2022 Australian Open Odds and Picks

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Austria's Dennis Novak (not pictured) during the men's singles group stage match between Serbia and Austria at the Davis Cup tennis tournament in Innsbruck, Austria, on November 26, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

We haven’t even played the first major of the year and already there is plenty of drama surrounding the Australian Open. I guess more to the point the drama is in regards to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his COVID vaccination status. As of now Djokovic will take part looking to defend his 2021 title.

He’s actually won the Australian Open three straight years and nine times overall, so I guess it isn’t a surprise he’s the betting favorite. By no means is it a slam dunk for Djokovic, who sits slightly ahead of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev on the odds board. Some shops even have Djokovic and Medvedev as co-betting favorites.

Ashleigh Barty surfaced as the favorite in a congested women’s draw. A total of 11 players have odds of 22/1 or shorter with any one of them having the potential to win the tournament. It does appear as though this is Barty’s tournament to lose, though.

Ranked No. 1 on the Women’s side Barty had two dominant wins in hard court events and captured the title in Adelaide. Check out updated odds at BookMaker.eu when you’re ready to place a wager on the 2022 Australian Open.

How to watch the 2022 Australian Open

  • Dates: Jan. 17-30
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • TV: ESPN, Tennis Channel
  • Stream: fuboTV

Odds to win 2022 Australian Open Men’s Singles

Novak Djokovic +175

Daniil Medvedev +180

Alexander Zverev +335

Rafael Nadal +950

Stefanos Tsitsipas +3000

Jannik Sinner +3500

Andrey Rublev +5000

Felix Auger Aliassime +5000

Carlos Alcaraz +5500

Matteo Berrettini +6000

Hubert Hurkacz +10000

Denis Shapovalov +12000

Andy Murray +13000

Casper Ruud +15000

Gael Monfils +15000

Taylor Fritz +15000

(Odds provided by BookMaker.eu as of January 14, 2022 at 8:23 am ET)

Backing Djokovic in the outright market certainly comes with some risk. I guess that’s the case with every wager, but the Serb is facing some outside scrutiny due to his COVID status. He could be yanked from the event after it starts or he could test positive for the virus forcing him out after it starts. That’s just an additional risk and with other players right behind him there are other value picks.

While he’s not the favorite I guess Medvedev falls in the underdog category, though it’s a stretch to call him a true ‘underdog.’ Medvedev denied Djokovic a chance at the calendar slam beating him in straight sets at the U.S. Open. He reached the finals in Melbourne last year only to fall in straight sets to Djokovic. Medvedev is at his best on hard courts. His service is effective and he frustrates opponents with his ability to return shots from behind the baseline.

Odds suggest only a few players on the men’s side have a realistic chance of winning. Alexander Zverev sits as the third favorite with an improved game over the last year. Another solid hard court player, Zverev overcame the disappointment of losing the 2020 U.S. Open to win an Olympic gold medal last summer.

Odds to win 2022 Australian Open Women’s Singles

Ashleigh Barty +240

Naomi Osaka +650

Garbine Muguruza +1000

Iga Swiatek +1050

Simona Halep +1100

Barbora Krejcikova +1400

Anett Kontaveit +1500

Paula Badosa +1700

Elena Rybakina +1800

Aryna Sabalenka +2200

Cori Gauff +2200

Victoria Azarenka +2700

Leylah Fernandez +3500

Maria Sakkari +3700

Emma Raducanu +4200

Ons Jabeur +4500

Amanda Anisimova +4500

Daria Kasatkina +5500

(Odds provided by BookMaker.eu as of January 14, 2022 at 8:23 am ET)

Barty has ascended to No. 1 on the women’s side with a unique style of play. She comes at you from different angles with a deadly accurate serve and has the ability to change her shots keeping opponents off balance. That doesn’t guarantee a win, but everything has been working ahead of the Australian Open. She blew through Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek and Elena Rybakina to win the title in Adelaide in a nice warm up.

There were some concerns when Osaka withdrew last week ahead of his semifinal matchup. That turned out to be more or a precaution as she prepares for a third Australian Open title and a fifth major overall. In contrast, Barty has never won this tournament and has two majors on her resume. History does sit on Osaka’s side should the two meet up down the road.

With the world’s top-40 players competing on the women’s side there are some value picks down the odds board. Reigning U.S. Open champ Emma Raducanu makes her Australian Open debut and is positioned at +4200. The field opened up a bit when seven-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams withdrew for medical reasons. Bianca Andreescu, who won the 2019 U.S. Open, also withdrew targeting a comeback later in 2022.

Men’s Picks: Alexander Zverev +335 or Stefanos Tsitsipas +3000

Australian Open Picks

Men’s Picks: Alexander Zverev +335 or Stefanos Tsitsipas +3000

Women’s Pick: Ashleigh Barty +240

Given the dominance Djokovic has displayed at this event it’s hard not to back him. However, this isn’t a typical Grand Slam event for him. Delays entering the country kept him off the court and he won’t have much practice time before going at it. I really like Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s draw.

Women’s Pick: Ashleigh Barty +240

There is more than just a Grand Slam title at stake for Barty. She can become the first local to win the Australian Open in over 40 years and she has the tools to do it, which is why I’m backing her for the women’s outright.

View the latest 2022 Australian Open betting lines.

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