Australian Open | Winners & Odds

In just 3 short weeks the Australian Open will begin in Melbourne. It seems like the offseason went by in flash, and will have money and points on the line very quickly as we do every year as the first Grand Slam starts early, just like in NASCAR as the Daytona 500 starts right off the bat.

 

It’s really difficult to give you a winner until we see the draw as always but we can give you the odds as they stand right now at America’s Bookie. First off let’s take a look at the men. Djokovic is of course the favorite at -135. Unless he was partying too much over the holidays he is certainly the player to beat, but as we all know in tennis anyone can win on given day so let’s try to find a few guys with better odds that have a chance to hoist the trophy, to give you a better return on your investment.

 

Murray comes in at +500, Andy always plays Novak tough, although he started to slip at the of last year.  Murray has a better chance however in a best of 5 Slam, as opposed to getting killed like he did indoors in London last fall. Federer is next up at +750. Roger has found the “Fountain of Youth”, but realistically would need something strange to happen like Novak losing early in order to win this Slam.

 

“Stan the Man” is +1100, and has won here before and loves this tourney, if you want a great player at great odds, Wawrinka is the guy to play. Nadal is at +850 and if there was ever a player who illustrates the saying “a puncher’s chance “it’s Rafa, you might put a few bucks on him as well.

 

As of the rest they are long shots but sometimes long shots come in Australia like Johansson or Peter Korda did. Long shots here are Tsonga at +5500, who does well here, Del Potro can beat anyone at +3750 but is he healthy finally? The 2 US Open Finalists from 2 years ago Nishikori and Cilic come in at +1750 and +3500 respectively, Berdych at +3350 is always in the Quarterfinals and if you want a real live super longshot play Gasquet at +11500.

 

For the Women of course Serena is favored at +150 but has lost a step or 2 in recent years. Sharapova +550 will be “screamin” her way into the Semis as usual, Azarenka ,Kvitova and Halep all are between 5 and 9 to 1 and will be in the mix well. The 3 girls who we think have a shot however and are coming in at great odds are, Wozniacki, Ivanovic, and Radwanska.

 

Wozniacki +2350 is in the best shape of any girl and that pays dividends in Australia, Radwaksa +1750 always finds a way, and our girl Ana +4000 has played well here before and the crowd loves her. ” Other long shots to keep your eyes on are Cibulkova +5000 a former Finalist and Muguruza +1200 who may  have real shot here.

 

Usually we’d be telling you one of the reasons that we love this tourney is seeing sunshine in the middle of a long cold winter, but temperatures have been really mild this year. No matter, it’s still a Slam and you can turn on the TV and fall asleep to tennis on ESPN beginning on January 17th, but you can get down your tennis futures bets right now at America’s Bookie. Happy Holidays everyone.

 

By: G Howe

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