The arrival of the new year means the start of the new season in the tennis world, starting with the Australian Open, held in Melbourne, Australia, every January. The 2024 edition of the first Grand Slam event is moulding to be a highly competitive one, with tennis fans and experts having divided opinions on who they think will lift the trophy at the end of the competition.
For those engaged in online betting in Singapore, the Australian Open is the perfect opportunity to profit early in the year and gauge how players might perform in other tournaments. And if you are looking to place wagers on the outright winner of the tournament or individual matches, here are the heavy favourites to dominate in Melbourne this year.
Coming out of a historic 2023, winning three Grand Slam titles and becoming the all-time leader in championships with 24, Djokovic will look to defend his 2023 Australian Open title to kickstart his quest for a calendar year Golden Slam. The Serbian superstar remains the gold standard in today’s tennis and is a heavy favourite to win his 11th AO trophy this year.
Djokovic’s 92% win rate in the competition since his first appearance in 2005 is a testament to his dominance in Melbourne, and numerous experts project him to run past the competition this year. As of writing, the reigning champ will face world #32 TM Etcheverry in the third round of the competition.
The 20-year-old wonder kid from Spain has emerged as one of the top talents of modern tennis, having two Grand Slam titles under his belt in the past two years. And after missing last year’s edition due to a leg injury, Alcaraz will look to finally make a mark in Melbourne after a 2nd round and 3rd round exit in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
The world’s #2 is looking ready to take on the world and is hoping to use the momentum he has with three consecutive top-four finishes last year. As of writing, Alcaraz will face Shang Jucheng in the tournament’s third round.
Another young superstar in the making projected to make a noise this year is Jannik Sinner, who’s had a pretty decent campaign in the past two years. The Italian player has had three quarterfinal exits in 2022 and a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon last year, losing to Djokovic in three sets.
And despite two fourth-round and one second-round exit last year, Sinner’s performance in other tournaments outside the Grand Slams has made him a solid choice to win the Australian Open. As of writing, Sinner faced Sebastian Baez in the third round of the competition, winning 3-0 to reach the fourth round to face Tomas Machac or Karen Khachanov.
While it can be argued that the women’s division of this year’s Australian Open, there is no wonder why many would pick Swiatek as the favourite to win the tournament. The 4-time Grand Slam winner has yet to lift the trophy in Melbourne, with her best finish coming in 2022 when she exited in the semifinals after a 2-0 defeat against Danielle Collins.
Even though the road to the trophy for the Polish star might be challenging with the tough draw, many experts still pick Swiatek to go all the way. As of writing, Swiatek is scheduled to face Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic in the third round.
Even if many people expect Swiatek or world #3 Elena Rybakina (who exited in the 2nd round after a shocking 2-1 upset against Anna Blinkova) to dominate the tournament, the reigning champ is still a solid pick to defend her title this year. The Belarusian have a strong 2023 Grand Slam campaign, winning her first major in Melbourne and reaching at least the semifinals in the next three competitions.
Sabalenka has yet to drop a set in the first three rounds of the current tournament, all winning 2-0 to set a fourth-round clash against Amanda Anisimova.
With Rybakina’s unexpected exit in the second round, Gauff is another solid pick to win the tournament. The 19-year-old American player is fresh from winning her first major title in the US Open last September, defeating Sabalenka in three sets. She also won 4 WTA Opens last year, achieving her highest ranking at #3 in September.
The current world #4 is looking to get her first Australian Open trophy and make a name for herself by winning her 2nd major title. As of writing, Gauff is taking on fellow American Alycia Parks in the third round, with her winning the first set 6-0 and leading 3-2 in the second.
With the new tennis season well underway, sports bettors and tennis enthusiasts can now place wagers on their pick to potentially win the tournament. This year’s competition in both men’s and women’s divisions is expected to be tight, with some other underdogs having a good chance of making an upset against higher-ranked opponents.
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