As far as antepost betting is concerned, the main method is to ‘take a position’ on the winner of the tournament, usually offered at odds above 3.00 even when he is the big favourite and easily in the 15.00 zone when he is not the big favourite but can win the tournament. The idea behind this method, within tennis betting*, is not to drag the bet all the way to the end of the tournament, therefore to win only if ‘our’ tennis player raises the cup, but to be able to ‘hedge’ by betting on his opponent once our player gets through the supposedly easy first few rounds (although this is not always the case: each draw must be studied carefully).
Another method of antepost betting is to ride several favourites, obviously taking care that the sum of the bets does not exceed the net gain from the lowest odds.
If Nadal wins the tournament at 3.00, we can’t bet more than three antepost names.
When it comes to individual matches, the most common method of betting is on the winner with so-called ‘value’ odds. In other words, we should bet on the winner of the match when we believe in it, of course, but especially when the odds are not kept low by the betting mechanism. Translation: since many amateur bettors, but also many professionals, play on big names, the odds on big name winners are always lower than would be correct from a sporting point of view. More correct are the odds on the middle class, especially when they are on the field against another middle class.
Another popular betting method is the number of games, which is linked to the surface and the characteristics of the individual. Tennis players with a big serve and in general with big shots at the start of the exchange are usually the ones who generate the most games, regardless of who wins.
Tennis betting | What does walkover mean?
In tennis, the term Walkover refers to the passing of the round by a player without having to win on the court. This may be due to retirement or injury of the opponent, more rarely (but it can happen) due to disqualification. From a betting point of view it is very important to distinguish walkovers as we have explained them, i.e. before the match is played, from the withdrawal of a player during the match.
The rules vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, but in general it can be said that a walkover neutralises the tennis bets* made: In the case of single bets the amount wagered is refunded, in the case of multiple bets the match in question is valued at 1.00 and thus made neutral in the multiplication.
The case of withdrawals during the match is quite different and is treated very differently depending on the company. Generally speaking, when the match starts, and therefore at least one point is played, the bets are considered valid and the player who withdraws, for whatever reason, is considered the loser of the match. As far as set betting and correct score betting is concerned, if a player withdraws during the match everything is neutralised.
But going back to the walkover, it must be said that in the professional circuit it is a very rare eventuality, less than 0.5% of scheduled matches. The first is that these players almost always reach the bottom of the tournaments, and from the quarter-finals onwards, injuries and fatigue raise the walkover percentage. The second is that their injured opponents tend to retire more easily, not wanting to make a bad impression.