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2020 Tennis Betting Update

With the coronavirus pandemic preventing major sports leagues from safely operating, a rare opportunity has arisen for sports outside of North America’s Big Four. This is especially true of individual sports that can better facilitate the social distancing requirements for curbing the spread of the virus. Tennis is the perfect example of a sport that puts sufficient distance between opponents, provided there are no spectators in the stands.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prudently orchestrate the major grand slam tournaments that tennis fans look forward to every year; all WTA and ATP tournaments, including Wimbledon, have been cancelled until at least July 13. The rare exhibition event is still happening around the world, and that’s keeping up hopes, but with the absence of tennis, betting has picked up in an unexpected way—with table tennis.


Table Tennis Betting

That’s right, ping-pong is having a moment right now, and although it’s not on the forefront of most sports bettors’ minds, it is a widely accepted professional sport in East Asia—China specifically—and has been part of the Olympics since 1988. For those less familiar with ping-pong, it’s very similar to tennis, but is played on a table with a net dividing it in two, and the players use small paddles instead of rackets. The main rule is that when serving or returning the ball, it must land on the opposite side of the table at least once. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the governing body for professional table tennis.

Even with table tennis, the top tournaments, including the World Table Tennis Championship and the Table Tennis World Cup, have been cancelled because of covid-19, but there are smaller regional tournaments still happening around the world that offer tennis live betting opportunities. The Czech Republic’s TT Star Series, Russia’s Pro League, Ukraine’s Win Cup, TT Cup, and Setka Cup are all on the 2020 table tennis betting board in our sportsbook and are worth checking out.


2020 Other Tennis Betting

With the lower risk level inherent in tennis, it will likely help fill some gaps left by major team sports—even with the cancelled main events. Right now, exhibition tournaments are happening in Russia, and that includes the Championship Masters, Spring Tour, Daily Challenge and their Pro League. Some amateur tennis games are also on the 2020 live tennis betting board if all else fails.

As for tennis on American soil, Florida is leading the way for getting sports up and running again. UTR Pro Match Series will be the first exhibition game to happen in the Sunshine State and it will feature pros competing on a private hardcourt; expected attendees include Matteo Berrettini and Tennys Sandgren. The players will compete with no live spectators and just one official, and it will be broadcast on the Tennis Channel. Check back with Bodog Sportsbook as we continue to navigate the best betting opportunities throughout the pandemic, including 2020 live tennis odds.





How to Bet on Tennis

As summer approaches and the hockey and basketball seasons come to a close, bettors are rapidly turning their attention to the action on the tennis court. In addition to the sport's four Grand Slam events, tennis tournaments are taking place on a weekly basis, featuring the best men's and women's players in the world. And along with it, a growing number of tennis betting options are becoming available to both experienced and novice sports bettors alike.

Tennis Moneyline Betting

Like so many other sports, moneyline betting is the most popular form of wagering on tennis. With moneyline betting the objective is simple, as you place a wager on which player will win a match, with the amount of your winnings determined by moneyline tennis odds.

  • Rafael Nadal -200
  • Roger Federer +160

In the example illustrated above, Rafael Nadal is listed as the betting favorite to defeat Roger Federer with -200 odds. That means a successful $200 bet will win you $100. Conversely, Federer is pegged as a +160 underdog, which means a successful $100 bet on the Swiss star will win you $160.

Betting the Spread in Tennis

Betting the spread adds a layer of complexity to your tennis betting experience. As in other sports, most notably NFL football and NBA basketball, betting the spread enables you to wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. The same principle applies to tennis.

  • Rafael Nadal -3.5 (-135)
  • Roger Federer +3.5 (+110)

In this example, Nadal is favored to win at least 3.5 more games in the match than Federer, with the spread supported by moneyline odds. That means if Nadal wins 16 games in the match, and Federer wins fewer than 13, a $135 wager on the Spanish superstar will win you $100. However, if Federer stays within three game wins of Nadal, a $100 bet on him will win you $110, even if he fails to win the match.


Totals Betting in Tennis

While moneyline betting and betting the spread are focused on the outcome of a match, totals betting is focused on the number of total games played over the course of a match.

  • Rafael Nadal O 23.5 (-130)
  • Roger Federer U 23.5 (+100)

An example of a totals betting line is illustrated above, with the total number of games in the match set at 23.5. The O and U on the betting line denote OVER and UNDER, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout on a winning bet.

In this case, if the total number of games played in the match is OVER 23.5, a successful $130 wager will win you $100. Conversely, should the match between Nadal and Federer feature UNDER 23.5 total games, then a $100 bet on even odds of +100 will win you $100.

Tennis Parlay Betting

Parlay betting enables you to combine multiple bets on a single wager, with the payout determined by enhanced moneyline odds. For example, you can combine a moneyline wager on Nadal to win his match with a bet on the total for another match. However, while a wide variety of combinations can be used to create parlay bets, limitations also exist. For example, with a parlay bet you cannot combine a moneyline bet and a totals bet from the same match on the same ticket.

Tennis Props Betting

With props betting, the power to wager on an array of additional aspects of a tennis match is at your disposal, with an emphasis on individual player performance. Here are a few examples of typical tennis prop bets:

Odd/even games betting enables you to wager on whether the total games played in a match will be an even number or an odd number, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout to a winner. Player to win a set betting is just how it sounds, as you can bet on whether an individual player will win at least one set in a match, with moneyline odds once again determining the size of the payout.Tennis player totals betting props work on the same principle as totals betting discussed above, but instead of wagering on the total number of games played in a match, tennis player totals betting enables you to wager on whether a player will win OVER or UNDER the established total, with moneyline odds determining your payout.

Tennis Futures Betting

Futures betting has steadily gained in popularity among bettors in recent years. Unlike the array of wagering options discussed in this article that focus on a specific match, futures betting enables you to wager on which player will emerge as the winner of a tournament well in advance of the tournament taking place, and is extremely popular among bettors wagering on Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the US Open.

In fact, for bettors looking to get in on the Wimbledon odds and the US Open odds, futures betting is where they are likely to start.

  • Novak Djokovic +150
  • Rafael Nadal +350
  • Roger Federer +550
  • Milos Raonic +1500
  • Richard Gasquet +20000

Illustrated above is an abbreviated example of what to expect when surveying the futures odds of an upcoming tournament. In this example, Novak Djokovic is listed as a +150 favorite to emerge as the Wimbledon men's champion. That means if the Serbian tennis legend goes on to win the annual event at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a $100 bet will win you $150. Of course, the odds lengthen the further down the list you go. In this case, Nadal is a +350 second favorite, with the potential to pay out $350 in winnings on a $100 bet, while Canadian Milos Raonic is pegged at a lengthy +1500. Typically all players expected to compete in the tournament will be included on the futures, providing you with dozens of futures betting options, with the tournament longshots offering dramatically long odds. In this example, Richard Gasquet is pegged as a lengthy +20000 longshot, meaning a stunning Wimbledon victory from the French veteran would win you $20000 on a $100 bet.

Tennis Live Betting and Set Lines

Set line betting features moneyline betting and betting against the spread, but with an important difference. Instead of wagering on the results over the course of an entire match, set lines enable you to wager on the results of an individual set. And while set lines are usually published for the first set well ahead of when the match is played, set lines for subsequent sets are often available as part of a live betting option. With live betting, the spread and moneyline odds are dynamically updated while the match is being played, allowing you to bet on the fly during the match, and adding an additional layer of excitement to your tennis betting experience.



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