With less than a week remaining before the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, Melbourne is poised for its hosting duties at the Australian Open. Over 700,000 attended last year and the setting looks prime to equal or surpass that this year.
Novak Djokovic won last year’s Men’s Singles for the fifth time and he is the probative favourite as of now. Sportsbet has him at $1.67 in outright betting, with Andy Murray well back at $7.
On the ladies’ side, Serena Williams is going for her 20th major singles title, but Sportsbet at least has some drama in the mix. She is priced at $4 with seven-time major champion Victoria Azarenka at $4.50. Samantha Stosur of Brisbane is the highest ranked Australian on the ladies side at $101.
Bernard Tomic, who has shown the ability to take on the top contenders, represents an outside chance for the Australian Men. He might make a good longshot for a big payday, prices as he is at $101.
Nick Kyrgios of Canberra is being given the best odds of the Australian men at $34. Lleyton Hewitt is playing his 20th and final Australian Open at $501. He certainly will have crowd support, especially if he can extend a match, as notoriously fickle tennis fans will get quite boisterous at the prospect of paying one entrance fee and seeing five sets.