Tennis Betting Guide

Tennis Betting Guide

Betting on tennis helps you ramp up the excitement you experience when watching stars like Alex De Minaur, Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanovic in action. You will have a wealth of tennis betting options at your disposal when you visit Topsport. This tennis betting guide breaks down the most popular markets, outlines the best tennis betting strategy and delves into pros and cons of live tennis betting.

How to Bet on Tennis

Head to the Topsport homepage and click “Sport” on the toolbar menu at the top of the screen. You will then see icons of the main sports we cover. Click the “Tennis” button to check out a list of upcoming matches. Alternatively, you can click on the “Tennis” option on the long menu running down the left of the page to see a list of tournaments, which will include ATP events, WTA events and Grand Slams.
Choose a match you would like to bet on. When you find a betting option that appeals, click on it to add that selection to your betslip. You can then type your bet amount in the “Stake” box, and the betslip will tell you the potential return. That includes your profit and the return of your stake. Click to confirm the bet. If it is successful, the funds will be credited to your account balance after the match.

Tennis Bet Types

Tennis Win Bet

This is a simple bet on which player will win a match. Our oddsmakers weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of each player and then release odds on each of them securing victory. The odds tell you the profit you stand to earn if you place a successful bet on a player, and they also highlight that player’s implied probability of success.
For example, we might price Alex De Minaur at 1.51 to beat Lloyd Harris, and Harris at 2.57 to win the match. In that case, a $10 bet on De Minaur would earn a $5.10 profit if he won the match, whereas a $10 bet on Harris would result in a $15.70 profit. That tells you De Minaur is the favourite.

Tennis Line Bet

We give the favourite a games handicap to level things out in this popular tennis betting market. For example, let’s say Rafael Nadal is the 1.20 favourite to beat Carlos Alcaraz, and Alcaraz is the 4.80 underdog. In that case, we might set the line at 4.5 games, meaning you could bet on Nadal -4.5 at odds of 1.89 or Alcaraz +4.5 at odds of 1.94.
If you bet on Nadal, he would need to win by a margin of at least 5 games. For example, a 6-3, 6-3 victory would be enough for him to cover the handicap line, but a 6-4, 6-4 victory would not. If you were to bet on Alcaraz, he could win the match or lose by a margin of 4 games or fewer for the bet to pay off.

Tennis Over/Under Bet

This is a bet on the total number of games that will be played in a match. For example, we might set the total at 22.5 for a match between Ajla Tomljanovic and Coco Gauff, with odds of 1.96 on over and 1.84 on under. If you anticipate a quick match without many games, you can bet on under. If you expect a long, drawn-out affair, you can bet on over. This tennis betting market does not require you to specify which player will win. You can also bet on the total games a particular player will win in a match.

Tennis Alternate Handicaps and Totals

You will find a range of alternate handicaps and totals, which skew the odds in different directions. For example, if De Minaur -2.5 is priced at 1.83 in his match against Harris, you might find odds of 1.67 on De Minaur -1.5, or odds of 2.21 on De Minaur -3.5. You can essentially make it easier for yourself in return for a smaller potential profit, or you can make things harder in return for a larger potential profit.

Tennis Set Betting

We offer lots of tennis betting markets on individual sets. For example, you can bet on which player will win each set. You can also bet on whether it will be a two-set match or a three-set match. We take bets on the correct score of a particular set – such as 6-2 to Ajla Tomljanovic or 6-4 to Coco Gauff – along with bets on the correct score in sets of a particular match.


You can combine some of these markets for doubles bets. For example, you can bet on a winner and total games double, such as Stefanos Tsitsipas to beat Gregor Dimitrov and over 21.5 games in the match. Both predictions need to prove correct for the bet to pay off.


A multi allows you to combine several predictions to form a single bet. For example, you could bet on Alex De Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic all to win their matches on a particular day. All four players would need to win for the bet to pay off. If just one loses, the bet fails. However, you can generate large potential returns, because the profit from each correct leg rolls onto the next leg, ensuring the profit compounds.

Tournament Winner

You can also bet on which player will win a tournament. We will weigh up the respective quality of each player before a tournament begins and release odds accordingly. It starts with the outright favourite, and the odds grow longer until you reach rank outsiders, sometimes referred to as the roughies among horse racing fans. The top seeds are normally among the favourites, but there are other considerations too, such as the surface. The odds will then change throughout the tournament, depending upon which players are left standing.

Tennis Betting Strategy

It is also sensible to consider the full range of tennis betting options. Many punters stick to straightforward win betting, but you can often find more value when you delve into handicaps and totals lines.

Tennis Live Betting

Live tennis betting allows you to watch the opening stages of a match, assess the action and place your wagers from a position of strength. The in-play odds will change continually as the match progresses, reflecting developments on the court.
Many punters enjoy live tennis betting, because it gives them an opportunity to see how fired-up each player is before parting with their money. You can see if a player is carrying a knock or looks fatigued, and potentially spot a stylistic mismatch.
You just need to be prepared to react quickly to make the most of the opportunity that live tennis betting presents. The odds change throughout the match, so you should be ready to get your bets on as soon as possible if you find a price that appeals.

Tennis Betting FAQs

How do tennis betting lines work?

You can place a straightforward bet on which player will win a tennis match, or you can check out the handicap line. Line betting involves giving the supposedly stronger player a handicap to level out the playing field. For example, you could bet on Iga Swiatek -7 games in her match against Emma Raducanu, meaning she would need to win by a margin of at least 8 games, or you could bet on Raducanu +7.

What does over/under betting mean in tennis?

This is a bet on the total number of games that will be played in a specific tennis match. We will set a total games line in our tennis betting section, and you can bet on whether the total games required in a match will stay under that line or go over it. Check out our tennis betting guide for more details.

What is handicap betting on a tennis match?

We will give the player we deem to be the favourite a handicap to level things out. For example, you might be able to bet on Nick Kyrgios -3.5 at odds of 1.87 in a match against Casper Ruud, or you could bet on Ruud +3.5 at 1.96. If you were to bet on Kyrgios, he would need to win by a margin of 4 or more games, while a bet on Ruud would pay out if he won the match or lost by a margin of 3 games or fewer.

Where can I place a tennis bet?

You can enjoy tennis betting by signing up for an account with Topsport today. Visit our tennis betting section, find a market you like, add it to the betslip, choose a bet amount and place your first bet. You can also check out our detailed tennis betting guide for more information about the tennis betting options at your disposal.