Tennis betting is very popular in Great Britain, where it ranks second only to soccer betting as far as popularity and revenue generated. This European influence and popularity is why online sportsbooks offer tennis betting regularly compared to Las Vegas, which basically sticks with the major events. Placing a bet on tennis involves money lines instead of point-spreads.
An interesting phenomenon in tennis betting is that just a few select players dominate the odds as you bet on tennis. The men's side of the court has Roger Federer a heavy tennis betting favorite in every tournament he enters while the women have a top three or four that are heavy tennis betting favorites.
What this means for tennis betting fans is that the best way for a gambler to profit at tennis betting is to bet on matchups, in which the sportsbook will post money line odds on the two tennis players going against each other in a match. This is strictly a money line bet similar to what you see in baseball or hockey.
Matchups will be put up as the tournament progresses with the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final getting the most attention. Betting a player to win an event is much more difficult because of the low prices and the domination by just a few players.
Surface is the key to handicapping tennis at sportsbooks and they vary from hard courts, to grass, to clay and the different individual tennis players each play and react differently depending on what surface they are on. Tracking how player's produce on the different surfaces is a must in tennis betting.
Injuries and fatigue can be every bit as important of factors in tennis betting as they are in betting American football and should be monitored closely when you bet on tennis. Tennis betting is an interesting option for gamblers around the world. It provides some good wagering opportunities during the year if you look to bet on tennis.
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year, and though tennis odds are all about the US Open right now, there is nothing wrong with looking ahead a little bit and seeing how next year is shaping up to start. Not surprisingly, Serbian Novak Djokovic is white-hot at the moment, and is expected to go back to his winning ways down under, after losing the Australian Open for the first time in three years in 2014. Also unsurprisingly, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are close behind Djokovic.
The first two players officially qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals are arguably tennis odds favorites to win it. Serbian Novak Djokovic is fresh off his title victory at Wimbledon where he defeated Roger Federer. On the other hand, Roger Nadal will also be part of the 8-man tournament, and will most likely be looking to bounce back from his disappointing elimination at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. However, Federer himself is next in line to join the competition where he has been more successful than any other man in history.
When there are clear-cut favorites, tennis betting often focuses not on whether they will win, but on how many times they will win. That’s why there are odds on how many Grand Slams Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal are going to win throughout this year. The underdog of sorts here is Murray (+350 to win one; -600 to win none), since you could actually bet that he’s not going to win any major tournament during 2014. So far, the Scotsman has had as bad a season as his previous one was good. Murray failed to successfully defend his Miami Masters, Queens Club, and Wimbledon Championships. He also came up short in the Australian Open and the French Open, but he still has one Grand Slam tournament left in the US Open.