Australian Open tennis betting predictions, tips, odds and best bets 2020
Welcome to our betting preview for the Australian Open 2020, the first grand slam of the year.
The team at WGL has scoured sportsbooks for value and will supply free tips for the main events: the men’s and women’s singles titles.
While we will tip players at juicy odds to win overall, we suggest backing our players in their early head to head matches as well as overall.
The first week of the tournament is expected to be played in cooler than normal conditions with rain and storms forecast. And of course the air quality will be closely monitored given the horrific bushfires in Australia over the past few months, some of which continue to burn.
Our tennis gurus believe this is the year when the big three of men’s tennis, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be overhauled. As the Australian Open starts at Melbourne Park on January 20, Federer is 38, Nadal 33 and Djokovic a youthful 32.
Will age finally catch up with them as early as this week? The bookies don’t think so as they have installed Djokovic a hot favourite to win his eighth Australian title, with Nadal seen as his only serious challenger.
On the women’s side, it’s a much more open contest with veteran American Serena Williams chasing a 24th grand slam title, though she has not won a major since the 2017 Australian Open. At 38, it would be a remarkable achievement to win another grand slam, but she is the greatest women’s player of all so we are not prepared to write her off.
Read on to find our players to bet on at the 2020 Australian Open and other insights into who will win the title at Melbourne Park.
Lead-up form for the 2020 Australian Open
It’s hard to look past what dominant men’s favourite Novak Djokovic did at the ATP Cup in leading Serbia to the title without the world no.1 dropping a match. Australian Nick Kyrgios was also impressive in patches but question marks remain over his ability to go deep into the second week of a grand slam give the matches are played over fives sets.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams won her first tournament since becoming a mother when she broke through in Auckland. She is the clear favourite for the women’s title, though her main challenger, Australian fan favourite Ash Barty, also found form to win the Adelaide title.
Australian Open 2020 odds
Men’s singles betting
$2.20 Novak Djokovic
$5.50 Rafael Nadal
$9.00 Daniil Medvedev
$11.00 Roger Federer
$15.00 Stefanos Tsitsipas
$23.00 Dominic Thiem
$29.00 Nick Kyrgios
$41.00 Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Roberto Bautista Agut
$51.00 Alexander Zverev
$67.00 Stan Wawrinka
$81.00 David Goffin, Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Matteo Berrettini
Women’s singles betting
$5.00 Serena Williams
$8.00 Ashleigh Barty
$9.00 Naomi Osaka
$11.00 Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep
$15.00 Aryna Sabalenka
$21.00 Madison Keys
$23.00 Petra Kvitova
$26.00 Danielle Rose Collins, Elina Svitolina
$34.00 Belinda Bencic, Dayana Yastremska, Marketa Vondrousova
$41.00 Amanda Anisimova, Cori Gauff , Elise Mertens, Gabrine Muguruza
$51.00 Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Elena Rybakina, Karolina Muchova, Kiki Bertens, Sofia Kenin
$67.00 Caroline Wozniacki, Iga Swiatek, Sloane Stephens
$81.00 Anett Kontaveit, Donna Vekic, Johanna Konta
* Odds provided by the top tennis betting sites
Value bets for the Australian Open 2020
Roberto Bautista Agut at $41 to win men’’s singles
This might seem strange at face value but the 31-year-old Spaniard is playing some of the best tennis of his career. He reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2019 and while he was easily brushed aside at that stage by Stefanos Tsitsipas, it should be noted Bautista Agut had had a torrid run through the earlier rounds. He also reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2019. As mentioned above we suggest having a small wager on him outright but also backing him in each of his matches, as long as he lasts. He opens against an even older Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, on Monday.
Petra Kvitova at $23 to win women’s singles
We are more confident in our selection Kvitova winning the whole thing than we are for the men’s event where we are more keen just to back our player in each match as the tournament progresses. Why? Because we think Kvitova’s best is the best in the game at the moment. The Czech left-hander reached the final last year and at 29, she is a two-time Wimbledon champion who knows how to get the job done on the biggest stages. Also, she might not get many better chances than this tournament to add to her record, with Serena Williams no longer an unstoppable force. We will be on the Czech to go all the way.
Australian Open tournament predictions
It will surprise no one if Djokovic continues his love affair with Melbourne and wins the men’s title. But we are happy to back in a bevy of rising stars to take down the big three at this tournament. It would, however, surprise us greatly if Serena Williams turns back the clock enough to win the women’s title. That said, we have always been warned how dangerous it is to write off a champion. We are confident though in Petra Kvitova going one better than last year and nabbing a third grand slam title. We will revisit the tournament at the halfway mark with some value selections heading into the latter stages of the tournament. Good punting.
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