Australian Open 2018

January 15th - 28th

The Australian Open is one of the four major Grand Slam tournaments taking place around the world each year offering punters the best tennis betting markets.

Held annually in Melbourne the Australian Open runs in the summer down under over the last two weeks January, sometimes into February, and is the first of the Grand Slam events.

First held in 1905 but officially known as the Australian Open in 1969, the tournament offers over $44 million in prize money and punters can enjoy a share of their own winnings with a Grand Slam bet on the Aussie Open. Like all Grand Slam tournaments the Australian Open is divided up into a number of titles.

Australian Open 2018

  • Dates: January 15 – 28, 2018
  • Edition: 106th
  • Grand Slam: 1st of 2018
  • City: Melbourne
  • Sponsor: Kia

Australian Open Results

Australian Open Betting

Roger Federer won his 18th Men’s Singles Grand Slam title in the 2017 Australian Open.

2017 Australian Open Results: Men’s Singles

  • Champion: Roger Federer
  • Runner-Up: Rafael Nadal
  • Final Score: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

The 2017 Australian Open gave two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic a chance to win a record-breaking seventh Australian Open singles title. He currently holds six, equally sharing the record with Roy Emerson, but crashed in a shock 2nd Round loss to Wildcard Denis Istomin.

Andy Murray was the top-seeded player of the Australian Open – Men’s Singles 2017 followed by Djokovic and Milos Raonic, but he too was knocked out in a shock defeat failing to make the final.

For the first time since the 2002 US Open Roger Federer started in a Grand Slam tournament outside the Top 10 seeded number 17.

He was available at juicy Australian Open odds at the start of the tournament and would go on to post his 18th Grand Slam Men’s Singles title victory. In the 2017 Australian Open Final Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in a five-set showdown (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). Federer now boasts five Australian Open titles (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017).

2017 Australian Open Results: Women’s Singles

  • Champion: Serena Williams
  • Runner-Up: Venus Williams
  • Final Score: 6-4, 6-4

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    Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the 2017 Australian Open Women’s Singles Final. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 2017 Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament the defending Women’s Singles champion Angelique Kerber started as the World No. 1, but she was knocked out on Day 7 going down to Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round.

The second top seed and subsequent winner was the now seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017) who regained her No. 1 ranking with the Grand Slam tennis result. Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the first Williams sisters’ Grand Slam final since Wimbledon 2009. Serena now boasts an incredible 23 Grand Slam tennis titles giving her the record in the Open era.

Current Australian Open Champions: Major Titles

  • Men’s Singles: Current champion Roger Federer (2017)
  • Men’s Doubles: Current champions Henri Kontinen / John Peers (2017)
  • Women’s Singles: Current champion Serena Williams (2017)
  • Women’s Doubles: Current champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Šafářová (2017)
  • Mixed Doubles: Current champions Abigail Spears / Juan Sebastián Cabal (2017)

There are also Australian Open divisions for junior’s championships, wheelchair, legends and exhibition events although betting on these comps is less popular.

Melbourne Park

Melbourne Park is host to the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.

In 1988 the Australian Open was changed from a grass tournament to being played on the hardcourt surfaces at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and currently attracts the highest attendance records second only to the US Open. Formerly known as the Australasian Championships and Australian Championships, the title Australian Open was adopted in 1969.

Previous cities the Australian Open has been contested:

  • Melbourne (55)
  • Sydney (17)
  • Adelaide (14)
  • Brisbane (7)
  • Perth (3)
  • Christchurch, New Zealand (1)
  • Hastings, New Zealand (1)

Lead-up tournaments the world’s top seeded tennis players come into the Australian Open via include the Brisbane International, Sydney Open, Kooyong Classic and Hopman Cup. The Australian Open is part of the ATP World Tour and WTA World Tour seasons.

The Women’s Singles Australian Open winner is awarded the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, named in honour of former World No. 3 player and five-time Aussie Open Women’s Singles champion.

The Men’s Singles Australian Open winner is awarded with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, named after former World No. 1 Sir Norman Brookes who won the 1911 Australian Open.

Australian Open Odds & Betting

Australian Open betting is a major event for punters on the annual world sporting calendar and odds on which players will be crowned the year’s Australian Open winners are open months in advance of the summer tennis tournament.

The most popular Australian Open odds are those offered on the Grand Slam matches over the competition at head-to-head pricing. There are also plenty of exotic Aussie Open betting markets on everything from five-set betting predictions and the first player to serve a game to love. Punters can also place bets on their Australian Open tips on other results like the second set winner, total games being odd/even and who will break serve first.

Along with the match-by-match Australian Open winner markets and set betting punters can cash in on juicy tennis odds at futures prices on the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Doubles winners markets at all-in prices pre-tournament.

The 2018 Australian Open is the next edition of this time-honoured tennis tournament and betting on the Men’s Singles Winner and Women’s Singles Winner will be open early next year.

Australian Open News: Special Interest

Australian Open Past Winners

While the Australian Open has run since 1905 it has been contested as one of the four Grand Slam tournaments every year since 1987. The Open Era dates back to 1969 and as of 2016 there has been 48 editions.

