Online Tennis Betting Guide – Markets and Odds Explained

tennis betting guide

There are two types of tennis betting – these are “Pre-Tournament Tennis betting” and “in-game tennis betting“. Tennis is a very popular sport to gamble on – especially online. It is popular because the number of matches means you can play a lot of accumulators, the matches are always “head to head” so there is never a “draw” like there is in other sports and the speed that each point is scored makes it more difficult for the bookmakers to choose their odds which can make it very profitable for punters.

The Grand Slam Tournaments of course are always popular but tennis (like golf) has tournaments such as Masters, The Davis Cup and hundreds of other satellite tournaments being played all over the world every week – all the year around. Another great thing about tennis betting is that there is no “off-season” so using long-term betting strategies is also possible.

Where can I bet on tennis?

As with soccer betting, tennis is a huge sport for the on-line gambling community and so once you have registered with almost any top on-line bookmaker you can start placing bets on tennis.

What tournaments can I bet?

You can bet on all of the professional tennis tournaments that means every tournament hosted by ATP and WTA , and also ITF challenger tournaments. In addition, of course, you can bet on the Olympic games on every 4 years.

Popular tournaments

These are popular big tournaments you can bet.

Gland Slam
The Australian Open(Jan , Australia)
The French Open(May , France)
The Wimbledon(Jun, UK)
The US Open(Aug, USA)

The BNP Paribas Masters(Mar, USA)
The Miami Open(Mar, USA)
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters(Apr, Monaco)
The Mutua Madrid Open(May, Spain)
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia(May, Italy)
The Rogers Cup(Jul, Canada)
The Western & Southern Open(Aug, USA)
The Shanghai Rolex Masters(Oct, China)
The BNP Paribas Masters(Oct, France)

Tour Finals
ATP World Tour Finals(Nov, UK)
WTA Finals(Oct, Singapore, for women)

National Teams Competition
The Davis Cup
The Fed Cup

Every bookmaker offers a lot of odds for these tournaments more than for small events.

What bets can I make? – Pre tournament

The bets that you can place will depend on the market you choose to gamble on. A pre-tournament betting market will often include the following markets:

Tournament Winner
Tournament Winner Each Way
To reach – round “x”
Match – Win / Lose
Correct Score Set
Correct Score Game
To win the first set
To win the first set and win the match
To lose the first set and win the match
To win the first set and lose the match
To win at least one set
Total match sets
Total match games
Total match games odd / even

What bets can I make? – In-game

In-game (or Live” betting on tennis has become extremely popular for punters and has seen a steady increase in the number of people gambling on tennis – especially serious punters. Because the game can change and “swing” so suddenly there is a large range in the prices that bookmakers offer which can often lead to “arbitrage” situations. An in-game betting market will often include the following markets:

Match – Win / Lose
Win / Lose the current set
Win / Lose the next set
Win / Lose the current game
Win / Lose the next game
To win the current set and win the game
To win the current set and lose the game
To lose the current set and win the game
To win the game Serve – Love
To lose the game to Serve – Love
To win a love game
To break serve
To Hold serve

In Conclusion

As you can see from the above markets there are a lot of markets to choose from and a lot of potential to make profit from these markets. The main online bookmakers offer most of these markets although they may not offer them for every match.

There is often great “value” in the tennis betting markets. In addition to this, there are often lower ranked players that are specialists on a specific surface or play better in different conditions and they will often “upset” a higher ranked player – at least in one set (or two in Grand Slam events) if not the match.

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