In-Play and Pre-Match Tennis Betting
Tennis is the second most popular sport after football for in-play or live betting. It is also a sport played all over the world with relatively simple rules. There is a points system that takes away any ambiguity. A player either wins or loses a point and that is the basis of the scoring system. Scores are clearly displayed at venues or online and the player to serve next or who is serving is always known.
Although it is fundamentally the same sport there is a great deal of difference between men’s and women’s tennis. Breaks of serve are much more frequent in the women’s game and they are the main trigger for price fluctuations. In Grand Slams women play over three sets while men play over five. There are far more potential scenarios and much more scope for price swings in the male version. Men and women both play best of three sets in regular tournaments. Within a game or set momentum is more likely to change in the women’s game.
However, matches over five sets tend to see the better player lose a set and recover. but that's not always the case. The shorter format is prone to matches going against form and it’s harder for the player superior ability to gain the ascendancy over two or three sets.
As with most sports the most popular market involves the match winner. In tennis betting it is always a two-way as every match has a definite outcome. When a match is not completed due to injury one player progresses to the next round and is deemed the winner for betting purposes. The main markets revolve around tournaments and individual matches.
The following markets are the most popular for pre-match and in-running punters:
- Match odds
- Set betting
- Total games
- Set handicap
- Game handicap
- Number of sets
- To win a set
- Number of aces
All these markets are updated as the event progresses for tennis matches on the two main tours (ATP and WTA), Challenger Tours and for ITF tournaments.