Australian Open Tennis Betting Guide
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam to be played each year and also basically the first really important tournament for serious tennis betting. Although there is an issue with the time difference between Europe and Australia, many tennis fans are ready to sacrifice some sleep in order to get a fair share of the tennis action. This Grand Slam regularly provides a solid number of spectacular tennis clashes (the battle between Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal in 2009 is a good example of how great tennis can be, for example) and is therefore very popular not only with tennis experts, but also with the general public.
The tournament itself is played in one of the best venues in the world, with the spectacular backdrop of the Melbourne skyline, which also allows great TV coverage, traditionally provided by BBC and Eurosport. This modern venue is extremely well-equipped and has two courts with retractable roofs, which can be shut in the case of bad weather, so there are never any great delays in play. The courts feature a surface that is pretty similar to the surface that is used during the US Open. If you look at the characteristics, it is basically somewhere between the French Open and the Wimbledon.
This Grand Slam tennis event is also well known for a lot of surprise results. The list of finalists from recent years includes names like Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Gonzalez and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The fact that most players have not played a great deal of matches right before the Grand Slam also makes betting on the outright market considerably difficult. In 2011, for example, most experts fancied Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, but neither of them reached the final which was fought out between Andy Murray and eventual winner Novak Djokovic. The 2012 Australian Men's Open went more to plan however with the top four seeds making the semi's, and the top 2 seeds went on to make the final which turned out to be an enthralling 5 set match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with Djokovic taking the title yet again.
All in all, the most important fact to remember is that this Grand Slam is probably the most open due to a lack of current form and that there are many possible surprises. Serious tennis punters should (as always) look at how the players have performed during the early tournaments of the year and also at how this artificial surface suits their individual playing styles.