The 101st Australian Open tennis tournament takes place in Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia from January 14th to January 27th 2013. The first Grand Slam event of the year will see Novak Djokovic return to defend his men’s singles tile for a third time and Victoria Azarenka as the women’s defending champion.
The prize pot for this years tournament has seen a significant increase, after an ATP players meeting which focussed on the money players who leave in the early rounds receive, the players will now compete for a share of AUD$30 million.
Tennis fans can look forward to seeing the world’s best tennis players in the first action of the 2013 season. Rafael Nadal who recently withdrew from the Qatar Open in Doha has also announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open. 17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who was beaten by Djokovic in London on the final ATP World Tour Championship of 2012 will be appearing and plans to arrive a week before the competition to complete his preparation.
World No 3 Andy Murray has his sights firmly set on winning the tournament after beating Djokovic and Federer to win the US Open and Olympic Gold in 2012. Murray will head to Brisbane on 6th January to play in his first official tournament of the year, which he hopes will be the perfect warm up.
In the women’s camp Maria Sharapova, and the William’s sisters will all be eager to take the first Grand Slam title of the year. The William’s girls are a lethal force and the pair have already won 13 Grand Slam Doubles titles, on their preferred hard court surface, they have a great chance to make it no.14.
Serena Williams is focusing on trying to win all four Grand Slams in the same season and when asked recently if she could achieve this in 2013, said with just a little confidence, “Absolutely”.
Sam Stosur will be playing to a home crowd and could cause some upset and British fans would be thrilled to see Heather Watson progress beyond the last 16.
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Best Odds For Australian Open
Below are a selection of the best odds available in both the Men’s and Women’s singles tournament for this year’s Australian Open.
Australian Open Mens Singles Odds
Australian Open Women’s Singles Odds