Vegas Odds On Australian Open 2015
Opening Las Vegas odds on Australian Open 2014 have got to consider defending 2013 men's singles champion Novak Djokovic as the definite favorite. Djokovic has won the last three Australian Opens and four since 2008, but he will face stiff competition from the world's number one-ranked player, Rafael Nadal. Rafi has earned his title as the King of Clay on the ATP, but is outstanding on the acrylic-based hard court surface used at the Australian Open as well, winning there back in 2010. He is definitely hot, having won 10 tournaments including the US and French Opens in 2013. And you can never count out world number four-ranked Andy Murray, coming off a Wimbledon win last year. Having made the Australian Open final three times without a victory, could 2014 be his year to win at Melbourne? On the women's side of the equation,Vegas odds on Australian open 2014 will no doubt show Victoria Azarenka (winner in 2013 and 2012), Serena Williams (5-time winner) and Maria Sharapova (1-time winner and 2-time loser) as favorites.
About The Australian Open
Of the four major Grand Slam ATP events, The Australian Open is the earliest on the yearly schedule, run over the last two weeks in January and taking place in Melbourne, Australia. Though the respected tournament has been held since 1905, it is the youngest of the four majors. Followed chronologically by the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, the Australian Open offers competition in men's and women's singles, as well as men's doubles, women's doubles, mixed doubles and junior's championships. Wheelchair, legends and exhibition events are also scheduled.
Before 1988 the tournament had been played every year on grass, the surface that gave the sport its nickname of "lawn tennis." Wimbledon is now the only major Grand Slam event played on grass, with the Australian open opting for the hard court surface of Plexicushion since 2008. Melbourne Park is the home of the Australian Open, and the tournament typically turns in attendance numbers second only to the US Open every year. The Australian Open made tennis history as the first Grand Slam tourney to provide indoor playing capability during inclement weather, as both the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena offer indoor and outdoor play since they are equipped with retractable roofs.
In 1969 what was previously the Amateur Era of tennis then began allowing professionals to play in the Australian Open and the other Grand Slam tournaments. Before that the incredible, and aptly named, Margaret Court won a record 7 women's singles titles in a row from 1960 to '66. She also added 3 consecutive Open Era singles titles from 1969 to '71, and with 11 total women's singles titles holds an Australian Open record that will probably never be tied or broken. In that same Amateur Era before 1969, Adrian Quist won an incredible 10 straight men's doubles titles from 1936 to 1940, and then from 1946 to 1950, posting an achievement that will probably never be seen again. (No tournament was held from 1941 through 1945 due to the war.)
In the Open Era from 1969 forward, Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead the way with 4 Australian Open men's singles titles each heading into the 2014 season. The twin brother duo of Bob and Mike Bryan won a record six men's doubles titles from 2006 to 2013, and Serena Williams has made life difficult for the ladies. Williams holds a record 5 women's singles titles in the Open Era, notching those 5 Australian Open wins from 2003 to 2010. But records are made to be broken, and with the Grand Slam event kicking off the tennis season every year in January, expect the Vegas odds on Australian Open competition to deliver some surprises again this year. You can learn even more about this event and the schedule at the official Austiralian Open website.
Las Vegas Tennis Betting Odds 2015
The following are the most current odds on tennis.