How To Bet On Tennis: A Beginners Guide
Making money betting on tennis comes down to three fundamental elements - first, finding betting value, second, applying a sound money management strategy and third and perhaps most importantly, maintaining discipline. In our detailed introductory guide to tennis betting, we'll show you how to become profitable long term betting on tennis.
Betting on tennis is huge business. Tennis is now second only to soccer in terms of worldwide popularity, and billions are wagered annually on it, for one simple reason - there is a tennis match being played somewhere in the world virtually 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with multiple markets and methods of betting available.
Betting On Tennis: An Introduction
Before you begin betting on tennis, it’s worth learning a little about the structure and history of the great sport that you will be wagering upon.
Tennis is one of the most exciting and entertaining sports in the world. Tennis is unique in that it is as gladiatorial as boxing - it pits two rivals against each other in the most physical and athletic of environments - and yet it is a non-contact sport. Its greatest rivalries, be they Connors vs McEnroe, Sampras vs Agassi or Federer vs Nadal, have thrown up encounters as gripping and visceral as anything seen inside a boxing ring.
Male tennis players are arguably the fittest athletes in the world, but the wear-and-tear of matches played at full-throttle, often on hard surfaces over a long season unfortunately leads to relatively short careers, with very few top players making it into their 30s on the tour.
Women’s tennis remains the only sport in which professional female athletes can consistently earn sums comparable to men, and for good reason. Since the open era in 1968, players like Margaret Court, Billy Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Venus and Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have been as famous and recognizable as any male sports star.
1 - Tennis Tournaments To Bet On
2 - Tennis Betting Odds Explained
3 - Tennis Value Bets
4 - Tennis Betting Explained
5 - Best Tennis Betting Strategies
6 - Tennis Betting Spreadsheet
7 - Selecting A Bookmaker For Tennis Betting
8 - Tennis Free Bets & Bookmaker Offers
9 - Tennis Live Streaming
10 - Following Tennis Betting Tips
11 - Summary
1- Tennis Tournaments To Bet On
Men’s Professional Tennis
There are three tiers to men’s professional tennis; the ATP tour which is the top tier, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF Futures tour, and all play an important role in keeping the tennis machine rolling.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is the governing body of the men’s professional game. Although the ATP is an independent organization it is ultimately answerable to the sport’s world governing body, the ITF (International Tennis Federation). The ITF retains control of and supervises the Grand Slam events, the Davis Cup and Federation Cup and the Olympic tennis event. Think of the ATP as the Premiership and the ITF as FIFA and you’ll get a basic understanding of how the relationship works.
The ATP was formed in 1972 by a consortium that included legendary player Jack Kramer. Back then there were several governing bodies in pro tennis including the WCT (World Championship Tennis) and the Grand Prix tennis circuit, but by 1990 all had merged with the ATP.
Players on both the ATP and WTA tours are ranked in accordance with points they have accumulated over a twelve month period. The amount of points available is relevant to the status of an event. For example, the winner of an ATP 250 event will gain 250 pts, while the winner of a Slam event like Wimbledon will gain 2000 pts. Players also gain points for wherever they finish in an event, from runner-up right down to a first round exit.
The player ranked no.1 in the world is the player who has gained the most points in a twelve month period at that point, and the rest of the world rankings function correspondingly.
Points gained at an event are retained for exactly twelve months, and will then be taken off the player’s points total. The expression “defending a lot of points” comes from a player’s need to do as well in an event as they did twelve months earlier to maintain their position in the world rankings. It’s not unusual in tennis for a player who performed exceptionally well at a slam event the previous year and then suffers an early exit from that same slam event twelve months later to see their world ranking drop dramatically.
ATP Tour Events
|4 Grand Slams||Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open.|
|9 Masters Series 1000||Events include Miami, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo and Cincinnati.|
|13 ATP 500 Series||Events include Dubai, Queens Club, China|
|39 ATP 250 Series||Event include Qatar, Brisbane, Nottingham, .|
|1 ATP Finals||London World Tour Finals, .|
ATP Challenger Tour
The ATP Challenger Tour is the second tier of men's professional tennis. Players ranked outside the world’s top-80 and former juniors making their way in the game frequent this tour. Success on the Challenger Tour will earn a player enough ranking points to either enter the qualifying draw or the main draw of an ATP tour event.
