The first Grand Slam of 2024 is almost upon us as the stars of the ATP and WTA circuits descend on Melbourne for the Australian Open and the chance to write their name into tennis immortality.
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic is the favourite to claim the men’s title and a record-breaking 25th Slam ahead of Wimbledon hero Carlos Alcaraz and the ever-improving Jannik Sinner, while Iga Swiatek heads the betting for the women’s tournament.
Our tennis expert Joe Champion has analysed both draws to put together a 23/1 double for the Aussie action. We’ve used bet365 for our prices, and new customers can take advantage of their sign-up offer using the button below.
23/1 Australian Open Winners Double
Australian Open men’s prediction – Carlos Alcaraz at 10/3
Carlos Alcaraz ended the 2023 season on a sour note but his performances at the ATP Finals suggest he’s not a million miles off returning to his best and the Wimbledon champion has now drifted to a backable price as he eyes the third leg of what will surely one day be a career Slam.
The prodigious Spaniard defeated Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, then did likewise in an exhibition just after Christmas, and while the form of the latter victory doesn’t count for much, it certainly isn’t a negative as far as his chances of contending for this title are concerned.
Perhaps most crucially, Alcaraz has been drawn on the opposite side to Djokovic and Sinner and a reasonable route to the latter rounds should allow the 20-year-old to play himself into the event having made the decision to save his competitive return for Melbourne.
Australian Open women’s prediction – Aryna Sabalenka at 9/2
Swiatek is the favourite for the women’s event and the Pole, as per usual, will take some stopping but she’s reached just one semi-final in five previous Melbourne appearances and the quick Australian Open courts clearly pose more challenges than the slower surfaces she tends to relish.
That’s not the case for Aryna Sabelenka, who realised her Grand Slam dreams in this event last season before going on to make the semi-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon before losing out to Coco Gauff in the US Open final.
Swiatek, Sabalenka, Gauff and Elena Rybakina have emerged as a ‘big four’ in the women’s game and Rybakina dominated Sabalenka in their recent Brisbane meeting. However, the defending champion has a more straightforward route to the second week and looks well placed to double up.
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