Link Between Tennis and Tennis Spread Betting

Tennis is a truly fascinating sport to follow, bearing witness to some of the most talented players on earth vying for supremacy across the globe. Tennis is thought to go as far back as the 12th century with the French originally playing tennis with the palm of their hands until the tennis racket was introduced in the 16th century.

But when you have money riding on a player or match then the spectacle becomes exhilarating. You should never have to just settle for a set number of tennis fixed odds markets when having a punt on a match, and this is where tennis spread betting comes in, Spread betting on tennis heightens the thrill and offers a vast array of different markets for you to enjoy. 

Traditional tennis fixed odds betting is an exciting concept but when tennis spread betting is in the fold, the excitement is ramped up with a plethora of spectacular tennis spread betting markets.

Introducing Tennis Spread Betting

Tennis has a wide range of spread betting markets for punters to choose from, so there’s always a large choice for any spread bettor. The beauty of tennis spread betting is that you don’t have to choose one winner. 

You can back a variety of spread options and not even choose a player to win. You can wager on match supremacy, game supremacy, 100 win index, total games, X- courts and many more. 

The sportsbook will set a number of predictions around different events and scenarios within a particular match. You will see a range of spread indexes, and each one will have two prices: a buy price and a sell price. The sell price is always the lower figure and the buy price is always the higher. If you believe a sportsbook has pitched the price too high, then you can sell at the lower price and if you think it’s too low you buy at the higher price. 

This is why spread betting increases the excitement more than traditional fixed odds betting as your returns are never set in stone and can be very sporadic, you literally can win anything. 

Game Supremacy 

Game Supremacy is the margin in which another player wins, in terms of games. For example, if Daniil Medvedev beat Rafa Nadal 6-2. 6-4, 7-5, the Game Supremacy would make up 8. The sportsbook might have offered you a Game Supremacy of 3.5-4.5 games, so if you would have bought at 4.5 for £10 per point you would have won £35 (8-4.5=3.5) multiplied by your stake (£10). 

However, this market, like in all of spread betting, can incur losses so if Nadal had vanquished Medvedev 3- 6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 it would have made up -1 meaning you would have lost £55 (-1 – 4.5 = – 5.5) multiplied by your stake (£10). 

Match Supremacy

This is the winning margin in which one player wins over the other with 10 points being awarded for the win and five points for each set won. So the maximum possible points you could win via match supremacy in a five-match set would be 25 points, 10 for the win and 3 x 5 points for a straight-set win. 

For example, hypothetically, if Dan Evans was playing fellow countryman Cameron Norrie and a sportsbook quoted Evan’s match supremacy at 10-13. If he won in four sets, the market would make up 20, meaning that if you would have bought at 13 for £2 per point, you would make up to 7 times your stake (20-13=7) multiplied by your stake (£2) = £14. However, if Norrie would have put Evans to the sword in five sets, the market would have made up -15, meaning you would suffer a loss of 28 times your stake (-15-13=-28) multiplied by your stake (£2) = £56.

What Games Related Spread Bets Do Some SportsBooks Offer?

Most sportsbooks offer a number of tennis spread betting markets which are based on how many games take place in a match. The advantage of this tennis spread bet is that it doesn’t matter which player wins, all that matters is the certain amount of games that are played, be it a short and sweet straight-set victory, or a gruelling five-set marathon. Below Sink Or Swim Sports has provided two very popular tennis spread betting markets on games.

Total Games

This is a very simplistic spread bet, it is the total number of games you believe will be played within the match. If you believe it will be a routine straight-set victory you might sell, while if you think that the match has the potential to go the distance then you’d buy.

For example, if Andrey Rublev is locking horns with Reilly Opelka and the sportsbook has offered a quote of 23.5-24.5 games in the best of three sets match. Opelka turns up and beats Rublev 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 so the make-up is 29 (7+5+2+6+6+3) meaning that if you would have wagered higher at a buy price of 24.5 games for £10 per point you would had made £45 (29-24.5=6.5) multiplied by your stake (£10).

However, if the result would have not gone your way and the match had ended 6-4, 6-2 to either player, the market would have made up 18, meaning a loss of 6.5 times your stake (18-24.5=6.5) meaning you would have lost £65. 

Cross Courts

This is one player’s individual set games won, multiplied by the other player’s set games won and then added together to form a total. For example, if Nick Kyrgios beats Marin Cilic 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a three-set match, Cross Courts will make up 71 (35+12+24=71). A sportsbook might have offered you a spread of 62.5-67.5, so if you had bought at 67.5 for £10 per point you would have made £35 profit (71-65.5 =3.5) multiplied by your stake. 

However, if the result would have ended up as 60, you would then have incurred a loss of (60-67.5= -7.5) multiplied by your stake (£10).  

Total Points Played

This is another simple spread betting market, and as the name suggests, this is a prediction of the total number of points played in a match. A sportsbook might predict that between 140-145 points will be played in a best of three sets match. If you think that there will be 145 points or more you would buy (bet higher), while if you think it will be a low scoring affair and less than 140 then you’d sell. (bet lower).

Total Aces/Total Double Faults 

This is a market that predicts the total number of aces or the total number of double faults that are served in the match. A sportsbook might quote a Total Aces in a match between two big servers like John Isner and Reilly Opelka at 37-39, but if you feel that’s too high, then you can sell at 37 for £5 per point. 

Hypothetically, in the end, there were 32 aces served in total, meaning that you made £25 (37-32=5) multiplied with your stake £5×5= £25.

However, if the two serving giants served out 43 aces between them, then you would have lost £30 (37-43=6) multiplied by your stake £-6×5 = -£30. 

What Are Index Related Tennis Bets? 

Index-related tennis spread bets are based on how far players will progress in a certain Grand Slam or competition on a points index. For example, ahead of tournaments, many sportsbooks offer a Championship Win Index where you can wager on how badly or well a player might do throughout the tournament. Points are awarded as followed 60pts to the winner, 40pts to the runner-up, 20pts to losing semi-finalists, 10pts to losing quarter-finalists and 5pts to players who are eliminated in the last 16. If a player doesn’t get as far as the last 16 they will be awarded 0pts.

So, a sportsbook might give Denis Shapovalov an Australian Open Championship Win Index of 16-19, meaning that he will have to at least progress to the semi-finals to see a profit. If you decided to buy at 19 and he finishes as a runner up, you will 40 times your stake (40-19=21) but if the Canadian was knocked out in the quarter-finals then you’d lose nine times your bet (10-19=-9). 

If you want to know more about the intricacies of tennis betting, then make sure you check here for an array of different tennis betting markets.