Tennis, a sport historically played in the 12th century by lords and ladies where it was known as ‘Game of The Palm’. It wasn’t until the 16th century when racquets were introduced where it transferred into ‘Real Tennis’, the game we all know and love today.
The sport is often defined by four major tournaments from across the globe known as ‘Grand Slams.’ These are played across the calendar year, starting with the Australian Open (mid/late January), French Open (late May/early June), Wimbledon (late June/early July) and US Open (late August/early September).
This is where the elite and most heroic players that come to mind play in knockout rounds to see who comes out with a multi-million cash prize and their name on the history books forever.
A 24/7 Sport
The great thing about tennis is that it’s known from all around the world and the ability to watch it live is usually easy to access.
Most recently, Amazon Prime announced that across UK & Ireland, over 80 ATP and WTA tournaments will be shown on their streaming service allowing tennis to become more accessible than ever. For punters, in-play tennis betting is very popular, and you can guarantee that your bookies will be showing some sort of tennis on the In-Play section. Bookmakers such as Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred also offer live-streaming services with an active account so you can enjoy the action whilst you bet! This makes popular viewing for ‘Next Set Winner’, ‘Match Result’ and ‘Handicap’ betting.
Accumulators are also very popular as well as set betting where the odds are rarely below EVS in even matches! Even during the ATP Tour where no big names look to be involved, tournaments such as the Cincinnati Masters, Madrid Open & Stockholm Open can provide scintillating odds for upcoming stars to take the crown.
The Big Four
The top Grand Slam’s are easily defined and can be recognisable to most tennis supporters. Some Slam’s favour certain players with its atmosphere, surface and climate.
An example of this would be odds being in favour of Rafael Nadal at the French Open due to how successful he can be on clay surfaces. His record 12 titles are a huge credit for the Spaniard when coming into Rolland Garros where he even won five consecutive titles between 2010 – 2014.
The surface has a lot to do with how a player defines themselves on the court with the ball bouncing higher and faster depending on the type of surface. These can also play a huge part in choosing your prediction for a Grand Slam! Statisticians may find this website useful where picking with their head rather than heart!
When this time of year comes around, even non-tennis fans may see their heads being turned by bookies showing superb offers for Grand Slam events. Bookmakers currently will be looking ahead to the French Open and next season, offering enhanced boosts of individual players to win at least one Grand Slam. Outright bets undoubtedly make the most money at the start of a tournament and even at the start of the season where you may bet on your favourite player to win several Grand Slams.
At the moment, odds of up to 1000/1 can see Roger Federer to win all four Slam’s in 2021! Although an appealing price, this has only ever been completed a few times in history but most recently by Stephanie ‘Steffi’ Graff where she won all major trophies in 1988. She even achieved the ‘Golden Slam’ where you win all four majors, plus an Olympic Gold medal!
The closest anyone has been since in the ATP was Novak Djokovic in 2015 where he achieved ¾ Grand Slams, narrowly missing out on the French Open to Stan Wawrinka who defeated the Serb in the final.
Nevertheless, records are there to be broken and there’s no saying that this will be achieved again. Once a lucky punter makes a good prediction at the start of the season, it could be a solid year of tense viewing to pick up the enormous odds.
Tennis Betting Offers
Other betting offers may be seen across the UK just before Wimbledon gets underway in the typical Summer. Away from the strawberries and cream of South-West London, new customer offers look to be extremely popular with enhanced odds and free bets up for grabs. Customers may be given Risk Free bets upon registration and ‘Get up to £40 in Free Bets when you deposit £10’ offers. With a thorough check of the T&Cs, these are highly acceptable across tennis and could look appealing for accumulator’s when the free bets are split!
Tennis Free Bets also prove very common with customers betting an amount of money to earn so much back in Free Bets. This would include bets for initial outright prediction punts and then a Free Bets for the action on the day of the major tournament! These may also be eligible for enhanced boosts which Bet365 prove to come out with every summer.
These free bet offers can also prove popular to bet on handicaps during in-play or set winners, where odds are usually in favour of the server at the beginning of a game.
With most of the Grand Slam’s being a whitewash for 2020, French Open outright winners can now be shown with Nadal leading the charge. His favouritism on the clay courts could make him clearly advantageous vs against the current World Number one, Djokovic.
However, as discussed before, odds are often unpredictable and if the returning Andy Murray makes the French Open in September, his odds of 33/1 could become very appealing to the British eye.
With the 33-year old no longer being Britain’s Number One, Murray has reached the final beforehand in 2016, but this has always been a Grand Slam he is yet to succeed in. Maybe not this time?