While the Tennis calendar for 2021 is starting late this year, we can all agree that the Australian Open in February will be a good sign that things are gradually moving towards some form of normality.
The players will be eagerly preparing to battle it out in the first slam of the year. Most of the top players will be taking part, with many familiar names heading up the 2021 Australian Open betting.
However, with some players having to isolate in their hotel rooms on arrival in Australia, it will be difficult to assess how the lack of a proper preparation will affect their chances.
Australian tennis fans will also be excited to know that a limited number may be able to experience the games right there at the venue as plans are being put in place to allow them into Melbourne Park if Covid-19 levels remain under control.
Here is our take on the Australian Open betting…
Will the world of tennis ever see Roger Federer in the Rod Laver Arena again?
King Roger will not be featuring in this tournament as he decided to bypass this year’s edition to focus on the grass court season and a potential final challenge for the Wimbledon crown.
However, Novak Djokovic (2.05) and Rafa Nadal (6.55) will once again be the front runners for the ultimate prize in this year’s tournament.
The resurgence of Naomi Osaka towards the end of 2020 means the Japanese star is currently co-favourite (@ 7.50) to add a third Grand Slam title to her collection, while the legend Serena Williams’ hunt for a record-breaking 24th title also makes her another leading contender. She’s also @ 7.50 to finally add another page in her already long and glorious chapter in the history books.
Sofia Kenin shocked the world to win in 2020 and the 22-year-old is 12.50 to successfully defend her title.
2021 Australian Open Betting Tips
Men’s Singles: Could the stars be aligning for Thiem?
In 2020, Dominic Thiem performed consistently and always kept his cool to maintain his upward trajectory at the top of the men’s game. The Austrian finally got his first Grand Slam final win at the fourth attempt with a breath-taking five-set fightback win over Alexander Zverev at the US Open. That performance sees him installed as the third favourite here, currently at odds of 6.45.
It is worth noting that he has had several disappointing first week exits in Melbourne in the past. 2020 proved to be the turning point as Thiem pushed multiple Aus Opens winner Novak Djokovic all the way; only to fall to a painful fifth-set defeat to the Serbian in the final. His confidence will now be sky high. With one Grand Slam now in the bag, one can expect 2021 to be a different story.
Women’s Singles: Barty time in Melbourne?
All eyes will be on Ash Barty; looking to see if she plays to her full potential in the Women’s Singles.
Along with many other players, Barty skipped a number of 2020’s major tournaments due to Covid concerns. At the time, she had just begun making a name for herself as one of the most impressive players on the women’s tour.
Home fans will be hoping that she feels comfortable enough to go all the way to the final this time around. Barty is 10.00 to win this year’s Women’s Singles.
As the current World No. 1, one can expect her to get a favourable draw to kick things off nicely in this year’s tournament.
The main concern around Barty is that she has been away from competitive action for almost 11 months, but with the backing of the home fans she will be hoping to hit the ground running. It will be dicey, but we cannot wait to see how things will turn out for the local favourite in February.
Australian Open 2021 Predictions | Best Bets
Check the latest Australian Open tennis odds on Marathonbet ahead of the tournament.
Who will you be backing in Melbourne? Here are our tips.
TIP: DOMINIC THIEM TO WIN @ 6.45
TIP: ASH BARTY TO WIN @ 10.00
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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