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The Basics of Betting on Tennis

So, you’ve decided you want to start betting on tennis — congratulations, you’ve made a great decision — but you’re concerned about making ‘rookie’ mistakes.

Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.

In this section we’ll lay down a few basics of betting on tennis and some strategies for getting off to a strong start.

Stick to the Basics

The term ‘basics’ is not a derogatory term — even though some punters seem to feel it is — every person who has bet on tennis started at the beginning and worked their way to more advanced strategies.

If you want to give yourself the best chance of succeeding in betting on tennis, then don’t try and run before you can crawl; stick to the basics to begin with, and slowly become more adventurous.

What do we mean by basics?

When betting on tennis, outright betting and match betting are the best places to start. Many seasoned punters still rely on these markets, so they’re not just beginner-friendly markets, but they are the most straightforward markets.

We’ll go into more detail on those in our ‘Types of Bets’ section, but here is a quick rundown on why they’re good markets for beginners:

Outright betting: If you’re looking at the men’s draw for a grand slam, there are only a handful of players likely to win the tournament, and there is only one bet that needs to be made.

Do your research, pick your favorite, make one bet and then wait for the action to unfold – it’s as simple as that.

Match betting: With a draw not a possibility, you’ve got a 50-50 shot on any match bet, and you’re just required to pick one player or the other.

It sounds straightforward, and it is, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing! There is no point in betting on something you don’t yet understand, because that’s never going to be a winning strategy.

Instead, embrace the basics and get comfortable before moving on to other markets.

Don’t Get Swayed by the ‘Experts’

Everyone has an opinion, whether they know what they’re talking about or not, and when betting on any sport it’s important to shut out a lot of the noise that accompanies that professional sport.

If you’re listening to television pundits or reading your favorite sports website, you need to remember that pundits are often driven by making controversial statements or going all in on players or teams; you don’t get a reaction from delivering a lukewarm take or get more clicks from saying the same thing everyone else is saying.

The best way to avoid being overly swayed by the opinions of others

is to watch as much tennis as you can,

go all-in on stats, and rely on your own research.

There is a treasure trove of information available on tennis that will help guide you to make good decisions rather than relying on the opinions of others.

Always Check Your Betting Slip

You might roll your eyes at this one and think, “Well of course I’ll check my betting slip,” but you would be surprised how often new punters think that they’ve bet on one thing but have actually bet on another.

Regardless of who you bet with, there is little recourse if you realize your mistake after the fact, so double check your betting slip before and after placing a bet regardless of whether it’s at the counter or online.

Keep Records of Your Bets

A very important element of betting is record keeping. It’s only through keeping a detailed record of your bets that you’ll be able to assess how you are performing.

The three main reasons to keep a record of your bets are:

  • To track your deposits and withdrawals
  • To track your wins and losses
  • To allow for analysis of your strengths and weaknesses
Keeping note of your deposits and withdrawals is crucial in order to know whether you are betting more money than you can afford.

You should always have a strict budget that you stick to; never bet more than you can afford.

Our perception of how much money we are winning and losing is not always accurate – a big win or a big loss can often cloud the real picture. As a result, you need to record all the bets you make and how they work out in order to accurately assess your standing.

By keeping a record of your bets, you will be able to analyze the areas where you are being successful and those where you’re not hitting the mark.

For example, if your betting record shows that you are not making successful bets on women’s tennis but are backing winners in the men’s game, it might be worth specializing in one area.