Tennis has always been among the most popular sports for betting. This is facilitated by the unique atmosphere, the intensity of emotions, and the game’s unpredictability. In addition, games are held quite often and all year round, which creates more opportunities to choose which match to bet on. In this sport, even such a trifle as the position on the court, uncomfortable for the athlete sports kit or defective equipment can influence the outcome.
It is precisely because of the impossibility to predict the outcome of the match that experienced bettors prefer tennis. A successful bet requires considerable preparation from the player before the game. There are many betting options: the simplest (on a win, final score) or much more specific ones (on the number of sets, handicap, total).
In individual sports, high-quality pre-match analysis is vital because the match’s outcome depends on one or two athletes. At first glance, it seems that betting on tennis is quite simple, but this is not entirely true. To increase the probability of winning, you need to prepare well.
What game criteria should you pay attention to before the bookmaker accepts the bet?
- Choosing a Reliable Bookmaker
Due to the high competition in gambling, almost all major bookmakers offer bettors the best conditions for betting. A bonus program is provided for beginners and regular customers, and security personnel work around the clock to identify unscrupulous players.
Tennis is in high demand in sports betting, so the betting choice is usually wide, and the odds are deserving of note. However, there are betting shops that specialise in specific sports. They offer the most favourable conditions: high odds, value bets, significant limits and a wide range.
To find a suitable bookmaker, you can read the information on special sites that introduce bettors to official betting companies and provide comparative data on each of them. Before choosing the shop, it is a good idea to read the reviews of other players and speak to more experienced bettors.
- Court surfaces
It would seem that such essential aspects as the athlete’s rating and preparation for the tournament should be mentioned first. But experienced players first look at the court. As you know, the Grand Slam tournament is held in 4 countries and is characterised by four types of surface: clay in France, natural grass in London, artificial grass in Australia, hard in the USA. In tennis, carpet is also used, but only in small tournaments.
Clay is a dense surface, which means the ball will bounce off it slowly and go high. This reduces the importance of the serve and makes the game longer. This is the best option for players with good playing techniques and a high tolerance for stress.
Grass allows a faster and lower bounce, which makes the game quicker and more dynamic. But it is much more difficult to calculate exactly where the ball will fly off on the grass.
Currently, the athlete who has won the most titles in the world is Rafael Nadal, a 35-year-old professional tennis player. In his interviews, he admits that clay is the ideal surface for him. It allows the player to calculate the approximate trajectory of the ball and develop a winning strategy. The grass courts are completely unpredictable.
The official statistics back up his words: Rafael won 81 matches on clay surfaces throughout his career and received the nickname “king of clay tennis” for it. He has 13 French Open wins, 4 wins in the USA and only two wins at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
- Status of the tournament
In such important competitions as the Grand Slam tournament or the Masters series, all participants give it 100% for obvious reasons. Too much is at stake: significant prize money, athlete’s rating and personal ambitions. But what if the tournament is held domestically, and the star players participate in it? Then their main motivation comes down to the cash prize, which does not encourage them to perform at their best at all. In such cases, you should be extremely careful, especially if you’re betting when the favourite and outsider are known even before the start of the match.
- Assessment of the players’ abilities
In tennis, there is such a thing as an easy or a difficult opponent. It is based on many criteria: the opponent’s game style, the nuances of serving the ball, psychological balance.
It is essential to know in advance what is the opponent’s lead hand, how they serve, how much time they spend in the attack and defence. For example, Nadal is famous for his unique topspins. In this case, the ball falls on the court directly at the backline of the field and does not leave the opponent the slightest chance. In addition, Rafael has a very specific style: when he serves, he strokes with his left hand and lowers it over his left shoulder.
A personal relationship between the players is also an important aspect. Both the motivation to win and the emotional state of the athletes during the tournament depend on this. Many tennis players highlight the importance of support from the stands. This problem was especially noticeable during the coronavirus pandemic when the stands remained empty for quite a long time.
Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev started a huge scandal at the Australian Open 2022. In the match with Nadal, the vast majority of fans supported Rafael with all their might, booing Medvedev’s every move. Considering that Daniel is known for his frequent unsportsmanlike behaviour on the court, this situation did not come as a surprise. However, the athlete himself was very upset, expressing disappointment in high-performance tennis. By the way, the match ended in favour of the Spanish athlete.
- Participants’ rating
In tennis, the rating of players is much less important than the weather conditions on the day of the game. The difference in the ability to play on different surfaces significantly affects the probability of the chosen tennis player winning. That is why it is impossible to create a generalised rating of athletes: one should consider each player’s abilities in general.