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Everything You Need To Know About The Australian Open
The first Slam of the year is fast approaching – and it really does not feel like 12 months has gone by. That would be because of the ongoing effects of the global pandemic, the 2021 edition was pushed back until February while Tennis Australia embarked on an elaborate quarantine program.
The situation is no less strict this year, with all players required to be vaccinated… well almost everyone!
When Is The Australian Open 2022?
We are back to the usual time slot of mid-January (17 – 30 January to be exact), but we find ourselves again with a fluid and fast-changing situation so don’t be surprised if a few more changes come our way.
Provisional Tournament Schedule
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Who are the defending singles champions?
Novak Djokovic ruled the roost on Rod Laver Arena – and late on Friday the news broke that the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa for a second time. Another legal challenge is the only recourse open to him now. Watch this space.
Naomi Osaka won her second Australian Open and her fourth Slam title overall last year but ince the French Open, Osaka has openly spoken about her mental health and taken herself off the tour when in need of focusing on her self-care.
But hard-courts are where she flourishes, and she is set to head up the field in a WTA Melbourne.
Who is missing?
Serena Williams was the notable missing name when the entry list was announced. Williams, now 40, retired in her first-round match in Wimbledon, and has struggled to return to fitness – advised by her medical team to give Melbourne a pass.
2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has also lurched from one injury to another and has been off the tour since October.
2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem had hoped to make his comeback in Abu Dhabi but had to withdraw with continuing injury issues.
Six-time champion Roger Federer, and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka is recovering from foot surgery, and no-one currently is any the wiser as to whether Djokovic will comply with the vaccination requirements – but he remains on Serbia’s nominations for the season-opening ATP Cup and the Australian Open entry list.
US Open and Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova will also sit out this swing, after picking up a hand injury.
When was the Australian Open first held?
It was first known as the Australasian Championships and first played in 1905, before being renamed the Australian Championships in 1927.
In 1969 it became the Australian Open and has been held in several Australian cities – Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and even a couple of times in New Zealand (Christchurch and Hastings). It is now homed in Melbourne, starting off life at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club from 1972, before moving to its current, and ever-expanding home in Melbourne Park, since 1988.
How much prize money is on the line?
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Which Betting Markets Can I Bet on at the Australian Open?
With 128 players in both the men’s and women’s draw, there are plenty of opportunites to win big through Australian Open betting:
- Match Winner – A straight two player battle and the most popular bet – can be lucrative if bulked up in an Australian Open accumulator.
- Number of Sets (Over/Under) – Men’s Grand Slam matches take place over 5 sets, meaning there is often more of a power struggle, giving punters more chances to win big.
- Tie Break Market – With so much at stake and the speedy courts in Melbourne, tie breaks are a regular occurance in Grand Slam tennis and punters can exploit that when betting.
- Quarter Betting – With 128 players in each draw, bookies break the draw down into quarterly sections of 32 players which punters can bet on – to win their quarter and reach the semi-finals.
- Finalist Bets – Once the Australian Open draw is made, punters can look to predict which two players will make it to the final depending on where in the draw they have been placed.
Australian Open Best Betting Tips & Strategies
As the first Grand Slam on the calendar, picking an outright winner at the Australian Open can sometimes be a difficult task as plenty of players put in many hard yeards during the off season.
Here are our Australian Open best betting tips:
- Tennis knowledge is essential when deciding what/who to back, as lots of external factors such as player form, court surface and players returning from injury can all play a key role. The world rankings are not definitive in terms of deciphering a bet as – lots of players have favoured surfaces (e.g Nadal on clay) where they tend to get their best results and big seeds can often fall to lesser known players if the surfaces don’t suit their games.
- In-play tennis betting has revolutionised the way in which punters operate in the tennis betting market. While it will never replace betting on the overall outcome of matches or tournaments, in-play betting provides an instantaneous and arguably a more exciting avenue for generating profits. Betting on live tennis live can be highly profitable, is not time consuming whatsoever and allows the bettor, to become engrossed in the live action and develop a better understanding of the game.
