2022 Australian Open (Grand Slam, January 17-30) Betting Tips & Predictions
With only 2 days separating us from the 2022 Australian Open, this is the perfect time to check the betting odds on the online tennis betting sites and start making our Australian Open 2022 predictions.
So while Djoković’s situation is far from resolved, that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the Australian Open 2022 odds and looking for the best bets. To help you, we asked for the help of our tennis betting expert, who provided us with his top 3 picks in our 2022 Australian Open betting preview.
Australian Open History
The Australian Open is an annual tennis tournament traditionally held over the last fortnight of January at world-renowned Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It’s the first of the 4 Grand Slam tennis tournaments, preceding the French Open.
The Australian tennis spectacle was first held in 1905 as the Australasian Championships. The tournament was an outdoor grass event before transitioning to the hard indoor courts at Melbourne Park in 1988. 20 years prior (1968) marked the beginning of the Open Era, allowing amateurs to compete with professionals, while before, only amateurs were allowed to compete in Grand Slam tournaments.
The 2022 Australian Open will mark the 110th edition of the event and the 54th of the Open Era.
Australian Open 2022 Odds – Bookies’ Favourites
Top-rated bookmakers offered 2022 Australian Open tennis odds even before the last season concluded. However, while there were some significant odds shift over that time, we haven’t seen as many in recent weeks. That mainly has to do with the fact that tennis players have been on break, so there were no new stats to analyze, but besides that, there’s a clear gap between the players who are expected to shine and complete outsiders.
Now let’s take a look at what AUS Open Odds 2022 show and which players are considered the top favourites to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.
Men’s Singles Favourites to Win
Novak Djoković (6/4)
Novak Djoković‘s participation at the 2022 Australian Open is still uncertain. Due to the risk of him not attending the first Grand Slam of 2022, many bettors started to fade the Serb. Just last week, Djoković was priced as the main favourite to win his 10th Australian Open title but is not tied with Daniil Medvedev at 3/2.
And while the possibility of Djoković getting deported contributed to the change in the betting odds, we must also consider 2 other factors. First, even if Djoković ends up playing, he hasn’t had much preparation time, and secondly, we can be sure that the audience won’t be too keen on seeing him play.
Nevertheless, Djoković is still a 20-time Grand Slam champion and the most successful Australian Open player of the Open Era. He won the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup 9 times and 3 back-to-back titles between 2019-2021.
Daniil Medvedev (6/4)
The current no.2 in the world, Daniil Medvedev, was not long ago priced as the second-favourite to win his maiden Australian Open but is not tied with Djokvić at 3/2 as the leading candidate to lift the coveted cup. Admittedly, the Russian can’t compare to Djoković and his past success in Melbourne, but his performances in 2021 should lead you to believe that Medvedev has a chance.
Most notably, Medvedev won his maiden Grand Slam at the 2021 U.S. Open, where he defeated Djoković in the finals and denied the Serb from completing the collection. Besides that, Medvedev also reached the finals of the 2021 Australian Open, quarter-finals in France, and R4 in Wimbledon.
Alexander Zverev (3/1)
Alexander Zverev’s odds to win Australian Open 2022 have remained unchanged over the last few days and stay at 3/1. That’s far above Rafael Nadal (10/1) but still slightly below the top dogs.
Although it’s fair to say that Zverev will have a mountain to climb if he wishes to upset the field and win his first Grand Slam title, we wouldn’t count him out entirely. The German tennis star had a phenomenal run in 2021 when he made it to 2 semi-finals (France, U.S.), R4 in Wimbledon, and quarter-finals in Australia.
Besides that, Zverev also won the Olympic gold medal in Japan and claimed his second ATP Finals title in Turin, where he swept Medvedev in straight sets. So while he was less successful than Djoković and Medvedev, Zverev had very high scores.
Women’s Singles Favourites to Win
Ashleigh Barty (2/1)
The Wimbledon champion and the home crowd favourite, Ashleigh Barty, is priced as the main favourite to win her maiden home Grand Slam, which is more than fair. She hit the ground running in Adelaide last week when she picked up quite a few big scalps and showed that she is in prime form to launch an attack on the Grand Slam title.
One thing that could concern you is that Barty has yet to reach the final in Melbourne and has made it past the final 8 only once. So while Barty’s form is excellent, her course form is far from perfect.
Naomi Osaka (6/1)
The defending Australian Open champion, Naomi Osaka, is seeded only 13th this year, following her substantial drop down the rankings. And as if that wasn’t enough, her poor ranking saw Osaka land in the same section as the current favourite, Ash Barty.
