Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. It has a huge following and attracts interest from casual players, as well as professional bettors. Betting on tennis can be an exciting way to make money or just have some fun with friends. In this article, we will look at the best markets to bet on tennis and which events are the most popular around the year. We'll also discuss how you should consider what playing surface is used for each match and how that might affect your bets!
Let's run through these 3 major aspects of consideration when betting on Tennis
1. What is Tennis Betting?
It is the same as betting on any sport or a game of cards, it is a risk and a gamble that your prediction will be correct on the outcome of a tennis match.
The idea is to place a bet on who you think will win the game or match, and if your prediction turns out right then in return for placing that wager successfully you would be rewarded with a profit back as well as your betting stake.
2. How to Bet on Tennis: The Basics
There are many ways you can bet on tennis, you can place a bet on who will win the match, or if they'll lose it in straight sets. You could also bet on who will be the first to break serve or if we'll see a tie-break.
The most popular bets are usually about which player, either man and woman is going to win across all of these different markets.
3. Types of Bets and Odds Explained
There are literally hundreds of different types of bets you can make on a single tennis match, especially when it comes to the biggest and best events of the year like the Grand Slams in Australia, France, England and the US.
Types of Bets You can Make on Tennis
Here are some of the most popular types of bets and markets tennis betting fans like to use the most.
In outright betting, you are predicting which player will win the tournament. Usually, players are ranked in odds order so you can see who is going to be a favourite and more likely winner of that particular event from their rankings.
Of course, it doesn't always stand up that the higher-ranked players always win, but in recent times, it has to be said that tennis has been relatively predictable for the tournament outright winner betting markets, as most of the big events have been shared between only 3 r 4 of the top players in the world, both for men's and women tennis.
Match betting in tennis is trying to correctly predict the winner of a single match.
Match betting can be a bit more unpredictable especially further down the rankings and seedings where players are less consistent.
This is where it pays to do your research before placing the bet understanding players' ability on the surface of today's match and their recent form. it is also worth looking at the head-to-head form of these two players contesting this match.
It also helps if you are able pre-match handicap their ability, so that when looking at odds for specific players in matches they might not have played each other yet or there's no previous history between them then use these
Set betting is when you predict the winner of the match but also the correct score of the best of three or best of five sets that will be played. This is not always as easy as it might sound as different players have varying abilities on the surface.
Set betting works best for some of tennis' major tournaments such as Wimbledon, Roland Garros or US Open where there are lots more matches played in this format.
A best of 5 matches, has several possible outcomes from a 3-0 whitewash, to a closer game finishing 3-2 either way. With several possible options, look for the value, and it is not always the best strategy to follow the crowd and best on the most popular prediction. perhaps that lowly ranked player might be able to win one set against the top 10 seed.
Set betting can be fun, but you will find bigger odds, and that means a lower probability of being correct
This is a very popular type of betting on many head-to-head events where the underdog player in the betting is giving a start, say half a set or a whole set against a better player who has to effectively come from behind and overcome the handicap.
The reason the handicap is used, is to negate the advantage one player might have over another and try to offer equal odds on either outcome that you might choose. This can be very popular with punters who like to bet on favorites, s they get the much bigger odds, to compensate for the deficit they think the favoured plyer can overcome.
Under Over betting is based generally on sets or games in a match.
The bookmaker will make a line from a best of 5 game, of perhaps 1.5, 2.5 or 3.5 sets, and offer odds on the total number of games in the match being higher or lower than these lines.
You simply have to predict if you think there will be more or fewer sets if you are happy with the odds and place your bet. The more one-sided the match, the lower the line may be, and vice versa.
This becomes more interesting when applied to games, and here is where you can really take advantage of the bookie's odds, [which are only predictions themselves] are not very accurate.
With many more potential games, this bet can be presented as Under/Over games per set, or event Under/Over games per match, the latter being where the bigger opportunities lie.
In-Play Tennis Betting
Betting on live tennis games can be thrilling and exciting, but it is also fraught with danger, I'll explain a bit more about than in a moment but for now, let's look at some of the types of bets you can make once a tennis match has already begun.
It is possible to still bet on the types of markets listed above, s long as the bookie is offering those markets 'in-play' as they call it. So if you miss the start of a match you wished to bet on, the chance to make the bet will still be there although the odds will have changed depending on what action has already happened.
The benefit of betting live on tennis is that once a game starts, new markets, previously unavailable pre-match are opened up
Next Game Betting
Once the match is underway, there is the ability to make a prediction of who will win the next game. his is interesting because we have the advantage of knowing who will be serving in the next game and can take this into account. Also, we may have already watched a few games and seen for ourselves, which player seems to be playing the best and has the measure of his opponent
Next Set Betting
Much the same as the next game bet, but over the longer period of who will come through with enough gams to win the set itself.
Once again, with the benefit of a few games or even the first set played we will have a handle on which player is playing the best with the strongest tennis and would be most likely to win the next set - Don't think the bookies are not watching though, the odds will reflect the relative chances according to the oddsmakers and algorithmic odds generating computers they use.
First Point Betting
One of the shortest lasting bets you can make in the entire world of betting on sport. The winner of the first point in a game of tennis.
With serves firing in at over 100mph, this bet can last literally only a fraction of a second with an ace.
