All you need to know about the Australian Open

All You Need To Know About The 2019 Australian Open

As a tennis fan, you’re sure to be excited the 2019 Australian Open! The first grand slam of the year and the 107th edition of the tournament is set to begin at Melbourne Park on Monday 14th January. If you are looking for Australian Open betting, then head over to Bet UK's online sportsbook for the latest tennis betting odds.

This year, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki will be defending the women’s singles title, while Switzerland’s Roger Federer will be defending the men’s singles title. Federer is the 2 time defending champion of the men's crown, having won the tournament in each of the past 2 years.

37 year old Federer, who first won the Open back in 2004, won the men's singles title for a record 6th time last year. He shares the record of 6 Open victories with Australian, Roy Emerson and Serb, Novak Djokovic. Both Federer and Djokovic will be looking to become the first man to win the Open for a 7th time at this year’s tournament. Emerson will no doubt be hoping for an outside bet to win, enabling him to maintain his record for another year at least.

Who Is The Favourite To Win The 2019 Australian Open?

World number 1 Djokovic is the pre-tournament favourite to win the Australian Open. After winning the last 2 grand slams, it’s no surprise that in form Djokovic is edging Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray in the latest betting odds. A good outside bet with the bookmakers is 21 year old German, Alexander Zverev.

Mallorcan born Nadal enjoyed somewhat resurgent years in 2017 and 2018, and while he’s never been fully at home on the blue plexicushion of Melbourne Park, it is difficult to write him off being the one to spoil the party for Djokovic or Federer. Nadal’s solitary Open title came in 2009, where he beat Federer in a superb 5 set match to take the title. 10 years on, who would bet against history repeating itself?

The bookies' outside bet, Alexander Zverev, is also no stranger to success in Melbourne. Zverev won the Open as a junior in 2014 and is evolving rapidly in the senior ranks. With Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray all the wrong side of 30, is this the time for a new kid on the block to break into tennis’ super elite?

In Australian Open women's betting, Serena Williams is hot favourite to win what would be an 8th Australian title and record equaling 24th grand slam. As of the end of 2018, Serena has 23 grand slam victories, which is one title behind record holding Margaret Court. Australian star Court won 24 grand slams and a whopping 11 Australian Open titles in the 60s and 70s.

While Serena Williams is unlikely to ever surpass Court’s 11 Australian Open victories, 2019 could be the year where she officially becomes the most successful grand slam player in the history of women’s tennis. However, at 37, time is running out for Serena. 2018 was the first year that she failed to win a grand slam since 2011 and could signify the end of her domination of the sport. With that in mind, 2016 winner Angelique Kerber or in form Simona Halep would represent good bets. German star Kerber has defeated Williams as recently as last year’s Wimbledon final, while Romania's number 1 Halep will be looking for revenge after losing to Wozniacki in last year’s final.

As for current champion Caroline Wozniacki, the bookies aren’t expecting her to net 2 ‘Happy Slam’ titles in a row. At the time of writing, Australian Open 2019 odds as wide as 14/1* can be found on Wozniacki retaining her title.

What Does The Full 2019 Australian Open Schedule Look Like?

Qualification begins on Tuesday January 8th and concludes on Sunday January 13th. The official draw for the tournament takes place on Thursday 10th January. This is when the clairvoyants can start to predict the first round shocks.

The duration of the Australian Open is exactly 2 weeks. You can watch the women’s final on Saturday January 26th at 7:30pm local time. The men’s final will be held at the same time on Sunday January 27th.

Other key dates in the schedule include the quarter finals, which take place on the 22nd and 23rd and the semi finals, which will be played on Thursday 24th. If you’re one of those fans who likes to see how the wildcards get on, the first round will be played in its entirety across the opening 2 days.

Away from the singles tournaments, other finals will take place between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th. This includes finals in the doubles, wheelchair and junior offerings.

If you’re a UK viewer wondering how and where you can watch the Australian Open 2019, you have a few options. Live coverage of the Open can be seen on Eurosport and Eurosport player, while BBC will have a daily highlights round up where British viewers can follow the plight of Andy Murray, Johanna Konta and last year’s semi finalist, Kyle Edmund. Like last year, BBC 5 Live will have full radio coverage of the tournament.

If you do want to watch the Australian Open on TV, you’re probably wondering what time the women’s and men’s finals air in the UK. Both finals begin at 8:30am, so you’ll have to be up bright and early if you want to watch the live coverage.

*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.

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