, but also take a look at player profiles and historical data and see which players start strong, and which players take a while to warm up.

You’ll find many interesting stats as you begin sifting through this information and will find plenty of opportunities to bet on the Australian Open 2017.

Always pay attention to Australian Open odds. If you know who’s likely to win the first set based on the data, you can bet your last quid the bookies know too (pun intended). It may not be worth betting where there’s a clear favourite and the odds reflect this. Look for closer matches where one opponent has only a slight edge (EG not any match involving Djokovic or Williams).

Set Betting – How many sets will a given player win (or lose) during a match? Welcome to set betting.

Set betting, like first set winner bets, are best made where players are reasonably matched. If you have Djokovic versus an underdog like David Goffin, you’re going to have to bet a huge amount of money to get any returns on Djokovic and you’re likely going to lose anything you bet on Goffin.

Calling the exact number of sets a player will win is a risky bet. Even in matches where there’s a clear underdog, it’s always possible for a professional tennis player to win a set even where it’s highly unlikely.

For this reason, these bets are to be considered random and there’s little point in spending a lot of time forming a strategy. Just step up and have a punt if you feel like it.

Total Games Played – Looking back at the tennis rules earlier, you’ll recall that matches are played in a best of 3 or a best of 5 series. 6 games must be won by a margin of 2 for a player to be victorious and win the set. These leaves room for up to 13 games to be played in any given set, following the tradition that at 6-6 a tiebreaker will be played.

This variability in games played within a set will determine how many games are played in a match as a whole. If you can call it, you can make a proposition bet on it. Again, this is going to be a bet on sheer luck as there’s no way to tell in advance how a game, set or match is going to unfold.

If you think a slaughter is going to occur and 1 player is going to dominate in 3 straight sets, the odds will reflect this. It’s better to make these bets on matches at the Australian Open 2017 in which game play could be extended, for example a Djokovic vs Murray match.

In Game Bets – There are also a number of proposition bets which can be made during live games. You can have a punt on number of aces, faults or double faults among a few other things.

These bets are always based on historical statistics and the odds will be difficult to beat. For example, if you known that Roger Federer commits on average 2 double faults per match, you can bet the bookie knows, too. If you do decide to have a go and place a proposition bet, the only real way to make money is to bet on the unlikely outcome and hope for some luck. Betting on the likely outcome will always require a much bigger risk than reward.

Memorable Moment: In one of John McEnroe’s last matches before his retirement, he won an epic match against Emilio Sanchez that lasted 4 hours and 41 minutes in heat that reached 48 degrees Celsius. McEnroe had to be treated for dehydration with an IV drip after winning.



Player Stats & Historical Records – Spotting the Trends

In this section we’ll take a look at individual men’s singles players and their records. Knowing how they have performed historically can reveal betting opportunities and ideas for the biggest event of the Australian Open – the singles finals.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic is the undisputed king of tennis, but he is not invincible. He has lost 151 times in his career, proving that he can indeed be beaten by his top competitors.

Djokovic has an extremely strong serve having racked up over 4,600 points over the course of his career with aces. He has also won points on his first serve 73% of the time and on his second serve 53% of the time, meaning the majority of the times he serves, he is going to win points.

When up against an opponent’s first serve, Djokovic has won points 34% of the time. Call it 1/3 of the time if you’re not picky. This opens up an interesting opportunity for proposition betting if you have the eyes to see it. He has won points on an opponent’s second serve 55% of the time.

There are clues here about how to bet within game play. Remember, Australian Open odds will be stacked in the bookmakers favour so you’re looking for returns on less likely events that still have a reasonable chance of happening.

Djokovic has double faulted more than 1800 times in his career in 888 matches at the time of writing. It’s therefore highly likely that he will do so in any given match.

Historically, he performs phenomenally at the Australian Open and if he wins in 2017 he will hold the all time record for most Australian Open wins. This extra motivation to go down in history is likely to give Djokovic an edge, since pressure is his playground and he has shown again and again it doesn’t phase him.

Andy Murray

World number 2 Andy Murray has had a colourful tennis career so far, coming oh so close so many times. He’s reached the final of the Australian open 5 times, but has yet to claim it as his own.