It is not unusual to see familiar faces playing on this tour, and over the years many big names in tennis have dipped in and out of the Challenger Tour due to a drop in rankings including Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic, Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Gasquet, Marcos Baghdatis and Bernard Tomic.
ITF Futures Tour
While it may lack the glamor of the main tours, the ITF Futures Tour is the bread-and-butter of both the men’s and women’s professional games. There are an incredible 600+ men’s Futures Tour events and also 500+ women’s Futures Tour events played in 77 countries around the world between January and July.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
The Women’s Tennis Association is the top tier of women’s tennis, much like the ATP is in the men’s game. The WTA was founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, who was the biggest star in women’s tennis at that time, and remains arguably its most important and influential figure ever.
Prior to the establishment of the WTA, female pros played on the Virginia Slims and Women’s Grand Prix tours, and these would both be absorbed into Billie Jean King’s fledgling organization. The WTA would go from strength-to-strength and it has subsequently grown into the strongest women’s professional sporting governing body in the world.
While women’s tennis has gone through its highs and lows in terms of global popularity (as has the men’s game), is has always outstripped any other female professional sport in terms of profile and the income it generates. Its top players enjoy a level of fame that is far in excess of comparative athletes from other fields. Mia Hamm and Marta are legends of women’s soccer, and Annika Sörenstam may well be the Tiger Woods of women’s golf, but their profiles are incomparable to those of a Martina Navratilova or a Steffi Graff, a Monica Seles, a Serena or Venus Williams, a Maria Sharapova and even an Anna Kournikova.
WTA Tour Events
In a calendar year the WTA tour consists of these events:
|4 Grand Slams||Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open.|
|Premier Mandatory Tournaments||Events include Miami, Indian Wells, Madrid and Beijing.|
|Premier Five||Events include Doha/Dubai, Roma, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and Wuhan.|
|WTA Finals||London WTA Tour Championships.|
|International Tournaments||32 events|
|WTA 125k Series||7 events|
Between the ATP, WTA, Challenger Tour and ITF Futures events, there are matches played worldwide from January to November. Even in the closed season there are several exhibition events played, like the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championships which takes place in late December in Dubai and features several of the sport’s biggest names.
2 - Tennis Betting Odds Explained
As in all forms of sports betting, the odds are key. Odds determine how much a bettor will win from a wager, providing they are successful and have correctly predicted the outcome.
On sports betting websites the odds relating to an event are displayed in three ways; in fractions - which is a popular choice in the UK and Ireland, in decimals which is popular across Europe and the southern hemisphere and in the form of a moneyline which is mainly used in North America.
No matter how knowledgeable a bettor or a tipster may be, as all sporting events are open to human error, sports betting will never be an exact science. However the laws of probability do determine that an event is more or less likely to occur.
What Do Tennis Betting Odds Mean?
What do tennis betting odds represent? If a player is listed at odds of 1.75 to win a Grand Slam match, what does this mean? Betting odds represent a likelihood (often referred to as the ' implied probability' ) of a particular outcome occurring. So if a player is listed at 1.75 to win a match, these odds reflect what the bookmaker believes that player's chances of winning the match are.
So what are the chances a player listed at 1.75 will win the match? We can answer this with a simple formula:
Converting decimal odds to implied probability formula:
|Implied probability||=||1 / decimal odds|
So in our example, the chances of a player listed at 1.75 winning a match are:
|1 / 1.75||=||0.5714||=||57.14%|
Understanding the probability expressed in betting odds is key to successful golf betting. Knowing how to convert odds into their implied probability will only help enhance your chances of long term success betting on tennis.
How Do Tennis Betting Odds Work?
So how much will you win if you place a bet on a particular player and he or she wins their match? This is a very simple calculation:
|Your Profit||=||(Stake * Odds) - Stake|
So let’s say we place a £10 bet on a player listed at odds of 1.75 to win an upcoming match. And let’s say that player wins. How much profit will you make on your bet?
|Your Profit||=||(£10 * 1.75) - £10|
|Your Profit||=||(£17.50) - £10|
So in our example we would make a profit of £7.50 on our £10 bet. A nice win indeed.
For more advice on betting odds and what they mean take a look at these articles:
Tennis Odds In Action: An Example
Heading into the 2014 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal was the top seed in Melbourne and the world no.1. Nadal was hot-off a sensational return to top form in 2013 that saw him come back from injury to take both the French and U.S. Opens plus nine other titles. After dismissing Roger Federer easily in the semifinals, Nadal was a strong 1.18 favourite to defeat Stan Wawrinka in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. At those odds, if a bettor placed a £10 bet on Nadal to win, they would win back a total of £11.80 – including the original £10 stake, making a profit of just £1.80.
