The importance of tennis bets
Although the British game culture still gives greater visibility to horse racing and football on any site or website, tennis is one of the most undervalued sports when it comes to betting and potential revenue. The more prolific a match is, the greater the range of prices that are usually available at betting houses and, given that there are tennis matches for most of the year, you can get good winnings quickly if you play with cunning.
As far as tennis is concerned, the period between May and September is especially moving and, contrary to what happens with football, tennis has a broader range of markets to choose from. In the following section, some of the most popular ones that we find in tennis bets appear.
Types of markets
It is important to identify the most lucrative market and it is always advisable to carefully read a preview from a tennis expert before placing a bet or making a combination. The bookmakers usually offer the basic tennis markets that are shown below:
- 1X2: The winner of the match
- More / Less: In tennis, this market can refer to whether a match will last more or less than a certain number of sets. For example, if a tennis player wins a match at the best of three sets without losing any set (2-0), the bet at less than 2.5 sets would be winning.
- Handicap: Same as in the 1X2, but now the player in question must win by two sets or more margin, depending on the handicap that is assigned. The fees for each tennis player are higher, so this market is interesting when the players are matched and most likely both win a set.
- Correct Marker: As a general rule, the more sets that appear in a correct marker, the higher the quotas. For example, betting that a tennis player will win a match at the best of five sets by 3-2 usually offers a price much higher than 3-0 (consecutive sets). However, the price difference between a win with consecutive sets and one without consecutive sets is less drastic when the players are matched.
- Final winner: It does not appear in the inpidual matches, it is the price per tennis player to the winner of the tournament.
Tennis players to bet
Normally, in tournaments where the ‘seed’ system is used, players who compete as seeded players are considered more likely to advance. This pattern has a greater importance in the four ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments. In chronological order, they are:
- Australian Open (hard court)
- Open de France (clay)
- Wimbledon (grass)
- United States Open (hard court)
The ranking system used by the ATP and the WTA is based on the results of the ranking players during a period of 12 months. In normal conditions, the ranking is a strong reference, but there are extenuating circumstances such as injuries or penalties that make a player in the top of the ranking plummet. Unless the relevant authorities grant the player in question a license to maintain their ranking. The investigation into the strengths and weaknesses of the tennis player, along with their recent results, are the two most important elements to be considered by a bettor in order to be successful.
Live betting and the value of money
In the era of live betting, in which betting applications offer instant modifications, there are many betting houses that compete to offer the best option to bettors. While some bookmakers opt for long-term bets, focusing on those events that are more popular, tennis (by its very nature) requires quick offers.
Tennis bets: a bulwark of change
The increasing frequency of tennis matches in the market, together with the growing expansion of betting applications, has changed the nature of sports betting on a wide scale. In this way, bookmakers have been forced to change their way of working. In order to face the amount of competitions that currently exist, some bookmakers strive to identify the bets with the best values. There are betting houses that even offer the probability of a result next to the price.