He has lost a total of 172 times out of 774 matches at the time of writing.

Murray’s serve is fantastic and he has racked up over 5000 points in aces. It’s a fair bet he’ll score several during any given match, but you won’t be able to profit from it since the bookies know this and the odds will reflect this probability.

He’s scored points off his first serve 75% of the time, and off his second serve 52% of the time. It’s clear to see that when Murray serves, he’s going to add some digits to his side of the scorecard.

When opponents serve Murray’s record is less impressive. He’s scored return points off an opponent’s first serve 33% of the time, and off their second serve 55% of the time.

One of Murray’s weaknesses is, you might have guessed it, Djokovic. The two have squared off 34 times and Djokovic has won 24 of those matches. They’ve faced off 4 times so far in 2016 with Djokovic winning 3 times. In 2015 the played 7 matches, with Djokovic winning 6 of them, including the Australian Open final.

Murray is capable of beating anyone, any day, but he struggles against Djokovic and the stats can not be denied. Place your bets accordingly.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer has had a long and legendary professional tennis career, and while still being an active player, will go down as one of the greatest of all time.

He has won over 1000 matches and lost only 245, meaning he wins a LOT more than he loses.

Federer’s serve is legendary and that stats confirm it. He’s scored over 9,700 aces, a number unmatched by any other player in the world today. Having scored points off his first serve 77% of the time and his second serve 57% of the time, it’s clear to see that when Federer serves, opponents have something to worry about.

When facing off against an opponent’s serve, Federer has scored return points 33% of the time on the first serve and 51% of the time on the second serve.

Federer has committed over 2400 double faults in his career, meaning it is likely he will commit 1 in any given match. Proposition bets may be placed here, but always remember the odds will be against you if you bet for a Federer double fault. You’ll make more money if you bet on him not committing any and get lucky, since it’s statistically likely he will.

Federer and Djokovic have a longstanding rivalry which is extremely close. Having played each other 55 times, Djokovic has only 1 more win than Federer putting the scorecard at 23-22 for Djokovic.

Savvy punters will have spotted an opportunity here. If these two meet at any point of the Australian Open, all bets are on and there’s no telling what might happen. A bet on Federer in this match would be extremely smart, since you’ll get favourable odds and he stands a better chance than anyone else of denying Djokovic his new world record.

Djokovic did beat Federer in the Australian Open 2016, but a look at the previous year’s games reveals more. In 2015, of the 8 times they played Federer won 3 and Djokovic won 5. Some say this indicates Federer is past his best, but it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility of him winning.



Memorable Moment: In 1995, the Australian Open quarterfinals saw legend Pete Sampras face off against his longtime friend Jim Courier. Courier opened strong and dominated the first two sets, leaving Sampras looking broken and ready to throw in the towel.

Yet it was far from over. Sampras took the next two sets and a fan screamed out at the beginning of the final set, encouraging Sampras to win for his coach who had been flown back to the US after suffering a stroke.

Sampras visibly broke down and continued to cry for the remaining games.Courier offered to put the remaining games off to the next day, but Sampras refused and kept trucking. Clearly, the motivation worked as he stormed to victory and went through to the semifinals.

Australian Open 2017 Head to Head

Let’s now take a look at a few hypothetical situations and matches. We can assess the historical record to see what might happen if certain rivals meet on the court at the 2017 Aussie Open.

We haven’t included any information on when they might meet because it doesn’t particularly matter. These scenarios could be at any stage of the tournament. In each case we have taken the likely winner, being Novak Djokovic for the men’s singles and Serena Williams for the women’s singles, and those most likely to give them a run for their money.

The Big One: Djokovic vs Murray

If these two meet again it will be the latest installment in an ongoing rivalry in which Djokovic has the clear 24-10 match lead.

Both players are 29, but Djokovic has been a pro player since 2003 whereas Murray turned pro in 2005. Both are right handed and can play the backhand off both hands, but so far in 2016 Djokovic has racked up 7 titles to Murray’s 4. Djokovic has also won more matches in his career and Murray has lost more, meaning Djokovic is in a very dominant position should these two meet again.

