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Australian Open

Australian Open Betting - January 13th - 26th 2014







Australian Open betting

Australian Open Betting

It is set to be a scorching summer of tennis, with a massive $4m increase in prize money on offer at the 2014 Australian Open. The Grand Slam of Asia Pacific has always been among the most popular events, and with a record $30m on offer in January – the biggest prize purse in the history of tennis – the game’s elite will be nowhere else but Melbourne. Will your Australian Open betting campaign be as profitable?

Held over two tantalising weeks – Monday January 13th to Sunday 26th January – on the hard courts at Melbourne Park, grab the hottest seats at Rod Laver Arena for all the marquee clashes.

Facts about the Australian Open

  • All court surfaces are Plexicushion and the official ball used is Wilson.
  • In 1972, Ken Rosewall became the oldest man at 38 years and three months to win the men’s singles title.
  • The men’s singles champion is presented with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. The women’s equivalent is the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy.

The Australian Open tradition began in 1905. Back then it was the Australiasian Open and was contested on grass courts at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne. In 1927 it became the Australian Championships and has been known officially as the Australian Open since 1969. The event moved to its current home Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) in 1988.

The Australian Open was the first Grand Slam to feature indoor play, with Melbourne Park’s principal courts Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena equipped with retractable roofs. The new-look Melbourne Park Tennis Centre is in stage 1 of a $363m redevelopment, which is expected to be complete in 2015.

The first of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the year, the Australian Open signature events are the men’s and women’s singles title, which attract 128 competitors each. The entrants play in knock-out matches across four rounds, followed by quarter, then semi finals.

Australian Open Winners

Below are previous Australian Open Winners.

Event Champion Runner-Up Score
2013 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2
2013 Women’s Singles Victoria Azarenka Li Na 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2012 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
2012 Women’s Singles Victoria Azarenka Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–0
2011 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 6–4, 6–2, 6-3
2011 Women’s Singles Kim Clijsters Na Li 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2010 Men’s Singles Roger Federer Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6
2010 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Justine Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6-2
2009 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
2009 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3
2008 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6
2008 Women’s Singles Maria Sharapova Ana Ivanovic 7–5, 6–3
2007 Men’s Singles Roger Federer Fernando Gonzalez 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
2007 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2
2006 Men’s Singles Roger Federer Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2006 Women’s Singles Amelie Mauresmo Justine Henin-Hardenne 6–1, 2-0
2005 Men’s Singles Marat Safin Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
2005 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Lindsay Davenport 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
2004 Men’s Singles Roger Federer Marat Safin 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
2004 Women’s Singles Justine Henin-Hardenne Kim Clijsters 6–3, 4-6, 6-3
2003 Men’s Singles Andre Agassi Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
2003 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Venus Williams 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
2002 Men’s Singles Thomas Johansson Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
2002 Women’s Singles Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis 4–6, 7-6, 6-2
2001 Men’s Singles Andre Agassi Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
2001 Women’s Singles Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3
2000 Men’s Singles Andre Agassi Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
2000 Women’s Singles Lindsay Davenport Martina Hingis 6-1, 7-5

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Favourites

Australian Open 2014 is set to be one of the greatest instalments of the tournament to date and punters will be hoping a bet on Australian Open 2014 will be just as lucrative as the player’s cheques. Both the men’s and women’s draw is packed with the tour’s elite.

Ladies Australian Open

Reigning women’s singles champion Victoria Azarenka, had a 26-match winning streak following her first Grand Slam title here last year, and will come into the tournament as World No. 1 following her WTA Championship semi-final berth in late October 2012. Her opponent in the 6-3, 6-0 match, Maria Sharapova has had another solid year and will go into January’s rounds a strong favourite. Can Sam Stosur produce her 2011 US Open form on home turf? And look out for Li Na who never misses an opportunity to progress. Love her or hate her, the imposing American Serena Williams is always tough to beat here, and is Australian Open odds favourite.

Men’s Australian Open

In the men’s draw Bernard Tomic is Australia’s most likely hope. But can the confident Queenslander produce what he promises? The great Scot Andy Murray overcame his Grand Slam hoodoo when he claimed victory at the US Open in 2012. With the monkey off his back the 2010 and 2011 finalist will definitely be a force to be reckoned with at Melbourne Park. Finalist in 2012, Rafael Nadal will be back and near full Spanish strength, after overcoming a leg injury. Of course crowd favourite Roger Federer will be there in the final rounds, as will the familiar names of Del Potro and Berdych. However, expect reigning champ Novak Djokovic to shine again in 2014.

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Memorable Matches

The unforgiving Australian summer separated the contenders from the champions in 2003, when temperatures soared to 42 degrees. But then, sometimes it rains. Who could forget when centre court flooded in 1995? Or John McEnroe’s temper tantrum in 1990 that saw him disqualified for “misconduct”? How about the Swiss Miss Martina Hingis creating history as the youngest champion in Australian Open history in 1997? There are so many great moments; here are three from the past decade.

2011 – Marathon moment

Italian Francesca Schiavone and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova played out a blockbuster match in 2011. Those in the stands at Hisense Arena were glued to their seats – for nearly five hours – as the players tormented each other on court. The pair shared the first two sets 6-4, 1-6 before embarking on a 30 game third and deciding. The 30-year-old Italian Schiavone outlasted the Russian, surviving six match points to eventually win 16-14. The fourth round match lasted four hours and 44 minutes; the longest in open era history, both in time and games.

2009 – A Champion’s Tears

The nation’s collective heart broke in 2009 when tennis’ Mr Nice Guy, and arguably one of the best player’s the sport has produced, cried uncontrollable on centre court. “God it’s killing me,” was as much as Roger Federer could manage in his post-match speech, following his heart-breaking loss at the hands of his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The gentle champion was inconsolable after the epic five set battle – 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. His tears not a sign of a spoilt brat – the unsportsmanlike behavior that has been displayed by lesser characters in the past – but rather, the true mark of a player, a man, who truly loves the game. Nadel embraced his friend to the delight of a packed Rod Laver Arena.

2005 – Australia’s Last Hope

Grand Slam tennis hit television’s centre court in 2005; the men’s final the first to be televised in prime-time. Australia’s own Lleyton Hewitt took on Russian fourth seed Marat Safin and 4.1 million Aussies watched. The big-hitting Safin earned his final’s berth following an upset win over first seed Roger Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7. Equally deserving, third seed Hewitt took out second seeded American Andy Roddick 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. While green and gold dominated in the stands, so did Hewitt on the court, taking the first 1-6. However, Safin prevailed, winning the next three 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, in a match that lasted nearly three hours.

Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, is situated in Melbourne Park and has been the home of the Australian Open since the beginning in 1988. The arena is named after the three-time Australian Open winner and has a full capacity of 14,820.

The stadium is the centre piece, or centre-court of Melbourne Parks’s Tennis centre. The surface of the court is a unique material, called Plexicushion which is very similar to the Deco Turf ued for the US Open Tennis.

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