As a probability, there was an 84.75% chance of a Nadal victory.
Despite playing the best tennis of his career and defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, Stan Wawrinka was a massive 5.60 underdog going into the final against Nadal. This was primarily based on his record of 12 straight defeats against the Spaniard in all meetings, in which Wawrinka had failed to even win a set.
However, some expert tipsters sensed an upset was on the cards. Sure Nadal was on a roll and playing great tennis, but so was Wawrinka. Sure Stan had never beaten Rafa, but he hadn’t beaten Djokovic in seven years and 14 matches before this event. Besides, he’d been getting closer to Nadal, losing their previous match in two tight sets 7-6, 7-6.
Also, Wawrinka’s power game was well suited to the super-fast hardcourts of Melbourne. While Nadal was an excellent all-court player, his game was still primarily that of a clay-courter, relying on dogged defensive play from the baseline.
A £10 pound bet on a Wawrinka win at odds of 5.60 would return a total of £56 including the original £10 pound stake, showing a £46 profit.
However, according to the odds there was only a 17.86% probability of a Wawrinka victory. It was a long shot, would it pay off?
In the end, Stan The Man won the 2014 Australian Open defeating Nadal in four sets, claiming his first Slam in the process.
3 - Tennis Value Bets
Developing a tennis betting strategy and a tennis betting system is relatively straightforward and easy to implement. The same two fundamental betting strategies apply to tennis as do to any other sport.
- Always look for value in a bet
- If you are going to back the long shot, have a sound basis or theory in which to do so.
Searching for value in tennis betting means searching for the best possible odds on a probability. For example, let’s say Novak Djokovic is about to play Rafael Nadal. These two have played each other more times than any other rivalry in the open era. Of late, Djokovic has been winning their matchups in ever more emphatic fashion. The bookies will make Djokovic a clear favorite to defeat Nadal, but to get the best value from the bet, choosing a straight sets win would be the better option.
A Djokovic victory by any means might be 1.29, so if you wagered £10 you would get back £12.90, a profit of just £2.90.
A straight-sets victory for the “Djoker” may see the odds at a more amenable 1.83, converting to a probability of 54.64%. The profit from a £10 bet has now risen to £8.3.
To make things even more interesting, we could handicap Djokovic to not lose more than seven games in the match, or a -7.5 handicap. The probability is now 40% that Djokovic will win in such empathic fashion, but our research shows that in four of his last six encounters with Rafa he has dropped a total of three, six, four and six games – adding evidence to our argument. Based on those last six matches, our probability of success is actually 60%.
Based on the -7.5 handicap, the odds would now change to 2.50, meaning we will potentially win £25 off a £10 bet with a profit of £15.
What Is A Value Bet?
It cannot be understated enough. The key to long term tennis betting success is to bet only when there is value in the odds. But how do we calculate betting value? It’s a very simple calculation:
|Value||=||(Decimal Odds * Your Assessed Probability) - 1|
So let’s say we are betting on a player at odds of 2.50 to win a Grand Slam match. We’ve done our research and have decided that in our estimation there’s a 45%% chance this player will win the match. Are the odds of 2.50 offering us any value?
|Value||=||(2.50 * 0.45) - 1|
|Value||=||1.125 - 1|
Whenever the value is greater than 0, we have a value bet. So given the odds of 8.0 and our assessed probability of 45%, there is 12.5% value in the odds on offer of 2.50. This is a great value bet.
The trick to beating bookmaker odds is in making more accurate assessments of a given outcome’s probability than those of the bookmaker. If you can do this consistently, you will be a long term profitable tennis bettor. In our example we assessed that the player had a 45% chance of winning the match, while the bookmaker odds of 2.50 reflected a probability of 40.0%. It is a value opportunity for us because we believe the chances of the player winning the tennis match are greater than the probability represented by the bookmaker’s odds.
For more information on betting value and tennis staking strategies, read the following articles.
4 - Tennis Betting Explained
Tennis bettors are blessed with a multitude of markets they can choose from. Here are some of the most popular methods of how to bet on tennis online:
- Match Betting
- Handicap Betting
- Over/Under Totals
- Correct Score
- Set Winner
- In-Play Betting
- Tournament Winner
The most straightforward and least complicated form of tennis betting. Do some research, then pick a player and back them to win.
