The tennis handicap market offers a great way to make use of stats, data and your strong knowledge of the game to place strategic bets on the top tournaments. This markets even allows you to back players that might not win the game.
How does handicap betting work?
Some players might play to a good standard without winning regularly. This can be true of developing players who make good progress in major tournaments but are defeated by the big hitters in the later rounds. Handicapping gives the underdog an advantage or head start in the form of extra games at the start of the match.
If you are not used to handicap betting, you could use free bets such as those displayed on Oddschecker to place your first bets, or bet with very small amounts.
Player A is the outsider so the bookmaker applies a 3.5 game advantage. After the match, the bet will pay out if Player A wins the most games after the advantage has been applied. It does not matter who won the match, only who has the most games.
If Player B wins 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, the wager on player A would still pay out because they won 18.5 games (with the +3.5 handicap applied) compared to Player B’s 18 games.
If Player A won 6-7, 6-0, 6-7, the wager would lose despite the fact Player A won. Even with the +3.5 handicap applied, Player A only won 17.5 games compared to the loser’s 18 games.
Choosing handicap bets
Look at historical matches between the two players, check their latest tournament results and analyse the data. Players who have lost the majority of the head-to-head encounters while remaining competitive can be worth backing.