As with any endeavor in life, knowing the rules before you start is very important for being successful. You wouldn’t expect to be good at a sport if you just started playing it without knowing the rules, would you? For this reason, you would be remiss not to check out your sportsbook’s tennis betting rules, so you know exactly what can and will happen in any situations that should arise over the course of the matches you wager on.


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Rules on players retiring in the middle of matches vary depending on which tennis betting site you use. If you use multiple sites, you should check the rules for that site before you place a wager, just to make sure that you don’t put yourself in an unfavorable position without your knowledge before the match starts. If you only use one tennis betting site, be sure to memorize its rules like the back of your hand and factor those into your wagering decisions.

Some sportsbooks consider a retirement a loss for the player who retired no matter when the retirement comes, so long as the match actually started. This can result in some bad beats, in the event that a player retires within the first couple of games of a match due to injury, it would be terrible news for those who wagered on them, as they didn’t even have a chance to be outplayed due to how early in the match it was at the time of retirement.

Other sportsbooks require that one full set be played for a retirement to be considered something other than a push. This is a bit more equitable, as it gives both players a chance to assert their dominance in the match before a retirement is called for. Generally speaking, most players aren’t looking to retire from a match while they have a one set lead or better, so the one set retirement rule does a lot to ensure that if you lose a bet due to retirement that you didn’t look like you were going to win your wager anyway.

Conversely, if a player does not start their match and the result of the match is a walkover, that tends to be scored a push regardless of which player won the match. This is fair, although it would be disappointing to select a tennis wager and wait for it to start only for that not to happen and for you to just get your money back instead of winning your bet.



Generally speaking, tiebreaks are considered to be one service game for the purposes of totals and spread wagering. This is something that bettors need to consider when they bet on players to tend to find themselves in a high number of tiebreak scenarios, as they tend to cut things very close from a spread perspective, and can be upset in matches due to the fickle nature of tennis tiebreaks.

A great example of just how tough betting on tiebreak prone players can be is the case of American John Isner. Isner is a massive server, which makes it very hard for his opponents to break his serve. He is also a very tall player who is not incredibly mobile, which means that he does not break his opponent’s serve very often either. As a result, Isner’s matches see tiebreaks very frequently.

It is difficult to justify laying more than a game or two in any Isner match, because you know that the match will see at least one tiebreak, which can go either way due to the fact that tiebreaks hinge on just one or two points. Even if he wins a match, the number of service games won by each side will be dangerously close, and often not enough to cover a spread wager.

Tennis Betting Rules Tips


There are ways to ensure that everything goes smoothly for tennis bettors from a rules perspective, with there being tips for bettors to make sure that they know exactly what is going on before they place their initial wagers with a new sportsbook. By following these tips, you’ll ensure as smooth a tennis betting experience as possible, and avoid headaches down the road.

Perhaps the most important tip when it comes to tennis betting rules is to know that once a tennis wager is placed, it is often final and not able to be cancelled. While you very well may have misunderstood something and took a losing bet as a result, your misunderstanding of the rules is not a sportsbook’s problem. Also, due to the sheer number of bettors who probably claim to have made an accidental wager when asking for a refund on a losing bet, there is no way for any sportsbook to verify what you are saying, and they are not going to open up their proverbial floodgates for you.

The second most valuable tip that can be offered when it comes to tennis betting rules is to not be shy about contacting your sportsbook’s customer service team with any inquiry that comes to mind. If you don’t see something that you have an interest in detailed in a sportsbook’s tennis rules section, they still have the obligation to clarify it for you through any other means. You wouldn’t be afraid to ask your bank a question about their rules on how you store your money with them, so don’t treat a sportsbook differently, as both are institutions that you use to manage your finances.

Tennis betting rules can be confusing if you do not make sure to read every last detail about them at every sportsbook that you use for your tennis betting. But if you make sure to read the fine print, so to speak, and aren’t afraid to ask questions to fill in the blanks, you can provide yourself with some clarity and some peace of mind, which will allow you to spend less time worrying about what the rules are, and more time researching and placing winning bets.