Five Betting Predictions for 2021 Australian Open
The 2021 Australian Open will take place from February 8th through to the 21st. This is three weeks later than originally planned due to COVID-19 – Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin are looking to defend their titles.
Djokovic once again opens as the tennis betting favorite. The women’s field is much more open with world number one Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams and 2020 US Open Naomi Osaka all in contention.
For the first time in his decorated career, Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
Australian Open Betting Predictions
Here are five betting predictions to look out for when the tournament finally gets underway…
There has been opposition from players about the required quarantine. Only one member of their team can go with them to the venue and they must practise with the same partner throughout their initial stay in the country.
Just as we witnessed with the NBA’s bubble, these unique circumstances are challenging from a mental as well as physical standpoint. Athletes are being tested in ways unfamiliar to them.
Some will be more comfortable than others. Some will be able to get into tennis rhythm quicker. Some will find the whole experience to be detrimental to their mental health.
Upsets are inevitable at Grand Slams – never more so than this year.
Veterans to benefit
The 2020 tour was a disrupted one. A lot of high-profile players opted out of events, and many more were postponed/cancelled.
The frustration at not playing will have been universal across the WTA and ATP, but for some of the veterans, could those extra weeks to recuperate have proved beneficial?
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are among the favorites regardless of preparation, but the circumstances might help them. Where their younger counterparts have seen their development halted, the elders of the tennis world can return to Australia with less mileage over the last 12 months.
Watch out for Rublev
Achieving a career high ranking of eighth and winning five tour titles, Andrey Rublev is an up and comer in the men’s game. The big-serving Russian made the last eight at Roland Garros and the US Open in 2020 – he’s hoping to take another leap forward in 2021.
The 23-year-old is prone to inconsistency. Aggression makes him fun to watch, but just as prone to slip ups. If he hits a good run of form, though, he has the game to beat anyone on the planet.
Watch out for Rublev in 2021 – he could make a deep run at the Australian Open.
Bounce back Bencic
2020 was a lost year for Belinda Bencic. Her only Grand Slam entry was in Australia, and it ended with an embarrassing third-round loss.
A couple of tour titles and a run to the US Open semis in 2019 gave a springboard for success. Bencic is still ranked 11th in the world ahead of the 2021 campaign, though, and heads to Australia as an interesting longshot betting option.
Bencic, with just four career titles, is yet to deliver on her undeniable talent. Could 2021 be the year the 23-year-old breaks through?
Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev battled in the 2020 US Open final. Two players tabbed as the successors to Nadal and Djokovic’s thrones have struggled for consistency – the same can be said for Daniil Medvedev, who beat Thiem to win the ATP Finals in November.
Djokovic’s early exit and Nadal’s decision to opt out left the door wide open for Zverev and Thiem. The 2021 Australian Open will be an early indicator of how competitive the top of the men’s game now is.
There’s some great young talent – will any of them asset themselves in the way Naomi Osaka has in the women’s game?