The tennis season has, like almost every other sport, been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that tournaments are gradually returning, with the 2020 US Open tennis championships set to take place at Flushing Meadow in New York (without fans) from Monday August 31, 2020.
Vegas Odds will have all the upcoming tennis odds for the leading tennis tournaments which, of course, will include all the latest US Open betting lines once they become available with our approved online sportsbooks.
Below are the latest betting odds and matchups from the world of world of professional tennis (ATP and WTP).
There’s a great range of bets available on tennis, with futures bets on a player to win a tournament always a popular option for those that hope to have some interest on their wager throughout the entire course of a tournament. This is obviously a risky wager as you are betting on one player coming winning every match they play to claim the title, but it can provide some very tasty Vegas odds and the chance of a big payout.
On individual matches, the moneyline is the most popular bet to play, as it is simply a selection as to which player you believe will win any given match. It can mean backing players at unattractive betting odds though, particularly with the leading players in the early rounds of tournaments.
One way of avoiding backing a favorite at particularly short odds is to use the Handicap betting markets, where the underdog is given a theoretical number of games start to level the field.
A parlay or accumulator bet is a single wager that links together two or more individual selections and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together. It’s another way of getting some good betting value when backing several short priced favorites in tennis matches.
Set betting can provide more attractive odds, as here you are predicting the correct score by which a player wins (e.g. 3-1 or 2-0 in sets – depending on whether the match is best of three or five sets).
This market is a way of backing the total games or sets there will be in a match. The sportsbook will predict how long they think the match will last and the bettor decides whether they think there will be more or less games or sets than the total specified.
In addition to current form and player rankings, the court surface can have a major bearing when betting on tennis matches. For example, a clay court specialist may well struggle on a surface such as grass and vice versa.
Although it’s by no means clearcut, the French Open on clay tends to favour players from southern Europe and Latin America, whereas the Wimbledon betting lines will tend to favour big-serving players.
It’s also worth looking at the head-to-head record of players and to be aware if a player is coming into a match on the back of a heavy schedule or has had a recent illness or injury.
Betting in-play is hugely popular on tennis matches, as it enables bettors to watch the action unfolding and then to use their judgement and bet accordingly.
A player might be struggling with an injury, serving strongly or struggling with their volleys. A player with a big serve on a grass court can usually be relied upon to deliver a few aces and to hold their serve, which can be used when betting on individual points or games.
These are all factors that can be used to your advantage when in-play betting with live tennis odds.
With many online sportsbooks providing extensive coverage of live tennis, it’s very straightforward to follow the action as it takes place and as a consequence, in-play betting has never been easier or more popular.
In a highly competitive market, online sportsbooks look to attract new customers to their platform with bonus promotions in the form of free bets. These free bets usually come in the form of an initial deposit bonus when opening a new account, where your deposit is matched to a certain percentage.
For example, were there to be a 50% deposit bonus and you deposited $500, you would get an additional $250 added to your account. This will vary from sportsbook to sportsbook and there will always be certain criteria the bettor needs to adhere to in order to receive the free bet.
The highlight of the tennis year is always the Grand Slam events. These four tournaments are comprised of (in chronological order – coronavirus pandemics notwithstanding) the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. These Grand Slam tournaments are also the most popular from a betting perspective, with all the major online sportsbooks offering a vast range of tennis betting odds and tennis free bets.
There are certain trends worth following at Grand Slams, such as 13 of the last 15 Australian Open men’s titles have been won by either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic, while Rafael Nadal has picked up an astonishing 12 French Open titles.
At Wimbledon, Federer has eight titles to his name, while in the women’s event, Serena and Venus Williams have won the championship 12 times between them (seven and five titles respectively).
The US Open tends to be less predictable in terms of regular champions, although the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic still largely dominate.
The ATP Finals are the highly prestigious season-ending championships of the ATP Tour and features the top eight singles players (and doubles teams) of the ATP rankings. The WTA Finals are the women’s equivalent. Both are great tournaments for tennis betting lines, featuring as they do the world’s leading players.
Other big tennis tournaments include the Davis Cup, which is effectively a World Cup of men’s tennis between international teams. The Fed Cup is basically the women’s version of the Davis Cup. Both events are popular with bettors as they often provide competitive tennis vegas odds.
The Hopman Cup is almost a combination of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, featuring both men and women in international teams.
The men’s game has been dominated by three legends of the game for well over a decade now, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having won an astonishing 56 Grand Slam singles titles between them and all still battling it out at the top of the men’s rankings.
Two other veterans of the game, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, have both won three Grand Slam singles titles to provide some competition to the dominant trio down the years.
Among the younger generation, the leading men’s players at present are Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
It’s far more congested in the women’s rankings, with no players truly dominant in the game at present. The current World no. 1 is the Australian Ashleigh Barty, but there is plenty of competition for the top spot, with the likes of Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina and Bianca Andreescu all leading contenders.
Although now nearly 39 years old, Serena Williams is still a top 10 player and with 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, is a player that all the others look up to. She remains a tennis betting favorite going into most events that she enters.
* Tennis rankings correct as at August 18, 2020