Australian Open betting has grown in popularity with the emergence of Scotland’s Andy Murray as a leading talent on the world stage. For the first time since Tim Henman, betting on the Australian Open does not represent a leap into the unknown for customers seeking a patriotic punt to liven up the post-Christmas blues.
While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated in recent years, winning five of the past seven tournaments, Australian Open betting odds often offer opportunity to clients, with the likes of past winners Novak Djokovic and the now retired Russian Marat Safin providing great value to internet customers in the UK.
2011 could be the year where the Scot from Dunblane finally turns promise into glorious grand slam reality; it’s a prospect which already has punters mulling over prospective Australian Open bets.
A beaten finalist in the both the Australian and US Opens, a return to form and fitness for the Scot may finally means he becomes the man to break the British barren run at tennis’ leading tournaments. Punters who concur may fancy running the rule over the Australian Open tennis betting as soon as the event’s markets open, not least because it’s a great time to secure a free bet from most online bookmakers.
Federer and Nadal are certain to be among the leading contenders when the tournament ushers in 2011, hence their respective dominance of Australian Open betting. However, Murray, who reached the final in 2010 before falling to Federer, offers value for internet customers who do not want to brave the British winter, choosing instead the comfort of their online bookmaker.
Customers looking for value from Australian Open betting would do well to note the tournament often produces multi-year winners who get on a roll under the baking Australian skies.
Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and Pete Sampras have all enjoyed repeat success in the championship since 1983 and predictions Federer may replicate his success of this year offer hope to those who choose not to follow Murray when it comes to betting on the Australian Open.
The women’s competition often offers more scope for those seeking value from their bet on the Australian Open, with online bookmakers usually offering the best odds throughout the tournament.
Serena Williams is a five-time tournament champion and the Australian Open betting odds will no doubt have her as a strong favourite for 2011.
But the return of Justine Henin-Hardenne to tournament tennis offers hope to those seeking value from an Australian Open bet.
The winner in 2004, Henin-Hardenne offers hope of a break from the Williams routine, although as one online bookmaker said: “Predictions of Serena’s demise are often repeated, but seldom come to fruition. When it comes to betting on the Australian Open, she seems to offer customers, especially those from the UK who do not have their own champion to support, great value, especially with the number of free bets on offer from online bookmakers.”
Australian Open betting is not restricted solely to the leading competitions for men and women.
Bob and Mike Bryan would seem certainties for those looking to place an Australian Open bet on the men’s doubles competition and given their success in 2010, any predictor would have to look to the Californian twins to repeat their success in 2011.
More than half a million spectators will pack into Melbourne Park for the two weeks of the tournament, which has come such a long way since its first staging in 1905. Australian Rodney Heath was the first men’s champion, defeating countryman Arthur Curtis in four sets and the great Fred Perry was the last British champion, winning in 1934 in straight sets against Australian Jack Crawford.
British fans, especially with an eye on Australian Open tennis betting, will be hoping 76 years of frustration can be brought to an end in 2011.