However, you might want t try to beat the bookies by identifying a player who is returning serves well against a player who is not serving up their normal standard.
you will always get bigger odds to bet against the player receiving serve to win the first point of a game.
And of course, whilst the match has already started, the availability of betting on which player you think will emerge victoriously will still be open for you to place a bet, or top up on bets placed before the game started,
This market will be changing odds game by gam and even point by point throughout the action.
Exchange Tennis Betting
Being such a fast-paced game and with many games going to serve and seeing the scores ebb and flow, it provides a great many opportunities for 'sports traders' to bet on tennis on the betting exchanges. As the odds go up and down, they will be frantically buying and selling the prices trying to predict what will happen in the next point or two or the next game, entering and exiting the markets trying to make small bits of profit.
Take a look at our betting school guide for exchange betting where you'll find a wealth of information when you want to bet on Tennis at Betfair, Smarkets or Matchbook.
Tips for Winning at Tennis Betting
The best way of winning when betting on tennis is to make correct predictions, and not take chances, but that can be far easier said than done. So here are a few tips to consider before making your bets on the next big tennis event in the calendar.
As with all form of sports betting, you are going to be in the best position to make a prediction with two main skills
Understanding bookies odds and probability.
Combining these two skills will put you at an advantage over the vast majority of other people who bet on tennis. You can find out more about understanding bookies' odds and the benefit of value betting in other lessons in the OLBG betting school, so here, let's take a look at specializing in betting on tennis.
The more you can learn about tennis, the events, the venues the players and be up to date with the last news and player form, the more informed you will be in making a decision on which predictions you are willing to back up in the form of a bet by placing money at odds on the outcome.
Know the Events
Tennis is virtually year-round as a season these days, but there are four, perhaps five main tournaments each year that grab the publics' attention outside of the week-to-week tours around the world. These are the Grand Slam events in Australia France, the UK and US
Knowing the history of each of these events, the previous form of players, and the venues all help you come to a prediction which you can compare with the odds and decide whether to have a bet or not.
In no particular order, these are the 4 main grand slams each tennis season.
The Wimbledon Championships, also known as "the All-England Club" or simply the “AEC” is an annual tennis tournament held in London at which men and women compete for singles titles.
The championships have been played since 1877 making it one of two major tournaments that are still only open to amateur players (along with Queen's). They were originally called 'world' championship until 1977 when they became a British event under its current name It takes place in late June to Early July and is famed for champagne and strawberries and the rain covers!!
2. Australian Open
The Australian Open is an annual tennis tournament held in Melbourne, Australia at which both men and women compete for singles titles. The event takes place over the first two weeks of January each year. Day It was a Grand Slam (one among four major tournaments) until 1988 when they became one since then only open to professional players.
Being the first grand slam of the tennis season, it is not unusual to see a shock or two in the earlier rounds of the competition
3. French Open
The French Open is an annual tennis tournament held in Paris, France at which both men and women compete for singles titles. The event takes place over the first two weeks of May each year but has been played from late April to early June since 1983 due to a conflict with FIFA World Cup football matches taking place during that period (on different years).
4. US Open
The US Open is an annual tournament that takes place on the last week of August into September. It begins with a singles qualifying event followed by five other matches to see who will enter in round two.
Know The Players
Specilising on players is the best way to bet on tennis and being with a chance of making a profit, Let me explain.
Everyone knows pretty much everything there is to know about the top tennis players in the world. that probably extends to the top 10 or even 20 players, but start looking a bit further down the list, and you'll find players that are not taking quite o much notice of.
This is the area in which to specialise. it may not seem very sexy or appealing concentrating all your efforts on a run of the mill top 40 tennis player, but this is where your advantage lies - Pick ten players each from the men's or women tour, that are ranked below the top 25 and follow them like a spy.
Get to learn everything about them, which venues have played well at, which surfaces seem to suit, them, what style of player they tend to play better against, and follow their careers and current form as closely as you possibly can.
You are going to know when these guys are girls are getting the optimum conditions and opponents to spring a surprise or perform badly and you bet accordingly, probably at odds which will better than they really should be
Specialising in lower-ranked players really is the secret sauce of betting on tennis for profit.
Know the Venues
Knowing the venue for the tennis events around the world can all play into the great scheme of knowing your little stable of players so intimately. You ill know the conditions of each venue, and then be able to ascertain if your players are likely to play well or not. You will know their previous form at these courts, and head-to-head records against other players in similar conditions.
Again, what you can do is find a few of the smaller venues and specialise again. Get to know everything about the results of previous tournaments there and anything that seemed to affect particular players.
You'll soon be able to combine this intelligence with your gained info on your stable of players and find a great betting opportunity.
Know the Playing Surfaces
There are very few players who can maintain a top-level consistency that makes them better than every other tennis player across all played surfaces.
But you will find or two players that seem to play much better on one surface when compared to another. Have read the last two sections on specialising on players and venue, you know what to do.
Pick a surface and specialise.
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.
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.
Tennis Betting Guide Summary
Tennis is a game of skill, speed and power. Betting on tennis can be an overwhelming task for many people who are new to it but there's help out there in the form of this article which will guide you through everything from understanding what betting markets exist within televised matches all about how different playing surfaces change your bets - both before during play when they might affect either player more (grass vs clay).
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