If this match happens, we’d put our money on Djokovic.

Djokovic vs Federer

This one is slightly more dangerous for Djokovic, and on a good day Federer could deny him his world record hopes. In a much longer ongoing rivalry they have met on court no less than 55 times, with Djokovic holding a 1 match lead.

Federer is 6 years Djokovic’s senior, and this could ultimately be a deciding factor as many argue he has passed his prime and the stats seem to back this up.

Both are right handed but Federer can only play the backhand off one hand, whereas Djokovic can play off both.

While Federer has been around a lot longer and holds 88 career titles to Djokovic’s 66, form is crucial in tennis. When you look at year to date stats Federer has won zero titles this year, whereas Djokovic has won 7. Over 28 matches Federer has played 28, won 21 and lost 7, whereas Djokovic has played 56, won 51 and lost 5.

This is where the gap starts to widen and show itself, and so we feel it is likely that Djokovic will beat Federer should they meet in Melbourne.

Djokovic vs Wawrinka

When we make our way down the list of favourites as far as Wawrinka, this is when we begin to say Djokovic become clearly more dominant.

The two have played each other 23 times, with Djokovic winning 19 of those matches.

Again, both are right handed but whereas Djokovic can play the backhand off both hands, Wawrinka can play it off one.

Year to date in 2016 Wawrinka has won 3 titles, and has 32 wins and 12 losses on his 2016 rap sheet.

If these two face off it’s highly likely that Djokovic will dominate. Never say never, but we don’t see Wawrinka winning this one against a hungry and determined to make history Djokovic.

Williams vs Halep

When we look at the women’s singles it’s immediately clear that there are fewer contenders with a real chance of beating the dominant women’s number 1.

Despite being the 2nd favourite for the outright win, the gap between Williams and Halep is a wide one.

These two have met on court 9 times, with Halep only coming out on top once. While Williams recent loss in the US Open highlights that a talented player can defeat her on any given day, it still has to be said that it is improbable.

Williams vs Kerber

Kerber is now the world’s top ranked player according to WTA rankings. She is one of the few who stand a realistic chance of defeating Williams should they meet centre court.

Of the 8 times they’ve played, Williams has won the majority of times – 6, while Kerber has vanquished Williams only twice. Still, it does prove Kerber can beat her, and that’s what’s important, even if it is improbable.

Left handed Kerber defeated Williams at the Australian Open last year, and her odds of doing so this year currently stand at 11/1. We’d say that’s a very decent bet to make and those odds won’t last long as the betting begins closer to the time forcing the price down.

Could Kerber make it two in a row at the Australian Open and cement her place at the top of women’s tennis? It’s certainly worth a punt at odds like this!


Need to Know Information – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’m not a tennis expert. How often do upsets happen and is it worth betting on anyone other than the favourite?

A. While the favourites are so for a reason, it is definitely worth taking a chance on some of the other competitors. As you can see from the betting strategies outlined above, several of the other talented competitors have won Grand Slams and have beaten the number 1 ranked players at various times.

Anything is possible on match day in tennis. Due to the fact that matches are 1 on 1, or 2 on 2 maximum, all it takes is a small factor like a bad night’s sleep or a player on great form to change the expected outcome.

Q. I’m thinking of traveling to see the Australian Open. Is it possible the event’s dates will be moved, as has happened before?

A. At this stage, no. While it is true that the event dates have been changed before, it hasn’t happened for a long time and if it was going to happen, it would have been announced a long time before now. You can travel to Australia with peace of mind. The dates will not change for anything short of an emergency.

Q. What if a player I bet on at an early stage pulls out before the tournament due to injury, illness or for another reason? Will my bet stand.

A. No, bets on this player will most likely be canceled. However, bets on other players will stand and bookies will have to honour the odds they were given at. If, for example, you bet on Andy Murray at 7/2 and Djokovic pulled out due to injury, Murray would be the de facto favourite, but your bet at these odds would still stand.

Q. Who has a realistic chance against Djokovic?

A. Roger Federer has beaten Djokovic multiple times in the last few years. While Djokovic does beat him more times than vice versa, Federer has proven he can do it multiple times and on a good day, has perhaps the best chance of denying Djokovic his new world record.

Q. Is there any way to work an advantage in live proposition bets during the Australian Open?

A. It’s extremely difficult to do so. You can look back at the historical data and find out which players tend to do things, eg score aces, more often than others. The issue here is that the bookmaker already knows this and has given odds reflecting these probabilities, to his advantage, of course. Proposition bets are always going to be based on luck and should be made on less likely outcomes for fun and to add excitement to the game.

Q. How many people will attend the Australian Open?

A. Melbourne Park (previously Flinders Park) can hold more than 250,000 people. For big matches, such as the finals, the stadium will be at capacity.

Q. What’s the prize money for the Australian Open winners?

A. In 2016, winner earned almost double what they did the previous year. Tennis is growing in popularity and the Australian Open is huge. Singles winners netted AUD3.85 million in 2016. This may increase marginally in 2017, but is unlikely to double again.

Q. What TV station can I tune into to watch the Australian Open 2017?

A. In the UK matches will be shown on BBC, Eurosport and Sky Sports News.

Memorable Moment: In 2000, American Andre Agassi faced off against Pete Sampras in the semi-final. Sampras had won 17 of their previous matches with Agassi having won 11. Agassi edged out the victory in a 5 set thriller that saw Agassi go through by just 6 points.

Australian Open Legends


The Australian Open has seen more than its fair share of legendary players participate in it over the 111 years it has been held so far. No doubt more will grace the courts of Melbourne Park in the future, but in the meantime here’s a rundown of the legends to play at the Australian Open so far.

Roy Emerson – An Australian Open legend, Emerson still holds the title of most Australian Opens won, matched only in 2016 by Novak Djokovic. A native of Queensland, Australia, Emerson won the men’s singles every year from 1961-1967, with the exception of 1962. His career record finished at 397 wins and 156 losses. He retired in 1983.

Rod Laver – Having a court named after him at Melbourne Park, Laver is a legend of Australian tennis. He won the Aussie Open 3 times, in 1960, 1962 and 1969. His career wins totaled 536 to 136 losses. However, Laver still holds the record of most singles titles in history, a staggering 200, 22 of them coming in the 1962 season that saw him deny fellow Aussie Roy Emerson the Open title in that year. Laver is widely considered one of the greatest of all time.

Boris Becker – Becker won the Australian Open twice, in 1991 and 1996. However, his career wins stand at an astounding 713 to 214 losses. He has won all 4 Grand Slam titles at one point or another before he retired in 1999 and holds the current record for the youngest player to ever win Wimbledon, which he did at the tender age of 17. Becker has since become a coach to Novak Djokovic, returning to the Australian Open many times in this capacity.

Pete Sampras – Sampras won the Australian Open twice, in 1994 and 1997. His main claim to fame is having won Wimbledon 7 times. Sampras won 762 games in his career and lost 222. He is regarded as among the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. His rivalry with Andre Agassi is the stuff of tennis legends. He was known as ‘Pistol Pete’ in his prime because of the power and precision of his serve.

Andre Agassi – Agassi won the Australian Open 4 times in his career, first in 1995 and last in 2003. Agassi is perhaps one of the best-known figures in the history of the sport, even outside tennis fans. He was renowned for his ability to return serves. Agassi held the record for winning all 4 Grand Slams on 3 different surfaces.

Roger Federer – Federer is a 4 time Aussie Open winner and is widely regarded as one of the best of all time with over 1000 career wins and 245 losses. He is renowned for his serve and many regard him as the single greatest player of all time. Federer has never fallen out of the top 10 since 2002 and is still competitive to this day. In current day rivalries, he trails 1 game behind Novak Djokovic who currently dominates men’s tennis. Federer will compete in the Australian Open in 2017.

