The 9 Most Common Tennis Bets Explained

STARNBERG, November 1, 2018 (Sponsored)

With a history dating back to 12th century France, tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Major tennis tournaments are held every year, attracting millions of spectators from all over the globe.

Having such an amazing viewer popularity, tennis also attracts a good many sports punters as well. When you open an online sportsbook, you will be surprised by the diversity of the tennis betting market, which can reward you handsomely, should you invest some time and money into the enterprise.

If you are considering to bet on tennis, you might want to avoid diving into it head first, as this will probably cost you a lot of money. Rather than proceeding to betting at once, advise you to familiarise yourself with the wagering market first.

1. Match Winner Bets

Simplest of all tennis bet types is probably the match winner bet, which, as its name suggests, involves betting on one of the players to win a match. You should keep in mind that if you put money on heavy favourites, you might not make as much profit as you have expected.

If you want to put money on a favourite and still make a profit, we advise you choose accumulator betting, where you bet on the outcome of several matches and receive bigger payouts.

2. Set Bets

As the name suggests, set betting involves your betting on the number of sets and the correct score. For example, you may bet on Roger Federer to Beat Tomas Berdych by three sets, or Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova by five sets to three.

Since the chance to guess the correct set result is very slim, the payouts for this type of bet are very high. We advise you to check injury reports and other data, which may influence players’ performance.

3. Set Winner Bets

Like the afore-described set betting, set winner betting also involves the sets. Here, however, you are not betting on the final result of the match, but on the outcome of just one set. In terms of payout, the set winner bet is pretty much the same as the match bet, in which backing a heavy favourite is not as profitable.

4. Handicap Bets

Usually introduced when an underdog is facing a favourite (but not always), handicap betting is a well-known bet type which evens the odds by handicapping the favourite with either a specified number of games or sets. If you decide to back the favourite, your bet is only a winner if the favourite beats their handicap.

In conclusion, the handicap is indicated by a minus before the odds.

5. Total Games Bets

Also known as over/under betting, total games betting uses your betting on the total number of games, played in a match. This is how the bet works: the bookmaker will offer a number and you have to guess whether the number of the total games played will be higher or lower than that number, corresponding to over and under bets respectively. For close matches you can choose over, and for more one-sided encounters you can choose under.

6. Tie Break Bets

As you might know, when a set is drawn the match goes into a tiebreaker. As it is a lucrative betting market, a number of bookmakers offer tie break bets. Here, you have to predict whether a tie break will occur in the match or not. This is a simple no/yes betting market.

7. Tennis Double Result Bets

The tennis double result bet type is the only tennis market which is not a two-way market. Again, you will be offered odds by the bookmaker, but these cover two markets instead of one. For example, you may bet on which player will win the first game and win the match. In order to win, both events within the bet must develop as the bet describes.

8. Accumulator Bets

Relying on accumulator bets is a good way to make a decent profit. Instead of betting on one player to win a single event, you can instead bet on 8 players to win their matches – this increases the odds tremendously.

If there is any downside, it is that everything must develop as you have predicted in order to win the bet. So, if you bet on 10 matches and just one of them turns out badly, your whole wager is finished.

9. Each-Way Bets

Used mostly in tournaments and other big events, the each way bet has to do with backing a player to win a tournament. But that is not all – the each-way bet allows you to cover place finish as well, so that even if your player does not win the tournament, you will still receive some money from the place finish bet. Keep in mind that as it is an insured bet, the each-way bet yields smaller payouts.