Tennis may not at first seem to lend itself to betting, but dig beneath the surface and you can find plenty of opportunities to win some money and have fun doing it.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are just some of the big names that compete regularly in front of thousands of people, so sit down, get a jug of Pimms and some strawberries and enjoy Wimbledon and some of the other biggest tournaments on the calendar.
Here are a few tips of what to look for when you go in search of the best tennis bets out there.
Know your surfaces
Although it may not seem as important as other factors, the surface used for each tournament or match can have a real effect on the outcome of the game. Whether it is the fast, zippy grass of Wimbledon or the slow, demanding clay of the French Open, make sure you have the inside track on the surface and who it will suit.
Rafael Nadal has dominated on clay, for example, in recent years (although the emergence of Novak Djokovic as a real contender should challenge the Spaniard) because of his power and ability to impart huge amounts of spin, and anyone who can match him in those areas is likely to be in with a decent shout of succeeding in France and on clay.
Ladies on the Lawn
While the men’s game may occupy most of the column inches, there are some interesting battles going on in the world of women’s tennis, and you can take advantage of that. Kim Clijsters, Francesca Schiavone and Serena Williams all currently holding on to major titles, and the race for the three remaining majors this year looks set to be equally as open.
Clijsters started the year with a bang, taking the Australian Open but has stuttered of late, while Caroline Wozniacki sits atop the rankings list and will be a tough opponent for anyone in 2011.
What this means for you is that you can take advantage of the lack of a clear favourite and find some decent odds on some of the biggest names in the women’s game and get a decent return for your trouble
Never back a Brit!
With Andy Murray struggling for form and fitness in 2011, the future looks bleak for British Tennis. The Scot is now fourth in the world, and with Djokovic likely to take up the mantle of world number 1, the prospect of another British major winner seems some time away – so keep your money in your pocket and look for shorter odds elsewhere!