2022 Australian Open Tennis Odds & Preview
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2022 Australian Open Tennis Odds & Preview

A stellar playing field that includes Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty is set to compete at Melbourne Park for the 2022 Australian Open.

Author: Matthew Keogh
Matthew Keogh
Communications Manager
11th Jan, 22·☕️ 6 min read
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History is on the line at this year’s Australian Open.

2009 champion Rafael Nadal - who is dominating the Australian Open tennis odds - will play for an unprecedented 21st major title. On the women’s side, world #1 Ash Barty, will attempt to become the first Australian player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years.

Will Novak Djokovic play in the 2022 Australian Open?

Novak Djokovic initially won his visa cancellation case in court on Monday, January 10. However, the Serbian champion - who is unvaccinated - was deported on Friday, January 14 by the Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke.

The 2022 Australian Open

When: 17-30 January.

Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Prize money: AUD $75m ($4.4m each for men and women’s winners).

Crowds: Australian Open tickets are for sale with officials planning for full capacity in all courts, including Rod Laver Arena. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions such as density limits may occur.

2022 Australian Open: Key talking points

  • Nine-time Men’s Singles Champion, Novak Djokovic arrives in Australia under COVID-19 controversy and is eventually sent home on Friday, January 14.
  • Reigning US Open winner, Daniil Medvedev is looking to win his first Australian Open, after losing last years’ final to Novak Djokovic.
  • Women’s world #1 and Aussie superstar, Ash Barty is attempting to win her first Australian Open singles title.
  • Defending champion Naomi Osaka is vying for a fifth career major singles title.

Australian Open Tennis Odds - outrights

Men’s draw

Women’s draw

Who will win the 2022 Men’s Australian Open?

It’s hard to go past last year’s runner-up, Daniil Medvedevavenging his crushing defeat to Djokovic. Without Djokovic in the draw, Medvedev will feel confident, especially after winning the last major title in tennis - the 2021 US Open.

The other main contenders in the men’s draw include Germany’s Alexander Zverev, 2009 winner Rafael Nadal and 2021 semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.

A notable absentee on the men’s side is six-time Australian Open Champion Roger Federer, who is recovering from knee surgery. Fellow Swiss and 2014 Champion Stan Wawrinka, will also miss the event as he too recovers from surgery.

Recent men’s major title results

Major titleResult
2021 US OpenDaniil Medvedev def. Novak Djokovic
2021 WimbledonNovak Djokovic def. Matteo Berrettini
2021 French OpenNovak Djokovic def. Stefanos Tsitsipas
2021 Australian OpenNovak Djokovic def. Daniil Medvedev

Who will win the 2022 Women’s Australian Open?

Ash Barty is the odds-on favourite to take out the 2022 Australian Open. The Australian superstar is looking to add an Australian Open title to her 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon titles.

Hot on her heels will be two-time Australian Open Champion, Naomi Osaka who won last year’s tournament. Osaka is known for her aggressive baseline play and is probably the biggest threat to Barty taking out this year’s title.

Rounding out the other major contenders are Garbine Muguruza, Iga Swiatek, Simona Halep and Anett Kontaveit. Also one to watch is Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu. The 19 year old is fresh off her first major title, winning the 2021 US Open.

In disappointing news, seven-time Champion Serena Williams will not contest the women’s draw. Williams withdrew following advice from her medical team. Also not playing is 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu. The young Canadian star is currently taking a break from tennis.

Recent women’s major title results

Major titleResult
2021 US OpenEmma Raducanu def. Leylah Fernandez
2021 WimbledonAsh Barty def. Karolina Pliskova
2021 French OpenBarbora Krejcikova def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2021 Australian OpenNaomi Osaka def. Jennifer Brady

Past five Australian open winners

YearWinners
2021Novak Djokovic/Naomi Osaka
2020Novak Djokovic/Sofia Kenin
2019Novak Djokovic/Naomi Osaka
2018Roger Federer/Caroline Wozniacki
2017Roger Federer/Serena Williams

Australian competitors at the 2022 Australian Open

Men’s drawWomen’s draw
Alex de Minaur (ranked 34)Ash Barty (1)
James Duckworth (49)Ajla Tomljanovic (45)
Alexei Popyrin (61)Astra Sharma (99)
John Millman (72)
Jordan Thompson (75)
Nick Kyrgios (93)

Australian Open Key facts

QuestionAnswer
Founded1905
Tournament nameFirst known as the Australiasian Championships, then the Australian Championships from 1927. Then, in 1969, it became the Australian Open.
LocationMelbourne (since 1972)
SurfaceGreenSet, a brand of acrylic hard court surface.
TrophiesThe men’s winner receives the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, while the women’s winner receives the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.
NicknameThe happy slam
Most men’s titlesNovak Djokovic (9)
Most women’s titlesMargaret Court (11)

Rod Laver Arena

Where can I watch the 2022 Australian Open?

You can watch the 2022 Australian Open live and free on channel 9. If you don’t want to miss a second of the action, every game is available to be live-streamed via their 9Now app. Other official broadcast partners include Sky and Stan Sport.

How can I bet on the 2022 Australian Open?

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