You have to hand it to the world’s top tennis professionals, barely has their season come to a climax at the end of the year with the WTA and ATP Tour Finals, before we are embarking again on a fresh season and the first new Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, looms on the horizon.

The tournament has now started in earnest, but not without some controversy regarding the quality of the air for players, due to the raging bush fires afflicting parts of Australia. Even so, games are taking place and already many customers at bet365 Sport are enjoying a number of different bets on the many matches and different tournaments taking place at Melbourne Park, with AUS$71,000,000 in prize money up for grabs.

If you want to try something new when betting on tennis this week then you could take a look at bet365’s new Bet Builder for tennis which is now available at bet365 Sport. Of course, though, there is plenty of other more standard markets you can enjoy across all the different tournaments taking place in the first Grand Slam of the year.

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So how have things gone in the tournament so far? We will give you a quick recap of how things have gone so far for some of the bigger names in the women’s and men’s championships and who we think will have a great chance of landing the top prize when we reach the finals at the end of the month.

Australian Open 2020

Women’s Tournament Review So Far

The good news for the top players in the women’s draw is that all top ten seeds in the tournament have made it past the first round, and a number of them have also won their second-round games to move into the third. Top seed Ashleigh Barty will be the crowd favourite being a native Australian and she moved into the third round comfortably where she will face Elena Rybakina.

Current Champion Naomi Osaka, will face youthful American sensation Coco Gauff, who defeated Venus Williams on her way into the third round, while veterans Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams are the other top ten seeds confirmed through to the third round.

Other players such as Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys will all face second round matches very shortly to see if they can progress in the tournament.

However, lower down the seeding order a number of players have been eliminated including Brit Johanna Konta and American Sloane Stephens. 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka is the highest ranked seed to lose in the opening round, when she lost to Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. Canadian potential sixth seed Bianca Andreescu had to withdraw from the tournament before it began due to a knee injury.

Women’s Tournament Tips

At the moment, bet365 have Serena Williams as the 3/1 favourite to land the Australian Open title, however the talented American star, while reaching the latter stages of Grand Slam events in recent years, does tend to run out of steam a little when she has reached the semifinal and final of events in these big events in recent times.

Naomi Osaka is a 6/1 shot and the defending champion was a top pick for many but she faces a very tricky game with Coco Gauff in the third round of the tournament and by her own admission, she doesn’t feel like she is playing like a champion and her form over the past 12 months or so, since her win in Australia last year, has been very inconsistent.

For me, there are two names that stand out in the women’s draw, Simona Halep, is a 10/1 shot, and the Romanian former World Number 1 has the game to do well on the hard court in Australia, particularly of the heat can die down a little as the tournament progresses, but my main tip would be home favourite Ashleigh Barty (7/1), who won the French Open last year and who should gain great confidence from that to improve on her best ever finish in the Australian Open, a quarterfinals finish in 2019.

Men’s Tournament Review So Far

All of the top seven male players, including the big three of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, have made it through to at least the second round of the tournament. However, at that stage eighth seeed Matteo Berretini became the first top ten player eliminated when he lost to American Tenys Sandgren.

Further down the seeding order there have been a number of big-name casualties with the likes of Borna Coric, Denis Shapovalov, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Benoit Paire all being eliminated. Top British seed Dan Evans also lost in the secord round to Japanese ace Yoshihito Niskioka.

Fiery home player Nick Kyrgios has made it into the second round where he will face a tough game against Gilles Simon of France. Raphael Nadal and Roger Federer can join Novak Djokovic in the third round when they take on Federico Delbonis and Filip Krajinovic in their second round matches being played today.

Men’s Tournament Tips

Last year’s winner Novak Djokovic is the 11/10 favourite to regain the title for what would be an eighth time in his career. The Serbian didn’t manage to add another Grand Slam win during 2019, but this is his favourite slam tournament of the year and it is hard to back against him.

Rafael Nadal at 4/1, is rated by the bookies as the most likely to be the main threat to Djokovic and with the two of them seeded not to meet until the final, it looks a strong bet that one or both of them will contest the final on the 2nd February.

Outside of that Roger Federer is an 8/1 shot, while Daniil Medvedev is rated a slightly better chance at 15/2 and fiery Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who benefitted from a walkover into the third round of the tournament, is a 12/1 shot. For me though, Djokovic is the clear favourite and my pick to win the tournament.