ASB Classic Tennis Year Starts in Style
The ASB Classic, also known as the Auckland Open, is a welcome addition to the international tennis calendar, and of particular interest to New Zealand’s tennis punters. A joint ATP World Tour and WTA Tour event, the contest gives the men’s and women’s tournaments equal weight, so fans have a feast of tennis, both singles and doubles, to look forward to. It starts on January 02, so sports betting fans can get straight into the tennis action as they recover from their NYE celebrations.
The 2016 event saw some thrilling matches, with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut winning the men’s final after an injury forced American Jack Sock to retire. The USA’s Sloane Stephens took the women’s final against Germany’s Julia Gorges in straight sets.
In doubles, Croatian Mate Pavic and Australian Michael Venus defeated the American duo of Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky. The German team of Elise Mertens and An-Sophia Mestach triumphed in the women’s doubles, although Serbian Danka Kovinic and Czech Barbora Strycova did take them all the way to a thrilling 2-6, 6-3, [10-5] finish.
Draws to be Announced in December/January
We can’t give you any cunning punting tips on the 2017 ASB Classic field just yet, as the final player draws are still unannounced. The Women’s Qualifying Singles Draw will be announced on the evening of Friday, December 30, with the Women’s Main Draw Singles following late on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, January 01, also in the late afternoon, the Women’s Main Draw Doubles will be announced.
The Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw, Men’s Main Draw Singles and Men’s Main Draw Doubles will follow a similar pattern of daily announcements, starting on the evening of Friday, January 06. We’ll be sure to update you when the draws are made public, but we do know two things for certain: there will be some top tennis talent battling fiercely to take each title, and keen New Zealand tennis fans will get plenty of exciting sports betting opportunities as a result.
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