Tennis Betting Odds and Lines Explained

There are many ways to bet on tennis - all of them offering different ways of winning and getting great returns. If you're not sure what we mean, or you just want to increase your payout, read on as we guide you through the possibilities.

Two-Way Betting

Two-way, or each-way bets are a great way to make sure you get at least some sort of payout from a tennis tournament, even if your chosen competitor doesn't quite make it to lifting the winner's trophy. How does it work? Let's take a hypothetical example.

Let's suppose that Kei Nishikori is one player you choose to back either prior to or during a tennis tournament. He has good odds, but you're not 100% sure he will win in a certain match. Still, you've studied his form, and you are pretty sure he will make it, but you have doubts still - in which case, an each-way bet is a good wager to make. Put money on a two-way bet on Nishikori, and you've bet on him to either be the winner, or the loser, of any given match.

Correct Score Betting

If you bet on correct score, you bet on the result of a match, or a set. For example, you can bet on the second set of a match ending 6-4, or a match being won by three sets to love. This means you have varying odds, depending on how likely a result is to occur. You've got endless possibilities as to how you can win money on this bet - but be careful, as it's not a lottery, instead you need to judge carefully which way you see a set, or a match going, if you are to win.

The way to win on correct score bets is, rather than punting all your money on one possibility, spreading the risk around a number of them. This ensures that even if only one of the bets (inevitably) is right, you can still make some money to justify your investment. For example,

Correct score betting can be done before a match begins, but with tennis being a game so dependent on the individuals and conditions on the day, it can be a more accurate option to go for a correct score bet done in-play. This is because the game is happening in front of you, and so you can study what is going on, as the match unfolds.

So for example you might see that Novak Djokovic is likely to win a set against Andy Murray, putting small deposits on scores of 6-4, 7-5 and 7-6 (tiebreak). When the result comes in, if it's one of those, you win!

Odd/Even Betting

There is a form of betting that is not based on assessing the form or fitness of a particular tennis player, or how well he or she is playing against the opponent, but is, instead, based on numbers, and specifically, numbers of games played in a match.

If you bet odd/even, you're putting money on either an odd, or even, number of games being played in a certain tennis match. Before a match starts, you won't get great odds on this, but it's a great, fun, wager for in-play bets, particularly if a match looks like it will peter out into an odd-numbered win, but the other player breaks back to make the number of games at the end even.

You should bet odd/even when there is a match for which you're sure of the outright winner, but you still want to place a bet and stand a chance of winning a profit. If Rafael Nadal is playing a qualifier in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament, chances are he'll win easily - but an odd/even bet can make that game way more interesting.

Over/Under Betting

Similar to odd/even betting, over/under bets require you to correctly predict the number of games in a match. However, you do so based on a predicted total, that you use to either decide that fewer, or more, games will be played. For example, if Serena Williams faces Maria Sharapova in a Grand Slam quarter-final, you might have a choice of over or under 28 games for the match. If Williams were to win the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-1, that would be 27 games, and so you'd win the bet if you said "under".

This is another great wager for if you're watching a match and betting in-play. Maybe the match on the screen isn't the most exciting - but by predicting the number of games, you can make it more so.

Now that we've explained what each of these bets are, find a match to place a wager on using our Upcoming Matches page!