A Bet On The Australian Open Seems A Tad Anticlimactic Now

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The soap opera finished as the best tennis player in the world was unceremoniously sent home. Novak Djokovic had divided the tennis world, broken the rules and embarrassed himself. Not that he was alone in that particularly crime. The Australian authorities grabbed their share of silly too. However, for those who were planning to bet on the Australian Open this year, it’s quite serious. It all means that online sportsbook sites in Australia like Bet365 are no longer sure who’ll win.  

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Anyone else hope the final thing Djokovic heard before deportation from Australia was a terse voice curtly shouting ‘Out!’? No? Well, each to their own. Naturally, you can now bet on the Australian Open to constantly return to the topic of Novak and his absence. They deported him for various reasons, not least of which was very obviously telling them lies. His fans might rally behind him, and his fellow players may express muted sympathy, but this was all his own work.

Admittedly, the authorities stated some rather silly reasons for throwing him out. They skipped the obvious one, and instead muttered about public safety. They hinted he might cause a breach of the peace. You know, because we all live in terrified knicker-wetting horror at the prospect of rioting tennis fans. Apparently, any Australian gambling laws prohibiting this sort of thing would stop people getting violent was crazy. They were a powder keg that Djokovic could ignite.     

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Instantly the tennis world divided into those who felt they had treated Djokovic badly, and sensible people. His story didn’t add up, his paperwork was suspect, and he told fibs. This wasn’t an ideological or diplomatic spat, it was an arrogant fool thinking he was above the rules. So he went from being perhaps the best bet on the Australian Open to bogeyman overnight. Naturally, his loyal fans are very upset by how events have unfolded, but to actually riot about Tennis? 

Australian Open Men’s Odds

  • Carlos Alcaraz – 28/1
  • Matteo Berrettini – 28/1
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas – 20/1
  • Jannik Sinner – 18/1
  • Rafael Nadal – 5/1
  • Alexander Zverev – 12/5
  • Daniil Medvedev – 7/5

No. Not really. The Australian authorities are just desperately attempting to avoid simply calling Djokovic a wrongun. They’ve bet on the Australian Open not really missing the tall Serbian. This, and their worries about rioting Tennis fans, show a marked lack of understanding of the sport as a whole. Not that this should surprise anyone who likes to bet on sports in Australia. No one bleeds playing Tennis so the Australian government probably don’t see it as a ‘real’ sport. 

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Daniil Medvedev in 2013 – Image source: robbiesaurus from Smithtown, NY, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Now obviously after all this fuss you can bet on the Australian Open seeming a tad flat. We had fully-fledged international drama. Now we have tennis. Much as you will see some of the very best take part, the fact is, without Djokovic the metrics are missing. You can’t measure yourself against the scale if someone has snapped the ruler. Indeed as time goes on this could prove a real problem not just for those who bet on Novak Djokovic this time, but for the sports as a whole. 

Australian Open Women’s Odds

  • Elena Rybakina – 20/1
  • Barbora Krejcikova – 18/1
  • Paula Badosa – 16/1
  • Anett kontaveit – 14/1
  • Simona Halep – 14/1
  • Iga Swiatek – 12/1
  • Garbine Muguruza – 11/1
  • Naomi Osaka – 11/2
  • Ashleigh Barty – 13/5

The Australian Open odds are now all over the shop. Online bookies in Australia thought Novak would play. So they’re rushing to catch up. You can now find a bet on Danill Medvedev going for 7/5 and a bet on Alexander Zverev as cheap as 12/5. That’s a novelty. Typically, online betting sites in Australia like Bet365 have them far further out. Of course, traditionalists will bet on Rafael Nadal. He’s at 5/1 and a great bet on tennis. Unlike the one Novak Djokovic placed.  

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We take a look at how now the soap opera is over you might find Rafael Nadal is a good bet on the Australian Open.

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