Punters have long been able to bet on the Grand Slams, but only since the 1990s have bookmakers offered outright and match betting on weekly tennis tournaments. Like golf, the ATP calendar, which usually features two or three events each week, runs from January through to November.
Even though the top players win a high percentage of tournaments they enter, tennis is essentially more competitive than it has ever been with the standard improving and the players much fitter.
This has led to layers issuing a wider variety of markets to bet on, especially in bigger matches. Supremacy and total games are always popular punting themes, while first service break and fastest-serve handicaps have captured the imagination of backers in recent years.
We would like to draw attention to possible problems concerning the settlement of tennis wagers.
It is important that when placing bets on tennis matches that the punter is aware of the criteria regarding settlement of their bets in... more
From BBC Sport
With most of the tennis taking place overseas at this time of year bookmakers will often only offer an in-running market when the tournament is being broadcast live. So in the event that the match is 'live' an in-running price will be selected, if not the bet will be void.