Tennis is a very popular sport to bet on, and to get started, you just need to learn a few basics. This tennis betting guide will help you learn how to read the different kind of odds available, and we’ll share some helpful tips on tennis betting strategy.
Moneyline Betting on Tennis
The most simple kind of bet to understand is the moneyline bet. Simply put, you’re betting on who you think will win the match. Oddsmakers will set lines on each of the players, and you can choose to bet on the favorite (represented by the number with the (-) symbol in front of it) or the underdog (shown as the number with the (+) symbol in front of it.) Let’s take a look at an example:
The odds here are shown next to each player’s name. Angelique Kerber is the favorite, as you can see from the -304 in the Match Winner section. That number is how much you’d have to wager to win $100. In front of Ekaterine Gorgodze’s number is a plus sign (+216) which is how much you’d win if you’d wagered $100.
Totals (Over/Under) Tennis Betting
Another popular tennis bet is a wager on the Totals. A number is given in our example above, of 19.5. You’re betting on if the combined number of games played will be Over or Under that amount. For example, if the final score of the match is 6-4 6-3, then the total will be 6 + 4+ 6 +3 = 19.)
Bettors might choose to bet on the Over/Under if a clear winner isn’t obvious in the matchup. If you think the two players are well matched and that it might be a close score, you could choose to bet on the total going over.
Learn more about Over/Under Totals betting.
Futures Tennis Betting
When you bet on Futures, you’re wagering on events that are scheduled to happen in the future. Our example above shows the Futures odds for Wimbledon, an event you can bet on many months before it actually occurs.
In our example, you can see that Novak Djokovic is favoured to win Wimbledon at +146, meaning you’d have to bet $146 to win $100. A much riskier bet would be on a player like Milos Raonic, whose price is listed in the odds as +2753, but with that higher risk comes a much larger payout if Raonic were to win.
Tennis Betting Strategies
A great starting strategy to betting on any sports, including tennis, is to keep track of a player’s current statistics. You can garner a lot of helpful information by looking at which way a player is trending recently, if they’re struggling with injuries, and if they’ve played their opponent before.
Another specific aspect of tennis to be mindful of is the kind of court surface that certain matches and tournaments are played on. Different players excel on certain surfaces, the main three being clay, grass and hard court.
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