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September 25, 2019

4 Reasons People Love to Bet on Tennis

What makes tennis betting so appealing to players?

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Not only is tennis one of the biggest sports in the world, but it’s also one of the most popular sports to bet on.

There are hundreds of professional tennis tournaments each year, with the men’s top circuit known as the ATP Tour, while the women’s circuit is known as the WTA Tour.

But while there is no shortage of tournaments running throughout the year, most fans primarily follow the Grand Slam events, as well as the Davis Cup. The four tennis Grand Slams are the Australian Open (which kicks off the year’s action in January), followed by the French Open (AKA Roland Garros) in May, before Wimbledon runs over June and July, while the US Open closes the year’s Grand Slams in August and September.

The Davis Cup, meanwhile, is a tournament between national teams in men’s tennis, making it the closest thing to a Tennis World Cup. From 2019, the format of the Davis Cup changed so that the final World Group (which is made up of all the top teams from qualifying) will take place in a single location in a single week, known as the Davis Cup Finals, which  take place in November.

But what makes tennis betting so appealing to players? Below, we look at the four main reasons people simply love to bet on tennis.

1) It’s One of the Most Predictable Sports

It may sound like a diss of the sport, but for those who like to have a wager from time to time, tennis is actually one of the best sports to bet on due to the fact it is quite predictable. The main reason for this is that tennis has fewer variables than most other sports.

For example, tennis is nearly always played in fair climates, with just two players taking part (apart from in doubles), while there are very few errors in officiating and matches take place over hundreds of points, meaning the best player (at least on the day) tends to win.

If we compare this to football, where there are at least 22 players than can affect the result, the officiating of the sport is much more unpredictable and the rules are open to interpretation, pitches can have bobbles and factors like wind, rain or heat can have a substantial impact on the play, it’s clear to see how much more controlled tennis is. Also, in football, matches can – and are often – be decided by a single moment or opportunity, meaning the “better” team doesn’t always necessarily win – making it a much more unpredictable game.

If you follow tennis closely, you can generally have a good idea of who will beat who, depending on the event and the surface. Further to this, certain players are likely to perform better at certain competitions consistently due to the surface it is played on.

2) Become Part of the Game

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of tennis or not, having a little bet on tennis matches can add an extra level of excitement to proceedings and really have you rooting for a certain player.

When placing an interest bet on a match, you’ll definitely feel part of the game and experience the highs and lows of a performance as if you were yourself playing. Of course, it’s not just match results you can bet on, you can also bet on players to win in straight sets, to not lose a service game or to win a tournament – which will mean you loyally support a player throughout a competition.

3) Testing Your Tennis Knowledge

If you fancy yourself as something of a tennis expert, what better way to test your theories and predictions that betting on tennis matches and tournaments?

Like all sports fans, being passionate and insightful about a sport can only benefit your betting insights. After all, the closer you follow a player, the better you’re going to be able to recognise their strengths and weaknesses, and therefore better understand if certain conditions or opponents may prove to be good or bad for them.

There are not many better feelings than correctly predicting the outcome of a match or tournament. That is unless, of course, you can win a bet while doing so, too.

4) Just for Fun

Naturally, placing a tennis bet isn’t just about trying to make some money (although it’s obviously a bonus if you do), it should primarily be a fun activity and one that can liven up any tennis match or tournament that you happen to be following.