Grand Slam Betting
While you can bet live on tennis throughout the season, the four Grand Slam events are the highlights of the betting season. All of the top players are present for these important tournaments, and there are likely to be more wagers offered on these matches than during lesser events. Additionally, there is expanded TV coverage during the Grand Slam tournaments, so you will be more able to watch the matches you have bet on and root for your chosen player.
The list below highlights the four major events during the tennis calendar. Click on any of them for a more detailed analysis for what to expect from the tournament.
The first Grand Slam event of the season is played in January in Melbourne, Australia. This event is played on hard court surfaces, and usually experiences very hot weather in the middle of the Australian summer. Historically, the Australian Open has been known for providing surprising upsets because some of the players may be rusty coming out of the offseason. Also, the more physically fit players are usually better at handling the hot conditions on the court in Melbourne.
Beginning in late May, the French Open is played on the clay courts of Roland Garros in Paris, France. A totally different game than the won played on hard courts, clay tennis strongly favors those who grew up on it and play a very specific style. When betting on clay court tennis, be sure to favor the players with a strong history on clay and favor them over high ranked players than don’t enjoy playing on the dirt as much.
Only a few weeks after the French Open, Wimbledon is the crown jewel of the tennis year. If you gave most players the option of winning just one tournament, Wimbledon would be their choice. Played on grass courts at the All England Club in London, Wimbledon is rich in history and tradition. For a player to excel at Wimbledon requires that they have a big serve and solid ground strokes to back it up.
Finishing up the Grand Slam season is the U.S. Open played in New York at the end of August and into early September. Another hard court event like the Australian Open, the U.S. Open can also be subject to hot conditions. However, the U.S. Open is played toward the end of the season and usually the top players are in their best form. Expect the better ranked player to do well at the U.S. Open more times than not.
Tennis players and fans alike gear their season around the playing of the four Grand Slam events. By understanding the unique characteristics of all of them, you can maximize the advantage you have when placing your wagers. Take some time to study up before each particular event, and you will be on the right path to success.