2019 Australian Open Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Roger Federer won the 2018 Australian Open Men's Singles Final against Marin Cilic (Getty Images)

Australian Open History 


First held in 1905 as the Australasian Championships, the Australian Open was play on grass courts until 1988 when the tournament switched to hard courts. The tournament has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities before permanently moving to Melbourne in 1972 because it attracted the biggest crowds.

Roy Emerson won six men’s titles at the Australian Open in the amateur era with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer winning six each in the professional era. Margaret Smith Court played across both eras in the women’s tournament, winning seven Australian Open titles in the amateur era and four in the professional era. Serena Williams is the most successful women’s player in the professional era with seven titles.

The first major tournament of the tennis season begins with the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne. The first Grand Slam of the year is one of the biggest sporting events in the southern hemisphere, with 743,667 attending the event in 2018. 

The tournament features men's and women's singles, men's, women's and mixed doubles and junior's championships, alongside wheelchair, legends and exhibition events. Find out everything you need to know about the 2019 Australian Open including the lastest odds, predicitons and betting tips.

Where is the 2019 Australian Open being played? 

Melbourne Park has hosted the tournament since 1988 with its three primary courts being thhe Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and the Margaret Court Arena. They are equipped with retractable roofs, with the Australian Open being the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during tough weather conditions.

The competition was originally played on grass until 1988 when it switched to hard courts. The green coloured Rebound Ace was used until 2007 before it was replaced in 2008 the current playing surface, the blue hard court known as Plexicushion.

When does the 2019 Australian Open start?

The 2019 Australian Open will take place from Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 27 when the mens singles final concludes the tournament. 

Who has won the most Australian Open titles?

Roy Emerson, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied for the most Australian Open Mens Singles titles with six each. Djokovic won in 2015 and 2016 with Federer won in 2017 and 2018, defeating Marin Cilic in the 2018 Australian Open Men's final 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have both won six Australian Open titles (Getty Images).

Margaret Court holds the record for most Australian Open Womens Singles titles with 11. Serena Williams has won seven titles with Australian Nancye Wynne Bolton winnins six between 1937 and 1951. Williams won in 2015 and 2017 before Caroline Wozniacki defeaedt Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in the 2018 Australian Open Women's final.

Who are the favourites to win the 2019 Australian Open?

Defending champion Roger Feder remains a sentimental favourite to defend his crown. He will face stiff competition from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with those three players expected to battle it out for the title. Andy Murray, Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin Del Potro, Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem all have an outside chance. 

Serena Williams is the favourite to capture her 8th Australian Open title (Getty Images)

World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will be hoping to defend her 2018 title from a star-studded field that will include Serena Williams, French Open champion Simona Halep, 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and US Open winner Naomi Osaka. Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will all be aiming to win in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic is the clear favourite in the men's tournament with Serena Williams leading the way in the women's tournament. Check out the latest bookmaker betting odds for the 2019 Australain Open and our early tips and predictions.

Who were the recent Australian Open Men's Winners and Runners-up?

YearWinnerCountryRunner-upCountry
2018Roger Federer
Switzerland
Marin CilicCroatia
2017Roger Federer
Switzerland
Rafael NadalSpain
2016Novak Djokovic
Serbia
Andy MurrayGreat Britain
2015Novak DjokovicSerbia
Andy Murray
Great Britain
2014Stan Wawrinka
Switzerland
Rafael NadalSpain
2013Novak DjokovicSerbiaAndy Murray
Great Britain
2012Novak Djokovic
Serbia
Rafael Nadal
Spain
2011Novak DjokovicSerbia
Andy Murray
Great Britain
2010Roger Federer
SwitzerlandAndy Murray
Great Britain
2009Rafael NadalSpain
Roger Federer
Switzerland

Who were the recent Australian Open Women's Winners and Runners-up?

YearWinnerCountry
Runner-up
Country
2018Caroline Wozniacki
Denmark
Simona HalepRomania
2017Serena Williams
United States
Venus WilliamsUnited States
2016Angelique Kerber
Germany
Serena Williams
United States
2015Serena WIlliamsUnited States
Maria SharapovaRussia
2014Li NaChinaDominika CibulkovaSlovakia
2013Victoria Azarenka
Belarus
Li NaChina
2012Victoria Azarenka
Belarus
Maria SharapovaRussia
2011Kim ClijstersBelgiumLi NaChina
2010Serena Williams
United States
Justine Henin
Belgium
2009Serena WilliamsUnited States
Dinara SafinaRussia

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