Tennis Betting Odds And Predictions
Looking to bet on tennis? Tennis betting is extremely popular sport with fans enjoying the action from all four major grand slams and multiple tournaments throughout the season.
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13-19 January 2019. Australian Open Tennis – Week
14-27 January 2019. The 107th Australian Open begins on 14 January 2019, with the Men’s Singles champion set to be crowned on Sunday, 27th January
Tennis Betting Odds
ATP French Open Outright Odds
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WTP French Open Outright Odds
The outright lines (or Match Winner market) on tennis can often provide little value to punters in Canada and other markets must be explored. Player’s abilities and current form is considered when traders price up tennis matches. Some bettors make a steady profit from betting large stakes on short priced players but this is a risky strategy and is understandably not for everyone.
The players are classified in rankings which are adjusted after each tournament concludes and if a World Top 10 competitor plays a lower ranked player, they will be priced up accordingly. The pay-out would be lessened but the likelihood of the wager landing is increased.
- Player A has a higher ranking and has previously performed well at this tournament.
He starts at -400
- Player B has a lower ranking and has shown patchy recent form.
He starts at +300
- This is typical of a first round match at any major tournament on the ATP (Mens) circuit.
However, In-Play betting will alter these lines dramatically if the match takes an unexpected turn. Lower ranked players can often make a fast start but suffer from a lack of stamina later in the match.
If Player B goes a break up in the first set. The match odds will become much closer.
The best way of finding some value is often waiting until the favourite (Player A) makes an error or falls unexpectedly behind. As a result the odds begin to look more appealing (-150 for example)
Tips for Betting on Tennis
- There are many factors to consider when placing a bet on tennis. The sport is very dependent on the individual player’s mindset and fitness although punters are not often privy to this kind of information. The main tennis season begins in January and runs until November with tournaments taking place across the world.
- Tiredness and fitness worries can be something to consider around September/October as some players can suffer from fatigue following a long season. The season is split across three different surfaces: Hard Court (Approximately January-March & August-November) Clay Court (Approximately March-June) Grass Court (Approximately June-August) This is EXTREMELY important and one of the major things to consider when placing a wager on the sport. Certain players thrive on particular surfaces.
- South American & Spanish tennis stars are often trained on clay courts and have adapted and acclimatised to these kind of surroundings. Players from Canada have often practiced on hard courts or occasionally grass and are more adept during these parts of the season. At BettingTop10 we recommend always checking tennis stats before placing a wager with particular focus on surface performance.
Some players cannot cope with the clay or grass courts and have a negative record on these surfaces. Thorough research is required to be successful in tennis betting. One other tip would be to avoid wagering on players who have a poor attitude. There are a number of players on the ATP and WTA tour who only perform when it comes to the bigger stage or when they can be bothered. This temperament does not lead to long term success and they are the kind of players who will lead to losses if backing long-term.
Big Tournaments You Can Bet On
Your Need to Know Guide: French Open
Since 1891 the French Open has been one of the highlights of the tennis schedule.
In 2019, the clay showpiece will host its 123rd edition, with the tournament baring witness to some incredible moments in the history of game.
But as the superstars of the modern game prepare to descend on Stade Roland Garros once more, it never hurts to do a little swotting up.
So, read on and learn all you need to know about the only clay court grand slam event of the year and bamboozle your friends with your superior knowledge.
- Its not always been at Roland Garros
Named after the French aviator Roland Garros, the famous venue has hosted the French Open since 1928.
However, as the tournament was founded in 1891, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that more than one location must have been in play prior to the switch to the current iconic location. In total, five venues have hosted the French Open.Puteaux, in the western suburbs of Paris, the Racing Club de France in Bois de Boulogne (a large Parisian Park), Société Athlétique de la Villa Primrose in Bordeaux, and the Tennis Club de Paris in Auteuil (Paris) have also hosted the French Open before the tournament found its home at Roland Garros.
- Tournament format
In 2019, the French Open will run from Sunday 26th May until Sunday 9th June and will comprise a number of competitions such as the Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles, juniors (boys/girls and boys’ and girls’ doubles), wheelchair individual and doubles and legends.As with all tennis grand slams, the men’s and women’s singles tournaments are the showpiece, and 128 players enter the main draw in each set.The format is simple – knockout tennis all the way to the final with the women playing the championship match on Saturday and the men on Sunday.
- The king of clay
When it comes to making a bet, it is impossible to look beyond Rafael Nadal.The Spaniard is the king of clay having won the only grand slam on that surface a whopping eleven times including in 2018.Romanian Simona Halep is the ladies defending champion, but Naomi Osaka is well worth keeping an eye on after the 21-year-old swept to the Australian Open title earlier this year.
Your Need to Know Guide: Grand Slam
- Every sport has its ultimate individual achievement.
- In football it is winning the Ballon D’or, in motorsport it is claiming the Triple Crown (Monaco GP, Indy 500, Le Mans 24 hrs) and in golf it is landing all four Majors.
- Tennis is no different. Winning a grand slam tournament is deemed the major prize in the sport, and succeeding in all of the grand slams is the highest achievement possible in the individual game.
So, what are grand slams?
- In total, there are four tennis grand slams each year, each played over a two-week period.
- In chronological order they are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
- Both the Australian Open and US Open are played on a hard compound surface, while the French Open is played on a clay court and Wimbledon a grass court surface.
- All four grand slam events see 128 competitors start in the men’s singles and ladies single’s events, with male and female doubles and mixed doubles tournaments occurring within the two weeks of the tournaments.
- Of the four, Wimbledon is the oldest having first been played in 1877. The US Open was first played in 1881, the French Open 1891 and the Australian Open 1905.
