It is believed that tennis originated in France in the 12th century and the game involved hitting the ball with the hand. Louis X enjoyed this “game of the palm” which later became the game of tennis. It was during the 16th century that the game was played using rackets and it was then called tennis, derived from the French word “tenez” meaning “hold, receive or take”. This game became popular in France and England and was first played indoors.
To bet on tennis it is important for bettors to understand how the game works. The game has a sequence of points, which are played by the same player serving. A game in tennis is won when one of the players has 4 points and must have at least 2 more points than the other player.
The following terminology is used when scoring tennis, “love”, “fifteen”, “thirty” and “forty”. If each player scores 3 points it is called deuce. If 1 player has 1 point more than the other it is called “advantage” for the player winning. The score read out always begins with the player who is serving at that time.
Bettors wanting to bet on tennis games will first have to find a reliable and trustworthy sports betting site and then open an account. Setting up an account should be simple and quick. When signing up for the first time at a sports betting site, bettors will receive a sign up bonus and this bonus can be used to make a wager. Bettors should shop around for the best deal, but also make sure that they use a trustworthy site. Some sports betting sites are not legitimate and should be avoided.
There are a number of tennis bets with the most common being the straight up and over/under bets. Types of bets will differ depending on the sports betting site. The straight up bet is placed on a match. Each player will be listed as well as the odds. The player who is the favourite to win will usually have low odds while the underdog will have good odds.
Set totals or over/under bets is when a bettor places a bet on the amount of sets the match will have. The sports book will give a number and then the bettor will bet on whether the amount will be higher (or over) and lower (or under) than that amount.
Prop bets are offered by the sports books. These bets can be whatever the sportsbook thinks will make money. Also known as a propositional bet where Australian bookmakers players wager on events, which may not pertain to the final outcome of the game much like NRL bets.
The major tennis events include the US Open, which is held in New York every year. The Australian Open is another Major tennis event as well as the French Open, which is extremely popular. Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis events in the world and is held in London.
Factors to Consider
The best way to improve betting skills is to study the game and how it works. For example knowing that tennis is played on a few different surfaces will determine the bet being made. Being knowledgeable on the different tennis players and which surface they prefer playing on will help to make a smart bet. Researching various players such as keeping track of their winning streaks, injuries or bad patches can be beneficial.
Tennis is a game which requires endurance, skill and strength. Bearing these factors in mind together with outside factors bettors can make an informed decision when placing a wager.