Some sports gambling activities are very seasonal in Europe, and although most professional sport is rapidly becoming an all year round event there are some sports that many of us tend to ignore at this time of year. Tennis is one of those sports which is very much a summer activity in Ireland and gambling on tennis probably even more so. It is easy to forget that one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year is actually no more than two weeks away and tennis gambling enthusiasts all over the world will be examining the possibilities which will arise during the Australian Open beginning on the 12th January. The current favourite for the title is Djokovic with most bookmakers, but what effect will his recent appointment of Boris Becker as his coach have on his 2014 season. Now that Nadal is back to his best he will be pushing hard to reinstate himself as the world’s number one, and after a superb season for Andy Murray which culminated in his winning Wimbledon and the BBC sports personality of the year, will he be able to push on and win more majors. There is also the question of whether Roger Federer still has the ability to win more majors. Lots to think about for fans of gambling on tennis, even at this early stage of the season. For those of you who are ardent tennis gambling enthusiasts, January may seem a strange time of year to be watching tennis, but the Australian Open is the best possible pointer to the form of the top contenders in 2014.