2019 Australian Open preview

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, the next couple of weeks will effectively be ‘owned’ by the 2019 Australian Open Tennis Championship. Out of only 4 tennis Grand Slam competitions held in the world, it is the first of the Grand Slam tournaments held ever year. Hosted at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne, Australia, the Australian Open tournament is played on a hard court surface, providing one of the fastest surfaces of the Grand Slam competitions. Thousands of people will be making their way to the traditionally blisteringly hot centre court, Rod Laver arena, and surrounding tennis courts which make up the “Melbourne Park” entertainment centre. This year the Australian Open will take place from 14th Jan until 27th Jan, 2019.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer has taken out the men’s title for the previous 2 years. Last year Federer defeated Marin Cilic in a five set thriller 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win. The win was Federer’s sixth at the Australian Open.
The previous women’s Australian Open winner, Dane Caroline Wozniacki, defeated Romanian Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, to breakthrough for her maiden grand slam victory.

Although certain players tend to dominate, it could be anyone’s tournament this year. Betting on the Australian Open always provides a reliable pointer to the tournament chances, and allows fans to interact with the tournament. According to the current Betfair exchange market odds for the favourites in the men’s title this year are tight, Novak Djokovic leading rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Men’s event. Other big names with good odds to win are Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and Alexander Zverev, although all of their chances are subject to change as we get further into the event.
According to major bookies such as Sportsbet, a win from Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who has a good chance of doing well and possibly causing a major upset, currently pays a generous amount of 19.00.

rising tennis star Omar Jasika in action
Image: Omar Jasika – Tennis Australia – AusOpen

Another Australian to keep your eyes on is Omar Jasika, who made his debut grand slam appearance at the 2016 Australian Open, at the tender age of 18. He made it through to the second round in 2016 before being knocked out. He is much improved, and will benefit from his previous experiences. We expect big things from this up and coming sports star in the years to come, and the 2019 Australian Open will give him a chance to show what a strong competitor he has become over the few years.

Extreme weather at Melbourne Park

Apart from being the first grand slam of the year, one factor that makes this sporting event stand out for sports fans is the unpredictable player behaviour due to the extreme heat.
Given that mid January is often peak summer in Victoria, where temperatures frequently hit 35 degrees Celsius, and there are often heat waves in the mid 40s, this makes matches at Rod Laver Arena and surrounds traditionally very gruelling due to the extreme temperatures.

Matches are often halted due to the Australian Open extreme heat policy, which was 35°C, but since 2014 has been 40°C. There is another temperature system used called the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), a more complex temperature system which takes into consideration wind speed, humidity and other factors, and is used by athletes and military to determine how long they should be exposed to certain temperatures.

photo of the wet bulb globe temperature meter
Image: U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols

When the WBGT temperature hits 32.5°C or above the game may be halted. However according to charts using the wet-bulb globe temperature, if there is no humidity in the air, the actual WBGT temperature may reach 50°C during game play, well before the 40°C limit is reached (if the temperature is measured the standard way). It is not uncommon for heat exhaustion and other factors to take their toll on rookies and well-seasoned professionals alike.

In short, the Australian Open is not only a test of tennis skill, it is one of the ultimate tests of fitness, endurance and mental fortitude. Even seasoned campaigners suffer from the weather extremes that are regularly served up at the Melbourne Park precinct, which makes the viewing all the more compelling.

Australian Open tennis graphic for 2018

The 2018 Australian Open tennis tournament runs from January 15 – January 28 in Melbourne, Australia. The event is significant because it is the first tennis grand slam of the year, it is also significant for the Australian bookmakers who will be clamouring over each other to offer Australian punters the best offers in a bid to entice wagering on the event.

Profiting from bookmaker offers on the Australian Open

With all of the bookmaker action surrounding the Australian Open, punters have a good opportunity to profit from the various bonuses on offer. We’re going to take a look at how best to approach betting on the Australian Open in order to maximise value. Please note that all of the promotions on this page are not available in NSW, you can ready why that is here.

Tournament odds betting with Betfair

If you intend to place a bet on the tournament winners market, by far the best value is offered by the betting exchange Betfair. This is especially the case for players at longer odds. One example is outsider Marin Cilic, with any online agency, the best odds you will find before the tournament starts is $29. However, on the betting exchange he is listed at $41.

The ability to lay off with Betfair on futures markets

The other significant benefit of betting on an exchange like Betfair for the tennis tournament markets, is the ability to lay off your bet after your players price comes in. For example, if you like a player at long odds to win the event and you back them at say $15, you can then lay off that price at $10 after they win a couple of matches and earn a risk free bet to nothing at odds of $5. Visit Betfair to view the latest Australian Open odds.

More free bet offers

Of course, you could qualify for a free bet independent of the tennis by signing up for a new account with a new bookmaker. The free bet from the new bookie could then be used to place on a tennis market, perhaps even offset the free bet from William Hill?

Summarising the bookmaker offers

The bottom line is, there are many bookmaker promotions on the Australian Open tennis tournament. If you’re going to have a bet, it’s worth sifting through the promotions to see who is offering what. You might earn yourself a free bonus bet or benefit from a refund offer or a winning bet at great odds.