Australian Open Previous Winners
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Australian Open Records (Open Era)
Most Singles Titles:
Men’s: Novak Djokovic (9) Women’s: Serena Williams (7)
Most Doubles Titles:
Men’s: Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan (6) Women’s: Martina Navratilova (8)
Men’s Singles: Ken Rosewall (18 years and 2 months) Women’s Singles: Martina Hingis (16 years and 4 months)
Men’s Singles: Ken Rosewall (37 years and 2 months) Women’s Singles: Thelma Coyne Long (35 years and 8 months)
History Of The Australian Open
1904 ▪ LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALASIA FOUNDED ▪ Six Australian state tennis associations and the governing body in New Zealand formed the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia – creating of Australian Open Tennis History.
1905 ▪ FIRST AUSTRALASIAN MENS CHAMPIONSHIP ▪ The tournament was staged at the Albert Reserve in Melbourne, on the lawns of the Warehouseman’s Cricket Club. The very first champion was Rodney Heath of Australia defeating Arthur Curtis in finals with 4–6 6–3 6–4 6–4 in front of 5,000 spectators.
1906 ▪ FIRST AUSTRALASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NEW ZAELAND ▪ The event was to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand – the first of two occasions that New Zealand would host the event. The other occurred six years later, when the city of Hastings staged the tournament in 1912.
1912 ▪ AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS HISTORY ILTF FOUNDED ▪ The International lawn Tennis Federation was born with an aim of operating the 4 major tennis championships (Wimbledon Championships, US Championships , French and Australasian).
1922 ▪ AUSTRALASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENED FOR WOMEN ▪ For the first time open to women, the very first womens champion was Margaret Molesworth defeating in finals Esna Boyd Robertson with6-3 10-8.
1927 ▪ AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS ▪ The Australasian Championships were predominantly held in Australia, they became the Australian Championships and would only be hosted in Australia – a new era of australian open tennis history.
1935 ▪ JACK CRAWFORD ▪ Jack Crawford of Australia won his 4th title on Australian Championships.
1951 ▪ NANCYE WYNNE BOLTON ▪ Won her 6th title of Australian Championship – she is 2nd on the eternal list in the Australian Open Tennis History female champions.
1967 ▪ ROY EMERSON ▪ Roy Emerson won his 6th title of Australian Mens Singles Championships. He won the most titles ever on Australian Championships Mens Singles.
1969 ▪ AUSTRALIAN OPEN ▪ In year of 1969, the Australian Open – became the official title. The name ‘Open’ was adopted as it was the first time both professionals and amateurs could compete at the tournament.
1971 ▪ AUSTRALIAN OPEN PLAYED LAST TIME OUTSIDE MELBOURNE ▪ White City, Sydney, played host to the event that saw two Australian tennis legends Ken Rosewall and Margaret Court claim the respective singles’ titles (in australian open tennis history).
1972 ▪ KEN ROSEWALL ▪ Ken Rosewall of Australia won his 4th title on Australian Open Championships.
1973 ▪ AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS HISTORY OF MARGARET SMITH COURT ▪ Margaret Smith Court of Australia won her 11th title of Australian Open Womens Singles Championship, more than any other player, men or woman.
1982 ▪ THE KOOYONG LAWN TENNIS CLUB ▪ The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club became the adopted home of the Australian Open in 1982.
1987 ▪ GRASS SURFACE FOR THE LAST TIME ON AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS HISTORY ▪ Saw the last staging of the Open on grass. In an epic five set Stefan Edberg def. Pat Cash in the men’s final in front of a capacity crowd at Kooyong. Hana Mandilkova was the women’s champion.
1988 ▪ MELBOURNE PARK;REBOUND ACE SURFACE ▪ Tennis Australia and the Open established a new home at Flinders Park (now Melbourne Park). The tournament was played on Rebound Ace for the first time in Australian open tennis history.
2000 ▪ ROD LAVER ARENA ▪ The centre court was christened to Rod Laver Arena – definitely “new era” of Australian Open Tennis History.
2003 ▪ ANDRE AGASSI ▪ Andre Agassi of United States won his 4th title in Australian Open Tennis History.