Tennis Betting Strategy: Studying Matches

Roger Federer Wimbledon

While many people love casually betting on tennis matches and doing minimal research, others are far more serious about making money. These are the bettors who are willing to put several hours into researching a match so they can win a big bet. If you're in this crowd, it's very important that you know what points to study when looking at tennis matches. That said, here are some very important tennis betting factors which you should consider.

Head-to-Head Matches

The most common way to separate two opponents when they're facing each other involves looking at their rankings. For example, one player might be ranked 20th in the world while another is ranked 60th. Considering rankings alone, you'd be apt to wager on the 20th-ranked player. However, let's say that the underdog here is 5-3 lifetime against the 20th-ranked player. If this is the case, you could definitely get some good value out of the underdog since they obviously play well against the favorite.

Player's History at Certain Tournaments

If you're going to bet on a specific player in a tournament, it's important that you review how they've done in the past. One simple example of this would be Roger Federer, who's won seven Wimbledon titles. Obviously he would be a great bet in any Wimbledon match, but also keep in mind that the public will know this too. So if you can find a lesser-known player who's particularly good at a certain tourney, you'll gain an edge on the public.

Tournament Surface


Many bettors overlook a tournament's surface when placing their wagers. But this is a huge mistake because surfaces often have a major impact. This is especially the case when looking at clay or grass because these courts favor specific playing styles. For instance, grass courts are really firm and see the ball move quickly on them. So players with big serves and power tend to do really well on grass. Clay, on the other hand, favors speedy, fit players because the ball moves slower and matches can turn into marathons.


The weather is yet another aspect that can greatly affect the results of a tennis match. This is especially the case when it's hot out because players who are in shape stand a much better chance of winning. So you should definitely be looking for underdogs with good conditioning if a tourney is expected to get really hot.

Tournament Location

Another big point that we'd like to discuss in regard to studying tennis matches is a tournament's location. First off, pros who are playing in a tourney that's in their native country receive a big boost from the crowd. And the tournament's surface will of course impact the results too. This can really be seen at Wimbeldon (grass) and the French Open (clay).

Time of Year


While tennis is essentially a year-long sport, many players take a break after the U.S. Open, which ends in September. That said, October, November and December are largely considered offseason months for tennis pros, which means they get out of shape at this point. Then, when the Australian Open begins in January, most top players aren't in their best physical condition. In contrast, pretty much everybody is in shape by the time the U.S. Open rolls around. This is a big reason why there aren't as many upsets at the U.S. Open.

By heavily studying these factors, you'll definitely have a good chance to win some tennis bets. Of course, it's always helpful to branch off into other concepts and intricate stats if you have the time.