For those just starting out, the breadth of markets, complexity of surfaces and variety of formats can make it a confusing beast. So we thought it was important to break it all down and serve up a tennis betting guide – all designed to help you win more crypto!
Tennis bet types
The winner, or moneyline, simply refers to picking who will win a match. In tennis, this normally means selecting the winner of a head-to-head men’s singles or women’s singles match. But at certain tournaments, you can also bet on men’s doubles, women’s doubles or mixed doubles matches.
The games handicap market refers to the difference between the total games won by each player during the course of a match.
So, if the selection is Djokovic +4.5, and Djokovic wins 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. That means Djokovic has won 5 more games than his opponent so you have a winning bet.
This is a good bet type to consider if you think that a player is going to perform better than expected, but you’re not entirely confident they’re going to win. Games handicap betting like spread betting in other sports – effectively giving the underdog a head start, or an even playing field if you like.
If the handicap amount is set correctly, the player who performs better than expected will be the winning bet – and this provides a wealth of opportunity from a betting perspective.
Sportsbooks set a line for how many total games might be played during the entire match, and you decide if the actual number of games will go over or under that number.
With men’s tennis matches lasting anything between 3 and 5 sets and women’s either 2 or 3 sets, there is a vast scope for value.
Tennis matches often have a clear favourite. And odds as short as 1.10 – sometimes even lower – are commonplace when it comes to top players facing low-ranked opponents in the early rounds of a tournament.
Of course, you can back Federer or Djokovic to beat a distant outsider – it’s a relatively safe bet. But let’s put that in perspective: you’d need to stake 100 m฿ just to make a profit of 10 m฿. And if the unthinkable occurs, you’ll wind up in a massive hole! So, in terms of weighing up the risk versus reward, some single-match betting picks are hardly worth bothering with.
This is where the parlay comes in. In the early rounds of a tennis tournament, aim to select a handful of top-ranked players and combine them into a multiple bet. Five top players at average odds of 1.20 will cruise through their matches more often than not – and in that example, your bet would pay out a profit of 149 m฿ on top of your 100 m฿ stake.
Tennis is made for live betting. And it’s no surprise it has become one of the most popular sports to bet on in the play, with a host of sportsbooks including our top-ranked sites offering live streaming coverage for certain events.
The flow of a tennis match is very stop-start, with regular breaks between games, and mini delays between points. This ensures that in-play markets are always functioning, but also fluctuating, and the momentum of a match can shift dramatically in a short time.
Popular markets include the winner of the current set in-running, the current game, and even the next point.
In men’s tennis breaking serve is paramount to the match’s end result. so breaks cause significant odds swings. Women’s tennis is less dependent on the serve, so much so it makes the outcomes less predictable overall.