The tennis world begins its first Major Event of the 2021 calendar with the Australian Open beginning on Monday, February 8, 2021. Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin are the defending champions and if you are watching from America, the play begins Sunday morning at 7:00 am EST.
We blazed through the first round of the event on This Week in Tennis and made predictions along with commentary for every match on the board. You can listen to our picks and analysis on the player provided below.
Our advice for betting on this tournament is caution. Many of these players have spent a considerable amount of time preparing for this event in their hotel rooms and not practicing on the court. There was an incident at the player’s hotel and the tennis schedule had to be canceled on Thursday. They did resume play on Friday but the player’s usual preparation time isn’t the same as it would be normally.
What Craig and I did on the show was pick winners without lines and what you are going to see below is our consensus picks for the first round of the Men’s and Women’s draw.
Obviously, there are predictions for matches that we wouldn’t ordinarily wager on because the juice is too high. That means we usually leave out -250or higher favorites because the vig is too much and the risk isn’t worthy of the possible reward.
Men’s & Women’s First Round Australian Open Predictions