Tennis By Jon Ivan-Duke

Punters Pile on Djokovic

William Hill have taken an influx of money for the favourite Novak Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open, but Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are friendless.


Djokovic has won the tournament four times and will head in to this year’s opening Grand Slam as the odds-on 10/11 favourite with William Hill, with Britain’s biggest bookmaker shortening his odds from 5/4 after a wave of bets.


“Novak is the man to back according to the betting and we’ve seen increasingly large amounts being wagered for him to win the tournament. We’ve taken very few bets on Rafa Nadal or Andy Murray, which is surprising as usually they attract significant support,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill have pushed out the price on Murray winning in Melbourne from 7/1 to 9/1 due to his weakness in the market, while Nadal is slightly shorter at 8/1 in the betting.


In the women’s draw, Caroline Wozniacki is the most popular, with a string of bets for the Danish player and she is 14/1 to bring home the trophy.


However, there’s no prizes for guessing who is favourite – Serena Williams is the 5/2 market leader with William Hill, although Maria Sharapova will surely deliver a challenge and is 4/1 second-favourite.  


“It seems like punters are trying to find an alternative to Serena, but as bookmakers we can’t see why anyone else should be favourite given her tremendous record in the Aussie Open,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Men’s Australian Open – Tournament Winner: 10/11 Novak Djokovic, 11/2 Roger Federer, 8/1 Rafael Nadal, 9/1 Andy Murray, 14/1 Kei Nishikori, 14/1 Stan Wawrinka, 33/1 Grigor Dimitrov, 33/1 Tomas Berdych, 40/1 Milos Raonic, 66/1 David Ferrer, 66/1 Nick Kyrgios, 80/1 Juan Martin Del Potro, 100/1 Bernard Tomic, 100/1 Gael Monfils, 125/1 Ernests Gulbis, 150/1 David Goffin, 150/1 Jerzy Janowicz, 200/1 OR BIGGER THE REST



Women’s Australian Open – Tournament Winner: 5/2 Serena Williams, 4/1 Maria Sharapova, 13/2 Simona Halep, 7/1 Petra Kvitova, 12/1 Eugenie Bouchard, 14/1 Caroline Wozniacki, 14/1 Victoria Azarenka, 16/1 Ana Ivanovic, 20/1 Agnieszka Radwanska, 33/1 Garbine Muguruza, 33/1 Karolina Pliskova, 33/1 Venus Williams, 50/1 Angelique Kerber, 66/1 Ekaterina Makarova, 66/1 Lucie Safarova, 66/1 Madison Keys, 66/1 Samantha Stosur, 80/1 Dominika Cibulkova, 80/1 Sabine Lisicki, 80/1 Sloane Stephens, 125/1 Elina Svitolina, 125/1 Flavia Pennetta, 125/1 Jelena Jankovic, 150/1 Andrea Petkovic, 150/1 Caroline Garcia, 150/1 Coco Vandeweghe, 150/1 Sara Errani, 200/1 OR BIGGER THE REST