This series of articles will look at tennis betting from a beginners point of view. It will explain to you the main factors you should keep in mind when placing your bets, and help you to not only achieve extra entertainment through betting, but also to help you place smarter bets so that you actually earn money while doing something you truly enjoy!
How to bet on tennis – Introduction
Tennis is a very popular and worldwide sport, and if you are among the millions that enjoy watching tennis matches, then tennis betting can enhance your entertainment value significantly. Betting on tennis has changed a lot over the last years. While some years ago you could only bet on who would win the match and had to place your bet before the match started, you can nowadays bet on who wins the first set, whether or not your player will win 2-0 or 2-1, total games in the match, and you can place many of your bets during the match (tennis live betting). There are, in other words, a great selection of bets available to make, and therefore all the more important to know what you should bet on and what not. But do not worry, we are here to explain to you all the main factors you need to keep in mind so you do not get lost in the jungle of betting options!
How to bet on tennis – Player ranking and seeding
There are rankings published for both men’s and women’s tennis on a weekly basis, and these are based on a 52-week cumulative and rolling system. The players are awarded points based on their results in the tournaments, the better result the higher amount of points, and the higher the total points the higher the ranking will be.
So when you are in the mood for some tennis betting, but unsure if the odds on offer are good enough to bet, then checking the player rankings of each player in the matchup is a very good start. The rankings will tell you a lot about the players’ general skill level, and often what you thought was an attractive price will not seem that attractive once you consider the rankings. Then again, there will be times when it seems like the prices are too attractive and do not make that much sense based on the rankings. So the rankings are very useful, but only a starting point and there are many other things to consider (which we will write about below).
You will no doubt come across the term seeding also. The player seeding not necessarily the same as the player ranking, a player’s seeding is for individual tournaments and used to ensure that the best players do not meet in the opening rounds (so that players seeded number one and two will meet in the final if they win all previous matches). If the players with rank 1, 2, 3, and 4 all start in the tournament then they will be seeded the same as their rank. But if for instance only players with rank 1 and 4 start, then they will be seeded 1 and 2. So it is very useful to know the actual rank and not just use the seeding when assessing the players’ skills (as in this example a rank 4 and rank 2 can make quite a big difference price wise).
How to bet on tennis – Final notes
We hope you enjoyed the above text and that it is useful for you a a beginning tennis punter. Remember that the text only covers the very basics, and stay tuned as we in part two will cover other factors such as head to head stats, surfaces, form, etc.