Australian Open 2020 Preview
Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title at the 2019 Australian Open, comprehensively defeating Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 6–3 in the final. It was the seventh Australian Open singles title of Djokovic’s career. Naomi Osaka defeated Petra Kvitová 7–6, 5–7, 6–4 to win the women’s singles title.
Australian Open 2020 Betting Sites
Australian Open 2020 Singles Schedule
- Monday 20 January – 1st Round
- Tuesday 21 January – 1st Round
- Wednesday 22 January – 2nd Round
- Thursday 23 January – 2nd Round
- Friday 24 January – 3rd Round
- Saturday 25 January – 3rd Round
- Sunday 26 January – 4th Round
- Monday 27 January – 4th Round
- Tuesday 28 January – Quarter-finals
- Wednesday 29 January – Quarter-finals
- Thursday 30 January – Women’s singles semi-finals
- Friday 31 January – Men’s singles semi-finals
- Saturday 01 February – Women’s singles final
- Sunday 02 February – Men’s singles final
This schedule is subject to alteration at any time without notice as a result of issues such as the weather, matches over-running, illness or injury. Tennis tournaments are always unpredictable and unavoidable events can and often do occur.
Australian Open 2020 Predictions
As the defending champion and record seven-time winner of the tournament, Novak Djokovic goes into the Australian Open 2020 as the man to beat.
The Serbian player has started 2020 in fine form and already has a win over Rafael Nadal under his belt this year at the ATP Cup 2020. A 17th Grand Slam title in Melbourne looks a distinct possibility.
Nadal is the current world number 1 ranked player and certainly looks the biggest threat to Djokovic, while the evergreen 38 year-old Roger Federer is no stranger to success as the Australian Open himself, with six titles to his name.
The main challenge from the younger generation is expected to come from Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has had an excellent few months and is another youngster who could reach the latter stages.
It’s impossible to look past Djokovic as the tip for the men’s singles, with Daniil Medvedev perhaps being worth an each-way interest alongside our very own Denis Shapovalov.
Men’s Singles Best Betting Odds
- Novak Djokovic +125 (2.25) – bet365
- Rafael Nadal +450 (5.50) – 888Sport
- Daniil Medvedev +800 (9.00) – Betway
- Roger Federer +1000 (11.00) – bet365
- Stefanos Tsitsipas + 1200 (13.00) – 888Sport
- Dominic Thiem + 2500 (26.00) – 888Sport
- Nick Kyrgios +3300 (34.00) – 888Sport
- Denis Shapovalov +5000 (51.00) – Betway
- Stan Wawrinka +6600 (67.00) – Betway
- Alexander Zverev +6600 (67.00) – 888Sport
The women’s event looks very open this year. The 38 year-old Serena Williams leads the betting markets and she comes into the Australian Open 2020 on form, having recently won her first singles title as a mother at the Auckland Open 2020. A record 24th Grand Slam title certainly can’t be ruled out.
There are plenty of other contenders though, including defending champion Naomi Osaka and the current world number 1, top seed and great Australian hope, Ashleigh Barty.
Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina are all fairly consistent players who are capable of challenging for the title, with Halep perhaps being the pick.
Petra Kvitova was a finalist last year and is a two-time Wimbledon champion, so is perfectly capable of raising her game for the big tournaments when free of illness and injury.
Bianca Andreescu would have definitely been a leading contender, but the Canadian teenager has been forced to withdraw due to injury.
Halep is our tip in the women’s singles, although it’s possible to make a case for any of 20 or more players.
Women’s Singles Best Betting Odds
- Serena Williams +425 (5.25) – 888Sport
- Naomi Osaka +700 (8.00) – bet365
- Ashleigh Barty +800 (9.00) – Betway
- Simona Halep +900 (10.00) – bet365
- Karolina Pliskova +1100 (12.00) – 888Sport
- Aryna Sabalenka +2000 (21.00) – 888Sport
- Petra Kvitova +2000 (21.00) – bet365
- Madison Keys +2000 (21.00) – Betway
- Elina Svitolina +2500 (26.00) – bet365
- Belinda Bencic +3300 (34.00) – 888Sport
Canadian Players at Australian Open 2020
Canada has four players in the men’s main draw — Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. All four players have good reason to believe that they can reach the second week of the tournament.
Shapovalov is seeded 13 for the tournament, with Auger-Aliassime the number 21 seed. Shapovalov, in particular, will have high expectations going into the tournament and a run deep into the second week of the event will be widely anticipated by many Canadian fans.
The reigning U.S. Open champion (and Canada’s first winner of a Grand Slam singles tournament) Bianca Andreescu has dropped out of the Australian Open women’s event as a result of a lingering left knee injury that has resulted in her being unable to play since the WTA Finals in October in China.
The withdrawal of the world number 6 Andreescu leaves Canada without a woman in the Australian Open’s main draw, but Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Annie Fernandez are entered in qualifying.
Australian Open 2020 Canadian TV Broadcaster
The Canadian TV broadcasting rights for Australian Open 2020 are held by TSN (English) and RDS (French).
Australian Open 2020 Prize Money
The Australian Open total prize money for 2020 was increased by 13.6% to a tournament record A$71,000,000 (about C$64 million). The winners of the singles events pocket A$4,120,000 (about C$3.70 million) each.
Australian Open Men’s Singles Most Tournament Wins
- Novak Djokovic – 7
- Roger Federer – 6
- Andre Agassi – 4
- Mats Wilander – 3
Australian Open Women’s Singles Most Tournament Wins
- Serena Williams – 7
- Steffi Graf – 4
- Monica Seles – 4
- Martina Navratilova – 3