Tennis Spread Betting Markets Explained To Novices

With tennis being one of the most popular sports on the planet, betting markets have slowly become stagnated. With this in mind, why not explore new markets to wager on when watching the action unfolds. 

Tennis spread betting couldn’t be easier and SinkorSwimSports takes a look at some of the most exciting spread betting markets to wager on in tennis. 

<em>Andrey Rublev at the 2022 US Open</em>
Andrey Rublev at the 2022 US Open

Total Games

This is one of the simpler markets for tennis spread bettors to wager on – as it doesn’t require you to pick the winner of the match. You simply predict the number of games that might be played or not played.

If Stefanos Tsitsipas is playing Andy Murray, the Total Games Market might be pitched at 35.75 – 37.75. You could sell at 35.75 if you think there might be fewer overall games played and it will be a low-scoring affair or you could buy at the higher end at 37.75 if you think that the match will go the distance.

 As mentioned before, it doesn’t matter which player wins. If you sell at 35.75, you would be equally pleased if Tsitsipas wins 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 or Murray wins 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, as the total then would be 18, 17.75 below the price you sold at, ensuring you a healthy 17.75 times your stake in profit. 

If you bought it at the price of 37.75, then you will be hoping that it goes to five sets with every set containing a tie-break. The more games that are played, the more money you win. 

Game Supremacy

This is another popular spread betting market that allows you how to predict how comprehensively a player will win a match. You’re wagering on the winning margin, in terms of games, that a player will achieve. 

For example, let’s say Holger Rune is pitted against Daniil Medvedev and the sportsbook has quoted a game supremacy of 4.5 – 5.5 games. 

If you think Holger Rune will secure a solid victory, you can buy at 5.5 games. However, if you think Rune will only earn a narrow victory or even lose, then you’d sell at 4.5 games. 

If Rune won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, the winning margin would be 18 games. If you would have bought on Rune at 5.5, then you would earn 12.5 x your profit, as 18 is 12.5 points higher than 5.5. This result is the best possible outcome if you opted to buy. 

But, if Rune is troubled by Medvedev and the Norweigan wins by a small margin, then you’d either win less or lose money. Let’s say Rune wins 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, the winning margin would only be a single game. 

You would unfortunately lose 4.5x your stake if you had bought at 5.5. In straightforward terms, if you buy on Game Supremacy then you want the player to win by as big a margin as possible, but if you sell then you want the player you sold at to get hammered. 

<em>Karen Kachanov at the 2022 US Open</em>
Karen Kachanov at the 2022 US Open

Cross (X) Courts 

This spread market is slightly more complex but gives you another exciting market to wager on. Basically, a sportsbook calculates the result by multiplying the number of games Player A wins against the number of games Player B wins in that same set. The sportsbook does this with each set and adds them all together to arrive at a result. 

For example, let’s say Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Jiri Lehecka 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. The result for the first set would be 18, for the second set it would be 35 and for the third set it would be 18 – the final result would be 71. 

Let’s say you bought at 75, then you would earn 4x your stake because 75 – 71 is 4 games. Once again, you would sell at the lower end if you think one player will make the match a quick affair.

Match Supremacy 

This market is very similar to the Game Supremacy market but calculated in a slightly different way. For this market, a player is assigned 10 points for winning the match and 5 points for every set they win. 

All men’s matches in major Grand Slams are the best of 5 sets, so the highest result a player can yield is 25 points (10 points for winning the match and 5 points for winning a set 3-0 in sets). 

For example, if Kachanov wins against Korda in 5 sets, the result would be 15 points (10 points for winning the match and 5 points for winning 3-2 in sets).

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