Who Will Serve Up A Treat To Win The Australian Open Tennis?
Yesterday, the Australian Open tennis tournament, the first Grand Slam of the tennis season, got underway at Melbourne Park with 256 of the world’s top male and female players battling it out to become the first holder of a Grand Slam trophy in 2018.
As you would expect with such a massive sporting event, there are only four Grand Slam tennis events each year and the next one isn’t until June (The French Open), interest in who is going to win the tournament has been high and punters are looking at which of the players has the best chance to lift this iconic title.
Leo Vegas, as we know, has now got its own sports book and it is now accepting bets on the Australian Open, as well as many other tennis tournaments across the globe. So, with that in mind we are going to take a quick look at the tournament with our preview of it. Then take a quick look at how the opening two days have panned out and then we’ll bring you our tips on who we think will be in with a chance of lifting the winner’s trophy in the men’s and women’s tournaments the weekend after next.
First though, it is worth noting that Coral are running a special promotion for the duration of the Australian Open, it’s their £5 Free Bet promotion and it works like this.
Coral’s Australian Open £5 Free Bet Promo
If you are a regular punter on tennis and enjoy In-Play betting, then Coral have an offer that is perfect for you. Simply place five In-Play bets of £5 or more on any Australian Open market on any single day’s play during the tournament and once you have made your fifth qualifying bet that day, Coral will reward you with a free In Play bet worth £5.
You have 48-hours from the receipt of your free In-Play bet to place it before it expires and it will be available the second that you have finished confirming your fifth qualifying bet.
If you would like to, you can use this promotion every day of the Australian Open tennis tournament with Coral to earn repeated free bets and furthermore, there are no minimum odds betting requirements on any of the selections you can make using your qualifying bets. Which means even if you want to back the likes of Nadal, Federer, Wozniacki or Halep against a minnow, you can do so.
This is a great value offer for punters at Coral at what is one of the biggest sports events of the year that takes place Down Under.
Australian Open Tennis – A Potted History
This year is the 106th Australian Open tennis tournament contested, although not all of those tournaments were viewed as Grand Slam events in the early years of the event. It is also the 50th edition of the tournament to be hosted since the Open Era was declared in tennis.
Although the tournament has had many homes over the years including Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and even Hastings, it has been hosted in Melbourne Park since 1988 and the venue boasts two show courts, the Rod Laver Arena and the Margaret Court Arena (somewhat controversially given her views on LGBT people/players).
This year’s total prize money has been increased by 10% from last year to $55,000,000 although there are negotiations ongoing with players about a significant increase in prize money in future years. The winner of the men’s and women’s event will each take home a $4,000,000 prize in Australian Dollars (approximately £2.3m).
Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic share the record for men’s tournament victories with six in total, Roger Federer has five and can equal them if he wins the event this year.
Margaret Court has a total of 11 victories in the tournament in her career with Serena Williams having won the event seven times, but she is unable to compete this year as she is not fully recovered from her maternity leave.
The 2017 champions are Serena Williams in the Women’s Tournament and Roger Federer in the men’s tournament.
Top 16 Men’s and Women’s Seeds
|Seed||Men’s Tournament||Seed||Women’s Tournament|
|1||Rafael Nadal (Spa)||1||Simona Halep (Rom)|
|2||Roger Federer (Swi)||2||Caroline Wozniacki (Den)|
|3||Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)||3||Garbine Muguruza (Spa)|
|4||Alexander Zverev (Ger)||4||Elina Svitolina (Ukr)|
|5||Dominic Thiem (Aut)||5||Venus Williams (USA)|
|6||Maran Cilic (Cro)||6||Karolina Pliskova (Cze)|
|7||David Goffin (Bel)||7||Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)|
|8||Jack Sock (USA)||8||Caroline Garcia (Fra)|
|9||Stan Wawrinka (Swi)||9||Johanna Konta (GB)|
|10||Pablo Carreno Busta (Spa)||10||Coco Vanderweghe (USA)|
|11||Kevin Anderson (S.A)||11||Kristina Mladenovic (Fra)|
|12||Juan Martin del Potro (Arg)||12||Julia Gorges (Ger)|
|13||Sam Querrey (USA)||13||Sloane Stephens (USA)|
|14||Novak Djokovic (Ser)||14||Anastasia Sevastova (Lat)|
|15||Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (Fra)||15||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)|
|16||John Isner (USA)||16||Elena Vesnina (Rus)|
What’s happened on Day One and Day Two of the tournament?
It’s been a disappointing start to the tournament for many of the top seeds on the first two days of action as the First Round of matches are completed.
On the opening day, American hopes of success were hit as five big contenders, Jack Sock, John Isner, Venus Williams, Coco Vanderweghe and Sloane Stephens were all eliminated. They were joined by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson and German Philipp Kohlscheiber out of the tournament. Three other female seeds also went out, Dominkika Cibulkova, Peng Shuai and Ekaterina Makarova.
Day two proved to be less troublesome for female seeds as only two, Petra Kvitova and Kristina Mladenovic were eliminated, but in the men’s draw big names continued to exit. Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut, Milos Raonic and Mischa Zverev all joining the ranks of players making their exit at the first available opportunity.
Who will win the Men’s Australian Open?
For me, there are genuinely only three contenders to win this in the men’s event. Injuries to Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, plus a lack of form from some other top 10 players means that I think the winner can only come from either Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.
Of the three, I think the odds slightly favour Roger Federer (7/4 with Leo Vegas) as he has won this event five times and comes into it without any real injury worries or niggles and after a superb 2017. His age, 36, may be against him though over the course of the long tournament. The same can be levelled against Rafael Nadal though and Djokovic, though a six-time winner here, is still in recovery from a long-term injury.
Who will win the Women’s Australian Open?
The women’s tournament is far more open than the men’s event in my view and with Serena Williams absent and other big names lacking form, this title is genuinely up for grabs and my gut instinct is that there will be a new name that earns their first Grand Slam title in around 10 days time.
The bookies have Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep as the favourites at 6/1 and 15/2 respectively but my choice here is Karolina Pliskova, the Czech player who is something of a hard court specialist and who reached the semi-finals last year. She is an 8/1 shot with Leo Vegas.