Also known as how to bet the tennis spread, this is the perfect way to wager when a match looks too one-sided for the match-winner odds to be worthwhile. Simply choose if you think a player will lose no more than 5 games in match (-5.5 handicap) or if a player will win more than five games in a match (+5.5 handicap.) The handicap system can also be used for sets, but works better in five set matches that are played in the Slams and the Davis Cup.
If you are new to this term and wonder how to bet on tennis over/under, this is an increasingly popular form of betting, and is also a good idea when the regular match winner odds are too long. Let’s say Andy Murray is playing Belgium’s David Goffin, the man he defeated to seal Britain’s Davis Cup win in 2015.
Murray usually defeats Goffin relatively comfortably. Both men play a similar game, but Murray is a little better in all departments, plus a lot bigger. If the match was a five-setter, we could wager that the match will be no longer than four sets, and so the total would be Under 4.5 sets, i.e. four or less.
If the match was a regular three-setter, we could wager on the total number of games to be played. If we imagine Murray would win in two comfortable sets, possibly 6-4, 7-5, we could wager for the game total to be Under 22.5 games. If we thought the match would cover at least that amount of games, we could wager the total would be Over 22.5 games.
This is a highly specific form of betting in which the odds are always very good but the probability of success far less so. You are literally attempting to see into the future and pick the actual final scoreline of a set, or indeed a match. One can even pick a scoreline without naming a specific player. For example, one can bet on the opening set of any match ending 6-4, and the odds will be around 3.50, or a 28% probability.
If one does their research and sees that there is a high likelihood of a certain scoreline in matches between two players, then choosing the correct score might be a good option. For example, the five matches between big-serving beanpoles Ivo Karlovic and John Isner have featured no less than nine 7-6 sets out of twelve played! That said, the bookies would probably do you no favors on a repeat of that scoreline when they next meet.
There are various ways of betting on sets. You can back a player to win the first, second or third sets individually, or for a player to simply win “a set”. This is a handy tool if you know that in a particular matchup, the losing player usually takes a set off their opponent.
In-play betting has become hugely popular among the tennis betting fraternity, and with good reason. Simply put, using one’s knowledge of the game and some skill, its possibly to be turning a profit within minutes of logging on to a live match by betting on the outcome of individual games as well as sets. It’s a lot of fun and it can be highly addictive, especially if you keep winning!
If you are looking to back a player to win a tournament – especially the favorite - try and do so before the action has begun. The odds will become less favorable once the event begins and the field starts to dissipate. Even when a player is as dominant as Djokovic currently is or as Federer and Nadal have been in the past, it’s still possible to get odds of 4/6 on them before the event kicks off.
You may see a player who was previously unfancied suddenly hit a hot streak, and if that is the case you should jump on board asap. In 2007 former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian had slumped to 25th in the world and was seemingly sliding into mediocrity. Then, from out of nowhere, he suddenly he hit one of the greatest hot streaks seen in recent years, winning both the Madrid and Paris Masters Series events back-to-back, and defeating both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in each event!
5 - Best Tennis Betting Strategies
Tennis offers more variables and more markets than almost any other sport, but if one wishes to maximize their profits and minimize their risks, they need to implement a strategy based on a combination of scientific theory plus good old-fashioned luck.
- Back Favourites To Win Tournaments
- Look Out For The Suspect Seed
- Master The Art Of Handicapping
- Understand Serving and Returning
- Playing Styles
- Head to Head Matchups
- Assessing Surfaces
- Indoors vs Outdoors
During the course of a tennis season, a solid tennis betting strategy should be based around these principles:
Back The Favorites To Win The Slams
Historically the pre-tournament favorites tend to come good in the Grand Slam events both in the men’s and women’s events. Back the favorites to win early when the odds are still reasonable and the laws of probability will be on your side. This has been the rule from the days of Connors, Borg and McEnroe, King, Evert and Navratilova, it was still the same during the eras of Lendl, Becker, Sampras and Agassi, Graff and Seles and it still applies today with Djokovic and Williams.
Look Out For The Suspect Seed
Because rankings are based on a player’s achievements over the previous twelve months, a player may be seeded relatively highly in an event and yet be out of form and susceptible to an upset. Seeded players will always start as favorites over unseeded players with the bookies, but a little research will always reveal who’s actually playing well in a matchup and who’s not – regardless of seeding.
