Tennis was developed in 1872 when the first tennis club was formed by four friends who wanted to bat a ball to each other over a net. Five years later, the first championship was held at Wimbledon and the sport began to increase in popularity from that point on. Tennis is now an internationally renowned sport, loved by young and old all around the world. The most famous players command huge salaries and vast amounts of sponsorship. There are numerous championship tournaments around the world, but the big four Grand Slam championships are the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open.
How To Bet on Tennis and Win
You don’t need expensive computer programs, prediction software, handicapping programs or any of that. Using just your brain and a computer connected to the internet, betting on tennis matches online, and winning consistently is really quite simple.
There is good money to be made with the four major Grand Slams, or smaller tournaments. The four major tournaments are spread out across the year. Our own Australian Open kicks things off in January, while the other three are held from May through to September. This means there’s plenty of opportunities all year around, unlike other sports which are often seasonal.
Tips for Betting On Tennis
Study Recent Form of Both Players
I have found one of the most important factors to look at when deciding who you should bet on is the recent form for each player. Even the world’s greatest tennis players have losing streaks and underdogs have purple patches or are steadily improving with experience. Depending on how far back you go, favourites win tennis matches roughly 50% of the time. This means that the other half are upsets. Taking recent form into account can be a great way of finding that outsider with big odds who beats the seasoned professional who’s maybe under an injury cloud or simply dropping off due to age or other factors.
Look at the Playing Surface
Some players prefer clay over hard courts. Others excel on grass, you get the idea. Look at each players performance on the different types of courts and you will get an idea about who likes what, this is an important factor and should be a rule in all tennis betting systems.
Keep Up with the Injury News
It’s very important that you know if the player you are betting on, or against, has some kind of injury which could prevent them from playing at their best. An injury could get aggravated during the game and may need to retire or forfeit. Generally speaking it is not worth the risk gambling on an injured player.
Don’t Pay Money for “Tips”
There are 2 (or 4 in a doubles match) players to choose from. You don’t need to pay professional “tipsters” for their opinion on who is going to win. If you want the experts advice, just look at the odds. The favourite, obviously has a better chance of winning based on professional analysis, however, a little known fact is that favourites win only about 50% of the time. This is why it’s important not to just bet on the favourite, you will quickly realise this is a system that just does not work.
Find or Create a Solid System
If you can think up a system that wins 75%+ of the time, you are well on your way to making decent money betting on tennis, espsecially if you’re backing outsiders or at the least, favourites with good odds. Systems have rules, for example you may only choose to bet on matches where both players are ranked in the top 500 of the ATP rankings. You will not bet if the player has had less than 3 days recovery time from their last match and no bets if both players are ranked in the top 50. These are just examples, there are many other things to take into account, which is why it may help, at least initially, to find another system and then improve it yourself.
Opportunities for arbitrage exist with live in-play betting on tennis matches. If you place a bet on the underdog and it looks like he will win, the player who started favourite should now have odds much greater than the match began. If you get on the underdog to win at $4 for example, and the odds for the starting favourite have drifted out to $2.50, by placing a bet on the starting favourite at these odds guarantees you a profit if the underdog tires at the end of the match.
Whether you’re betting on Wimbledon, U.S., French or Australian Open, the grand slams are a great way to find profitable tennis betting markets.
There are four major tennis tournaments held every year which are known as Grand Slams. These are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. A tennis player is known to have won a “Grand Slam” when they win all four major events in a single year. Just to confuse people, the phrase “Grand Slam Winner” also refers to a player who has simply won one of these four tournaments, not necessarily in the same year.
Tournament Dates: 17 – 30 January
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
More Info: Hard Court
Tournament Dates: 22 May – 5 June
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
More Info: Clay Court
Tournament Dates: 20 June – 3 July
Venue: All England Tennis Club, London
More Info: Grass Court
Tournament Dates: 29 August – 12 September
Venue: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York
More Info: Hard Court
Other Notable Tennis Tournaments
Throughout the year there are many smaller tournaments that still attract the best tennis players from all around the world.
