Australian Open 2021: When does it start? Where can you watch? What are the odds?

Australian Open 2021: When does it start? Where can you watch? What are the odds?

The Australian Open is less than a week away and oddschecker have a rundown of the first Grand Slam of the year.

When is the Australian Open 2021?

The Australian Open is less than a week away and marks the first Grand Slam of the year, with Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty heading into the tournament as the top seeds

Both the men’s and women’s first singles rounds will commence on 8 February with the final of the tournament happening on 20 February for the women’s and 21 February for the men’s. 

Melbourne Park will be the venue for the tournament, despite the positive test of a quarantine hotel worker at a venue connected to the Australian Open. 

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When is the draw?

This year’s draw had to take place three weeks later than it was initially planned, to allow travelling players to quarantine due to coronavirus. 

The draw took place on Friday morning and was not a live TV event, with fans as a result of coronavirus restrictions, but is available to re-watch on the Australian Open TV YouTube channel.

Where can you watch the Australian Open?

Eurosport is the only channel in the UK who have the rights to live coverage of the event. All of the matches from Melbourne Park will be available in full HD on both Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

Virgin customers will need to upgrade their package to a VIP account or have either Mix or Full House. Sky subscribers who have a full entertainment package will have access to both Eurosport channels.  

You can also access live coverage of the event directly through the Eurosport Player online, where a month’s subscription will cost you £6.99.


Australian Open 2021 Favourites:

Heading into the men’s tournament, World Number one Novak Djokovic is unsurprising the favourite, available at a best price of 7/5 to win his 18th Grand Slam. 

He is then followed by Daniil Medvedev (9/2) as the second favourite with World Number two Rafael Nadal third in line at 13/2.

In the women’s Australian Open, Naomi Osaka heads into the tournament as the favourite available at a best price of 6/1

Top seed and World Number one Ashleigh Barty (7/1) is close behind as the second-favourite, with the most successful women’s player of all time, Serena Williams available at 10/1 as the third favourite. 

Men's odds for the Australian Open:

  • Novak Djokovic - 7/5
  • Daniil Medvedev - 9/2
  • Rafael Nadal - 13/2
  • Dominic Thiem - 7/1
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas - 16/1
     

Women's odds for the Australian Open:

  • Naomi Osaka - 6/1
  • Ashleigh Barty - 7/1
  • Serena Williams - 10/1
  • Aryna Sabalenka - 14/1
  • Simona Halep - 14/1
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