Paddy Power: Tennis
With the new tennis season now upon us, with the countdown to the first major of the year, the Australian Open, having well and truly begun, many punters are already searching for the best betting odds on their favourite players. However, with the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic still struggling with their respective injuries at the start of 2018, the odds with bookmakers including Paddy Power are too close to call. Meanwhile, in the women’s game, Serena Williams has recently returned to action after having her first child, while Maria Sharapova will be looking to build upon her impressive return to the court last year.
With tournaments such as the WTA Brisbane International, ATP Doha and WTA Auckland all getting underway in the coming weeks, a whole host of punters are expected to place bets on their favourite players for both individual matches and outright competition winners. Baring that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the best tennis markets at Paddy Power ahead of the new season.
Paddy Power Tennis: Australian Open
Roger Federer and Serena Williams head to Melbourne in January in the hope of winning consecutive Australian Open titles, with the legendary duo having overcome close rivals in their respective 2017 finals. Federer overcame Rafa Nadal in a five-set epic last time around, with the Swiss maestro offered odds of 2/1 to claim a 20th Grand Slam title of his career with bookmaker Paddy Power. Meanwhile, having overcome her sister Venus 12 months ago, Serena Williams is the 7/2 favourite to further write her name into the record books in Melbourne.
However, the likes of Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro and Stan Wawrinka are set to provide competition to Federer in the men’s draw, with the trio backed at odds of 4/1, 14/1 and 25/1 respectively at the Paddy Power tennis page. Elsewhere, the likes of Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Johanna Konta are among the outsiders for victory in the women’s draw, with Paddy Power offering the trio respective odds of 9/1, 16/1 and 20/1.
Paddy Power Tennis: 2018 Grand Slams
The French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open help to make up the rest of the tennis calendar in the form of Grand Slam’s, with the tournament in South-West London in particular being one of the most popular betting markets throughout the year. The Grass courts of Wimbledon may not be to everyone’s liking, however there are a whole host of talented players who are looking to win the competition for the first time in July 2018. Having lost out to Federer in the 2017 final, Marin Cilic is worth looking at in the men’s draw, with the Croatian big-hitter available to back at odds of 12/1 in the Paddy Power tennis market. Meanwhile, having made the semi-final last year, British hope Konta is offered attractive odds of 12/1 with the same bookmaker.
Paddy Power Tennis: Player Specials
Paddy Power also offer a whole host of special markets when it comes to tennis in 2018, perfect for those looking to place long-term wagers that are perhaps out of the ordinary. After an incredible year in 2017, Roger Federer can be backed at 5/1 to add another two Grand Slam wins in 2018, while those hoping that the Swiss legend can claim all four slams in the same year able to take advantage of odds of 200/1 with the Irish bookmaker.
Meanwhile, with Andy Murray’s short-term future still in doubt as a result of a troublesome hip injury, it remains to be seen as to just what sort of year the British No.1 will have. However, with the Brit undoubtedly being one of the best players in the world on his day, backing Murray to win one Grand Slam title in 2018 is bound to attract interest from a number of punters, with Paddy Power offering their customers odds of 17/10 here.