Best Tennis Betting Online
Tennis betting is very popular in some parts of the world and largely overlooked in others. Finding the best tennis betting site is a matter of choosing the book that caters to the right crowd. Every gambling site covers tennis to some degree, but some do much better than others for this particular sport.
You could consider this page your roadmap to betting on tennis. We did the research, collected the data, and now present it to you as a simple list of the best sportsbooks for tennis. Here's what we found:
BetOnline is an excellent choice for all sports betting and our #1 pick for tennis specific betting. You'll be sure to get all of the matches and bets that you're looking for, along with great odds. Be sure to read our BetOnline review to find out everything they have to offer.
Bovada is another betting site that you really can't go wrong with. They offer some of the friendliest tennis odds available as well as a good bonus offer for new customers. Check out our Bovada review to find out more on what they have at their online sportsbook.
The TopBet sportsbook is a great place for all sports bettors and especially those looking to bet on tennis. They cover the major matches from around the world and you'll be sure to be treated with class. See what they have by reading through our complete TopBet review.
There are several reasons we like these bookmakers more than all the others. For one, they have a much broader breadth of tennis betting options than the competition. If you visit twenty random gambling sites, 19 will have a barebones tennis betting section. You might get the Grand Slam events, the occasional star player matchup, but that's about it.
It's that special 20th site that does the trick. Every once in a while, you find a site that for whatever reason takes tennis to a whole different level. Not only does that site cover the big events, but it also follows minor events, accepts wagers on matchups between relatively unknown players, and even hosts tennis-related promotions.
That's how we look at the sites listed above. Each one has that little something extra that really makes it stand out for tennis. There's a world of difference between a top tier site and a second tier site when it comes to tennis.
The other factors that went into choosing the above gambling sites are just the standard things we look for in any online betting site: trustworthiness, ease of use, deposit methods, speed of withdrawals, and promotions. We are intimately familiar with each of the recommended sites on this page and each site checks out in each category.
Betting on Tennis
Tennis is sort of like horse racing in that most people only tune in for the biggest events. Most people recognize names like Nadal and Sharapova and they know a little something about the French Open and Wimbledon. That's fine for the casual fan, but it's excellent news for the savvy punter.
There's a ton of value to be found in tennis if you follow more than just the big names in the sport. You can take any decent ranked player, put him in some smaller side tournament against the reigning champ who has his eye on his next Grand Slam, and you have the perfect recipe for an undervalued underdog.
You're best off avoiding obvious bets like Nadal in the French Open. There's no point in even looking at that bet, because everyone in the world knows Nadal likes him a clay court. The bookmakers know they can charge anything they want and people will still eat it up. Look for value in the players who aren't household names.
Moneylines and point spreads are the most common types of bets you'll find at any gambling site. Some of the other wagers to look for are "best of 3 sets", "total games in match" and props such as who will win the first set.
One of the nice things about tennis is you don't often find complete sucker's bets. The vast majority of the wagers you see in tennis are related to things that you can at least somewhat analyze and predict.
The Grand Slams
The four biggest tournaments in tennis are collectively known as the Majors or the Grand Slam events. If a single player wins all four tournaments in the same year, that player is said to have achieved "a Grand Slam." Together, these four tournaments are the most high-profile and highest-paying events in all of tennis.
- Australian Open: January
- French Open: May/June
- Wimbledon: June/July
- US Open: August/September
It's not quite as easy to find soft lines in the Majors simply because they generate so much interest and betting action. There are good spots to be had, but you'll be best served by avoiding the superstars unless you either (a) have a specific reason to do so or (b) just want to bet to have fun.
Where the Majors show their true value (in our opinion) is in how far tennis betting sites go to attract tennis fans. Special promos such as cash back guarantees and free tennis bets are common at sites that push tennis. The best part of all is you're never too far from the next Grand Slam event.
Author: Brad Johnson
Updated: March 2015
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