- Davis Cup
- Fed Cup
- Hopman Cup
- Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
- BNP Paribas Open
- Sony Ericsson Open
- Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
- Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
- Internazionali BNL d’Italia
- Rogers Cup
- Western & Southern Open
- Shanghai Rolex Masters
- BNP Paribas Masters
- ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
- Regions Morgan Keegan Championships
- Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
- Abierto Mexicano Telcel
- Barcelona Open BancSabadell
- German Open Tennis Championships
- Legg Mason Tennis Classic
- Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships
- China Open
- Swiss Indoors Basel
- Valencia Open 500
- Brisbane International
- Qatar ExxonMobil Open
- Aircel Chennai Open
- Heineken Open
- Medibank International
- Movistar Open
- PBZ Zagreb Indoors
- SA Tennis Open
- SAP Open
- Brasil Open
- Open 13
- Copa Telmex
- Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
- Grand Prix Hassan II
- US Men’s Clay Court Championship
- BMW Open
- Estoril Open
- Serbia Open
- Open de Nice Côte d’Azur
- AEGON Championships
- Gerry Weber Open
- UNICEF Open
- AEGON International
- Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
- SkiStar Swedish Open
- Mercedes Cup
- Atlanta Tennis Championships
- Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad
- Farmers Classic
- Studena Croatia Open Umag
- Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale
- Open de Moselle
- BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
- PTT Thailand Open
- Malaysian Open
- If Stockholm Open
- Kremlin Cup
- Bank Austria TennisTrophy
- Open Sud de France
- St. Petersburg Open
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Recent Tennis News & Headlines
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World number one Serena Williams has played down her chances of winning the French Open, insisting she is as “beatable” as anyone else.
- Aussie James Duckworth books spot in French Open draw Friday, 24 May 2013
Australian James Duckworth has won through to the main draw of the French Open.
- Rafa Nadal dismayed with cold, wet Paris ahead of French Open Friday, 24 May 2013
Rafa Nadal says the only negative in the lead-up to his Roland Garros return is unexpectedly cold Paris weather.
- Rafa intent on 2013 French draw Friday, 24 May 2013
Spain’s seven-time champion Rafael Nadal listens as he takes part in the women’s singles draw ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2013.
- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on same side of French Open draw Friday, 24 May 2013
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been placed on the same side of the French Open draw.
- Tomic draws Hanescu in Paris Friday, 24 May 2013
Australian number one Bernard Tomic will face Romania’s Victor Hanescu in the first round of the French Open, starting Sunday.
- Sam Stosur confident of being French Open title threat Friday, 24 May 2013
Despite form and fitness woes, Sam Stosur’s belief in making another French Open title run is as strong as ever.
- Haas’ Dusseldorf run ends in retirement Thursday, 23 May 2013
Second seed Tommy Haas had his bid for victory in the Power Horse Cup ended by illness in Dusseldorf on Thursday.
- Simon, Querrey shocked in Nice Thursday, 23 May 2013
Gilles Simon and Sam Querrey were surprise losers at the Nice Open on Thursday, as wildcard Gael Monfils won again.
- Cornet through in Strasbourg Thursday, 23 May 2013
Alize Cornet cruised into the semi-finals of the WTA Strasbourg Open with a win over Chanelle Scheepers on a rain-affected day of play.
- Stephens out in Brussels Thursday, 23 May 2013
Fourth seed Sloane Stephens saw her Brussels Open campaign ended by a straight-sets quarter-final defeat to Shuai Peng on Thursday.
- Another Brussels Open upset sees Peng Shuai stun Sloane Stephens Thursday, 23 May 2013
China’s eighth seed Peng Shuai upset fourth-seeded American Sloane Stephens in straight sets to reach the Brussels Open quarters.