Now that sports betting has begun moving online, betting on tennis is an increasing trend across many of America’s most prestigious sportsbooks and apps. It’s a trend that’s only going to get more popular, too. In fact, over a million Americans visited the nation’s best tennis betting sites to cast wagers during last year’s US Open.
Betting on the sport of kings might not quite be at the level of NFL or NBA betting in the US just yet. Globally, however, it is the third most wagered upon sport, behind just soccer and horseracing.
So, to help American bettors overcome the odds on their way to profits at the sportsbook market, our team has sifted the internet of all tennis betting sites and put together this useful listing of the very best tennis betting sites and apps available in the US.
To avoid any unforced errors, we’ve also highlighted the pivotal pros and cons of each sportsbook to help you make the right selection for you.
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(in alphabetical order)
The Bet 365 sportsbook contains a plethora of in-play, live betting options for tennis, offering up more optionality when it comes to live prop betting than most of its competitors.
The famed sportsbook also features a cash-out option during live tennis matches, enabling users to exit the proceedings early with partial winnings.
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By virtue of the fact it’s based in Las Vegas and has its own promotion company for the sweet-science, BetMGM is much better-known for boxing than it is tennis.
That said, BetMGM has a very deep market of tennis betting options. The sportsbook also features highly competitive odds, offers live-streaming, and provides bettors with up-to-date tennis stats. Said stats are easy to access from the sportsbook pages.
In short, this site was a lot better for tennis betting than we perhaps expected.
Bet Rivers offers bettors very fair tennis odds and an enjoyable experience courtesy of its well-reviewed website and app.
Certainly, one of the top sportsbooks for promotions and bonuses, Bet Rivers gifts Thursday Profit Boosts, odds boosts, and enhanced parlay pay-outs.
DraftKings is still probably best known for fantasy sports and its enduring partnership with the UFC, but the site and app contain all the various tennis betting options required, and then some! The DraftKings’s tennis betting market is deep, featuring tons of prop bets and, thus, variety for its betting clientele.
DraftKings is also the most accessible sportsbook in the USA, available in more states than any of its competitors.
Fan Duel’s site and app are among the most comprehensive in terms of tennis betting optionality.
The app and website look great and are simple to navigate. On top of that, FanDuel offers some of the best bonuses available on the market to newcomers. In May, for example, prospective tennis bettors were offered a $500 risk-free bet to wager at the Roland Garros Invitational (French Open).
The New Jersey-based site isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as some of the competition and does portray a casino feel, which goes against the virtues of real sports betting. That said, Golden Nugget’s online sportsbook has plenty of unique optionalities, including Golden Lines (daily odds boost), Parlay Boost, and Match Tracker.
Golden Nugget offers competitive tennis odds and lines for match play and futures. That said, the sportsbook doesn’t compete with some of the other major names on this list when it comes to live tennis betting online. This is particularly evident at the smaller events. There were very few props available for matches at the ATP Parma, for example.
Due to its prestigious place at the summit of the sports broadcasting world, FOXBET is rapidly growing in popularity among American bettors.
The up-and-coming sportsbook has all the markets you’d expect to see open for major tennis competitions: moneylines, set winner, tennis handicap betting, etc. FOXBET’s app is also fun and simple-to-navigate, which is great for newcomers to the hobby.
Because of FOX’s close ties with practically all major sports, the site and app are also a great place to research your favorite tennis stars before casting bets.
PointsBet is famed for its unique approach to tennis spread betting. But the site’s partnership with sports broadcasting heavyweight NBC also gives it a competitive edge.
The Genius Sports Streaming service features many of the world’s biggest tennis matches and is a great feature for tennis bettors, too.
PointsBet also offers up a truly deep tennis betting market with tons of optionality on prop bets, etc. Stylistically, the site could be improved (casino-like) but – with some of the best odds available on the market (not including Djokovic) – it’s a great place to visit to wager on the tennis.
Twinspires has one of the most attractive-looking sites and apps for tennis bettors to enjoy. The graphics for live-in-play tennis betting look fantastic. Such attention to detail gives the site a video game-esque kind of feel, which we certainly enjoyed.
Twinspires also feature highly competitive tennis lines and odds, among the best on the market in fact (see below).
