How to Bet on Tennis

From the year’s first major, the Australian Open, to the US Open in the Fall, tennis is always an active betting market at online sportsbooks. With single-game sports betting set to change the betting landscape both in Ontario and all across Canada, you can expect even more interest in tennis betting from Vancouver to Halifax.

It also means a lot more opportunities to bet on the growing surplus of top Canadian tennis talent, from Bianca Andreescu to Milos Raonic to Denis Shapovalov to Leylah Fernandez. And you can bet on everything from who will win an upcoming Major to who will win the next point in any one of their matches around the world, live.

From regional and international ATP and WTA tour events to the Grand Slams, including Wimbledon, you can bet on it all online and on your phone with a sportsbook app. We’ll show you how in our guide to betting on tennis in Canada right here.

How to bet tennis online in Canada

Download and install any sportsbook app to your phone via the links on this page. Sign up for an account and make a deposit using any one of the available deposit methods.

Then, click the tennis tab to browse through the available tennis betting markets. If there’s a tournament running or upcoming, you’ll find it listed there, match by match. Just click on the odds listed for any one of the players to move your bet to a betting slip and see your expected payout. Confirm the bet if you like the return, or add another to make your ticket a parlay.

If there’s a match currently underway, you’ll find live betting options for it at the top of the list. Or, click the live events tab so you can bet game-by-game, set-by-set, and point-by-point at odds that change with the action on the court.

Plus, you can bet on any player to win an upcoming tennis Grand Slam by clicking on the futures tab and seeing what odds have been posted in advance.

Most popular tennis bets

The top tennis players in the world face off in seeded single-elimination tournaments. You can bet on who will win it all, as well as every match along the way and singular moments within those matches as well. Here’s a look at the basic tennis bets available:

  • Outrights: Pick a player to win any upcoming or ongoing tournament. Odds move based on each player’s chances, but you lock the odds in at the time you place a bet.
  • Moneyline: Pick a player to win a match. Lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place a bet. Favourites show negative odds telling you how much you need to bet to win $100. Underdogs show positive odds telling you how much you can win for every $100 bet.
  • Game spread/Set spread: Pick a player to win a match with a specific spread of games or sets factored in. Oddsmakers set the spread. Favourites have to win by at least that number of games or sets. Underdogs have to win the match outright or lose by less than that number of games or sets. Hitting the exact spread means a push and all bets are returned.
  • Over/Under: Bet on whether the total number of games in a specific match will be more or less than the line set by oddsmakers.

What are the best bets on tennis?

Outrights and moneylines are probably the easiest ways to bet on tennis tournaments and matches. Both bets are just about picking winners. Of course, you should also consider the currently posted odds, but you don’t need to concern yourself with how many games or sets a player will win by. The sweat is if the player you bet on will win or not. That’s it.

The difference between outrights and moneylines is that the former is a bet on a player to win the entire tournament and the latter a bet on a player to win his or her next match.

Of course, if you bet on a player to win it all, you can also bet on that player to win his or her next match. It makes perfect sense too. You can also bet moneylines in other matches not involving the players you bet on in the outrights market.

Plus, the odds are usually big enough on the entire field, even the favourites, that you can also bet on more than one outright and still profit if one comes in. Doing so will reduce your risk and increase your chances of winning.

No matter how you do it, all you have to do is pick winners in both these markets. In the end, that’s what makes outrights and moneylines the most simple and probably the best bets in tennis.

Live tennis betting

Sports betting apps allow for live betting, which means you can bet on tennis matches that are happening live, in the middle of the action on the court.

It’s mostly the same betting markets that are available before the match, but you can bet in these markets live, at odds that change with the action on the court and the score. Plus, live betting also allows for game-by-game, set-by-set, and point-by-point betting inside matches.

As you can imagine, the tennis odds move fast, and sportsbook apps are the only way to keep up and get a bet down fast enough before those odds, and the action, change once again.

Bet on the National Bank Open

The National Bank Open, formerly branded as the Rogers Cup, is Canada’s signature tennis event. It consists of both men’s and women’s hard-court tournaments that alternate from year to year between Montreal and Toronto.

In 2021, the ATP men’s tournament is scheduled for Aug. 7-15 in Toronto, while the WTA women’s tournament is scheduled for Aug. 6-15 in Montreal. You should be able to bet on all the action from the 2021 National Bank Open presented by Rogers on sportsbook apps in Canada.

