Don’t look now, but the 2022 Australian Open is almost here. The Grand Slam tourney begins on January 17 and a champion is crowned on the 30th. Speaking of champions, why not make our Australian Open 2022 betting predictions right now? It sure can pay big-time for futures bettors that get it early and right.
We’ll try to do just that in this article. In this article, we’re taking a look at both the men’s and women’s singles tournaments to try to find the best bet to make. There’s a lot to cover so let’s get right into it:
2022 Australian Open Pick To Win — Men’s Singles
Grand Slam events always draw heavy betting action and that should be no different at this event. But before making an Australian Open pick on the men’s side, let’s see how the best online sportsbooks are pegging this event. Here are the top players favored to win:
We’ll be upfront, it’s tough to make a prediction here without knowing the status of Novak Djokovic. Will he be allowed to participate? Will he not? Australia has mandated that all competitors be vaccinated and the country’s Prime Minister has said no exceptions will be made. Djokovic, on the other hand, won’t reveal whether he’s “jabbed” not, but by declining to say, it’s safe to believe he’s not vaccinated. Therefore, it’s very likely he won’t be able to defend his Australian Open title (he’s won three years in a row now).
Not only is he out, but so is Roger Federer, who is still recovering from a knee injury. Both the greats absences (or potential in the case of Djokovic) has opened a clear path to victory for Daniil Medvedev, the world’s number-two-ranked player in the world. He’s earning a bet from us and not just because two of his biggest competitors are likely out.
Medvedev is playing phenomenally as of late. Of course, he won at the US Open (over Djokovic, the second time he’d beaten him in 2021) and finished runner-up at the ATP Finals. While he’s never won on the hard courts of Melbourne Park, Medvedev did go to the finals in the 2021 competition.
Heck, it’s not inconceivable for Medvedev to possibly dethrone Djokovic for the world’s No. 1 ranking (a spot he’s held grips on for two years now). At the moment, about 3,000 points separate the two, but Djokovic would lose serious ground by missing the Australian Open. This is a golden opportunity for Medvedev and we fully expect him to seize it. Hammer the Russian to win here!
2022 Australian Open Pick To Win — Women’s Singles
Unlike the men’s bracket, the 2022 Australian Open for women’s singles is wide-open — and we mean wide-open! Below is how the most-trusted tennis betting sites currently have the odds set at for the most-favored players to win:
Let’s begin with who we’re not betting on to win — Naomi Osaka, despite being the odds-on favorite to win. Yes, she won this event a year ago in stunning fashion (she lost just one set all tourney long). But ever since then, her tennis career has gone into a tailspin, evident by her No. 13 world ranking at the moment. Not because of talent or lack of skill, but because of self-proclaimed mental health issues and scuffles with the national media. We’re not ready to back her with a bet ’til she proves her focus is back where it needs to be to compete at this high level.
If not Osaka, then who’s the best bet to make here? Our pick is Ashleigh Barty. How poetic would it be for the Australian to win at home? As poetic as it can get, but it’s not just the “story” that makes Barty our go-to pick, it’s also the talent. Barty is currently ranked No. 1 in the world — a 1,000-plus point lead over Aryna Sabalenka.
Despite this greatness, Barty hasn’t come up big in her “home” tournament. Her best-ever finish at the Australian Open was in 2020 when she advanced to the semi-finals. But at the same time, history is on her side and any other potential first-time winner of this Grand Slam. You see, eight different women’s players have won this event since 2010, so parity very much exists on these hardcourts.
Here’s one more reason to back Barty with a bet at the Australian Open: she’s been preparing for it for months now. She purposely skipped out on the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico, returning home to prepare for the looming Grand Slam instead. Unlike Osaka, we know Barty is 100-percent focused coming into this event, which evokes plenty of betting confidence out of us.
How To Bet The 2022 Australian Open?
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