2018 Australian Open: Men’s & Women’s Singles Championship Futures Odds and Picks

Kevin Stott

Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:26 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 2:26 PM UTC

Serena Back For 2018 Australian Open, 6-Time Winner Djokovic Could Be a No-Go. Now that Serena Williams’ baby girl has been born, it could mean trouble for the rest of the WTA field this coming calendar year as the American Tennis star and Roger Federer return to the courts looking to defend their Singles titles for the 2018 Australian Open set to begin in Melbourne next month.

Australian Open Beginning Next Month, 6-Time Tourney Winner Djokovic a Big Question Mark with Elbow Injury

The 106th Australian Open—the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2018 calendar year— will be held from Jan. 15-28 at Melbourne Park (Hard, Plexicushion) in Melbourne, Australia in what will be the 50th edition of the Australian Open as well as marking the 200th Grand Slam event of this Open Era. Last year, Swiss superstar Roger Federer and American superstar Serena Williams were the respective Singles championships in the Men’s and Women’s events. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both went in as +150 on the tennis betting odds boards as co-Favorites to win the 2016 Australian Open while eventual winner Federer was priced at a profitable +1600 (16/1). The 35-year-old and younger of the Williams sisters took time off in the 2017 season to give birth to her first child and Serena hasn’t played a single match since this tournament last year where she captured her 23rd career Grand Slam Singles title, beating sister Venus in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in the first Grand Slam Final meeting between the two Compton, CA natives since Wimbledon 2008.

The big news surrounding the potential 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Field surrounds Novak Djokovic (+350 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline) and his withdrawal from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and an exhibition match against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi on Friday with an Elbow Injury which has sadly been lingering for the 30-year-old Serb star. And the news is worthy with Djokovic (12 Grand Slams) having been so dominant in Australian Men’s Singles play of late, winning the championship 5 of the L7 years (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)—beating Britain’s Andy Murray in the Finals 4 of those 5 times—and 6 of the L10 years. Djokovic, who retired mid-match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon over the Summer because of his right Elbow, has been absent from the ATP Tour for 6 months and we should know soon if he intends to play in the Australian Open. “Now I need to accept this situation and to wait for the results of the therapies in order to start playing tennis again and getting back to full rhythm," Djokovic said. "This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan, but the decision will be made in the following days."

Here are the latest Men’s and Women’s Singles Futures odds for 2018 Australian Open from Offshore bookmaker BetOnline:

Roger Federer +275

Novak Djokovic +350

Rafael Nadal +350

Andy Murray +650

Alexander Zverev +1100

Grigor Dimitrov +1400

Stan Wawrinka +1400

Juan Martín del Potro +1800

Nick Kyrgios +2000

Milos Raonic +2200

Dominic Thiem +2200

David Goffin +3300

Denis Shapovalov +3300

Kei Nishikori +4000

Gaël Monfils +8000

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga +8000

Kevin Anderson +10000

Roberto Bautista Agut +10000

Tomáš Berdych +10000

Lucas Pouille +10000

Andrey Andreyevich Rublev +10000

Jack Sock +10000

Borna Coric +15000

David Ferrer +15000

Richard Gasquet +15000

John Isner +15000

Thanasi Kokkinakis +20000

Feliciano López +20000

Serena Williams +375

Garbiñe Muguruza +600

Karolína Plíšková +900

Maria Sharapova +900

Simona Halep +1000

Victoria Azarenka +1200

Madison Keys +1400

Petra Kvitová +1400

Caroline Wozniacki +1400

Caroline Garcia +1600

Angelique Kerber +1600

Johanna Konta +1600

Jelena Ostapenko +1600

Elina Svitolina +1600

Sloane Stephens +2000

Venus Williams +2000

Ashleigh Barty +2200

Coco Vandeweghe +2500

Belinda Bencic +4000

Dominika Cibulková +4000

Agnieszka Radwanska +5000

Magdalena Rybarikova +5000

Sloane Stephens +5000

Daria Gavrilova +6600

Daria Kasatkina +6600

Ekaterina Makarova +6600

Svetlana Kuznetsova +6600

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +6600

Lucie Šafárová +5000

Kristina Mladenovic +8000

Fading the Favorite Serena Williams in Women’s Singles Here Seems Awful Timing

There should definitely be more psychology employed in handicapping events between individuals like Boxing, UFC, Golf and here in Tennis, with the team element always out of the picture and how a specific athlete is, or has been, performing easier to plug in to the research. However, with the nature of Futures markets where there is only winner in the Field, it’s often more of a process of elimination, or asking yourself honestly, “Who can really win this?” when betting these Sports and these Futures markets unless of course the nature of your specific bets is purely recreational. And here we have a very specific reality—the best person in the sport not only now, but in the history of Women’s Tennis—returning from an intentional layoff due to something as natural as the birth of a child and not something tragic or from Injury.

