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Tennis Betting

How to Bet on Tennis

Head-to-Head (H2H) – H2H betting is the most common bet within the game of tennis. Relatively straight-forward, bookmakers place a price on competing players/teams, indicative of their chance of victory. In a singles match, Novak Djokovic might be paying $1.75, favoured to beat Roger Federer who has odds of $2.45. A $10 bet on Djokovic and you net a return of $17.50 if he wins, while a successful $10 bet on Federer hands you a nice return of $24.50.

Multi Betting – Multi betting is a way of packaging several individual bets in to one larger bet. The more wagers you place in your multi bet, the higher the odds and the more money you can win, but you must get all the bets in your slip right (each bet is referred to as a leg), or else you lose the entire wager. It’s high risk, high-reward and the payouts can be very attractive.

Future Betting – You can place bets on events which occur later on down the track such as Grand Slams and ATP tournaments. You might get a good indication that Victoria Azarenka has been performing well in a few tournaments so you feel inclined to bet on her to win the French Open. Often (but not always), the earlier you place your bet the higher your odds will be. She may be paying $7.50 to win the French in January but after a strong showing at the Aussie Open, her odds could drop to $4.

Live Betting – Watch, make an informed decision on what will happen next and bet on a certain event as it is unfolding. Live betting is not always available online but all our recommended betting sites accept over the phone live bets. Check the website you are betting with for further availability details.

Wagering on Set Scores – In tennis you can punt on what the final set score will be in most matches (any or all sets) which adds another element of excitement to watching the game unfold. For example: Lleyton Hewitt is playing Tomas Berdych and you might want to bet that the second set result will end 7-5 in favour of Berdych.

Exotics – Tennis offers numerous exotic bets like what round a player will be eliminated from a certain tournament, will a specific player reach the final of an event, total sets in a match, and more.

The Four Grand Slams

1/ The Australian Open – Our beloved Australian Open takes place in January and is the first Grand Slam of the tennis season. Played on hard-court at Melbourne Park, it is one of the most watched sporting events down-under and a big draw-card for not only Aussie punters, but others too. Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka are the current singles reigning champs, while Roy Emerson (six) and Margaret Court (11) hold the most-ever singles titles.

2/ The French Open – The French Open (Roland Garros) is the only Grand Slam event to be played on clay and largely due to clay being a slow-playing surface, it is therefore recognised as the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. Rafael Nadal has taken home the last four consecutive titles and has won eight of the previous nine, his first title coming in 2005.

3/ Wimbledon – Considered the most prestigious event in tennis, Wimbledon (also referred to as The Championships) is located in the south-west of London, is the oldest tournament in the world and is the only remaining Grand Slam Major played on grass. Local player Andy Murray (Great Britain) took home his first ever Wimbledon title in 2013 after several attempts, beating Novak Djokovic in three sets much to the delight of his admiring home fans.

4/ The US Open – Held annually in late August and early September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York (hard-court surface), the U.S. Open concludes the four Major tournaments of the year. The current singles champions: Andy Murray and America’s own Serena Williams.

Tennis Gambling Tips

Location of the Event – The location and surface of each event has a significant impact on how different players perform. Rafael Nadal is regarded as the ‘undisputed King of Clay,’ having won eight titles at Roland Garros and while he is still an overall phenomenal player, he is not as strong on other surfaces as he is on clay. Browse over the history of players at specific tournaments to see how well they have fared.

Understand Your Wager – Make sure you understand what the different betting odds are indicating. There are numerous exotic bets within the tennis market (first set winner, will there be a tie-break in the match?) and so you don’t want to think you’ve placed a wager on a particular player to win a tournament only to find out you’ve actually bet on that player to simply win his/her first set.

Check for Injuries – Conduct some research on the players before placing complete faith in them to win you your bet. Injuries mightn’t necessarily sideline a player from any one tournament, especially if it is a Major, but could have an impact on them throughout the event. Weakened play among some of the best tennis players in the world is a result of nagging injuries.

Find the Best Odds – Don’t just settle for the one bookmaker. We advise passionate punters to open accounts with all our recommended betting sites to not only compare the best odds, but also to take full advantage of the first-time member bonuses. Little gains add up significantly over a long period of time.

Manage Your Money – Set yourself a limit when betting and then depending on how many bets you’d like to place, use a percentage of your total bankroll for specific wagers. Just because you might need to bet big to win big doesn’t always mean you should. Find an amount you would ultimately be happy to forfeit if you end up losing your bet (which we hope you don’t). This way you won’t go broke after one impulsive punt.

Have a look at the current ATP rankings and WTA rankings to get an idea of how well the players are travelling.