Master The Art Of Handicapping
A great way of backing the favorite and still making good returns is via handicapping. Many of the biggest names in both the men’s and women’s games are particularly ruthless in the early rounds of tournaments as they look to conserve energy for the tougher matches to come. Make sure to match up the player with their preferred surface, use the ATP and WTA websites to find out how many games per set they concede on average in their early matches, then create a handicap accordingly.
Understanding Serving and Returning
One of the most popular forms of tennis betting is in-play betting, where a bettor can wager upon a match game-by-game, often while watching the action on live streaming. To get the most out of this form of betting a basic knowledge of the intricacies of the serve and return in tennis is essential.
The serve in tennis is similar to a tee-shot in golf, a penalty or free kick in football or a place kick in rugby; it is the only time in the match when the immediate outcome is in the hands of an individual. If the server is of the caliber of a Roscoe Tanner, Goran Ivanisevic, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, or today’s biggest hitters Ivo Karlovic and John Isner, there’s an 80% probability the point will be theirs. However any weakness in a serve will become amplified during the course of a match, and it will become increasingly vulnerable as it reaches its pivotal stages toward the end of each set.
Tennis history is littered with almost as many legendary returners of the ball as great servers. 70s and 80s icon Jimmy Connors was long held as the greatest returner the game had ever seen until the advent of Andre Agassi in the late 1980s. Agassi was famously at the other end of a world-record 154 mph serve from Andy Roddick – yet managed to return it. However most experts now regard Novak Djokovic as an even greater returner of the serve than Agassi.
In the modern game Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Giles Simon are just some of the great returners on the tour.
Even the biggest servers in tennis will drop their serves at least once in a set. Currently the most consistent servers in the game are the 6’10” American John Isner and the 6’11” Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Both men start with a huge physical advantage over most of their rivals; if one takes into consideration they are making contact with the ball at something like 9 feet from the ground at the point of service impact, the ball will always clear the net and fire downward at an acute trajectory, leaving the server to focus on the quality of their delivery, it’s speed and accuracy. The result will be a high-bouncing ball delivered in excess of 140 mph – to either the forehand side, backhand side or into the body of the opponent.
However, the rank and file of the ATP are not 6’11” service machines nor Djokovic-esque returners. Serving and returning stats of every player on the ATP tour are listed on the ATP website under “All Match Stats” and they can certainly give you an indication – and a probability – of the likelihood of a player holding or dropping serve during the course of a set.
Thanks to the likes of YouTube, one can find footage in seconds of pretty much any player on the tour, male or female. Watch both a service game and a return game of a player, and you can quickly asses what type of player they are; a big server, a serve-volleyer (rare these days), a baseliner, a strong returner, big forehand or backhand etc.
This is a useful tool, especially if you are unfamiliar with a player, or you want to see their playing style and how it would relate to a particular surface.
Take a minute to log on to the ATP or WTA website and check out the head-to-head between the player you intend to back and their opponent. If they have faced each other previously, you will see how many times, the results and scorelines of the matches, and when they took place.
Again, this is a very useful tool in tennis betting, but matchups should never be taken at face value, and one should always check a rivalry closely.
For example, Player A is a clay-court maestro who has a 2-5 losing record against Player B, a big-serving hard-court specialist, and so based on their head-to-head you back Player B to win. Had you checked their head-to-head a little deeper, you would have seen that Player A’s two victories both came on clay, which is the surface they are about to play their match on…
Which leads us nicely on to….
When betting on a player, always take into account the surface on which the match is being played on and how good their record is on it. Top players like Djokovic, Federer and Nadal can win on any surface, hard, clay or grass. Andy Murray always had the tools to play well on clay, but only recently has he become a regular winner on the red-dirt. David Ferrer would seem to be the archetypal clay-courter – which indeed he is – but his tenacity and pugnaciousness have transferred well to all surfaces, and he has actually won more hardcourt events than clay.
In the women’s game, players like Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Garbine Muguruza can play and win on any surface.
Those player aside, most men and women on the tour prefer one surface over another, and have had far more success on their favorite surface. A quick look at a player’s recent activity will tell you their current form on a particular surface. A look at the titles they have won and finals they have reached will also reveal much about a player.
A perfect example is former world no.9 Nicolas Almagro of Spain. Almagro is one of the most talented players on the tour, blessed with a ferocious serve, a bomb of a forehand, tremendous speed about the court and a backhand to rival that of Stan Wawrinka.