So Serena Williams (+375 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) is not only in the right headspace here, but she is also mathematically well-rested and will definitely come in Confident for a couple of reasons: She won this bad boy last year and, psychologically, she will want to show us all she left after a Grand Slam win Down Under and she can return and win another expected Grand Slam Singles championship and start a seamless transition back onto the WTA tour. And any road to a straight Grand Slam starts on the blue Plexicushion in Melbourne. And at +375 now, Serena seems like a bargain and seeing her eliminated before the Quarterfinals would surprise everyone, even after giving birth. Three other Americans who will be fighting Serena in the Women’s Singles are her sister Venus Williams (20/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline), Madison Keys (14/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) and Sloane Stephens (20/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline), but it’s hard to see any one of them ousting Serena, especially in light of Serena’s straight-set win over Venus last year.

Looking at the other winners in the Women’s Grand Slam Singles events from 2017 reveals five Americans among the eight Semifinalists with Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (16/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) defeating currently WTA No. 1-ranked Romanian Simona Halep (10/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) in the 2017 French Opens Women’s Singles Finals, Spanish-Venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza beating American Venus Williams in the 2017 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final with Sloane Stephens (50/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) topping Madison Keys (14/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles, BetOnline) in an all-American Final in the latest Grand Slam event, the US Open in August.

Men’s Singles Should Be Wide-Open if Djokovic Misses Although Favorite Federer Could Be Tough to Oust Now

Betting players in the Men’s Singles event here may provide more opportunities than in the Women’s bracket, but still, the looming Favorite—defending champion Roger Federer (+275 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline)—will be a tough out and the mere fact Federer’s already on the Australian continent and playing in a tournament—just like he did last year—shows he wants to do everything the same as last calendar year which saw a wonderful renaissance in his career and Federer is one of the most likeable men in the history of professional Sports along with fellow Tennis players, retired Las Vegas native Andre Agassi and 31-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal (+350 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline) who happens to be the co-second-Favorite in the 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles behind Federer along with the aforementioned and questionable Djokovic (Elbow).

Federer, a native of Basel, Switzerland, was also a straight-set winner in Australian Open Singles Finals action last year, defeating rival Rafael Nadal—who was also priced at 16/1 to win the event heading in—in a classic match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, as the 36-year-old Federer returned to the excellent form he once had and many had thought might mark the waning of a wonderful career. Statistically, in 2017, Federer had his best year since 2007 and with 19 Grand Slam Singles titles under his belt, will be a force to be reckoned with this coming Tennis year, and, currently ranked at No. 2 in the world, certainly deserves to be oddsmakers Favorites for the Australian Open. Federer will head in freshly reinvigorated after spending a 14-day holiday family trip in the Maldives and has already arrived reportedly in Australia where he will be playing in the Hopman Cup before playing in the Australian Open as he begins his 20th year on the professional tour.

Britain’s Andy Murray (+600 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline) is the only other Men’s Singles player who is priced in single digits. Living legends Federer and Nadal captured all four Men’s Singles champions in Grand Slam events in 2017 with Federer winning the Australian Open (Hard) and Wimbledon (Grass) with “The King of Clay” Nadal winning the French Open (Clay) and the US Open (Hard). Stan Wawrinka (14/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline, below) was the runner-up to Nadal in the 2017 French Open, Marin Cilic was the runner-up to Federer in the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and Kevin Anderson (100/1 to win 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles, BetOnline) was Runner-up to Nadal at the 2017 US Open. So, will anyone crack the Federer-Nadal code on the ATP Tour in 2018? And will the dangerous Djokovic even play in the Australian Open?

Best Lines Found at BetOnline

Best Lines Found at BetOnline
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