One of the very best live tennis betting sites, William Hill provides its bettors with a slick, in-depth betting experience. Along with a mountain of optionality for tennis odds and lines, the sportsbook provides a plethora of stats for pro-bettors to get their teeth into as well.
We particularly enjoyed the live-text commentary for the major tennis action, too.
There are numerous ways a bettor can wager on a game of tennis. A complete understanding of all the different props and markets available can be the difference between success and failure for many. Several of the sportsbooks listed do offer free tennis betting tips (Twinspires and FOXBet, for example). But, for your convenience, we’ve taken the liberty of listing the vast majority of available options below:
When wagering on tennis, bettors have three potential routes to begin on.
The simplest way to place a bet on the sport of kings is to check out the tennis betting odds and place a wager on the winner (or loser of a match). It’s a two-way market, so, of course, you stand a solid chance of winning a small sum if your guy or girl emerges victorious at the end of play.
As you’ll likely already know, a tennis match is split into sets – usually just three sets, but five for the men at major tournaments such as the US Open or Wimbledon. All the aforementioned sites offer this betting market for tennis.
Betting on the set winner means exactly what it says. You might fancy Rafael Nadal to beat Roger Federer on clay. But you may also have a hunch that the Spaniard will have to come from behind to do so. In which case, you can bet on Federer to win the first set but Nadal to win the match, and so on.
All the aforementioned sites offer this betting market for tennis. It’s worth mentioning, however, that especially in live tennis betting scenarios, the odds will tumble significantly should one of the competitors break his/her opponent’s serve, so try to get your set bets in nice and early when betting on the set winner.
All the sportsbooks featured above place a handicap on the perceived underdog, that the betting favorite has to overcome.
The result of the handicap is calculated by adding up all games won by a player and then applying the handicap. So, say Novak Djokovic beats Dominic Thiem 7-6 6-7 6-5, Djokovic would have won 19 games to 18. If a bettor wagered Djokovic would win with a handicap of -1 (19 vs. 18 games) then they win, and so on.
Handicap betting in tennis is a tried and tested way of making profits and all the sportsbooks listed offer this feature at major events.
A favorite tennis wager for bettors the world over, this type of betting takes into account the total sum of sets, or games, of both players. The bettor simply has to predict whether a specified number will be surpassed or not.
In the above example courtesy of Pointsbet, bettors simply cast bets based on whether or not they believe that Alex Molcan vs. Fernando Verdasco will go over/under 17.5 games. In this sense, it’s basically like playing a game of blackjack at a casino.
Bettors can also try to guess the correct score of a game or match. This feature is most commonly found under prop bets, such as in the DraftKings example above. Guessing the correct score can be highly lucrative. But it is a much tougher and thus riskier choice than a simple wager on the moneyline, for example.
Usually listed either as an exact figure or within a range, to bet on the winning margin is simply when the bettor predicts by how many games or sets a player wins or loses by (6-0, 6-5, etc., as seen in the Bet365 example above). Winning margin bets tend to be offered as a parlay bet alongside guessing the winner of the match.
Oftentimes, elite tennis players cannot be separated in a game and thus a tie break is needed. For bettors, this means a chance to predict whether or not a tie-break will be necessary or, as in the DraftKings example above, how many tie-breaks will be required, usually with decent odds.
Some of the other prop bets available to those betting on tennis are as follows:
There are many more prop bets to explore – just take a quick look around your sportsbook of choice to spot some of the other lesser-known tennis props and markets.
It’s also worth noting that sportsbooks have slightly different tennis betting rules regarding in-game disqualifications, injuries, and even changes to the agreed playing surface (which does occasionally happen).
If a player is disqualified during the lead-up to a tournament, all bets are voided. This is universal across all ten of the sportsbooks referenced on this page.
If a player retires injured or is disqualified during the match itself, the tennis retirement betting rules vary from one sportsbook to another.
Some sites, such as PointsBet, offer a partial form of insurance for their bettors should the injury or disqualification occur very early on.
PointsBet, for example, has a clause which states:
“If the first set has not been completed (at the time of the retirement or disqualification) then all bets relating to that individual match will be void.”
Other sites refuse to void the bet, and other sites still void all bets if the game is left unfinished (see Twinspires image above).