- All four tournaments offer the greatest prize money, ranking points and public and media attention for individual players.
- One of the ultimate accolades for any player is win all four grand slams in a career.
- The only way to top that is to win all four titles within a 12-month period, meaning a player is the holder of all grand slams at once.
- Only six players have completed the calendar slam in the singles events, with American Don Budge the first to do so in 1938.
- The feat is incredibly difficult to achieve, which is why such long odds are handed out for a player to achieve the calendar slam. They are a little shorter when it comes to winning all four tournaments in a player’s career.
- Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal are three such players still competing today to hold this remarkable accolade, giving punters a real treat in the grand slam betting markets.
Your Need to Know Guide: US Open
- The US Open has the honour of being the fourth and final grand slam event of the year and since it began in 1881, the competition has served up a treat while boasting a unique trait the other grand slams cannot match.
- From 1881 to 1974 the tournament was played on grass. Between 1975 and 1977 the playing court switched to clay and from 1978 onwards the US Open has joined the Australia in being a hard-court grand slam event.
- So, with the 139th US Open set to get underway on the 26th August, we answer all the need to know questions, so you can win over your friends with your US Open knowledge.
Where is it?
- These days the US Open is held at the iconic USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, in Queens, New York.
- The finals are played in the Arthur Ashe Stadium which can hold just over 23,000 spectators and is named after 1968 US Open champion, the first winner of the tournament once professionals were permitted to enter.
- However, the US Open has not always called Flushing Meadows home. From 1881 to 1914, Newport Casino in Rhode Island was the first venue for the tournament and from 1915 to 1977, West Side Tennis club was the competition’s home.
- As with all grand slam events, each singles draw sees 128 competitors feature in round one with a knockout format all the way to the final.
- The men play a best-of-five set format with the ladies playing a best of three with mixed and men and ladies doubles events also forming part of the two-week event.
Chris Evert and Serena Williams have both claimed the most US Open titles in the ladies draw in the current Open Era with six victories apiece.
The men’s draw sees Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras all share five titles each.
Who’s hot this year?
Novak Djokovic is the men’s defending champion and will be a popular bet with punters to make it a fourth US Open.
However, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro reached the final 12 months ago and could be worth an outside shot, especially each way, to reach the final once again with numerous top stars suffering injury woes.
Your Need to Know Guide: Wimbledon
- Think of Wimbledon and immediately strawberries and cream, Pimms, a strict dress code and Henman Hill/Murray Mound surely spring to mind.
- The tournament, held in London’s swish SW19, is steeped in English tradition, and one that is arguably seen as the one they all want to win – much like the Masters in Golf.
- It has been 142 years since the Wimbledon Championships were founded when Old Harrovian rackets player Spencer Gore won the inaugural Wimbledon title in front of roughly 200 spectators in 1877.
- The entirety of the Wimbledon Championships have been played in the London borough, making it the world’s longest-serving tennis location and oldest tennis grand slam, preceding the US Open by four years.
- So, as the third grand slam of the year (and only one on grass) rolls into its 133rd edition in 2019, we explain exactly how it works and who you should be keeping an eye out for in the betting odds.
- For a number of years now, Wimbledon has featured multiple tournaments throughout its two weeks, with the men’s and ladies’ singles events the show piece.
- Other events comprising the Wimbledon Championships are the men’s and ladies’ doubles, mixed doubles and numerous junior categories as above.
- At the start of the tournament, 128 players start in the men’s singles and ladies’ singles with the format playing out in a straight elimination with no second chances.
- The men play a best of five sets format while the ladies play a best of three throughout the tournament, with the ladies’ singles final taking place on the Saturday of the second week and the men’s final on the Sunday.
- For the men’s doubles and ladies’ doubles, 64 pairings in each category start in round one with 48 pairs contesting the mixed doubles format.
After multiple injuries and a hip operation at the beginning of the year, Britain’s Andy Murray announced he would retire from the sport after Wimbledon.
Whether or not the 31-year-old will go through with those plans remains to be seen but there would be few dry eyes in the house should the two-time Wimbledon champion go out on a high.
America’s Serena Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon ladies champion and always worth keeping an eye on, although Germany’s Angelique Kerber is the defending champion.
Tennis Betting Markets & Rules
We’ve already covered the outright betting markets. To find success in an outright tennis match bet, the player needs to be declared victorious. On the regular ATP and WTA tour, matches are competed over the best of three sets whilst in Grand Slams the male tennis players compete in a best of five scenario. A player can win in straight sets – for example: 6-2, 6-4 OR A player can win in three sets –
For example: 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 It is possible to place a wager on a match going to three sets or being completed in just two.
This is found in the ‘Set Betting’ section of the sportsbook. Each player must win six games to complete the set however some competitors cannot be separated and once the set reaches a 6-6 score-line, a tie-break is required. Punters in Canada can wager on the possibility of a tie-break occurring. These aren’t particularly common so huge returns can be secured if predicting it correctly. Handicap Betting is another terrific way of extracting value from a match. It rates as one of the most popular forms of tennis betting. These are based on the amount of games a player should win and will often be displayed as -5.5, -6.5 or even +3.5. In order to secure a victory, Player A will need to win 12 games (6 per set) as a minimum.
For example – The handicap is set at -4.5 games for Player A and +4.5 games for Player B. If player A wins 6-4, 6-3, the -4.5 game handicap is a winner. Here’s how it is calculated – Amount of games won – Player A – 6+6 =12 Player B – 4+3 =7 Subtract -4.5 from 12 games of Player A = 7.5 This total is still bigger than 7 and the bet would land. 7 + 4.5 = 11.5 games meaning the handicap +4.5 on Player B would not win.