A Guide to Successful Tennis Betting

How to Be Successful in Tennis Betting


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 in order for bettors to fully understand how to productively bet on tennis, bettors must first learn the basics of the sport, the factors to consider, the variety of betting markets, as well as the different styles of play and court surfaces 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 knowing the rules on how to bet on tennis, punters can now choose from a wide range of markets and competitions to place their stakes on.

Are you new to sports betting? Check out our ultimate guide.

The rules of tennis

Tennis is a sport that is played on a rectangular court with a high net in the middle. It can be played individually against one opponent (singles), or in pairs which consist of two teams of two players each (doubles). In order to score a point, one must stop the other player from returning the ball to their respective sides. A single match is won by scoring a total of four points or at least two more points than the opponent.

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

Each of the players alternate their turns to serve, and when a player wins a game on their serve, 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.’

Factors to consider before betting

There are several factors that need considering when learning how to successfully bet on tennis. First, it is important to know that different players have different skills, strengths and weaknesses. These aspects can affect your chances in betting depending on the suitability of these factors on certain occasions.

Another thing to consider is where the game is played. Tennis is played on four surfaces; either on clay, grass, hard court, or carpet. A player’s performance can vary on these different kinds of court surfaces because of the speed at which both the ball and player can travel.

Bettors should also consider the varying performance and skill sets of the players. Experienced tennis punters know how a certain player plays, and what kind of player  their bet will play against. At a basic level, it is also very significant to take note that tennis players can be either left or right-handed.

Tennis betting – kinds of tournaments

Major tournaments in tennis are called “Grand Slams.” Major events consist of four Grand Slam competitions each year; the Australian and US open, which are both played in hard court, the French open in clay, and the Wimbledon in 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.

Betting Market

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 markets in the platform for minor and major tennis tournaments, and other events. Among these are:


  • Total Games Over/Under  – The bookmaker predicts how many games will be played in a match. The total score of both players in all sets is the number of games played. For example, a set is predicted to have 20.5 games (0.5 is added to ensure that the exact total games cannot be reached), punters can now bet that there will be over 20.5 games, or under 20.5 games. This is close to a 50/50 wagering proposition.
  • Total Sets Over/Under – This is where bettors wage depending on how many total sets will be played in the match. Unlike the Over/Under total games, this is not a 50/50 wagering proposition as one option is much more likely to happen than the other. For example, a bookmaker may offer over or under 2.5 sets in a game.

Asian Handicap

  • Set Handicap – This changes the betting odds greatly as a handicap is based on added sets. For example, Maria Sharapova -1.5 sets vs Shuai Peng +1.5, bettors are being fronted with 1.5 sets. At +1.5, she wins for betting purposes if she comes out victorious in the match outright, or loses the match by 1 set only. If now, Sharapova -1.5 is the winner for the betting purposes.
  • Game Handicap – This is the individual scores of each sets in a match. If a player wins 6-3, 6-4, with no third set played in a best of three, they automatically win by 5 games (3 in the first set + 2 in the second). This market works in almost the same procedure as the set handicap but is based on games. It is available for betting match winners, and also for betting individual sets.


This is one of the most common forms of betting, and is also the simplest way for bettors to understand the costs of stakes. For example, if you placed a £10 stake on Rafael Nadal to win at odds of 4.250, you would win £42.50 though it would include your initial £10 bet. Your total profit would be £32.50. You would win nothing if the result ended in a defeat or draw for Nadal.

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