Throughout each tennis bets season, there are four major tournaments that fall into the category of Grand Slam tournaments.
The prestigious tournaments open the season:
- The Australian Open with a hard surface.
- In spring all the top players meet on the clay courts at Roland Garros (French Open).
- In midsummer, tennis betting fans are welcomed at Wimbledon with grass courts.
- And the campaign ends with the US Open (U.S. Open) on hard courts.
In this article we will look at the peculiarities of Grand Slam tournaments matches, which should be taken into account when making a prediction on the match.
The format of Grand Slam women’s singles matches is similar to regular WTA tournaments with the exception of one particular feature.
In case the participants of the match exchange victories in sets and everything is decided in the third game, the tie-break is excluded. Women play until one of them wins 6 or 7 games with a break. With a score of 6 to 6, the match continues until one of the contestants breaks and takes her serve. In fact, the third set of such a match can end with a score of 8:6, 9:7, 10:8, etc.
How does this affect the betting?
In fact, this feature does not affect the distribution of bookmakers’ Parimatch quotes in any way. The only thing that can be observed is an overestimation of the total games in those meetings where tennis players with good serve meet, and the match takes place on fast courts.
Long decisive games in women’s tennis bets are observed rarely. As a rule, it is the psychology of the tennis players who make unforced errors in the decisive draws in the third set and concede the match.
It should be understood that in a match with such a format, the chances of passing the bet “tie-break in the match – yes” are significantly reduced, because in the third set according to the rules it can not be a priori.
Men play up to three sets at Grand Slam tournaments. In recent years many representatives of the men’s tour brought up the question of reforming the format and demanded to return the standard rules until two games are won, but the idea went no further than talk.
The five-set format offers appropriate odds and totals, given that the players will play a minimum of three games on the court. There is also no tie-break in the final set, which often leads to long matches.
The longest match in tennis betting history was between John Isner and Nicolas Mayou at Wimbledon in 2010. After the American and Frenchman took two sets each, they only found out the winner in the deciding game at 70-68 in favor of Isner. The match itself lasted three game days and broke all sorts of records: length, number of games, eights, etc.
The conclusion of that match was a true tennis holiday. Tennis players and the chief referee of the match were awarded various prizes and sponsorships. The court was visited by famous athletes and the end of the match was celebrated by pouring champagne in exclusive glasses.
How does it affect the stakes?
Tennis matches at Grand Slam tournaments, where the favorite and the outsider meet, are accompanied by a solid handicap. “Minus” handicap on the favorite in some cases can reach a mark (-12.5).
In such cases, it is recommended to refrain from betting on Parimatch such a high figure. “Break through” such a handicap only in those matches, when the leader completely dominates his opponent. More often such matches occur at Roland Garros, where the courts are slow, but at other Grand Slam tournaments with enviable regularity the favorite is satisfied with a “modest” victory with a small number of breaks.
In contrast to the statement to the women’s matches, here we note a high probability that there will be a tie-break in the course of the match. Mostly this applies to matches at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, where tennis players with powerful and accurate serves dominate. Naturally, bookmakers react to these factors, offering odds of 1.40 – 1.60 for a tie-break match.
Special attention deserves the specifics of betting Parimatch on the total games in such duels. When two equal players meet, the stated indicator of bookmakers can be 41.5 – 43.5. These figures tennis players can break even in three games, provided that two of them will be protracted and in them will be the thirteenth game.
In duels of powerful and serving tennis players, this figure in the lines of bookmakers can reach 49.5 – 50.5.
When choosing a bet on a tennis match in the format of five sets, first of all, it is necessary to take into account the physical condition of both participants of the meeting. It is logical to assume that if the favorite has previously held a long match of four or five games, he will not have enough physical strength to easily deal with his opponent. When two equal opponents meet, the player who has spent less time on the courts will have the advantage. Do not forget to take into account the surface on which the matches take place, and the commitment of the tennis players to them, as well as the overall playing form of each.
There is no need to apply any additional criteria to the analysis of a women’s Grand Slam match.
A more serious attitude should be taken to the study of duels between men. It is not recommended to massively play handicaps of favorites in such matches, as well as to avoid betting Parimatch on the total of games less.