Australian Open Betting: British players battle to be fit for Grand Slam

Roger Federer is favourite to win the Australian Open
Roger Federer is favourite to win the Australian Open

After Andy Murray pulled out of the Australian Open, there are concerns about the fitness of two other British tennis players. Max Liu reports on how mounting injuries are affecting the betting...

"Britain's Johanna Konta 19.018/1 is battling to be fit for the year's first Grand Slam after she retired from her match at the Brisbane International with a hip injury."

With Andy Murray and Serena Williams missing the tournament through injury, the Australian Open is facing absences in both the men's and women's draws.

Williams leaves the women's draw wide open, with Karolina Pliskova the new favourite at 8.27/1. She's followed in the betting by Garbine Muguruza and Simona Helap - both trading at 8.88/1.

Further down the market, however, Britain's Johanna Konta 19.018/1 is battling to be fit for the year's first Grand Slam after she retired from her match at the Brisbane International with a hip injury.

British tennis faces another absence in the men's draw, with Kyle Edmund suffering what looked like a nasty injury against Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane on Thursday. Edmund went down clutching his ankle, although he did complete the match, losing in straight sets, and says he will be fit for Melbourne when the Australian Open gets under way on January 15.

Edmund is 150.00149/1 to win his first Grand Slam in Mlebourne this year, while his conqueror in Brisbane, Dimitrov, is fourth in the betting at 11.010/1. Above him in the market, are the usual suspects: Roger Federer 2.942/1, Rafael Nadal 7.26/1 and Novak Djokovic 8.415/2.

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