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2020 Australian Open Betting Preview, Odds and Choices

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2020 Australian Open Betting Preview Odds and Choices

2020 Australian Open – Tennis action intensifies with the first Grand Slam event of the year – the 2020 Australian Open. This is the 108th edition – 52nd in the Open era – of the tournament. The best professional players from around the world will converge in this tennis spectacle that will kick off at Melbourne Park in Melbourne from January 20 to February 2.

It will be the first time that GreenSet will be used in the Australian Open. It is described as an acrylic surface used in most professional tennis events. Serbian Novak Djokovic and Japanese Naomi Osaka will defend men’s singles and women’s singles crowns, respectively. However, it will not be a walk in the park for this pair as there are plenty of capable challengers that are out to unseat them, according to tennis betting picks.

All competing tennis players have to face the challenge of on-going bushfires. It has burned most portions of Australia which left a smoke haze over Melbourne on the first day of qualifying. There were some delays of action with some players calling for medical timeouts as they had a hard time breathing. A tennis player was forced to retire as she developed symptoms of a cough that were blamed for poor air quality.

2020 Australian Open

When: January 20-February 2, 2020, starting times vary from day-to-day
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Stream: Eurosport Player

2020 Australian Open Betting Info

Main Draw Entrants (Men’s Singles)

Player World Rank Tournament Seed
Rafael Nadal (Spain) 1 1
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 2 2
Roger Federer (Switzerland) 3 3
Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 4 4
Dominic Thiem (Austria) 5 5
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 6 6
Alexander Zverev (Germany) 7 7
Matteo Berrettini (Italy) 8 8

Main Draw Entrants (Women’s Singles)

Player World Rank Tournament Seed
Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 1 1
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 2 2
Naomi Osaka (Japan) 3 3
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 4 4
Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 5 5
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6 6
Serena Williams (United States) 7 7


Men’s Singles

  • Kei Nishikori (Japan) – Elbow Injury
  • Alex de Minaur (Australia) – Abdominal Injury
  • Lucas Pouille (France) – Elbow Injury

Kei Nishikori

Due to an elbow injury, the Japanese announced his withdrawal from the first Grand Slam tennis event taking place this year. The World no. 13 player underwent surgery during off-season. It forced him to pull out of the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. Kei Nishikori is a four-time Australian Open quarterfinalist with a 29-7 win-loss record at Melbourne Park.

Alex de Minaur

The hometown favorite and world No. 21 opted not to play in the tournament due to an abdominal tear. This injury has also forced the top Australian bet for the Grand Slam event to withdraw in the Adelaide International. Last year, Alex de Minaur made it through the third round of the tournament but Rafael Nadal halted his ascent.

Lucas Pouille

The French world No.22 is hampered by an elbow issue that forced him to cancel his January schedule that included the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. Last year, Pouille, whose highest ranking was world No.10, made the semifinals of the Australian Open. 

Women’s Singles

  • Bianca Andreescu (Canada) – Knee Injury

Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu, the reigning U.S. Open champion and world No.6, decided to drop out of the Grand Slam event due to a lingering left knee injury. She has not played since suffering the ailment in October during the WTA Finals in China.

2020 Australian Open Doubles

Main Draw Entrants (Men’s Doubles)

Players World Rank Tournament Seed
Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) and Robert Farah (Colombia) 2 1
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) and Nicolas Mahut (France) 9 2
Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 12 3
Kevin Krawietz (Germany) and Andreas Mies (Germany) 18 4
Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Filip Polasek (Slovakia) 25 5
Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands) and Nikola Mektic (Croatia) 29 6
Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 30 7
John Peers (Australia) and Michael Venus (New Zealand) 34 8

*Rankings as of January 13, 2020

Main Draw Entrants (Women’s Doubles)

Players World Rank Tournament Seed
Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese-Taipei) and Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 5 1
Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) 5 2
Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Brazil) 11 3
Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) 21 4
Nicole Melichar (United States) and Xu Yifan (China) 27 5
Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 28 6
Chan Hao-ching (Chinese-Taipei) and Latisha Chan (Chinese-Taipei) 30 7
Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) and Demi Schuurs (Netherlands) 36 8

*Rankings as of January 13, 2020

2020 Australian Open Picks

Men’s Singles Betting Favorite: Novak Djokovic

The Australian Open defending champion is favored to successfully defend the men’s singles title this year because of his hot streak in the Association of Tennis Professionals Cup, where he guided his team to the title, according to ATP Tour betting. He went 6-for-6 in his singles matches and was unbeaten in two games in the doubles. Novak Djokovic outclassed Rafael Nadal in straight sets. There will be no stopping the Serbian in winning the title for the eighth time.

Women’s Singles Betting Favorite: Serena Williams

The 2020 Australian Open must be Serena Williams’ time to tie Margaret Court’s Grand Slam women’s singles record for titles won. She advanced to the finals and placed runner-up in the previous Grand Slam tournaments. With 2019 U.S. Open queen Bianca Andreescu out of the tournament, Williams’ journey doesn’t stop there. Lastly, skills will be tested when facing top-notch individuals such as Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty. It’s predicted that Williams will emerge as champion.