It won’t be long before the 2018 tennis season begins, and we’re thrown in right away with the Australian Open. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. At the very least, I can hedge in the later rounds and guarantee a profit. So, let’s not waste any more time.
Here are five ATP players to consider betting on in the 2018 Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios - Nick Kyrgios appears to have turned a new leaf, as he was focused last season and finished 2017 with final appearances at the Cincinnati Masters and in Beijing. It’s no secret what Kyrgios is capable of when not worried about antics, and this is always a special tournament for him with it being in Australia. Kyrgios hasn’t had much grand slam success for his career, but that’s bound to change eventually. I’ll take a shot with Kyrgios and odds of +2800.
Kei Nishikori - With so much time off, Kei Nishikori should be rested and and healthy, two things that killed him towards the end of last year. When Nishikori is feeling good and can cover ground with no problem, he’s one of the tougher players on tour to defeat. The rest may have a lot to do with Nishikori winning 74 percent of his matches in the Australian Open, his highest percentage of any grand slam. While a win isn’t likely, Nishikori and odds of +5000 provide plenty of hedging room in the later rounds.
Jack Sock - Speaking of hedging, Jack Sock is bringing in odds of +10000, which holds a lot of value. Few players finished 2017 hotter than Sock, as he won the Paris Masters and won two matches in the ATP World Tour Finals, gaining valuable experience against some of the top players in the world. Talent was never a question with Sock, it was a matter of belief and confidence. Sock has a chance to take his game to another level this season and while winning a grand slam probably isn’t in the cards, a deeper than usual run is possible, giving us tons of wiggle room with those odds.
Roger Federer - You can’t put together a futures card and not include Roger Federer. He’s won two of his last three grand slam appearances and has at least made the final in four of his last seven. In the Australian Open, Federer has made at least the semifinals in 13 of his last 14 appearances. Not to mention Federer ended 2017 winning 13 of his last 14 matches and finished the year with a 52-5 record. Federer is the best player in the world right now and even with small odds of +300, you have to take it. Federer is rightfully the favorite for this years Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev - Alexander Zverev is coming off his best season yet and I blame his hiccups towards the end on the workload. A rested, confident and more mature Zverev is going to do damage this season. Zverev made six final appearances last season and beat seven top-10 players. Zverev was also 22-8 on outdoor hard court. He has no real success in grand slams, but that’s next on the list for the 20-year-old. Zverev has as good of a shot to win this tournament as anybody when he’s playing well and with odds of +1400, this may be the best value play on the whole card.