Australian Open 2024 Predictions, Previews & Betting Odds - Bet ATP & WTA Tennis
All eyes in the tennis community will be fixed on the upcoming Australian Open, which kickstarts the Grand Slam season in January 2024.
With the first of four Major titles up for grabs, the Australian Open takes place during the height of the summer Down Under, and this tennis tournament always throws up plenty of surprises.
Although the likes of Roger Federer and Ash Barty have long hung up their rackets and are enjoying the fruits of their respective retirements, the new generation will be hoping to follow in their illustrious footsteps.
Currently, Novak Djokovic remains the man to dethrone in the ATP singles tournament, while Aryna Sabalenka will be targeting a successful defense of her WTA title.
But who will pen another absorbing chapter in the history of this prestigious tennis tournament? Our comprehensive betting guide will put you in the picture.
Australian Open 2024 Schedule & Overview
With the inaugural event held in 1905, the Australian Open is one of those international tournaments that is held in high regard.
For the first 20 years of its existence, the event moved between several cities and it was even played as a grass-court event. Eventually, it found a permanent home in Melbourne, and it has been staged there since 1988.
Comprising 128 players for the men’s and women’s tournaments, the field will be whittled down over two weeks, as is customary with all Slam titles.
Players who are ranked in the top 100 will seal automatic spots, and they will take their places in the first round. A few wildcards will be distributed to players whose ranking isn’t high enough, while some will have to go through the qualifying process to punch their ticket to the main draws.
The men’s event consists of matches contested as best-of-five-sets affairs, while the format for a women’s singles match is condensed (best-of-three sets).
There will be day and night sessions throughout the tournament, and if matches run over, you can expect some late finishes!
This tennis tournament should capture your interest, and you won’t want to skip the Finals. After all, you will want to see the anointing of the new champions!
When is the Australian Open 2024?
The Australian Open in 2024 has benefitted from an extra Sunday being added to the schedule, and for the first time in its history, the event will span over 15 days.
It will now run from January 14 to January 28, but remember to set your alarms for the morning sessions as there is currently an 11-hour time difference between Melbourne and the UK.
Where is the Australian Open 2024?
The Australian Open, as mentioned previously, has been held in Melbourne since 1988, and it is played on cushion acrylic hard courts.
Of the 33 hard courts at Melbourne Park, the Rod Laver Arena and the Margaret Court Arena are the two show courts.
The fabled Rod Laver Arena holds a maximum capacity of 15,000, while the Margaret Court Arena, boasts 7,500 seats, and the roof opens in just five minutes, one of the fastest for a Grand Slam event.
Who is Playing in the Australian Open 2024?
There is a palpable sense of excitement about the Australian Open, and it will be a who’s who in terms of the line-up.
We have given you the lowdown on the big names in the men’s and women’s draws to give you an idea of who you should look out for.
Novak Djokovic heads the field, and the Australian Open has been a home for home-from-him over the years. Indeed, his underlying pedigree means he remains the most feared player at the tournament.
Carlos Alcaraz, who will head to the tournament as the world No.2, will also be looking to make a splash, while his compatriot Rafael Nadal will be returning after a long injury lay-off.
Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev will also make their stakes for the crown, while elsewhere, the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune will also be targeting deep runs Down Under.
Sabalenka will adopt the role of the hunted after her 2023 success at the Australian Open heralded her maiden Grand Slam title, and she has become a Belarussian sports legend.
The depth of quality in the women’s game is remarkable, and among those who will also take their place in the draw are Iga Swiatek, who has been in a constant battle with Sabalenka for the world No.1 spot, while Coco Gauff will be eager to get her hands on another Grand Slam title following her US Open success in 2023.
Elsewhere, Ons Jabuer will be hoping to do better after a second-round exit in 2023, and she has found Grand Slam success elude her so far.
Australian Open 2024 Picks & Predictions
As is customary with any other Grand Slam event, the Australian Open always throws up plenty of betting opportunities and provokes plenty of debate about who the eventual champion may be.
It’s time to take a closer look at the runners and riders and assess their chances.
Who Will Win the Australian Open 2024?
This section fleshes out some more detail on the players from the men’s and women’s draws that hold a strong chance of winning or contending for the Australian Open.
2023 Winner - Novak Djokovic
Who else? Novak Djokovic has taken the game to new heights and has been an indomitable force at the Australian Open. The Serbian landed his 10th title Down Under in 2023, and barring a dramatic loss in form, he could well step into the winner’s circle again.
Contender - Carlos Alcaraz
After a stunning 2023, Carlos Alcaraz will be looking to build upon his success in 2024. The Australian Open could put the Spaniard on a collision course with Novak Djokovic once again.
Alcaraz is one of the most gifted players of his generation with a searing forehand, and he boasts super soft hands, which means inducing drop shots comes naturally to him.
Contender - Jannik Sinner
Having lifted the Davis Cup with his native Italy at the back end of 2023, Sinner has made huge strides over the past 12 months, and it seems like a Grand Slam title beckons for him.
Whether it will come at the Australian Open remains to be seen. He could well attract some attention in the outright betting markets.
2023 Winner - Aryna Sabalenka
With one Australian Open already safely stowed away in her trophy cabinet, Sabalenka will be looking to get her hands on this Grand Slam title once again. Fearless and warrior-like in her attitude, Sabalenka could well be in the running.
Winner - Iga Swiatek
Week in, week out, Iga Swiatek has humbled many of the top stars, and she usually garners short WTA Tour betting odds for the events she enters.
To date, her best showing at the Australian Open came in 2022 when she reached the semi-final, but she will be hoping to add to her Grand Slam haul.
Contender - Coco Gauff
There seems to be an infectious enthusiasm about Coco Gauff, and the American is well on the road to superstardom. Depending on how the draw pans out, she could feature in the tournament's latter stages.
Coco Gauff has a big game, including a lethal serve, and she will be one to watch out for.
Australian Open Betting Tips, Odds & Preview
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To execute your betting strategy, we have shared a few ways to maximize your wagering experience for the Australian Open.
Don’t stick to one betting type - Tennis is dripping with many betting options, so if you get too comfortable with moneyline betting, try something a bit different, such as handicaps, if you are seeking more value.
Watch as much live tennis as possible - To keep on top of the latest trends and patterns in matches, you should be watching the Australian Open to see what is going on. Stake.com has a live stream for registered users to take advantage of.
Manage your bankroll properly - Responsible gambling is part and parcel of the tennis betting experience. Make sure you don’t exceed financial expectations and walk away if you start to accrue losses. Alternatively, you can use the gamble budget calculator to determine how much you should set aside for each bet.
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Types of Tennis Bets & How to Bet on the Australian Open
Tennis is not short on betting lines per match. We have run through some of the most popular betting types below.
Moneyline Betting - Here, you are just predicting who will win the match. In tennis, there are only two possible outcomes, and it is a great starting point for novice players.
Outright Winner - This considers the wider picture of the tournament and guess who will win the Australian Open. If you are a keen follower of the game, you will be up-to-date on all the latest tennis news to make a more informed pick.
Spread betting - This can refer to the number of games a player will win by. If Novak Djokovic were facing Alcaraz, for example, Djokovic may have a spread of -1.5 while Alacaraz could have a spread of +2.5. So, if you sided with Djokovic, he would need to win by more than two games to return a successful wager.
Handicap betting - Similar to game spreads, Asian totals will try to level out the playing field between two opponents. The outsider for this market will be given a head start and have a plus sign next to their odds, while the player who is the favorite will have a minus sign next to their price. Whoever wins more games after the handicap has been applied will be the winner.
Props - These habitually revolve more around individual performances. For example, you can bet on a player to serve the most number of aces during a match, and you can unlock some competitive prices.
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