Tennis Guide - How to bet on the Australian Open 2018?

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How to bet on the Australian Open 2018?

Tennis is one of the most individual sports around the globe and this is one of the main reasons for why it attracts the attention of many sports bettors. Tennis betting is massive and the tennis market it’s considered to be second only to football thanks to the variety of in-play bets. Just like the other popular sports, tennis betting takes place on all of the major tournaments around the globe. You can place bets on both ATP and WTA tour events, the Davis and Fed Cup and the four Grand Slams of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Australian Open kicks off in the middle of January and like the other three Grand Slams, it features a 128-player main draw for both the men’s and women’s singles events. In addition, the top 32 players in each draw are seeded in accordance with the ATP World Rankings for the men, and WTA for the women. Feel free to check out our Australian Open 2018 betting tips, predictions and odds.

Australian Open Betting Explained

There are several different options for placing a bet on any tennis event, but there are more markets for such a major event like the Australian Open. Betting on tennis offers potentially lucrative opportunities for high value bets and there are plenty of bookmakers, bookies or sportsbooks which will take your bets.

Australian Open 2018 betting tennis markets

The most common tennis markets are:

Tournament: Outright winner, including the Reach the Final, Quarter Winners, Player Progress markets for the major events.

Pre- Match: Match betting odds, Set Betting, Total Games, Set Handicap, Game Handicap, Number of Sets, To win a set? , To win the first set?. There are also combined markets such as a player to win and number of sets, or a player to win and most aces and double faults etc.

In-play Betting: Next Game betting, Next Set betting, Match Winner betting, Correct Score Betting etc.

Australian Open 2018 Outright winner odds

Bookmakers will carry outright bets on many of the major tennis competitions. The outright winner market allows you to pick the winner of one of the competitions that make up the Australian Open. You can choose the winner of the men’s or women’s single and even the doubles competitions. However, there is an important factor to take into consideration before placing a bet on the outright winner for the Australian Open. The tournament is played in the second half of January and it’s a bit difficult to know which players are up for such a big event. However, sometimes you can check the players’ form in the warm-up tournaments played in Australia, New Zealand and Asia in the first two weeks before the Australian Open. Furthermore, checking the odds comparison sites and a couple of bookmakers’ websites for the Australian Open can be a strong indicator regarding the bookies’ favourites and how well the players will do.

Feel free to check out our Australian Open 2018 betting predictions, tips and odds regarding the outright winner for both men’s and women’s singles events. In addition, we will cover the warm-up tournaments and the Australian Open 2018 and we will deliver you our best free tennis daily tips and previews for the featured games of the day.

Australian Open 2018 Match Betting odds

This is the most common form of betting across all sports, no matter if it’s tennis, football, boxing, hockey, basketball, cricket, baseball, handball or rugby. This markets allows you to choose a player for a straight win or loss against an opponent, with the only difference being that there is no draw option in tennis. In the previous years, there have been loads of upsets to be wagered on in the first week of the Australian Open and we expect similar results here as several key players have struggled with injuries in 2017.

Australian Open 2018 Handicap Betting odds

The Handicap Betting market is a great opportunity to make money when there is zero value on one of the favorites in the first two rounds of the Australian Open. This is a great market on betting on the Big Four as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray as these players tend to be ruthless in the early rounds of a Grand Slam. These players need to conserve their energy and to finish their matches fast in order to be rested for the next rounds. The Handicap betting market in tennis is focused in predicting games or set superiority. For example, a Handicap of -7 games on a player means that he would concede no more than nine games in the match, while a Handicap of +7 games means that a player need to win nine or more games in the match.

Australian Open 2018 Over and under totals betting odds

This is another popular market for tennis betting and includes both total games and total sets. For the total games market, the cut-off mark is usually around 22.5 games in a three-set contest and approximately 38.5 games in a five-games contest. This is a great market when you struggle to predict the winner of a match. Regarding the total set betting market, you can place a bet on the result of a match in terms of the number of sets played. While the women’s competition is played over the best of three sets for all WTA and ITF events, the men’s competition in Grand Slams features best of five set matches throughout. A bookie may offer over/under 2.5 sets in a match, or over/under 3.5 sets in a men’s Grand Slam tournament match.

Australian Open 2018 Correct Score Betting odds

Betting on the correct score in tennis it’s equal with betting on the correct score in football. It means that you are wagering on the scoreline of a completed set or a match. You can predict a player to win the game in straight sets (2-0, 3-0, 2-1, 3-2 etc) but you can also predict the correct scoreline of a set (6-3, 6-4. 7-6).

Australian Open 2018 In-play betting

This market has grown in popularity over the past few years due to a wide range of markets available. It allows a better the chance to wager on the outcome of individual games during a set of tennis. However, there are plenty of in-play betting markets available throughout the Australian Open usually, such as to win outright, to win the next point, to win the current game, to go to deuce, score of the next game, set race to, total number of games in the set, set score and total number of games in the match.

Australian Open 2018 betting tips and strategies

If you want to place a bet on the Australian Open 2018 and your knowledge of tennis is limited, then our SBAT tennis tipsters are here to help you. Our tennis experts have covered the most important tennis events in 2017 and we will continue to do the same thing for 2018 as well. Our tennis tipsters will provide free daily tips starting with the first day of January as there will be plenty of warm-up tournaments ahead of the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2018 pre-match betting strategies

There are a couple of factors to take into consideration before placing a bet on pre-match odds in the tennis market and not just for the Australian Open, but for all tennis events.

  • Fitness - tennis players are usually playing from January to the end of November each year. They are obviously fresher in the first half of the year, but they start to struggle with injuries in the second half. Some of the players can carry injuries of one type or another, but some fold at the slightest exertion, such as Kei Nishikori or Juan Martin Del Potro.

  • Surface - some tennis players are clay courters while others prefer hard. There are also a few players that like to play on the grass court, although the hard players can be very efficient on the grass court. For example, Rafa Nadal is the king of the clay at the moment, but he need to put more effort when playing on the hard surface. On the other hand, Andy Murray is still poor on clay, despite the fact that he is one of the best defensive players in the world.

  • Weather - this is one of the most important factors in outdoor events and that’s mainly because the wind can play a crucial role in deciding a game. The Australian Open coincides with the hottest time of the year in Melbourne and fans and players are always taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

  • Left-handers - they are few, but it’s always tricky for right-handers and this could also influence the outcome of the game.

Head-to-heads, current player form - you need to check the current form of players, as this will increase your chance of picking a winning bet. One of the best tricks is to back players who only ever lose to others ranked above them. In addition, tennis players are usually struggling in their first games back from injuries. Some tennis players are just using a less tournament as a warm-up event before an important tournament.