What factors to consider when betting on in-play tennis

Andy Murray in action against Ivan Dodig

Tennis is one of the most bet on sports in the world, with plenty of markets giving gamblers great variety. There are many ways that we can try and make money through the game, such as match results, handicap betting and set results. However, most people forget basic fundamental factors when placing an in-play bet. Here we are going to take a look at what we need to consider before jumping into the market.

Condition of the player

Tennis isn’t like betting on a team sport due to the fact there is only two players you are betting on. In football, for example, you may be able to get away with a couple of players not being in top form, and still winning your bet. However, if your tennis player is struggling for any sort of performance, your bet can struggle drastically. Check the player hasn’t picked up an injury when betting in-play. It is also worth checking whether they have recently had an illness or any personal problems in their life.

Form

It is essential to check players previous head-to-head records and their recent form. Some players can have a great season which may trick you into backing them, when in fact, they have never beat the opponent they are facing. Certain styles of play will suit some players and not others and this needs to be taken into account. This may not be an in-play bet but it’s something you will need to consider before the match has started.

Psychological effects

During a tight, competitive tennis match, players’ performance levels will be up and down due to psychological effects. It is worth watching closely for games in a set that have lasted a long time. Usually, players who have lost this game will struggle to get motivated for the next match and may lose their confidence. Another factor you need to consider is whether a player has already ‘given up’ on that particular set. They may seem uninterested and look to be down and out, when in fact, they are already focusing on the next set. Don’t be fooled.

Weather conditions

Always ensure to keep an eye on weather conditions. Someone with a high ball toss may be affected more by the wind while a player who hits a lot of unforced errors may actually be benefitted from the wind.

Conclusion

By no means is it easy to bet in-play and win money watching tennis. But following these simple factors will ensure you will find it much easier. It is also a matter of practice makes perfect. You may not be an expert in noticing all the different conditions that can affect a player, but after a while, you will start to pick up different factors. Don’t just bet with your heart, use your head and make calculated judgments.