It is probably the most popular sport in the world of betting, after football. Its dynamics and its presence on the agenda almost daily undoubtedly add up so that it has established itself as one of the favorite activities of bettors, especially in regard to live betting. In this space, we will make an analysis of how to bet on tennis, from certain essential issues to the many available alternatives and some advice.
Undoubtedly, the first step, as with any sport, is to be on-topic. In this case, we are not facing a team discipline (except for doubles) but rather against an individual game, so certain tactics, strategies, and modalities can change. However, information for the bettor is not only a right; It is neither more nor less than power. And when betting on tennis, the list of factors that must be taken into account is really extensive.
As a first step, to bet live on a tennis match you have to be watching the event in real-time. This point should be non-negotiable. From there, once the chosen event, it is essential to make a thorough study of the protagonists. In that sense, it is worth investigating in relation to the latest results, titles obtained, present in the physical (recent injuries, fatigue) and in the mood, performance on the surface that will be given the game, head to head stats between both players and even in the meteorological aspect (rain, humidity, temperature), often influential in the process of the game and in the performance of some players.
Sometimes the moment of the season can influence: at the beginning, some players are still performing the set-up, so that they may not reach the first matches. It is also important to note that when a player returns to a tournament in which he had a very good performance in the previous year, he will need to repeat or improve that work so as not to descend in the ranking. As for the state of form of athletes, a good idea to follow their news is to be aware of Twitter, where many of them make their news known firsthand and eventually even reveal their emotional state.
The analysis should also be carried out around the odds, which logically are not the same in all bookmakers. By the way, the bettor who is registered in more than one operator will have an advantage, since he can choose one of the most convenient options in a highly competitive market such as tennis.
What to bet on
The variants to bet on tennis are the widest, starting naturally with the winner of the match. A good way to improve odds when a clear favorite is presented is to bet on the exact result in sets (2-0 or 2-1). Over / Under (Over / Under) bets are also very popular in tennis: you can bet on the number of sets (Under 2.5 or Over 2.5) and the total number of games (Under 21.5 or Over 21.5 ). In all cases, these are figures by way of example, which of course vary depending on the match and the tournament. It is also possible to bet on the duration of the match, whether there will be a tie break or not, the winner of the first set or the champion of a tournament, among other things.
Other interesting and well-known markets in the field of tennis are handicap bets, oriented to the number of games won by each tennis player. Suppose Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco face, two options could be Rafael Nadal -5.5 games and Fernando Verdasco +5.5 games. To bet on the first and win, Nadal would have to make a difference of at least 6 games in his favor. For example, a double 6-3, which in games would be 12-6; by subtracting 5.5 to 12, 6.5 remain, so the final result with the handicap in question would be 6.5 to 6 in favor of Nadal.
Strategies and tips
One of the most common tactics for beginners bettors is to base their moves on the “head to head” between the protagonists, as long as there is a difference of at least three games for one of the two. With regard to favorites, it is not always the best decision to bet on them; they may have a bad day or face a rival of lesser hierarchy but on a day of great inspiration. After all, the odds are usually very low and the risk is much greater than the possible earnings.
The best choice to obtain revenue from a favorite’s victory may be to bet that he loses the first set. To implement this strategy, it must be an important tournament (Masters 1000 or Grand Slam, preferably) and odds of less than 1.40. This may be due to overconfidence or lack of pace and does not necessarily mean that the candidate will lose the match. So, if he finally falls into that first set, we can bet on his victory in live betting, already with a much more attractive odds.
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