The 2017 Australian Open promises to deliver two weeks of exhilarating tennis and fans can expect plenty of crunching forehands, innovative drop shots and monster serves.
For those that enjoy a flutter, there's no better way to get in on the action than with William Hill's Chase The Ace! Read on for how to take advantage of this highly lucrative offer.
Written by Tim Alexander
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In short, punters will receive up to $10 in Bonus Bets for every ace a player serves if they place a minimum $25 head-to-head bet on any men’s or women’s singles match, regardless if your player wins or loses!
Upon placing a bet, you'll be prompted to spin the Chase The Ace wheel, where the amount you receive per ace will be determined.
Although there's a slim chance of being awarded a $10 Bonus Bet per ace, it’s still incredibly generous from Melbourne Park’s official wagering partner as the top seeds are certain to progress through their first few rounds.
HOW MUCH DID WILLIAM HILL PAY OUT?
This is the second year William Hill has run their Chase The Ace promotion and last year saw them pay out a huge amount thanks to players serving over 3,500 aces.
During the 2016 Australian Open, more than 14,000 people grabbed a share of over $4.2 million throughout the course of the tournament.
That's $300 per person on average, but savvy punters would’ve earned much more by putting their money on the big hitters along with a few favourites hoping to make it deep into the second week.
WHICH PLAYERS TO BACK?
So which players are ideal for Chase The Ace? We’ve done your research for you.
Milos Raonic is the prime candidate for this promotion, with the big Canadian hitting 107 aces in last year’s tournament at an average of 17.8 per match and 114 aces in 2015. The world number 3 is at a career high ranking and is looking to make it past the semi-finals this year.
On the women’s draw, you can’t go past Serena Williams who undisputedly has the best first serve going around. The American hit 53 aces on her way to last year’s final and boasts the third fastest tennis serve of any woman, clocking 207 km/h at the 2013 Australian Open.
While he won’t make it to the pointy end of the tournament, John Isner hit the most aces out of any player last year. Remarkably the world number 19 averaged 29.8 aces per match, which makes him an excellent value play for the first few rounds at Melbourne Park.
Little-known Kristyna Pliskova may have bowed out in the second round in 2016, but managed 41 aces at an average of 20.5 per match. At a career-high ranking of 60, the Czech is fresh off winning the Brisbane International last week and had fellow players talking about her serve as ‘the weapon’.
Another ace machine is Ivo Karlovic and the Croatian depends heavily on his unplayable serve. The 2.11 metre giant has hit 11,614 aces so far in his career and could have William Hill in all sorts if he finds himself in a five-setter.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS & CONDITIONS?
It's important to remember that Bonus Bets will expire after 7 days, but with so much tennis on it should be easy to reinvest winnings.
Bonus Bet amounts also vary from 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10, will not be awarded to 'cashed out' bets or those made 'in-play' and are not available to those bets part of a multi.