The Men’s Singles Champion plays for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup trophy and Serbian champion Novak Djokovic holds the most Men’s Singles titles (6) as well as the most consecutive titles won (since 1969) of three (2011-13). Novak Djokovic also holds a perfect 6 – 0 record in the final of the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Records

  • Most Men’s Singles titles (6)
  • Most consecutive titles since 1969 (3)
  • Perfect Australian Open Finals record (6 – 0)

Australia won five of the first eight Open Era Men’s Singles titles from 1969-76, but the last local Men’s Singles Australian Open winner was Mark Edmondson (1976). Following Djokovic, the other most successful male Australian Open champions in the Open Era with five titles is Roger Federer (4) from Switzerland.

Norman Brooks Challenge Cup

The Australian Open Men’s Singles Champion is awarded the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup. Photo Credit: Gallo Images.

Past Australian Open Men’s Singles Winners

Below are the Australian Open Men’s Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000.

Year Country Champion Country Runner-Up Score
2000 USA Andre Agassi RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
2001 USA Andre Agassi FRA Arnaud Clément 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
2002 SWE Thomas Johansson RUS Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2003 USA Andre Agassi GER Rainer Schüttler 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
2004 SUI Roger Federer RUS Marat Safin 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2
2005 RUS Marat Safin AUS Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
2006 SUI Roger Federer CYP Marcos Baghdatis 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
2007 SUI Roger Federer CHI Fernando González 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4
2008 SRB Novak Djokovic FRA Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
2009 ESP Rafael Nadal SUI Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2
2010 SUI Roger Federer GBR Andy Murray 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(13–11)
2011 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
2012 SRB Novak Djokovic ESP Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
2013 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2
2014 SUI Stan Wawrinka ESP Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
2015 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–0
2016 SRB Novak Djokovic GBR Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
2017 SUI Roger Federer ESP Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

The aspring Women’s Singles Champion plays for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and in the Open Era, American powerhouse Serena Williams holds the most Open Era titles with seven after her 2017 success. The women’s singles was first contested in 1922 and the all-time record belongs to Aussie Margaret Court (7 Amateur Era titles; 4 Open Era wins) who held the ranking of World No. 1 in 1962.

Court (1969-71) is also one of six women’s singles champions to enjoy three consecutive Australian Open titles in their division along with Evonne Goolagong (1974-76), Steffi Graf (1988-90), Monica Seles (1991-93) and Martina Hingis (1997-99).

In the Open Era Australia enjoyed an early dominance in the Women’s Australian Open Singles with 10 wins from 11 tournaments played from 1969-78. Chris O’Neil (1978) however is the last Aussie to keep the trophy at home.

Past Australian Open Women’s Singles Winners

Below are the Australian Open Women’s Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000.

Year Country Champion Country Runner-Up Score
2000 USA Lindsay Davenport SUI Martina Hingis 6–1, 7–5
2001 USA Jennifer Capriati SUI Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–3
2002 USA Jennifer Capriati SUI Martina Hingis 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
2003 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4
2004 BEL Justine Henin BEL Kim Clijsters 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
2005 USA Serena Williams USA Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
2006 FRA Amélie Mauresmo BEL Justine Henin 6–1, 2–0 retired
2007 USA Serena Williams RUS Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2
2008 RUS Maria Sharapova SRB Ana Ivanovic 7–5, 6–3
2009 USA Serena Williams RUS Dinara Safina 6–0, 6–3
2010 USA Serena Williams BEL Justine Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
2011 BEL Kim Clijsters CHN Li Na 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
2012 BLR Victoria Azarenka RUS Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–0
2013 BLR Victoria Azarenka CHN Li Na 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2014 CHN Li Na SVK Dominika Cibulková 7–6(7–3), 6–0
2015 USA Serena Williams RUS Maria Sharapova 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2016 GER Angelique Kerber USA Serena Williams 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
2017 USA Serena Williams USA Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4

Australian Open Records

Plenty of amazing Australian Open records have been set since the tournament opened up to professional tennis players in 1969, which began the Open Era.

The most Australian Open Men’s singles titles is a tennis record co-held by Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic with six a piece. Adrian Quist holds the record for most doubles titles – an incredible 10. In the Women’s Singles at the Aussie Open Margaret Court has the most titles (11) of all-time including her four in the Open Era. Serena Williams though has scored seven Australian Open Women’s Singles titles in the Open Era giving her the modern-day record.

Men’s Aus Open Records

  • Most Singles Titles: Roy Emerson (6), Novak Djokovic (6)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Adrian Quist (10)

Women’s Aus Open Records

  • Most Singles Titles: Margaret Court (11), Open Era Record: Serena Williams (7)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Thelma Coyne Long (12)

Youngest Australian Open Winners

  • Men’s Singles: Ken Rosewall in 1953 (18 yrs 2 months)
  • Women’s Singles: Martina Hingis in 1997 (16 yrs 4 months)

Longest Australian Open Match

  • 2012 Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal (5 hrs 53 minutes – Longest Open Era Grand Slam Final)