Coronavirus COVID-19 ATP & WTA Update – Dec. 16th Edition

Coronavirus COVID-19 ATP & WTA Update – Dec. 16th Edition

The WTA canceled this week’s tournament, the Open BLS de Limoges. Because of the cancellation, it looks more and more like both the WTA and the ATP will begin the new season with the Australian Open in early February. Check out the latest ATP and WTA news so you can plan ahead your bets against our Tennis odds.

COVID-19 Tennis Update – December 16th Edition

2021 Australian Open

  • When: February 8, 2021 – February 23, 2021
  • Where: Melbourne Australia

Federer says he may miss the Aussie Open

Some believe Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time. He was so dominant during his best years that he earned the moniker “FedEx”, meaning when Roger played we could mail in the victory.

Federer hasn’t played competitively since last February, though. During an awards ceremony last week, the greatest player of all-time said he may not be ready for the Australian Open in early February 2021.

Per Roger, he had hoped that his injured knee would have healed by October. It hasn’t. The speech FedEx gave at an awards ceremony last week encouraged some to say that Roger might hang it up. He’s 39-years-old and has nothing left to prove.

Federer holds the record with 20 grand slam title victories. Of those 20 titles, 6 are Australian Open wins. He’s won the French Open just once while he’s taken Wimbledon 8 times. If Federer doesn’t retire, he might play at Wimbledon, but that could be it.

Right now, Federer remains a +600 third choice to win the Australian Open. Don’t touch FedEx until he makes a decision on when, or even if, he’ll play in 2021. 

Naomi Osaka becomes outright favorite to win the 2021 Australian Open

When MyBookie set Australian Open odds, four to five players offered similar chances to win the first major tennis tournament of 2021. One of the favorites was Naomi Osaka.

Last week, a tennis handicapper must have put a few bucks on Naomi because this week she’s the outright favorite. Osaka offers odds of +750. That makes her a favorite by -50 over both Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty.

Naomi won the 2019 Australian Open. Barty finished in last year’s semifinals while everyone knows that if Serena is one-hundred percent, she’s a contender. The top contender offering the best odds, though, is Sofia Kenin.

The 2020 WTA Player of the Year won the Australian Open shortly before the tennis shutdown. She finished second at the French Open, losing to underdog Iga Swiatek. Sofia picked up her game in 2020. She rates a solid choice at +1000. 

ITF matches continue this week

With both the WTA and ATP on hiatus, tennis bettors can back players in ITF matches. The International Tennis Federation doesn’t sport the top players in the game.

That gives handicappers an advantage, though. Odds on tennis ITF matches are often much fairer than odds on WTA and ATP matches. Get your tennis fix by handicapping International Federation matches.

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