Montreal

  • Date: August 6-15, 2021 (WTA Women)
  • Venue: Stade IGA, formerly Stade Du Maurier and Stade Uniprix, featuring an 11,815-capacity main court in Montreal.

Toronto

  • Date: August 7-15, 2021 (ATP Men)
  • Venue: Aviva Centre, formerly Rexall Centre, featuring a 12,500-capacity Stadium Court on the grounds of York University in North York.

Tickets: Organizers are evaluating options for the 2021 tournaments. Currently, all tickets purchased in 2020 will be valid for 2021. A decision regarding further ticket sales will be made closer to the event dates in collaboration with the ATP and WTA Tours and national and provincial guidelines.

2020 Results: Due to the pandemic the WTA women’s tournament in Montreal was cancelled by Tennis Canada on April 11 and the ATP men’s tournament was cancelled on June 17.

2019 Results: Men’s Singles Champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Women’s Singles Champion Bianca Andreescu (Canada).

Bet on tennis Grand Slams

Tennis features four annual Grand Slam tournaments. Both men and women compete for the most prestigious titles in tennis in these four events.

You can bet on all the action from the following four Grand Slam tournaments with online sportsbooks and apps in Canada, in futures markets all year round, and outright and match markets nearing and during the events.

Australian Open

  • Venue: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
  • Dates: Jan/Feb
  • Surface: Hard court
  • Prize Money: 80 million AUD
  • Men’s favorites: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem
  • Women’s favorites: Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka
  • 2021 results: Novak Djokovic (Men’s Singles Champion), Naomi Osaka (Women’s Singles Champion)

French Open

  • Venue: Roland-Garros in Paris, France
  • Dates: May/June
  • Surface: Clay
  • Prize Money: €38 million (2020)
  • Men’s favorites: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem
  • Women’s favorites: Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams
  • 2020 Results: Rafael Nadal (Men’s Singles Champion), Iga Świątek (Women’s Singles Champion)

Wimbledon

  • Venue: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London, England
  • Dates: June 28 – July 11, 2021 (tentative schedule)
  • Surface: Grass
  • Prize Money: $49.4 million USD (2019)
  • Men’s favorites: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev
  • Women’s favorites: Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu
  • 2020 Results: Cancelled
  • 2019 Results: Novak Djokovic (Men’s Singles Champion), Simona Halep (Women’s Singles Champion)

US Open

  • Venue: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City, NY
  • Dates: Aug. 30 – Sept. 7, 2021 (tentative schedule)
  • Surface: Hard court
  • Prize Money: $53.4 million (2020)
  • Men’s favorites: Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem
  • Women’s favorites: Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu, Serena Williams
  • 2020 Results: Moved to Aug. 31 through Sept. 13, 2020. The 2019 men’s and women’s champions, Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu, did not play. Dominic Thiem (Men’s Singles Champion), Naomi Osaka (Women’s Singles Champion)

3 top tips for betting on tennis

Here are three tennis betting strategies you should always consider when wagering on tennis:

  1. Avoid early-round match betting: The seeded single-elimination tournament format in tennis means the best players face lower-seeded and unseeded players in the early rounds. Early round upsets are rare, which is why you’ll see astronomical tennis betting odds on the lowest-seeded and unseeded players and unattractive prices on the top seeds. It’s probably best to avoid early-round betting as the prices on the top seeds aren’t worth the risk and the true odds of an upset are even greater than those big odds. Bet outrights early instead.
  2. Pay attention to surface: Tennis plays on hard court, clay, and grass court surfaces at different times throughout the year. Pay attention to who is playing on what surface, because it matters. The best clay and grass court players aren’t necessarily the top Hard court players and vice versa.
  3. Look for who’s hot and who’s hurt: Find out about recent injuries and playing records before you bet on any tennis player. Paying attention to who is hot and who is hurt heading into an event will lead to winning bets.