It’s certainly not uncommon for a tennis player to retire injured. Case in point, Australian tennis star and women’s world No.1, Ashleigh Barty, was forced out of the second round of the 2021 French Open due to injury. Some bettors lost money on the unfortunate incident and some didn’t. As such, it’s crucial to know which site does what before surrendering your money.
For a complete listing of each sportsbook’s stance on such a variable as player retirement due to disqualification or injury, we’ve created the useful table seen below.
Very occasionally, there is a change of surface announced during the build-up to a tennis match, which can have quite an impact on the result. Nadal vs. Federer on clay, for example, is quite a different proposition to Nadal vs. Federer on grass.
This change of court surface tends to come about due to weather-related or refurbishment issues. Should this variable comes to pass, the majority of sportsbooks have similar policies in place. Sportsbooks tend not to void bets/ offer refunds if the match is switched from outdoor to indoor (and vice versa) since it doesn’t tend to make much of a difference to the result.
If the playing surface is altered from that which the bettor wagered on, however (i.e. clay to grass), some of the sites listed today will void all bets. But not all: DraftKings and FanDuel are good examples of sites that do not void bets when the agreed tennis playing surface is altered.
Pointsbet (and most other sportsbooks we’ve come across) is much fairer in its assessment of this particular eventuality, stating on its website:
“In the event of a change of venue or from outside to indoor court and vice versa, all bets will stand, if there is a change of surface (from hard/carpet/clay/grass to a different type of surface) all bets will be void.”
It’s wise to check your sportsbook of choice around the time you are planning to cast a bet to get a more complete picture of the site’s tennis retirement betting rules. At present, the rules on disqualifications, injuries, and court changes are similar across the board. But there are some notable discrepancies regarding player retirements and playing surfaces. Such rules are subject to change too, so always do your homework before you get your purse or wallet out.
Less of a tip on how to bet; more something to be aware of: most sportsbooks worth their weight in salt will offer promotions and bonus codes during the build-up to the major tennis events, so simply keep an eye out for them and get ready to place some enjoyable free wagers at the best tennis betting sites.
After trolling the internet for hours, the best tennis-related bonus we came across was from FanDuel (see below). In preparation for the French Open at Stade Roland Garros that gets underway in May, FanDuel promises $500 worth of free tennis betting to anyone joining the sportsbook.
In truth, FanDuel is likely offering something similar to NHL, MBL, NFL, and every other sports fan, too. But, it’s always nice to know your sport of choice is appreciated.
As with all sports betting, there isn’t one best tennis betting system to utilize. If there were, we would all be millionaires and your favorite sportsbooks would have gone broke long ago.
That said, there are a couple of tennis betting systems that professional gamblers like to employ at the bookmakers, and there are certainly people out there who have made quite the life for themselves via tennis betting for a living. That said, many of these experts are seasoned tennis-betting veterans. They are referred to as ‘courtsiders,‘ meaning they actually attend the games in person to beat the bookmakers to the latest odds.
Nonetheless, below are a few of the most favored tennis betting strategies:
By far the most popular tennis tournaments for bettors are the four Grand Slam events that take place – by and large – quarterly, throughout the year.
The Grand Slam events in the tennis calendar are as follows (click the embedded links to begin open tennis betting online with some of our favored sites):
There are numerous other highly popular tournaments that take place throughout the year too, notably:
A helpful side note: do bear in mind that the numbers succeeding the event (i.e. ATP 500) indicate the total number of points it’s possible for the winners of the singles events to amass. Grand Slams are worth 2,000 points, the ATP Tour Masters titles are worth 1,000 points, and so on.
It’s worth mentioning solely because the best players don’t tend to appear at the lower-ranked tournaments. This, in turn, makes it harder for newcomers to tennis betting online markets to wager knowledgeably on the outcome. You might prefer to wait for the stars to shine at the bigger tournaments…
Just to give our readers an idea of the marginal difference in tennis betting lines and odds at the major sportsbooks, we’ve made a table of comparison below featuring four of our preferred options: DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, and Twinspires.
It’s important to remember that players are given different odds at different times, on different platforms and that these odds fluctuate constantly, especially when future betting is concerned.
