Mercedes Cup Betting Guide

Betting on sports has become a million-dollar industry, and betting on tennis has grown considerably over the years, especially now that it has been made so easy. Punters simply have to go online and place their bets, even during on-court play.

Futures or Ante-Post Betting

The simplest type of bet is called ‘futures’ betting. It is a bet placed on the outcome of the tournament before the event has started.

The odds offered by the sports bookmakers are generally higher before the tournament starts, but beware, the risks are also greater as your chosen tennis player may have to withdraw from the competition due to a variety of reasons – you will then have lost your stake. This type of betting is also known as ante-post betting.

Each tournament will have dozens of singles or doubles matches that may be bet upon. The bookmaker will then quote odds on the outcome of the match. For example:

  • The actual winner – Rafael Nadal to beat David Nalbandian in the third round
  • The number of games Nadal loses before knocking Gaston Gaudio out of the tournament (0-5 inclusive, 6-10 inclusive or more than 10)

Other Types of Tennis Bets

  • Head-to-Head Bets – in the Mercedes Cup betting guide this bet is self-explanatory. You will place a bet on one of two players who have been matched up by the draw. Juan Monaco might very well face Fernando Gonzalez in the second round, and it is up to you to predict the winner.
  • Fastest Serve Bets – you may place a bet on who will make the fastest serve during a single match, or during the entire tournament. Andy Roddick is known for his huge service game, so too is the world number one, Roger Federer, and new boy on the block, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
  • Number of Games Played Bets – you can either bet on how many games will be contested in a specific match, or you could bet on how many games a particular player takes part in for the duration of the Mercedes Cup.
  • Special Bets – many bookies will also offer special bets. Will a British player win a grand slam in 2009, for instance, or who will be Britain’s number one player at the end of the season, or how many grand slam titles will Roger Federer win this season, and so on.
  • Winning Margin Bets – bets can also be placed on the winning margin of sets that the triumphant tennis player makes during a match. For example if Rafael Nadal wins 4 sets- 1 set, then the winning margin is three sets.

Once you’ve studied this Mercedes Cup betting guide take advantage of your new knowledge by placing a bet on the 2009 Mercedes Cup taking place in Stuttgart, Germany.