Get started tennis betting online in Canada

Get started betting on tennis online in Canada by following these three simple steps:

  1. Sign up for an account: Click on any one of our exclusive mobile sports betting app links. Register for a new account on the website where you land or download and install the mobile app from the site and sign up there. If you’re asked to enter a promo code or bonus code, find it here on PlayCanada and enter it there. That’ll make sure you get the best new player bonus you can.
  2. Make a deposit: Get money into your account to bet with via any one of a variety of deposit methods available. These should include everything from credit and debit cards, to Interac, online bank transfers, and third-party online payment processors.
  3. Place bets: Browse through the tennis betting markets until you find a bet you like. Click in it, and a bet slip will be instantly created. Enter how much you want to bet, add other bets to the slip, or link your bets together in a parlay, it’s all up to you. Finally, take a look at the potential payout for all your bets and if it looks good, place the bets with one final click.

Sportsbook rules for betting tennis

Players retire and withdraw from tennis matches due to injury and other circumstances. Events are moved, rescheduled, and cancelled. If you’re betting on a match or event where something like that might happen, you should do so with an awareness of how the mobile sports betting app you’re betting with will handle it. Always check with the app and read the terms and conditions of your bets. Although, most will likely handle the following situations like this:

  • Retirement: If a player quits in the middle of a match due to injury or otherwise, they are said to have retired. Whether or not your bet will stand depends on when the app you bet with considers a tennis match complete. Some say it’s after the first ball, others the first or second set. Some say the entire match must be complete first. If a match is considered incomplete, all bets are returned. If it’s considered complete, bets on whoever advances, for whatever reason, are paid.
  • Walkovers: If a player quits ahead of a match due to injury or otherwise, they are said to have given their opponent a walkover. Most apps return all bets in this case, but you should always check to see if the one you’re betting with does.
  • Weather: Weather is a factor in tennis. It can cause delays in a match and a match to be postponed. Most of the time, any action you have on a match will stay live until it’s over, but long delays and postponements could mean all bets are off and returned.

Bet on ATP, WTA tennis tours

You can bet on other Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour events held throughout the year outside of the Grand Slams at mobile sports betting apps in Canada.

You’ll find betting markets for most ATP and WPT events on the apps.

The 2021 ATP Tour includes the Grand Slams, ATP Finals, ATP Tour Masters 1000, ATP Cup, ATP Tour 500 series, and ATP Tour 250 series. It also includes the Davis Cup, rescheduled Tokyo Summer Olympics, Next Gen ATP Finals, and previously postponed Laver Cup from 2020.

The 2021 ATP Tour will run through Nov. 28, 2021, and include 68 different tournaments.

The 2021 WTA Tour includes the Grand Slams, WTA 1000 tournaments, WTA 500 tournaments, WTA 250 tournaments, Billie Jean King Cup, and the year-end WTA Finals and the WTA Elite Trophy events. It also includes the rescheduled Tokyo Summer Olympics. The schedule is still in flux because of the global COVID-19 pandemic and some tournaments may be added or cancelled.

Bet on Davis Cup/Fed Cup

The Davis Cup international tennis series features teams representing their home nations vying for a world team tennis title through singles and doubles matches. Qualifying is held worldwide before an 18-team Davis Cup Finals at the end of the year.

You can bet on Davis Cup at mobile sports betting apps in Canada. The 2020 Davis Cup Finals at Caja Mágica in Madrid, Spain, have been rescheduled for Nov. 22-28, 2021. The 18 teams include Canada:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United States

Bet on Olympic tennis

Yes, there’s tennis in the Olympics. The Summer Games includes both men’s and women’s tennis tournaments featuring the top 56 players in the world rankings about a month ahead.

These tournaments were scheduled for July 24 through Aug. 2, 2020, at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo, Japan, but have been moved to July 24 through Aug. 1, 2021.

Olympic tennis is like having a fifth Grand Slam every four years and you can bet on it at online sportsbooks in Canada.

Bet on Canadian tennis stars live

Five Canadians made the second round of the Australian Open in 2021. That included the 2019 US Open Champion, No. 4 in the world, and the highest-ranked Canadian in the history of the WTA, Bianca Andreescu. It also included Milos Raonic, who pushed through to the round of 32. Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime did as well.

What does that all mean? It means Canadians are now a perpetual factor in the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. That gives the entire country, not just tennis fans, a rooting interest in a group of Canadian tennis players worth betting on for the first time. Whether it’s a Grand Slam event or another ATP or WTA tour event around the world, you can now follow and bet on these Canadian tennis stars every match, set, and point they play.

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