It means that the top 2 women’s tennis players in the outright betting could clash in the 4th round, and fittingly, they’re tied at 2-2 in the head-to-head.
Compared to Barty, Osaka has a much better record in Melbourne. She has won 2 of the last 3 Australian Open tournaments and has repeatedly shown that Osaka is by far the best hard court player in the world when she’s in top form.
The problem is that Osaka is not at the top of her game. Since she won the 2021 Australian Open, Osaka has played only 17 matches and lost 6 while dealing with depression and anxiety, severely disrupting her 2021 season.
Garbine Muguruza (12/1)
WTA Finals winner Garbine Muguruza heads to the 2022 Australian Open priced as high as 12/1 to win her first Grand Slam since the 2017 Wimbledon, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that she could do it. But outside of her WTA Finals title, the Spanish tennis star hasn’t achieved much last year.
Her most successful performance at the Australian Open came in 2020 when Muguruza made it to the finals. Still, she could only manage R4 last year when she lost against Osaka’s eventual champion. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see Muguruza win, but there are better betting options out there.
Past Winners of the Competition
Men (Last 5 Champions)
- 2021 – Novak Djoković
- 2020 – Novak Djoković
- 2019 – Novak Djoković
- 2018 – Roger Federer
- 2017 – Roger Federer
Women (Last 5 Champions)
- 2021 – Naomi Osaka
- 2020 – Sofia Kenin
- 2019 – Naomi Osaka
- 2018 – Caroline Wozniacki
- 2017 – Serena Williams
Dates and Location of the Event
The 2022 Australian Open is set to take place at the usual location, Melbourne Park, between Monday, January 17 and Sunday, January 30. Since this is one of the most significant sporting events globally and the most-watched Grand Slam tennis tournament of the 4, you can expect the Australian Open to get solid coverage from sporting TV channels and live streaming platforms.
2022 Australian Open Predictions
Due to the uncertainty of Djoković’s participation in the men’s field, our main predictions for the 2022 Australian Open will be only on the women’s singles event. So let’s take a look at which women tennis players are worth a shot to claim the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.
Paula Badosa to Win 2nd Quarter (7/2)
According to the Australian Open 2022 betting odds, the second quarter will come down to the French Open champion, Barbora Krejcikova or Paula Badosa, who hold similar prices, but we prefer Badosa. The 24-year-old has shown immense growth over the last few years and was particularly impressive in 2021.
We like her attacking style of play, but she has also shown repeatedly that she can stick in the rallies. Badosa checks all the right marks for a player that can produce a deep run here.
Madison Keys to Win (50/1)
If you’re looking for a longshot bet to win the 2022 Australian Open, look no further than Madison Keys. Admittedly, she hadn’t had much success in big events recently, while her last notable highlight happened in 2017 when she reached the finals of the U.S. Open.
Nevertheless, we have faith in her ability to produce something similar to what she did 5 years ago in New York, mainly because Keys is a player that can take down anyone on a good day. Although she can be prone to making errors, she seems to be priced a bit too generously at 50/1. An e/w bet on Keys is a solid alternative.
Angelique Kerber to Win (50/1)
Priced with the same odds as Keys, Angelique Kerber is our second longshot pick for the 2022 Australian Open. Betting on her might seem a bit risky since she had her preparation ruined by a positive COVID test, but this is an experienced player who shouldn’t be fazed by that.
The current no.17 won in Australia in 2016 and made it to the semi-finals in 2018, so she should know her way around the court. Even though her recent results in Australia aren’t awe-inspiring, the German is one of the best defenders on tour and has had some close calls in 2021, which prevented her from making a splash.
Kerber is by no means one of the top players in the field, but she is overpriced at 50/1.
2022 Australian Open Betting – Bonus Prediction
We would avoid betting on the men’s field until the Djoković situation settles. But if we had to pick a player, Daniil Medvedev is our guy. He defeated Djoković last season and has a solid record at Melbourne Park (Finals in 2021).
Beyond that, Djoković, if he ends up playing, likely won’t be at his best, so it’s only reasonable to expect the current second-best player to step up and deliver.
Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win – (6/4)
Our 2022 Australian Open Betting Tips
- Paula Badosa to win 2nd Quarter (7/2)
- Madison Keys to win (50/1)
- Angelique Kerber to win (50/1)
- Daniil Medvedev to win (6/4)
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