Tennis Betting Advice

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Tennis Betting Advice

Different Tennis Markets

Outright Betting

Rafael Nadal

This is betting on the winner of the entire tournament. Betting is normally available on the men's and women's tournaments. Most bookmakers will allow each way betting, normally offering a third of the odds on the place part of the bet if your selection finishes first or second (reaches the final).

Normally the entire draw is known for tennis tournaments before it gets underway so if you find a player in the weak half of the draw, even if they aren't the most likely to win the tournament they could be a good each way bet knowing that they have an easier route to the final. At the very least they should present a trading opportunity.


The two favourites for a tournament may be in the same half of the draw meaning they can't play each other in the final.

This makes the third favourite for the tournament the favourite to reach the final from the other half of the draw.

Match Betting

This is betting on who is going to win each individual match in a tournament. There are only two possible outcomes in each match so the odds are likely to be very short for the favourites so many people place four or five players in an accumulator each round, often mixing both men's and women's matches. There are no restrictions on this.

5 Things To Check Before Placing A Tennis Bet

  1. Recent form for each player
  2. Past matches between the players
  3. How hard were their most recent matches?
  4. Any recent injuries?
  5. Form on this surface - recent and head to head

Set Betting

Like correct score betting in football, this bet is the prediction of what the score in sets will be. There aren't as many outcomes in football so the odds are shorter. Like in match betting, different set bets can be put together in an accumulator or multiple bet.

To Win 1st Set

This bet is exactly what it seems. Betting on which player is going to win the first set. The favourite for the match will be favourite in this market and value can sometimes be obtained in opposing some slow starters.

In Running

The most popular in running markets are:

  • Next Game Betting
  • Next Set Betting
  • Match Betting

Advantages of Tennis In Running

Some players have a tendency to take time to reach the top of their game so value can sometimes be gained from backing slow starters in running at larger odds than they were pre match.

Also by watching the beginning of a match you can sometimes get a feel for how its going to turnout. Beware however that tennis matches often turn on a single incident which changes the mental state of the players - this creates both a risk and an opportunity

Disadvantages Of Tennis In Running

Tennis is a sport where each game has a large bearing on each match therefore the odds can change dramatically throughout the match. Sometimes it is hard to get your bet placed as the markets can be suspended often in order for the odds to be changed.


Betting School ImageBefore betting on any tournament the surface the tournament is going to be played on has to be considered as one of the most important factors that will determine the outcome. Different tournaments are played on different surfaces. The main two surfaces to consider are grass and clay, although some games are played on so called hard courts, which are made of cement or plastic, and indoor courts, which use carpet.


This is the fastest type of surface and serves are very important in what are often very short points. It favours serve-and-volley style players and Roger Federer is currently the dominant force in the grass court game. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam Event played on grass.


The only Grand Slam event played on clay is the French Open. Clay courts are considered to be slower courts and the best player on grass isn't necessarily the best player on clay. Rafael Nadal is currently the number one male on clay despite Roger Federer's domination of the grass court game. Between April 2005 and May 2007 Rafael Nadal won 81 consecutive matches on clay.

Hard Court

The remaining two Grand Slam events, the Australian Open and the US Open are played on hard courts. The hard court is considered to be the most equal course for what sort of playing style it favours. It varies from court to court as to how fast it is but is slower than grass and faster than clay. Low bounces make rallies short and there is a slight edge to powerful and harder serving players.

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Comments from the Forum

  • monkeytennis

    What offers the best value, outright tournament betting or match betting? What about in running betting? Which of the surfaces are the best to bet on and which are the worst?

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  • robinhoodisback

    i think tennis betting advise need big articles such as the players performance before a big event
  • monirulislam7810

    good looking advice /////
  • Milos79

    For succes in betting on tennis most important is to try to find good value. Betting on favorites with low price is not good idea on long terms, my advice is not to bet on quotation less then 1,8. Also, tennis is perfect for live betting. Turnovers are very often situations and bring good chance for good profit
  • Fredgarv

    The top players seem to dominate events it usually falls to one of the top seeds so outright betting is not as risky as some sports .
  • Savcri

    Before to place bets for tennis games we have to take in consideration some factors: for example the surface for game:
    - clay - is the slowest from all surfaces for tennis and we have to know who is a good player for auch a type of surface.
    - grass - as we well kniw is a quicker surface
    Other factor is the experience of the player from the previous tournaments.

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