Tennis is a popular sport for obvious reasons but punters have their own motives for betting on it instead of football or basketball. It has the advantage of only having two possible outcomes, therefore the risk of a draw is mitigated and players have a better chance of emerging victorious.
As a result, bookies are offering lower odds and they need to make sure that the house edge gives them a slight advantage, but even so a smart punter can level the playing field.
Knowledge is everything in tennis
When it comes to football and basically any sports that involved teams rather than individual athletes, the outcome can be more difficult to predict. Even if one team has better players on the pitch, if the opponents play better as a whole they could prevail in any given day.
On the other hand, in tennis there are just two players facing each other or four when it comes to double matches and that makes it particularly important to undertake research.
In both ATP and WTA tournaments punters should be aware of the ranking of the players involved but also the track record. Recent results are perhaps the most important ones because form is of critical importance in tennis and if you bet on the underdog you need to have good reasons.
Equally important is to know the head to head record because there is always the possibility of one player having a difficult time in defeating a particular opponent. All these things matter and should be investigated properly.
Narrow down the search
A smart punter will not try to bet on every tournament but instead focus on the events that are easier to predict. For example, grand slam events are of critical importance and you can rest assured that players take them extremely seriously.
They represent the highlight of the year and many choose to withdraw from previous competitions if they don’t feel fit to play and risk further injuries.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are ITF games and exhibition tournaments, which pit together players that are less motivated. The latter are problematic because participants try to produce an entertaining spectacle and the outcome is far less important especially when it comes to charitable events.
On the other hand, ITFs and Challengers are the ones that appear more often in scandals involving match fixing.