And yet Almagro has only achieved success on clay. He has won 12 ATP titles and reached an additional 10 finals, but all on the red dirt. Therefore in a matchup against an opponent of comparative standing but on a hardcourt, the value bet would be to wager against him.
Indoors and Outdoors
Hardcourt events are played both indoors – mainly in Europe, and outdoors, mostly in North America. Clay court and grass court events are always played outdoors. Some players find it more difficult to win outdoor events, where their game is more exposed to the elements, i.e. windy conditions, extreme sunlight, heat etc. Goran Ivanisevic won 22 ATP titles, but only seven came outdoors. Goran’s game was built around his phenomenal left-handed serve, so the least involvement of the elements, the better for his delivery.
Others, like Rafael Nadal actively prefer playing outdoors, and have a comparatively and surprisingly poor indoor record (only one of Rafa’s 67 titles has come indoors.)
6 - Tennis Betting Spreadsheet
Keeping a record of your tennis betting is crucial to being a long term profitable tennis bettor. Only through keeping track of each of your bets can you see where you are going right, and in which situations you are showing poor discipline and making errors of judgement. To assist you with this, we've developed the bettingexpert Tennis betting spreadsheet. It's free and you can download it now.
It's easy to use. Simply enter the tennis tournament you are betting on, the date, the bet description, your stake, the odds and the bookmaker you placed the bet with. Once the event has been completed, select either Win, Loss or Refund from the Result options and the spreadsheet will calculate your profit or loss plus your running profit/loss and your overall golf betting ROI.
7 - How To Select A Bookmaker For Tennis
Selecting the right bookmaker for the sport you intend wagering upon is an essential element of the whole sports betting experience. If you are a sports-betting veteran, you will be only too aware that some online bookmakers deliver a better service, more favorable odds or are in general more amenable than others.
The good news is that tennis trading is big business and most online bookmakers are bending over backward to cater for the ever increasing number of bettors looking to wager on the ATP and WTA.
Here are six things to look for from a bookmaker ahead of your tennis betting:
- Reputability – you work too hard to risk losing your money to an online scam artist or fly-by-night operation. Always use a bookmaker recommended by bettingexpert.com
- Odds – Market odds will vary from bookie to bookie, sometimes quite dramatically. If you are in the market for US Open odds, French Open odds, Wimbledon betting odds or even Australian betting odds, odds comparison websites can help you find the very best odds for your tennis picks.
- Welcome Bonus – Online bookmakers like to entice new customers with a “Welcome Bonus” of up to £200. While they are handing out this “free money” in the anticipation that you will lose it and much more, with the help of bettingexpert.com that won’t be the case. Therefore grab that welcome bonus and put it to work for you!
- Tennis Markets – Not all bookmakers cover the same markets, and some cater more for tennis than others. Odds comparison sites list all of the available markets for tennis betting, and the bookies that are covering them
- In-Play Betting – While it will never replace betting on the overall outcome of matches or tournaments, its great fun, one can bet tennis live and the results can be highly profitable.
- Live Streaming Service – What began as a gimmick in now becoming an integral part of the whole online tennis betting experience. If you are on the go, working late at the office, traveling on a train, maybe even hiding out in your den while your partner is watching the soaps, you can watch the match on your device, laptop or PC and indulge in some in-play betting – bliss!
If you're wondering which bookmaker might best suit your tennis betting needs and which offer the best welcome bonuses, refer to our detailed list of bookmaker reviews.
Tennis Free Bets & Bookmaker Offers
Now that you have become one of the tennis betting fraternity and understand how to successfully wager on tennis markets, you will need to get up to speed with the many excellent tennis betting offers and free bets that regularly become available during the course of a season.
Big Time Tennis – Big Time Offers
Whenever there is a Masters Series event or a Grand Slam approaching - Wimbledon in particular - or Andy Murray is involved in a major matchup with a bitter rival, bookmakers come forth with a host of enticing offers, free bets and enhanced odds which you the bettor can capitalize on.
Like all major sporting events including crunch football games, bigtime PPV boxing matches, the Super Bowl and the Ryder Cup, top-tier tennis tournaments attract a ton of betting action, and the major online bookmakers are all vying for the same thing – your attention!