Novak Djokovic – It’s rare to be able to speak about one of the greatest tennis players of all time in the present tense, yet Djokovic’s record speaks for itself and he has already matched the record for most Australian Open men’s single wins.
The 2017 Aussie Open will be extra exciting because if Djokovic is victorious, history will have been made in front of our eyes as he breaks this record and makes it 7. This is truly one of the most exciting tennis players to ever grace the courts, and if he pulls off a win in January 2017, he will seal his place in history as the greatest in the (Australian Open at least) for a long time to come.

Margaret Court – Court dominated the world of women’s tennis during the 60’s and early 70’s, having won the Australian Open women’s singles 11 times during this period. She is so widely respected she has been given an MBE. Court still holds the overall record for most titles in history, having won all 4 Grand Slams multiple times.

Evonne Cawley – Evonne Cawley has her glory days in the 1970’s, winning the Australian Open women’s singles 4 times and winning all 3 other Grand Slams at least once. When she retired in 1983 she had a career record of 704 wins and 165 losses.

Steffi Graf – With 900 career wins and only 115 losses, Steffi Graf is certainly among the greatest of all time. She won the Australian Open 4 times in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994. She also won the French & US Opens and Wimbledon multiple times for a total of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
Graf holds the current record for being ranked No. 1 by the WTA for 377 weeks consecutively.

Serena Williams – The current female number 1 in the world, Williams has won the Aussie Open 6 times, her last victory being in 2015. She has won every other Grand Slam multiple times and currently has 770 career wins.
Again, it’s rare to speak of a legend in the present tense, but Williams’ record can not be denied. She’ll be playing in 2017 and looking to add more Australian Open titles to her CV.
Williams holds the most major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles of any current player. Yes, that includes the men! Seeing her play at the Australian Open in 2017 will be a treat.

Memorable Moment: In 2016, Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles for the 6th time to match the all time record held by Australian Roy Emerson since 1967. Djokovic claimed his prize to cheers, sealing his place in the history books. It’s highly likely he will top the record in the coming years.

Tennis Glossary

If you’re new to tennis or need a helping hand with understanding the jargon and terms which surround this sport, this glossary will serve as your guide. It isn’t exhaustive, but it does cover the most important terms in alphabetical order.

Ace – When one player serves a winner and the receiving player is unable to return the ball.

Ad Court – On a tennis court, this is the area to the left of the player.

Advantage – A situation in which one player only needs 1 more point to win, after the score has been deuce.

Backhand – A game shot or way to swing the racquet. The player hits the ball with a swing that comes across his or her body.

Backswing – The motion that moves the racquet backwards and readies the player to strike the ball forward.

Baseline – The line at the back of the court.

Break – Occurs when the serving player loses the game.

Break Point – When the game is one point away from breaking serve.

Court – The area in which a game of tennis is played.

Cross Court – Refers to hitting the ball diagonally across the court into the opponents half.

Deuce – When the score in the game is 40-40.

Deuce Court – The right hand side of the tennis court.

Double Fault – When the serving player misses two serves in a row. In this situation they lose a point.

Doubles – A game of team tennis played by 4 players with 2 people on each side.

First Service – A player is allowed 2 serves. This is the first of them.

Follow Through – In the anatomy of a tennis shot, this is the part after the ball has been struck. Good follow through is crucial for both accuracy and power.

Foot Fault – If a player steps over the baseline while serving, this is a foot fault.

Game Point – A situation in which the game is one point away from a win.

Grand Slam – There are 4 extremely prestigious tournaments which are considered grand slams. They are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Head – The part of a tennis racquet which is used to hit the ball.

Hold – A situation in which the serving player wins the game.

Kick Serve – A serve with a high degree of spin. This causes the ball to bounce high.

Let – If a serve touches the net and falls within the opponents side of the court, this is a let. The serving player gets another try. No fault is counted.

Love – The point in a tennis game at which zero points have been scored.

Match Point – The point at which one player is 1 point away from winning the overall match.

Out – Any shot which lands outside the boundaries which define the area of play.

Rally – When players hit multiple shots back and forth between each other.

Singles – A game played between two solo players.

Second Service – After missing the first serve, the serving player will be allowed this second chance. If this is missed, the serving player will lose a point.

Straight Sets – When one player dominates by winning every set in a match.

Winner – A shot which can’t be returned by the opponent.