Betting tennis games & totals offers a number of variables and plenty of markets for bettors. The average bettor may not realize it, but there is a lot of money to be made wagering on tennis.
One thing tennis bettors can do is to specialize. One of the markets they can specialize in is game and set totals.
Understanding Betting Tennis
When betting on tennis totals, it helps to understand a little about the game. In a typical set, there are between six and 13 games.
Now, that changes if it is a Grand Slam men’s tennis event or the Davis Cup. Those events do not have the tiebreaker rule. In all women’s tennis events the tiebreak rule always applies.
Knowing this, it’s easy to understand why the most common game counts in tennis sets are 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13.
Men’s matches see fewer 6-0 and 6-1 set results. That is because men serve faster than women. A weaker male playing against one of the world’s top players will still manage to win games because he will win a good percentage of his serves.
Keys to Betting Tennis Games & Totals
Whether you are betting on an individual match, a futures bet on an event champion, or you are betting totals, there are a few things to analyze before making your wagers.
It’s worth looking at players’ 1st and 2nd service percentages. Knowing how often a player scores points on either serve can help you in determining how to wager.
The same is true for returns. How well does a player return 1st serves? That piece of information is very helpful before making a bet.
Another key item to check out is the playing surface. There are players who excel on clay or grass, but may not play as well on hard court surfaces. There are players who cannot compete with the best in the world on the hard court, but playing on clay moves them up among the world’s elite.
Bettors should also check head-to-head matchups before placing bets. Some players may own a huge advantage on another player. That’s information a bettor should have before making a wager.
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Betting Total Number of Games/Sets
Tennis bettors can bet on the number of sets a match takes. The total in a men’s tennis event is usually set at 3.5. This is the simplest form of betting tennis games & totals.
If you have a top-ranked player like Novak Djokovic playing an unranked player for example, you would think Djokovic will beat him in straight sets. In that case you bet on the Under (3 sets).
The same is true for games in a match. Remember the most common game counts in a set are 9, 10, 12, and 13. In a match of two evenly ranked males, the total is usually between 23.5 and 24.5.
For women, the totals are usually between 20.5 and 21.5. Women’s matches that go to three sets and men’s that go to five will almost always kill an Under bet.