Use Your Tennis Knowledge To Win Big
All offers are designed to attract you the bettor by inviting you to spend a little and get a lot in return. For example a bookmaker may offer you £50 or more in free tennis bets once you make that initial £10 bet. Special offers will suddenly appear with enhanced odds on even a major favorite like Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams to win a big match or a final. This is of course absolutely great, because A) you are an experienced bettor, and B) you are aware of the mechanics of the sport and you know how to win when it comes to betting on tennis. If the bookmakers want to give you free money, let them!
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9 - Tennis Live Streaming
Tennis fans in the UK will be aware that both the ATP and the WTA are afforded good coverage on satellite television by Sky Sports and Eurosport. Sky covers all of the Masters Series events plus the US Open and the end-of-season showpiece ATP World Tour Finals. Eurosport covers the Australian, French and US Opens, plus much of the WTA season. The BBC has the rights to Wimbledon, and covers it comprehensively.
However, tennis is now also covered extensively by the main betting websites including bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power. Often the quality of the HD tennis live stream featured on a betting site is as good as a television image and is also accompanied with expert commentary.
The real beauty of live-streaming however means that one can get the same level of coverage and more without the need to pay for Sky or a BBC license fee. A website like bet365 provides an excellent live-streaming service, and as well as the larger tournaments also covers lesser events on the Challenger Tour and Futures Circuit. Therefore one can catch live-streaming along with in-play betting coverage of a tennis match somewhere in the world 24-hours a day!
Read our guide to bookmaker live streams to learn more about this increasingly popular and useful feature.
10 - How To Use Tennis Betting Tips
If you need tennis bet tips, tennis bet predictions and tennis betting advice, bettingexpert.com is the no.1 sports betting advice website in the world, bar none. Other websites may claim this distinction, but only bettingexpert.com has the traffic and the Alexa ranking to back such a claim. So for all of your tennis bets today and your tennis betting tips in general, be sure to always use the no.1 tennis bet site bettingexpert.com.
Top Tennis Tips
Any tennis betting tips provided by an expert tennis tipster affiliated with bettingexpert will be of the highest quality and the result of astute judgment by a keen student of both the sport of tennis and sports betting.
To get the latest top tips for your ATP betting and WTA betting, (tennis betting tips free to all users of bettingexpert.com) simply head for the Tips page on the Betting Expert website and scroll down for Tennis Tips. There you will find the best tennis betting tips for today and every day of the tennis season. You will discover how to bet on tennis and win regularly, and you won’t be stifled by any tennis bet rules and restrictions you may otherwise find imposed on other websites.
Tennis Tipster Rankings
You will see a list of our top tennis tipsters, ranked in order of their Profit from tennis betting. Some have provided many more tips than others, while others may have provided less tips but achieved higher success rate in their predictions. You can delve even deeper into the mechanics of our top tipsters with our Tipster Statistics page.
A skilled tennis tipster with a deep knowledge of the game who has their finger on the pulse of a season can spot upsets and deliver them as betting tips. It is then up to you the bettor to have faith in the tipster and act on them accordingly. If you do so, it could result in rich rewards.
Tennis Betting Tips at bettingexpert
Get all your tennis betting tips, every day on the bettingexpert Tennis Tips page.
11 - How To Bet On Tennis
Profitable tennis betting requires discipline, sensible money management and most importantly being able to identify betting value. Applying each of these fundamental principles consistently along with an understanding of individual playing styles and how surfaces can impact performance tournament to tournament, will dramatically improve your chances of making money betting on tennis.
One of the best features of tennis betting is the high number of tournaments played throughout the year giving tennis bettors the chance to generate profits consistently week to week, throughout the year. To improve your chances of being a long term profitable tennis punter always remember:
- Tennis betting odds reflect the probability of a particular player achieving a given outcome e.g winning an individual match or winning a tournament.
- Key to long term success in any sport including tennis is in finding value bets. A value bet is where you feel the chances of a player achieving a given outcome is greater than the probability reflected in the odds listed by a bookmaker.
- Take advantage of as many tennis betting markets as possible, identifying value opportunities away from just betting on match results.
- Evaluate and understand individual playing styles, weaknesses and strengths and how players match up against one another. An understanding of how surfaces impact performance is also key to finding betting value..
- Select at least three bookmakers that offer both attractive odds, a broad range of tennis betting markets and regular free bet and promotional offers.
Keeping these five points in mind, you'll soon see your tennis betting returns improve and then in time, hopefully see you earning consistent profits betting on tennis. Good luck.