Tennis betting is popular throughout the year, with tournaments taking place in nearly every month. Unlike many other sports, tennis is watched more equally by men and women. This is most likely due to there being strong presence of both men and women in the game.
Tennis originated in the UK in the 1800s and since then it has spread all across the world. Like the football World Cup, some of the major tennis tournaments attract a lot of people who don’t usually watch the sport. These include Wimbledon, the US Open, French Open and Australian Open. During these important tournaments popular bookmakers take a lot of bets on tennis matches. A lot of these bets on tennis are from people who don’t usually watch the game.
Best tennis players
There are many great tennis players out there at the moment. These include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick. Top women players include Serena and Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova.
Men’s and Women’s tennis is run by two different organisations. For the men, the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) oversees most of their events. For the women, the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) organises most of their events.
The ATP tour spans the whole calendar year. The most famous events are the Grand Slam tournaments already mentioned (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open). These are considered the most prestigious tournaments in tennis. These attract most viewers, the biggest prizes and of course, the biggest bets.
The main competition after the grand slams is the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. This is a group of 9 tournaments in which top male tennis players compete in every year. 1000 ranking points is available for the winner of each tournament. After the masters 1000 there are several lower tier events including the ATP World Tour 500 series, ATP World Tour 250 series and ATP Challenger Tour. Each of these competitions allows contestants to earn ATP ranking points for a possibility to move into the next tier.
At the end of each year ATP World Tour Finals are held in which the top 8 players in the world rankings compete for the title.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) organises the WTA Tour, which has been branded the The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour since 2005. As with the men’s tour, the 4 grand slams are the most important events and attract a lot of attention. After these the Premier tournaments are the main competitions. Some of them overlap with the men’s competitions and take place in the same location as with the grand slams.
At the end of the year the Sony Ericsson Championships take place. This is the women’s version of the men’s ATP World Tour Final. The top ranked female players on the WTA Tour battle it out for the title.
International Tennis Competitions
Two other major tennis events are the Davis and Fed cups. These are run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and are separate from the Tours because they are International team competitions. The Davis Cup is the biggest men’s international team competition and is actually the biggest annual team competition in sport! Teams of players from different countries play each other in a knock-out tournament. The women’s equivalent is the Fed Cup and takes place in a similar format to the men’s tournament.
Popular tennis bets
The most popular short term bet on tennis is the match bet. This is basically betting on which player will win. The next most popular thing to bet on is the sets. You can bet on a player to win a particular set or even go as far as predicting how many sets a player will win. You obviously get better odds for the latter as it is more difficult to predict.
Also popular are longer term bets on tennis tournaments. Here people bet on who they think will win the tournament up to several months in advance. You can get better odds doing it this way as the player’s form usually changes throughout the year and it is always hard to predict who will win.
Men’s Tennis – ATP Tour
- Australian Open
- French Open
- US Open
- Masters 1000
- 250 and 500 Series
- World Tour Finals
Women’s Tennis – WTA Tour
- Australian Open
- French Open
- US Open
- Premier Mandatory
- Premier Five
- Sony Ericsson Championships
- Davis Cup
- Fed Cup