A Guide to Tennis Handicap Betting

Last updated on August 2nd, 2022

Tennis is popular all around the world for being a fast-moving sport. It is also one of the most common sports to bet on. But to fully understand how to place profitable bets on tennis, bettors must first learn the basics of the sport, the factors to consider, the variety of betting markets, which can also impact the result of the bets.


Aside from football, tennis betting is one of the features available in the VOdds trading platform. After learning the know-how of tennis betting, you can start choosing from a wide range of markets and competitions to place your tennis bets.


Quick overview of Tennis


In tennis, a ‘set,’ consists of six games, and a ‘match’ consists of about three or five sets. Men’s tournaments consist of best-of-five sets at major events, while other professional tennis matches, including women’s tournaments, play a best-of-three.


Each of the players alternates their turns to serve, and when a player wins a game on their serves, it is referred to as a ‘hold,’ and when they win a game on their opponent’s serve, it is referred to as a ‘break. ’A single match is won by scoring a total of four points or at least two more points than the opponent.


Grand Slams are the most prestigious tennis competitions, and four of them are held each year. There is the Australian and US open, which are both played on hard courts, the French Open on clay, and the Wimbledon on grass. Both men and women compete in Grand Slam tournaments.


They also take part in other major tennis events like the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for men, and the Women’s Tennis Association events throughout the year. These events are also used to rank professional tennis players. Other events include the Davis Cup, Indian Wells Masters, and more.



How to bet on Tennis Games


One thing to also consider is knowing where to place your bets. As for betting markets, VOdds is a sports trading platform that gives the easiest access to top Asian bookies. VOdds offers several tennis betting markets on the platform for minor and major tennis tournaments, and other events. Among these are:



Asian Handicap


Asian Handicap is more popular with football (soccer), but it is also a good market for betting on Tennis. This betting market is all about putting a virtual lead on a tennis player over their opponent. 


Before placing your bets, you should consider the past performance of the players, their head-to-head data, the surface on which the match will be played, which player is in better form, and other factors that are particularly worth considering. Read this guide to know more about how to place Asian handicap bets in tennis betting.




Totals or Over/Under


In tennis for totals betting, you will have to predict whether the total number of games played will go over or under the benchmark set by your bookmaker.


For example, a three-set match is predicted to have 20.5 games (0.5 is added to ensure that the exact total games cannot be reached). If you think that’s going to be a close game, then place an over bet. You need the match to at least end at 21 games (like 7-5, 6-4 where the total sets are 22) to win your bet.



Live Betting


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Live betting in tennis matches simply means placing your wager in real-time. But this market does not stand alone, as is the case with in-play betting on other sporting events.


You will have to choose another betting market but instead of betting during pre-match, you will place your bets live but before the points start. The most common type of live betting is Moneyline bets. Here you have to predict who will win the match, the set, and the game. In most sportsbooks, you can bet on almost anything that happens within the match.


So to avoid making bad bets, we recommend mastering other markets first. In-play tennis odds are subject to rapid changes, which makes it hard to catch the best one if you’re not familiar with ins and outs.


All things considered, tennis is a sport with plenty of upsides if you’re willing to take time to do an analysis of tennis games and get to know the tennis betting nuances to subsequently find value and gain an edge.

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