Tennis is one of the few sports that you can bet on virtually every single day, which makes it a really interesting area for those who would fancy a few punts even outside weekends and big sporting events. Here we look at the basics of tennis betting – how you bet and what you need to do to increase your chances of winning.
Tennis is also an area that is slowly becoming very competitive. With that in mind, it is of the utmost importance for you to have knowledge of at least some of the most basic concepts that should play a role whenever you are about to place a bet on a tennis match. Read on for more on how to bet on tennis.
Know the Players
The most important concept of them all is the fact that you absolutely need to know who you are betting on. You wouldn’t bet on Manchester United without knowing what players are going to play, would you? Well, similarly, you should try to gather as much information as you can about the tennis players you would like to back. Do you know what his or her weaknesses are? Do you know what is the H2H record between him or her and his or her current opponent? Those are just some of the things that should come into the equation – and you should indeed try to gather as much of them as possible. You can do that by either checking the various tennis stats websites out there (and even the main ATP and WTA webs might be a good start) or by following the matches live, either on TV or on the live streams that bookies like Bet365 or Bwin often provide.
Know the Conditions
Secondly, it would also be good to know the conditions in which the match will take place. The surface is the most important factor of them all, as the different types of players naturally do differently in different conditions. Some clay court tournaments, like the ATP Masters in Monte Carlo or the smaller event in Barcelona, tend to be very slow, which allows players like David Ferrer or Juan Monaco to get into longer rallies and then dominate in them. Meanwhile, tournaments on the other side of the spectrum, including the events in Halle, Cincinnati, and Newport, tend to have very fast conditions and therefore allow big hitters like Milos Raonic or John Isner to get plenty of cheap points.
Know the Trends
If you have already tried your hand at other sports, you have also probably already tried to find some trends that you could take advantage of. Well, betting according to trends can also be a good idea in tennis – for example, battles between two big hitters usually tend to be quite long and without a lot of breaks, especially if the H2H record between the two suggests the same. And, due to the fact that you need to keep track of just two players and not entire teams (which often change in terms of composition), trends can be firmer and more steadier.
However, the trick here is to also consider reasons why trends might not hold and to shape your opinion accordingly. For example, if a player seems to be struggling a lot on return in a given tournament, it might be a good idea to expect him to do the same even in a match-up in which he has previously been quite dominant when returning. Current form is usually more important than what happened a few years ago, that is the rule that should be followed at virtually all times.
Taking the Right Bet
Once you incorporate everything you know and make your own opinion about a given tennis match, you will also need to decide what type of bet you are going to go for. If you are still a beginner, it might be a good idea to keep things simple and to stick to outright betting. Once you get hang of things, you can start to add things like handicaps and total games bets. You will soon find out what is the area in which you have the best results and your betting career should certainly head in that direction. The bottom line is that you should simply do what you are good at.