As you can see in the table above, FanDuel is the sportsbook offering the very best tennis odds on Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka. Her US Open tennis betting odds, in particular, come out way ahead of the competition.
Remember, FanDuel’s top prices here don’t necessarily dictate that the tennis betting site will come top for every tennis line or odd for every player. But, where Osaka is concerned, FanDuel is the place to go if you wish to cast a future bet on the young star.
An identical table of comparison can be seen below for men’s singles legend Novak Djokovic.
FanDuel currently offers the best odds on Novak Djokovic emerging as Grand Slam champion at tennis’s premier events. It’s also worth noting that, with regards to the upcoming French Open Finals, bettors wishing to back the Serbian powerhouse for a tournament win should probably avoid Pointsbet: the sportsbook’s +350 odds are lagging some way behind some of the competition.
In truth, Pointsbet has tons of good odds, too – just not on Djokovic (most likely because he often wins at the majors). This exercise doesn’t show the BEST tennis betting site – the tennis lines and odds differ tremendously from player to player, from event to event. This exercise, more than anything else, just shows the importance of shopping around for the best odds on the night.
The vast majority of sportsbooks featured here today offer a live tennis streaming service to paying customers. For a complete overview of which of the best tennis betting apps and sites provide live streams, see the table below:
Without a doubt, one of the most popular methods by which to bet on tennis is to do it live, whilst the game itself is underway.
Each of the ten sportsbooks featured on this page enables live tennis betting online and incorporates a multitude of markets, spreads, and prop bets available to bettors who choose to wager in this manner.
That said, some are better than others…
DraftKings is atop the pile when it comes to optionality. A quick peek at the in-play tennis betting markets for Novak Djokovic vs. Pablo Cuevas at the French Open demonstrates this fully. There’s moneyline, point-by-point, tiebreak winner, correct score, game spread, first to four games, and countless other options available to bettors wishing to get involved with the proceedings at Stade Roland Garros.
Not to mention some incredibly helpful tools to enable bettors to make better decisions whilst the ball is on the court. We love the inclusion of Global Betting Trends Statistics that Draft Kings offers to its clientele. The favorite/ underdog statistics are great, too, making it easy to see why DraftKings is universally considered one of the best tennis betting sites.
First and foremost, the best tennis betting site or app is the one you feel most comfortable using. Then, it’s the one that’s actually available to use in your state, and – as mentioned in the ‘betting on tennis for a living’ section – oftentimes, the best tennis betting site is simply the one that provides the best odds on the night.
We do, however, implore our readers not to stray too far off-court. We firmly believe it’s in your best interests to use one of the top 10 legit tennis betting sites featured at the top of our rankings.
Ultimately, we at safebettingsites.com have done the homework so you don’t have to, and – with regards to our findings – the likes of FanDuel, DraftKings, and PointsBet really did absolutely ace the test.
The ten tennis betting apps and sites mentioned up-page excel in different areas, so it truly does depend on what you're looking for from your tennis-betting experience. DraftKings probably has our favored app and, along with Bet365 and William Hill, the most optionality. On the other hand, Fan Duel has marginally better odds for the upcoming Grand Slam tournaments... Our hope is that you can now make a better, more informed decision before surrendering your hard-earned $.
The best bet in tennis is the one that you have spent due diligence researching and one that you can afford to make. Besides that, betting on individual match-winners in the form of a parlay bet can be lucrative. But again, we implore our readers to do their research first and to wager only what they can afford.
You win a tennis bet by predicting the correct outcome of a game/match/tournament, or by predicting the correct outcome of a prop bet. If you are able to consistently make accurate predictions, you will see a profit.
In tennis betting, 22.5 generally refers to the line set by tennis betting for ‘Over/Under’ prop betting. The bettor is guessing if there will be more or less than 22 games in a specified tennis match - effectively it's Blackjack for tennis fans.
A lover of all things ball and fighting related, Ross graduated with an MA in writing, a black eye from playing rugby, and a broken thumb from skateboarding. He has been a regular contributor to several online sports platforms ever since, with work appearing on many sites, including MSN.com and here at safebettingsites.com. Older than time itself, Ross now enjoys traveling, trading, and trying to strike it big by betting online.
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