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  • The 109th edition of the Australian Open is slated to run from February 8-21
  • Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the favorites
  • Djokovic and Sofia Kenin are the defending champions
  • However, Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty are my tennis picks
  • Watch ESPN for the coverage, but do your time-zone research

The Australian Open odds for the first Grand Slam of the tennis season are out, as the tournament kicks off on February 8th in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is slated to go until February 21st. However, in the COVID-19 era, the schedule might need to be moved around to handle positive tests and other issues (there have already been issues with tune-up events). This will be the 109th edition of the event. Last year, the men’s champion was Serbia’s Novak Djokovic for the eighth time. On the women’s side, Sofia Kenin of the United States won her very first Grand Slam. So, how do the Australian Open odds look?

Before we get into the Australian Open odds, remember that to watch the tournament, you might be on a tough sleeping schedule if you live in the United States. Melbourne is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. Take that into account (or watch the replay later in the day). ESPN will carry the bulk of the TV coverage in the United States.

Australia Open Odds – Women’s Draw

Ashleigh Barty salutes crowd

The odds for this side of the draw at the Australian Open have Naomi Osaka of Japan favored at +550. Osaka, who is seeded third, won the 2019 Australian Open. She has also won the U.S. Open twice, in 2018 and 2020, so she clearly loves playing on a hard surface. However, outside of her win in 2019, Osaka has never gotten past the fourth round in Melbourne.

Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka is next, according to BetOnline, at +850, along with Ashleigh Barty of Australia. Sabalenka is seeded seventh, but has never progressed past the fourth round of any Grand Slam event in 12 attempts. She has gone out in Melbourne in the first round twice, including last year. Barty will have the fans behind her (the tournament will allow up to 50% of their capacity, which is about 30,000 fans) as the top seed. She reached the semifinals in 2020, when she lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin. Barty should be well-rested as she sat out the rest of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Barty still comes into the tournament as the top-ranked player in the world.

What Other Tennis Betting Odds Should You Check Out?

Of course, you can’t leave out Serena Williams, who is the 10th seed, and has Australian Open odds of +900. Williams, hailing from the United States, has won the Australian Open seven times, including 2017 when she was about 8-9 weeks pregnant with her first child. Williams did get to the U.S. Open semifinals in 2020, her last Grand Slam appearance. She is one win behind Australia’s Margaret Court for the most overall Grand Slams of all time with 23. It would be fitting if she tied the record in Australia.

Romania’s Simona Halep is rated at +1000 as the #2 seed. Halep lost in the semifinals in Melbourne last year to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (who is seeded 14th this year). Halep is a former #1 player with two Grand Slams. However, you get the sense that she should have more wins under her belt.

Finally, defending champion Kenin is included in a group of players at +1400 and she is seeded fourth. Kenin, who was born in Russia, but plays out of the United States, won her first Grand Slam in Melbourne last year. She was then upset as the fourth seed in the French Open final, falling to unseeded Iga Swiatek of Poland. Wimbledon, of course, wasn’t held, then Kenin was eliminated in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. If Kenin wants to be known as more than a one-time Grand Slam champion, she’ll need a good performance at the Australian Open.

Australian Open Odds Pick

If you want a little sports betting value, Serena Williams is always good for a wager and also, betting against Williams always seems like a bad idea. However, I’m going to go with the local player and go with Ashleigh Barty, who still offers some value at her tennis odds. Also, Barty stayed in Australia as the pandemic spread around the world, so she has been on the continent. Meanwhile, most of the players have had to fly in and then deal with the isolation rules. This has made training for the tournament more difficult than usual. Take Ashleigh Barty at +850.

Australian Open Odds – Men’s Draw

Novak Djokovic holds Australian Open trophy

Before we get into the Australian Open odds for the men, I should note that Switzerland’s Roger Federer is sitting out the tournament. The 20-time Grand Slam Champion, who has also won the Australian Open six times, is still recovering from a pair of knee surgeries. He hasn’t played since falling in the 2020 Australian Open semifinals to Djokovic.

The Serbian is the favorite at +125 to extend his record number of wins in Melbourne. Djokovic has had some controversies off the court during the pandemic. Regardless of that, he is still the best men’s player in the world by a wide margin. Can he three-peat at the Australian Open for the second time?

Next is Austria’s Dominic Thiem at +500, and he is both third in the world, as well as in the seeding for the tournament. Thiem won his first Grand Slam at the 2020 U.S. Open, defeating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller. He started his year by losing to Djokovic in the Australian Open final in five sets (he lost a 2-1 set lead against Djokovic, but came back from 0-2 down to beat Zverev). Men’s tennis was ruled by the axis of Djokovic, Federer, Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Scotland’s Andy Murray for the longest time. If anyone is going to be the “next one”, the odds are good that Thiem will at least be in the conversation.

Nadal comes in at +550, seeded and ranked second. He has won the Australian Open once, back in 2009, and he has lost in the final four times (twice to Djokovic). He fell out in the quarterfinals last year, but of course, Nadal rolled to the win at the French Open in his next Grand Slam start. It was his 13th French Open win, giving him 20 Grand Slams overall, tying him with Federer for the lead and three ahead of Djokovic. Health is always an issue with Nadal, and he just pulled out of the ATP Cup with a back problem, so that is something to keep an eye on.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is also ranked at +550, seeded and ranked fourth. Medvedev has lost in the fourth round in Melbourne in each of the last two years. However, he lost in the 2019 U.S. Open final to Nadal, and he went to the semifinals last year. There is something there with Medvedev on hard courts.

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (seeded fifth, ranked sixth) has odds of +1400, and Zverev comes in at +1600. Tsitsipas lost in the semifinals here in 2019, and also in the semifinals in Paris. At 22 years old, he still has a lot to learn, but Tsitsipas is wildly talented. Zverev (seeded sixth, ranked seventh) lost in last year’s semifinals to Thiem, and then again to Thiem in the U.S. Open final in heartbreaking fashion. He’ll look to get over the hump this time; he would just like to avoid the Austrian.

Australian Open Odds Pick

Stick with the chalk. Djokovic should be favored for the rest of the year, outside of the French Open (which he won in 2016, when Nadal had to withdraw with a wrist injury). At 33 years old, Djokovic doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Thiem is a good pick as well, and Zverev is in the mix for tennis betting value purposes. But it’s hard to see past Novak Djokovic to win his ninth Australian Open title.

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