The ‘happy slam’ Australian Open is back and boasting an absolute raft of players who present great value to win the 2023 title.

MEN’S TITLE

Novak Djokovic: $1.85

Known as the ‘King of Melbourne’ Djokovic has won the Australian Open an insane nine times and looks unstoppable on hard court.

He is one of the most frustrating players ever to play against, as his fitness and ability to reach the hardest shots is out of this world.

With his 21 career Grand Slam titles, Joker’s obviously the complete package, and although he’s at very short odds he is a great chance to win it all again and make it an even 10.

Daniil Medvedev: $7

Medvedev is the clear second favourite for the tournament due to his consistency and he is also on a different side of the draw to Djokovic and Kyrgios which is handy.

He lost in agonising fashion to Nadal in last year’s final but looks in even better form this year. After winning the 2021 US Open, he’s also shown that he’s most suited on these hard courts.

Nick Kyrgios: $15

Kyrgios’ toughest opponent is himself and he can lose the plot at times, but he’s still one of the most naturally gifted tennis players of all time.

The best server on the men’s tour, with a ix of guile and extreme pace, he showed at Wimbledon in 2022 that he can control his temper at times, as he made the final there.

Stefanos Tsitsipas: $15

The ‘Greek Freak’ of tennis has a great balance of strength and ability to slice the ball which is perfect in modern tennis.

He hasn’t lived up to the hype just yet and wants to win this Grand Slam badly. Tsitsipas is also in great form and looks to have a nice run on the easier side of the draw.

Rafael Nadal: $17

At age 36 Nadal is still going into this tournament as the highest-ranked player and although he is out of form and had injuries lately, you can never count out the player who has the most grand slam titles in history and was the 2022 champion.

His crosscourt forehands are so exciting to watch and impossible to stop: Nadal should cruise through the early matches and his determination could help him go all the way once again.

THE PICK: Novak Djokovic

THE LONGER SHOT: Stefanos Tsitsipas

WOMEN’S TITLE

Iga Swiatek: $3.25

World number one Swiatek is by far the most experienced and decorated player in the women’s draw with three grand slam titles in the past three years.

She has such a wide range of great shots that she is hard to stop and makes her opponent run around a lot, preserving energy which is perfect for these long tournaments.

Aryna Sabalenka: $7.50

Sabalenka has yet to fully burst onto the scene, but she is still young and has shown she can beat all of the top ranked players.

She is the most powerful hitter by far in the women’s draw and her strength to hit winners helps her against any opponent and her form suggests this could be her breakout year.

Jessica Pegula: $11

Pegula is the most consistent player in the women’s draw but has yet to take that next step of winning a grand slam.

She has made the quarterfinals in the last two Australian Opens and her speed across the court could help her go further this year.

Ons Jabeur: $15

Jabuer has made multiple grand slam finals and has been very unlucky not to win one in her career just yet.

Much like Sabalenka she is a great power hitter, can shock her opposition with winners and is extremely consistent at making finals.

Maria Sakkari: $29

Sakkari is the best server on the women’s side of the draw and has insanely high odds for a player of her calibre and skillset.

Sakkari continues to evolve her game each year and it is now at a level where she can beat any opponent through her ability to not rely on one move.

THE PICK: Aryna Sabalenka

THE LONGER SHOT: Maria Sakkari

(all odds via Betr as of January 15)

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Originally published as Best Australian Open picks – Top contenders for men’s and women’s titles

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