Complete guide to the Australian Open

Guide to the 2019 Australian Open

The Australian Open 2019 will be a magnet for the best tennis players in the world and kicks off the 2019 tennis year with style. The tournament takes place in Melbourne from 14 to 27 January and is the first of the four Grand Slam events. Last year's Open attracted the highest number of spectators achieved by any of the Grand Slam events, with an attendance level of almost 750,000. Tickets for next year's sell-out tennis tournament went on sale in early October and Melbourne Park is the prestigious venue.

If you enjoy tennis betting and want to know more about the 2019 Australian Open, check out our guide below:

About the Australian Open

Melbourne Arena is sure to be the backdrop for some enthralling early 2019 tennis action to launch the tennis year with a bang. The venue features an indoor tennis play area, which is used when weather conditions are too hot or wet for play, and has three main courts: the Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena.

The first Australian Open took place in 1905 and the total prize money for the forthcoming 2019 Open amounts to AUD $60,000,000.

2019 Australian Open Players

Some of the popular tennis players taking part in next year's Australian Open include:

Men

Player Odds
Roger Federer 11/2* To Win
Novak Djokovic 5/4* To Win
Rafael Nadal 11/2* To Win
Alexander Zverev 8/1* To Win
Marin Cilic 22/1* To Win

Women

Player Odds
Daria Kasatkina 28/1* To Win
Caroline Wozniacki 14/1*To Win
Simona Halep 8/1* To Win
Angelique Kerber 9/1* To Win

The Men's and Women's Singles competitions will feature 128 of the world's best players and the match draws take place on 10 January. The qualifying rounds run from 8 January to 13 January and Channel Nine will be screening the Open in Australia, with EuroSport also covering the event live. The Open will also be screened on the internet by Amazon, and you'll be able to find out more about the TV rights for the event a bit closer to the time.

Australian Open Winners and Favourites

The winner of the Men's Singles for 2018 was Roger Federer, while Caroline Wozniacki won the Women's Singles, which was her first ever Grand Slam title. The 2018 men's final is due on 27 January. At this moment Novak Djokovic is showing as the favourite at 5/4* in the Australian Open betting odds, with Roger Federer coming in second.

In the women's singles Serena Williams is favourite at 9/2*, with Simona Halep in second at 8/1*. Serena Williams has had a successful return to top flight tennis in 2018 and has won 23 Grand Slam titles in the past. She will definitely be a player to look out for in the Australian Open if her current form continues.

Djokovic came back from surgery on his elbow to win the title at Wimbledon and also won the US Open. He is currently sitting in the world number one spot, after beating Rafael Nadal to this coveted position earlier in November.

Nadal made the surprise decision to withdraw from the ATP Final following an abdominal injury which has led to fairly poor results in the latter stages of 2018. His disappointing year didn't really affect his world number one ranking much, though, and it will be interesting to see whether he bounces back into top form in time for the Australian Open. If he does manage to win the Australian Open 2019, it will be his second success in the event and he will become the second player ever to win all the Grand Slams on at least two occasions. Rod Laver is the only other player to have done this.

Up and coming young players to keep an eye on throughout the tournament include Hyeon Chung from South Korea and Japan's Naomi Osaka, the recent women's singles champ at the US Open.

Backing your favourite player to win the tournament is one way to get involved with Australian Open 2019 betting and means an extra reason to celebrate if they pull it off. However, it’s always worth taking a look at the latest tennis betting odds and considering recent form to see who looks like good value.

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

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