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The first tennis Grand Slam of the season takes place early on in the year with the winner of the Australian Open being crowned at the end of January. The tournament dates all the way back to 1905 when it was a grass court event and it remained that way right the way until 1987 when it switched to the hard court surface.
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2022 Australian Open
The 2021 Australian Open is scheduled to take place between January 17 and January 30. Naomi Osaka will be defending the women's singles title she won last year. Osaka has won tis this title twice in the past three years. Defending men's singles Novak Djokovic will not be playing this year after being deported from Australia. Daniil Medvedev is the highest seed leff in the tournament. He's looking to win his second successive Grand Slam title after winning the US Open last year. Medvedev lost to Djokovic in last year's final.
He'll face tough opposition from Alexander Zverev, who is the highest seed in the top half of the draw. He won the Olympics last year but is yet to win a Grand Slam title. Stefanos Tsitsipas lost in the French Open final last year but has had some injury problems in the run up to this event. Rafa Nadal has only won this tournament on one occasion and that was 17 years ago. Returning from injury, Nadal won a warm-up tournament and could be a threat this year. He's the only player in the men's single draw that has won this title.
British hopes in the men's singles see two players seeded. Cameron Norrie is the 12th seed and Dan Evans 24th. Andy Murray is unseeded but reached the final of the Sydney International, losing to Aslan Karatsev, who was a semi-finalist last year at this event.
Not since 2013 has the women's singles at the Australian Open seen the champion successfully defend her title. That was achieved by Victoria Azarenka who is the 24th seed this year. Naomi Osaka is out to again win this title but is only seeded 13th. That puts her in the same section of the draw as world number one and top seeded Ashleigh Barty. The Australian won the first tournament held in Adelaide this year but is yet to win this title.
Emma Raducanu is seeded 17th and takes on Sloane Stephens in the first round. Her form isn't great so another Grand Slam title isn't looking likely. Aryna Sabalenka is the second seed but yet to reach a Grand Slam final. The women's singles is regularly difficult to predict, so another unlikely winner cannot be ruled out.
2021 Australian Open
Men's Singles won by Novak Djokovic beating Daniil Medvedev in the final
Women's Singles won by Naomi Osaka beating Jennifer Brady in the final.
What should I use my Australian Open bet on?
Unsurprisingly all of the talk in the betting in the build-up to the tournament will be over who will be crowned the men’s and ladies’ singles champions come the end of the fortnight. With just a very few players that are likely to win the tournament the odds are always pretty short for the top three men and women. There has even been the occasional odds-on player before a ball has even been struck at Melbourne Park.
The individual matches are also popular markets but if you thought the odds were skinny in the outright market then you will be shocked by the prices for the one-on-one clashes. If you fancy backing one of the big names in the early rounds then you could be looking at 1/100 and it will take a fairly lengthy accumulator before it becomes profitable.
How to claim your Australian Open free bet
The Australian Open is one of the standout events on the sporting calendar and every single bookmaker worth their salt on the planet will be offering a range of odds on it. Simply choose the bookie you like the look of, click on the link to their site on the right hand side of this page and head over to their homepage.
Once there you simply need to sign up for an account which is a straight forward process which the bookmaker will take you through. Find tennis in the sportsbook and the Australian Open will be a prominent market. Click on the odds you want to back and this will transfer it to the betting slip; you will then be able to make the most of your free bet.
Two weeks of the finest tennis action takes place at Melbourne Park on the famous Plexicushion surface and the best players in the world will compete for the AUS30,000,000 prize pot, AUS2,430,000 of which is claimed by the winners of the singles events.
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam event to be held each year in January. The inaugural tournament took place in 1905 when it was contested on the grass courts of Kooyong. Due to the enormous amount of time it took for the top tennis players in the world to travel to Australia, the event virtually faded out into obscurity.
With the advent of air travel, the tournament was revived and in 1988 it moved to a hard court base, called Flinders Park – now better known as Melbourne Park. The tournament grew in popularity with the likes of Agassi, Wilander and Lendl fighting it out for the Norman Brookes Trophy . It became a truly ‘Grand Slam’ event, and has been consistently supported by the very best in world tennis.
The two main venues of the event, the Rod Laver Arena and the Vodafone Arena, have retractable roofs, so that play is not stopped due to rain, or more often than not, spiking temperatures of 35 degrees centigrade, or more, which is typical of the Australian summer! The 2008 tournament saw a new surface for the courts, with the Rebound Ace surface being replaced with a faster, acrylic “Plexicushion” surface.
In 2007, Tennis Australia, which manages the event, introduced new technology for line calling at the Rod Laver Arena, making history at the Australian Open tennis tournament. The Hawk-eye system was used as a back-up to human linesman. Players were allowed to challenge a human line call by having Hawk-eye confirm or overrule the original call.
This meant that both players and spectators could view instant replays on the video screen installed inside the arena – leaving no room for error. There was a notable outcry when Amelie Mauresmo challenged the ‘in’ call on her opponent’s shot and the Hawk-eye replay showed the ball out graphically, but called the ball ‘in’!
Also making history, 2007 also saw an increase in the security at the Australian Open tennis tournament. With over 554 000 fans, the organisers had to face a mini-crisis when about 150 Serb and Croat fans started a brawl in Melbourne Park. Over 20 policemen were called in to control the riot and thereafter no spectator wearing Croatian or Serbian colours were allowed to attend.
Who are the movers and shakers in the Australian Open?
Unsurprisingly the Aussies dominated their own championship in the early days before the Americans and Europeans got involved. Because of Australia's geographic remoteness, very few foreign players entered this tournament. Consider this; in the 1920s, the trip by ship from Europe to Australia took about 45 days! The first players who bothered to make the treck by boats were the US Davis Cup players in November 1946.
Even inside the country, many players could not travel easily. When the tournament was held in Perth, no one from Victoria or New South Wales crossed by train, a distance of about (1,900 mi between the east and west coasts. In Christchurch in 1906, of a small field of 10 players, only two Australians attended, and the tournament was won by a New Zealander.
In the modern era, though, all of tennis' big names have taken part and won including Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Pete Samprass, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Steffi Graff and Monica Seles.
Who are the most recent Australian Open winners?
- 2021 - Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev
- 2020 - Novak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem
- 2019 - Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal
- 2018 - Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic
- 2017 - Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal
- 2016 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray
- 2015 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray
- 2014 - Stan Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal
- 2013 - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray
- 2021 - Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady
- 2020 - Sofia Kenin beat Garbine Muguruza
- 2019 - Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova
- 2018 - Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep
- 2017 - Serena Williams beat Venus Williams
- 2016 - Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams
- 2015 - Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova
- 2014 - Li Na beat Dominka Cibulkova
- 2013 - Victoria Azarenka beat Li Na