Tennis Betting

Tennis has been a popular sport for players, spectators, and sports bettors worldwide since the late 1800s. The fast-paced action game is suitable for a cardio workout, entertaining to watch, and a thrilling sport to bet on both live and pre-game. It is a popular game among both punters and sportsbooks. There are so many tennis tournaments to bet on, making it even better.

This article has some insightful information on tennis betting for both novices and seasoned bettors.

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Best Tennis betting

Best Tennis betting

Tennis has been around for many years, with the modern form taking place around 1859. Since then, there have been informal bets on the outcomes of games. When official sports betting became a mainstream activity, tennis was among the first sports to be adopted by bookmakers in addition to the then common horserace betting.

The popularity of tennis betting has grown steadily since it first began. Today, there are big tournaments and star players that attract punters in droves to bet on game outcomes. Names such as Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams are often 'sure bets' for many bettors. Big tournaments like the Opens (Wimbledon, Australian, and French) and the Olympics are always popular with bettors.

Today, online sports betting has made betting on tennis even more popular. People are able to stake in overseas betting companies and receive their winnings instantly. Betting companies have also expanded markets by introducing live in-play betting, cash-outs, and virtual tennis games and leagues.

Best Tennis betting
How to bet on Tennis

How to bet on Tennis

Tennis games are played as singles or doubles matches. The first step is to pick a betting site that offers large markets (many things to bet on), is user-friendly, has good support, and is efficient in payments. Once this is done, anyone can bet on tennis with ease. Popular bets include:

  • Money Line: The outright winner of a tennis match.
  • Game Spread: Betting on the player/team that will win more matches over a certain period, e.g., a tournament or series.
  • Set Spread: Betting on how sets will be won in a match. For example, will a player win two straight sets, win the first and lose the other two, and so on.
  • Other bets include over/under, futures, and props.

Placing these bets requires a punter to deposit a stake in their betting account. On the betting site, the odds for each outcome are given. (Odds are discussed in the next section of this article).

The player checks their predicted outcome, enters an amount to stake then clicks 'confirm.' The stake is then deducted from the player's betting account as they await results. Winning bets are usually paid out instantly through a method of the player's choice.

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Tennis betting odds

Tennis betting odds

Odds are the size of the challenge that a player has to overcome to win a game. If a player has odds of one (favorite), the game is easier for them than it is for a player with odds of 10.

For bettors, therefore, the bigger odds means they will win more, i.e., betting on an underdog is a high-risk bet, but it has better returns. These are often explained in general articles on how to bet on sports and those offering sports betting tips.

Tennis bets are similar to those of other sports. However, the same bets are expressed differently in different parts of the world. There are fractional/British odds, European/decimal odds, and American/ Moneyline odds.

In fractional odds, the first number is the winnings one gets from placing a wager denoted by the second number. 5/1 odds means five dollars are won for one dollar wagered. Decimal odds denote the number by which to multiply the stake to get the final winning. A 2.5 odd means a person who bets $10 will receive $25 if they win, inclusive of their stake.

Moneyline odds have a + or - sign before the numbers. Favorites have -ve odds while underdogs have +ve odds. A winner receives their wager plus the amount indicated on the money line.

Tennis betting odds