Tennis is a sport growing in popularity when it comes to betting. This is partly down to the frequency of events and the fact matches can be over in as little as 90 minutes and therefore provides a good replication of betting on other sports such as Football or Rugby. When it comes to big events Tennis has four Grand Slam events each year. Betting on the slams is more popular than your regular weekday events and as such how you can approach them varies. In this article we will take a look at each of the Grand Slams, their differences, and some key advice on how you can get the most enjoyment when betting on them.
The Australian Open takes place at the end of January each year. The event takes place in Melbourne at Melbourne Park. It is the first Grand Slam of the season. The tournament takes place on a hardcourt surface with three of the courts having retractable roofs to allow games to continue in wet conditions but also extremely hot conditions.
The French Open
Commonly referred to as Roland-Garros as the event takes place in Stade Roland-Garros is Paris. The Grand Slam starts towards the end of May and runs through to the beginning of June. Roland-Garros is particularly famous for its distinctive red clay courts. This surfaces usually produces a much higher bounce than hard or grass courts and as such is a slightly slower surface. It is a surface which is unlike many other tournaments, and you will see some players come to life when playing on it whilst others may struggle in comparison to their form on hard of grass courts.
The oldest Tennis tournament in the world takes place at the end of June each year at Wimbledon in Southwest London. The event has been going since 1877 and is the only Grand Slam to be played on grass courts. This poses a different challenge to the other Slams as the grass court conditions will change throughout the tournament due to the weather and how much tennis has been played on the courts.
The US Open
The final Grand Slam of the year takes place at the end of August through to the middle of September. Similarly, to the hardcourts at the Australian Open, the event takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, New York City. It is the last opportunity for players to secure a Grand Slam title during the season.
Outright Winner – This market is asking you to select the player you think will be crowned champion at the end of the event. Betting on this market is very popular and bookmakers will offer each-way terms on selections. This means if you pick a player each way you will see a small return if they were to reach the final.
Match Bets – This is where you are betting on the outcome of a single match within the tournament. You pick the player you think will win the match and your bet will be settled at the end of that match. This market is very popular due to the frequency of bets available throughout the tournament.
Research – A key part of our advice at BettorMind is bettors carrying out research into the bets they are placing. We have listed some key differences above relating to each of the Grand Slams. As the events do vary this will have an impact on the outcomes of the Grand Slams. Therefore, it is important to research into the players, how they have performed in previous years. Especially when it comes to events like Wimbledon and The French Open, due to the Grand Slams taking place on different surfaces.
Planning – With two of the four Grand Slams taking place in Australia and The USA the time of the matches will frequently be during the night in the UK. Therefore, you need to make sure you have planned out the bets you want to have and ensure you give yourself time to put them on at sensible hours of the day. Even when betting on Wimbledon or the French Open you need to consider the timings of some of the matches. These events will often start during the day and may fall into your working hours, if so be sure to put your bets on at a time with is convenient for you and doesn’t impact on other aspects of your daily life.
The Grand Slams are very exciting with the worlds best doing battle over a two-to-three-week period. With lots of matches taking place each day there are always plenty of opportunities to have a bet. Take a look at our advice above as these points will definitely support you to get the most enjoyment out of your betting.
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