Road To Roland Garros - What Makes Tennis Betting Unique

Joao Mourato

Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:21 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 18, 2017 4:21 PM UTC

With Roland Garros just two weeks away, Sportsbook Review brings you another article to help you improve your tennis betting skills. Despite some similarities with other sports, tennis is without any doubt a unique sport in the betting industry.

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One of the most obvious differences between tennis and the majority of other sports is the fact that tennis is an individual sport. With everything depending on a single player, it becomes essential to gather as much information as possible about him/her before placing any bet. It’s not just about the player’s physical condition or previous results, but also personal issues that may affect the player’s motivation.

A good example of how important personal issues can be for a tennis player is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s defeat in the BNP Paribas Open 1st round earlier this season. The French arrived in California after a nine-game winning streak in Europe. However, Tsonga announced that his attendance in Indian Wells was still in doubt due to the birth of his first child in April. Despite the doubts regarding Tsonga’s presence in the Californian desert, the French decided to play this event at the last minute.

Due to his brilliant results in recent weeks, Tsonga was the undeniable favorite against Fabio Fognini in the opening round at -714 at Pinnacle. However, since Jo’s personal issues didn’t allow him to be fully motivated, the French lost in the opening round. After that defeat, Tsonga also announced his withdrawal from the Miami Open in the following week.

This is just an example of how important the player’s motivation is and how personal issues can affect your bets. Therefore, it’s crucial to look for all the available off-court information in order to be long-term successful on tennis betting.


Unique Markets

Whether you’re betting on football, basketball or soccer, the logic behind the underdog’s spread betting is always the same. If the underdog wins the match, the spread is also covered. However, that’s not always the case on tennis betting.

First of all, it’s important to understand how the tennis scoreboard works. All that matters for the final result is who won each set. It doesn’t matter if it was by 6 – 0 or 7 – 6 because that won’t change anything for the final result. On the other hand, the result of each set is the most important for spread betting since it’s possible to lose the underdog’s spread with the underdog winning the match.

Let’s take a look at this example for a better understanding:

Player 1 vs Player 2

Spread Line: -2.5 / +2.5

Final Result:  6 – 7 6 – 0 4 – 6  

As you can see in this example, the Player 2 won the match but couldn’t cover the +2.5 spread. Even though this is not a very common situation, it’s just an example of how tricky the tennis lines can be.

Betting on the Set Handicap is another approach but you might also be involved in a match where the underdog loses in two close sets and the spread is covered but the set handicap isn’t. However, you know that you’ll never lose your set handicap if the underdog wins the match. In the worst case scenario, your bet on the set handicap is void and the moneyline won in the case of retirement from the other player.

Given the unique characteristics of tennis betting, it’s essential to know very well each player. No only their game style but also trying to understand what is happening in their life outside the court. Knowing also how the player behaves on the court might help you decide whether the spread, set handicap or even moneyline is the best option for a certain match.


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