Australian Open 2020 Predictions & Betting Odds - Tennis Picks
January 16, 2020
There has to be some doubt as to how close the tournament will run to schedule (and even a possibility it could be postponed or cancelled), as a result of the well-documented bushfires and smoke sweeping the country at present. The weather forecast seems to be favourable though, so the signs look encouraging.
Australian Open 2020 Betting Preview
The defending champions going into this year’s tournament are Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
Djokovic won a seventh Australian Open singles title in 2019, as he brushed aside Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 6–3 in the final. In a far tighter encounter, Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitová 7–6, 5–7, 6–4 to win the women’s singles title
Australian Open 2020 Singles Schedule
- Monday 20 January – 1st Round
- Tuesday 21 January – 1st Round
- Wednesday 22 January – 2nd Round
- Thursday 23 January – 2nd Round
- Friday 24 January – 3rd Round
- Saturday 25 January – 3rd Round
- Sunday 26 January – 4th Round
- Monday 27 January – 4th Round
- Tuesday 28 January – Quarter-finals
- Wednesday 29 January – Quarter-finals
- Thursday 30 January – Women’s singles semi-finals
- Friday 31 January – Men’s singles semi-finals
- Saturday 01 February – Women’s singles final
- Sunday 02 February – Men’s singles final
As mentioned previously, the bushfire situation in Australia, with Melbourne being particularly badly hit, could lead to some schedule changes. It’s always worth remembering that tennis tournaments are invariably unpredictable anyway with regards to the weather, so schedule changes are a frequent occurrence.
Australian Open 2020 Predictions
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and a fairly warm favourite going into the Australian Open 2020. He is unquestionably the man to beat.
Djokovic’s health and fitness issues appear to be well behind him now and he has started 2020 in dominant form, with a win over Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup 2020 already to his name. The odds on him claiming a 17th Grand Slam title in Melbourne have been shortening further of late.
Men’s Singles Best Betting Odds
- Novak Djokovic +125 (2.25) – bet365
- Rafael Nadal +450 (5.50) – 888Sport
- Daniil Medvedev +800 (9.00) – Betway
- Roger Federer +1000 (11.00) – bet365
- Stefanos Tsitsipas + 1200 (13.00) – 888Sport
- Dominic Thiem + 2500 (26.00) – 888Sport
- Nick Kyrgios +3300 (34.00) – 888Sport
- Denis Shapovalov +5000 (51.00) – Betway
- Stan Wawrinka +6600 (67.00) – Betway
- Alexander Zverev +6600 (67.00) – 888Sport
The biggest threat to Djokovic would appear to come from Nadal, but the 38 year-old Roger Federer is drifting in the market and the bookies don’t appear to see him adding to his six titles Australian Open titles.
It may seem like it, but the dominance of the aforementioned trio at the top of the men’s game can’t go on indefinitely. Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas appear to be leading the charge for the younger generation at present (Alexander Zverev has been having a number of issues with his service of late).
There are also high hopes for the Canadian duo of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Djokovic is the obvious tip for the men’s singles, with Medvedev arguably the most likely to interrupt the status quo as an each-way Aussie Open bet.
In the women’s event at the Australian Open 2020, picking a winner is far from easy.
The 38 year-old Serena Williams is the pre-tournament favourite and should be confident after having just won her first singles title as a mother at the Auckland Open 2020. It would be foolish to rule her out of claiming a 24th Grand Slam title.
Other leading contenders in the Australian Open betting for the women’s title include defending champion Naomi Osaka and Australia’s own Ashleigh Barty.
Other names to consider are Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, while Petra Kvitova was a finalist last year and, if healthy, always capable of winning on the big stage.
In a wide open field, Halep is the tip in the women’s singles..
Women’s Singles Best Betting Odds
- Serena Williams +425 (5.25) – 888Sport
- Naomi Osaka +700 (8.00) – bet365
- Ashleigh Barty +800 (9.00) – Betway
- Simona Halep +900 (10.00) – bet365
- Karolina Pliskova +1100 (12.00) – 888Sport
- Aryna Sabalenka +2000 (21.00) – 888Sport
- Petra Kvitova +2000 (21.00) – bet365
- Madison Keys +2000 (21.00) – Betway
- Elina Svitolina +2500 (26.00) – bet365
- Belinda Bencic +3300 (34.00) – 888Sport
Canadian Players at Australian Open 2020
Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil will represent Canada in the main draw of the men’s event. That’s a very strong quartet, with all of them perfectly capable of playing in the second week of the tournament with a favourable draw.
The 20 year-old Shapovalov is seeded 13, with 19 year-old Auger-Aliassime the number 21 seed. Shapovalov has proved he can compete with and win at the highest level in recent months, so he will go the tournament with high expectations.
The women’s contingent from Canada lost its star turn when the reigning U.S. Open champion and Canada’s first winner of a Grand Slam singles tournament, Bianca Andreescu, was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open 2020 as a result of a lingering left knee injury. The world ranked no. 6 has been unable to play since the WTA Finals in October in China.
The withdrawal of the teenager leaves Canada looking to Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Annie Fernandez to come through the qualifying rounds.
Australian Open 2020 Canadian TV Broadcaster
The Canadian TV broadcasting rights for Australian Open 2020 are held by TSN (English) and RDS (French). You can follow all the action from Melbourne across the TSN Network, the TSN App and TSN Direct.
Australian Open 2020 Prize Money
The Australian Open total prize money for 2020 was increased by 13.6% to a tournament record A$71,000,000 (about C$64 million). The winners of the two singles events will walk away with A$4,120,000 (about C$3.70 million) each.
Australian Open Men’s Singles Most Tournament Wins
Novak Djokovic – 7
Roger Federer – 6
Andre Agassi – 4
Mats Wilander – 3
Australian Open Women’s Singles Most Tournament Wins
Serena Williams – 7
Steffi Graf – 4
Monica Seles – 4
Martina Navratilova – 3