The world of sports wagering is crowded with just about every sport you could possibly imagine. One of the fastest growing markets within the sports wagering realm is tennis. But tennis wagering is not the same as something like football, baseball, or hockey.
If you have an interest in wagering on tennis but don’t really know where to begin, this guide is going to be very helpful. Here’s what you need to know about wagering on tennis going forward.
Playing Surface Matters
There are several factors that can have an impact on tennis. If you are going to start in on tennis betting, then you need to know that the playing surface matters. There are different courts depending on where the next tennis event is being held. Know the differences between those courts and how the court can impact a tennis match.
Do your homework and find out how each player that you’re considering performs on that specific type of court. You don’t want to back a player that has a rough track record on clay when that is the next court up. You can find an edge by backing players who traditionally perform better on that type of court.
Look for Spot Wagers
There is no sound science behind sports wagering, but a few tips will go a long way in tennis betting. One of the best things you could do as a tennis wagerer is to be alert for potential letdowns, particularly in the wake of a major upset or a huge victory.
Higher-ranked players might not be particularly motivated when playing lesser opponents. That’s the best shot at capitalizing on tall odds to find a big winner. Scheduling is also key and players who had to go through qualifying may catch an opponent who is “cold” and hasn’t had a match already. On the same hand, those players who qualified may be fatigued, so keep an eye on performance if you have one player in mind.
Tennis is a very physically demanding sport and the best players have gas tanks that don’t go empty. There are few stoppages between plays, so the best of the best are able to span the width of the court without leaving themselves completely spent.
Weather factors, injuries, and the length of the match (Grand Slam tournaments are best-of-5 instead of best-of-3) can all have a different toll on players. Do your homework to find out who the most conditioned players are. They won’t win 100% of the time but can provide you with a little bit of an edge to pick a winner, particularly in a Grand Slam event.
Styles Can Create an Edge
Each player has their own individual style because there isn’t just one way to play tennis. Those individual styles can create a mismatch from time to time depending on the style, player, and situation. Because there are no other contributing factors or teammates to lean on, those one-on-one matchups are hard to mitigate if there is a mismatch.
Each player has their own strengths and weaknesses. If there is any head-to-head history to draw on, that can be a good place to start. Recent wins and losses are also something to consider as well because momentum is a real thing and a slumping player may continue to struggle with confidence. But at the end of the day, know the styles of each player and how they stack up against one another. It will give you the slight edge needed to make the right pick and garner a nice win.