Andy Murray finished 2016 as the number-one ranked tennis player in the world. Last summer Murray earned his second Wimbledon and Olympic championships and did so with Novak Djokovic as the world number-one. The Scotsman finished the 2016 season with five straight tournament trophies, including a final-round win over Djokovic at the World Tour Finals. That victory made him the year-end No #1.
The million dollar question heading into the Australian Open is whether Murray can continue the run of momentum he closed last season with?
Murray is the Aussie Open top seed but there isn’t a major Vegas or offshore sportsbook that actually see the Scotsman as the favorite for tennis’ first major.
No disrespect to the 29-year old Murray and his accomplishments but the hard courts in Melbourne are much more suited to Djokovic’s game and the SuperBook of Las Vegas, WestGate, agrees as the Serb is the overwhelming 3-to-2 favorite on the SuperBook’s opening futures chart.
Like Djokovic, Serena Williams is WestGate’s listed favorite to capture the Down-Under title in 2017 but is not the tournament top seed in on the women’s side. Again, much like Djokovic, despite recent form and save coming off an injury Williams will nearly always be the public’s, and in turn the oddsmakers favorite, at any tournament she’s in.
WestGate’s list of players from both sides of the Australian Open and their odds are as follows: