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How to Bet on Tennis

Tennis is extremely popular worldwide, and the sport is growing in admiration in Canada. Tennis betting could not be easier these days, with tennis betting tips and tennis odds readily available online. Check out our in-depth guide on how to bet on tennis.

Types of tennis bets

There are several tennis markets available to bet on. With tennis being among the most popular sports in the world, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to betting options. You will find competitive tennis odds on all major tournaments and various other competitions throughout the season.

Match Betting/Match Winner

The most popular bet in any sport is picking the winner of the match. The “Match Winner” is the moneyline bet for tennis and is the most popular bet type. As punters, one can pick the “Match Winner” before the start of the match or in-play during the contest.

Set Betting

Betting on the “Set Winner” is also very popular in the tennis betting world. The “Set Winner” market allows you to bet on the outcome of each set within the match. Bettors also have the ability to bet on the exact score of each set as well as the number of games won during the set by a player.

Handicap Betting

Handicap betting is a great way to enhance your tennis odds. Handicapp betting allows you to bet on a virtual deficit or an advantage to one player before the match begins or while in play. Betting this way creates a larger betting field, with the odds for the player with the handicap being adjusted accordingly.

Total Games

Bettors can also bet on the total number of games within the match or set. You can bet on the Over/Under games or over a specific number.

Outright Tournament Winner

When it comes to pre-tournament betting, you have the ability to bet on the “Tournament Winner” for the respective tournament. You can take advantage of early odds and have a punt on who you believe will be the outright “Tournament Winner”. "Tournament Winner” markets are available on the four majors and various other tennis tournaments throughout the season.

In-play Betting

In-play betting is very popular among tennis punters. In-play, or live betting, allows the bettor to place bets during the match, such as who will win the next point, game, or set. You can also bet on the number of games and whether there will be a tie-break in the final set.

Tennis Odds

Tennis odds work the same as other sports, though the format varies from region to region.

Tennis Betting Tips & Factors to Consider

There are several important factors to consider when betting on tennis, ranging from player form to match conditions. Here are the biggest factors and best tennis betting tips:


  • Player form: The form of the players is arguably the biggest factor to consider when it comes to tennis betting. Some players struggle against certain opponents, while injuries or physical issues can also play a huge part. You can look at their win-loss record, performances on different surfaces, and recent form against particular opponents.
  • Head-to-Head record: Head-to-head records, between player to player, are also a big factor in certain matches and tournaments. Psychology is huge in sports, and players can look for any kind of psychological edge over their opponent.
  • Surface: There are 3 different court surfaces: hard (most common), grass and clay. It is important to know the difference between the 3 and how it affects play. Most players perform better on one surface compared to another. Some players are comfortable on grass but struggle on hard courts. Even the world’s best players can find it tough on certain surfaces.
  • Playing style: Every player has their own unique playing style. Some are great at serving, while others have a devastating backhand. There are often clashes of style in tennis, which adds even more excitement to the matches.
  • Tournament & match conditions: Some players perform better in certain tournament which can influence tennis betting alongside match conditions. The weather, court speed, and the time of day are a few factors that should be considered when betting on tennis.
  • Motivation & momentum: Momentum is key in every sport, especially tennis. Momentum can swing in a match with one single shot or mistake, giving a player the extra boost of confidence and motivation needed to go on and win the match.
  • Betting odds: One way to really help you out is looking for discrepancies in odds between sportsbooks. You can consider the indicated probability of each.
  • General betting tips: Another way to help you when it comes to placing the right tennis bets is to look at general tennis betting tips online. There are betting experts everywhere, and you will find comprehensive betting guides before and during the tournaments. 

Tennis betting mistakes to avoid

Mistakes in betting can be avoided, and with so many factors to consider in the world of tennis, it is important to take note of the following:

Emotional betting

We all want our favourite player or team to win, but sometimes betting with emotion can hinder your chances of winning money. Be sure to check the value before backing your favoured player to win.

Ignoring key factors

It is important to take note of various conditions that could affect a player’s performance in a match. Be sure to check on the weather, injuries, and other external factors that can impact the outcome of a match.

Chasing losses

When betting on any sport, it is vital to not chase your losses. Chasing losses can lead to even more money being lost and can be a vicious circle in the world of sports betting.

Overlooking line movements

Line movement in tennis betting should not be underestimated. If you see the odds moving significantly in either direction, there is good reason. It is important to check on why the line movements have changed and what effect it will have when placing your bets.

Focusing on short-term results

Focusing on short-term results can be a mistake. It is better to maintain a long-term perspective and focus on overall profit over a long period of time.

Not keeping track

Keeping track of your sports bets is imperative. Doing this will allow you to monitor your progress of wins and losses, analyze your betting history and results, help you improve in areas and tweak your strategy if needed.

Overhauling high odds

Long odds in tennis betting can be tempting, but there is always a reason why. It is better not to be sucked into long odds and to look for value instead.

Ignoring your budget

One of the biggest mistakes to avoid is ignoring your bankroll management. Before setting out, make a betting budget and stick to it. You can also set your limits on your account for the amount you’re placing per bet or how frequently you can bet. 

How to Place Tennis Bets Today with theScore Bet®

Before taking advantage of what’s available with theScore Bet®, you must open an account. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to open an account and start betting with theScore Bet:


  1. First things first, you must open a theScore Bet betting account. Head over to the website or download the app. Click on the ‘Sign Up’ button and follow the easy instructions.
  2. Head over to the tennis section to find the latest tournaments, in-play matches, and Grand Slam events. Pick your tournament or match.
  3. Once you have decided which tournament or match, you can then place your tennis bets.

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Tennis betting FAQs

How do I stay disciplined when betting on tennis?

Set a limit on how much you want to lay out and stick to it. Also, emotional betting can hinder your chances, and it is important to take note of key factors.

How do I place a live tennis bet?

Head over to the in-play tennis betting section for the live matches and place your live bets accordingly.

What is the difference between pre-match and live tennis betting?

Pre-match betting is a bet placed before the match has started. Live betting is a bet placed during an in-play match.

How do I manage my bankroll when betting on tennis?

Set a limit before setting out and do not go over it. It is also very important not to chase your losses in any form of sports betting.

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