How to place a Sure Bet on a Tennis Match

Obviously there is no such thing as a sure bet, but it is possible to predict quite easily who may win some tennis matches. For example, the Wimbledon final this year was between Andy Murray, a past champion who was playing in his third Wimbledon final and had the home crowd advantage and Raonic who had never even reached a semi-final at Wimbledon before, was ranked lower and had been beaten by Murray on grass at a final a few weeks before. This means that betting on Murray would be what most people would do if they were betting on the outcome of that match. However, to get a better return on your bet, you can place a bet at the beginning of the championships. It is then far harder to know who might win. You would probably have been tempted, before Wimbledon started to bet on Djokovic who was the number one in the world and had a great record, but he got knocked out in one of the early rounds, something no one predicted. Therefore meaning that it was far harder before the contest to predict the winner, than it was to predict the winner of each match.

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The next big tennis contests coming up are the US Open and the Olympics in Rio, both taking place this summer. Many people will be wanting to place a bet on these events. The Olympics is probably easier to predict than the US Open for a number of reasons. In the Olympics countries can only send two male and two female players which means that there will be less people taking part. There have also been several players dropping out due to the Zika virus risks which means that there are even less players to choose from. Anyone wanting to place a bet will need to wait until the final player list has been confirmed as some countries are still planning their teams.

Placing a bet is so easy, even if you have not placed a bet before. There are many online places where you can do this such as m88 sport. You just have to register and then you can put some money into your account and use it to place bets. You can choose whether to bet early and choose who you think may win the Olympic tennis before the contest starts or wait to see the draw and find out who plays who or you may decide to place a bet on specific matches where you think that you will be more easily able to predict the outcome. It all depends on how much risk you are willing to take as if a match is easy to predict, then the odds will be set so that you do not get a good return on your bet, but if it is harder to predict you are likely to get more money if you win. This means that the higher the risk you are willing to take when you bet, the higher the return that you are likely to get on your bet.

Here’s 5 quick Tennis terms You should know

The smart handicapper is one that can evolve past pre-determined sports picks. We’re not trying to pick on anyone, and we recommend sports picks all the time. But if you want to increase your handicapping skills, you have to know more about the sport that you’re trying to play. In our opinion, this brings us right back to the jargon of tennis, the vocabulary that we use to describe the game. The more you dig into the past performance of a player or even a set of players that you’re really interested in, the more important that it will be to know this type of information.  Without further delay, the list of terms is displayed below.

1. Rally

When you hear the sports commentator say “rally”, you know that you’re in for a real treat. This is where there is a very long series of shots. It could be a 22 shot rally, or even just a 7 shot rally. But it’s exciting because the players are literally battling to see who will miss that shot.

Tennis terms

2. Set

Understanding what a set is will help you when you go to place your bets. While the match is the whole tennis game, a set can be seen like a slice of that game. A set is played best out of six, and you have to win three sets to win the match. Sometimes it’s also five sets.

3. Fault

Faults really eat away at a player’s ability to score. It’s simply a missed serve, but if you double fault you lose the point and the other person gets a chance to serve. If one tennis player double faults against a seriously good server, it can change the nature of the game.

4. Game Point

This is where the heat really kicks up about a thousand degrees, turning a tame match into a blazing inferno. The game point is what ends the game if the person out in front wins the point. It’s when people can make silly mistakes that end up costing them their game. As good as Serena Williams is, she’s made many a mistake in this critical moment.

5. Lob

Players that lob shots are aggressive, and handicappers should embrace aggressive players. This is a shot that swings up high in the air, often going over a player’s head completely.

Now that you’ve got the terms down, do you have a place to put down all of your tennis wagers? If you don’t, now is the time to find the right sportsbook to play at. We’ve discussed this in the past, so check through our archives and see what we recommend for a sportsbook. Have fun and happy punting!

Nadal claims ninth Monte Carlo Masters

Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title this past week after seeing off Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final. The twenty-nine year old achieved his first tournament win of 2016 as he continues his preparations for the upcoming French Open. Playing in his 100th ATP Tour final, Nadal recovered from a loss of form in the second set, to race through the deciding third set without losing a single game. Having won a clay court title in each of the last thirteen years, Nadal will certainly be one of the favourites in Paris, a tournament in which he has won on nine occasions.


Having seen off the threat of world number two Andy Murray in the semi finals, the Spaniard will be hoping that this achievement can act as a springboard to further success this season, having struggled in large proportions of last year. Nadal is currently 3/1 second favourite in the French Open betting with bookmakers Coral, with Novak Djokovic still seen as the man to beat. The Serbian world number one us yet to be victorious on the clay of Roland Garros, and after wining the season opening Australian Open will be full of confidence heading to Paris. Despite an early exit in Monte Carlo, Djokovic can never be ruled out over five sets, whatever the surface.

Nadal now heads back to his homeland to compete at the Barcelona Open, where he is the number one seed. Defending champion Kei Nishikori and the likes of Fabio Fognini and Jeremy Chardy are likely to provide Nadal with fierce competition. If you fancy your chances of serving an ace in the betting for this one, Nadal is 4/5 on with Coral to claim glory on his home turf.

One other name to look out for in Barcelona is Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The promising nineteen year old is one of the hottest prospects in the men’s game and despite the red dirt in Barcelona perhaps not suiting his powerful game, he is certainly capable of causing an upset. Nadal himself has tipped the towering player as a potential world number one in the future, after the Spaniard survived a huge scare against the German at Indian Wells recently.

Put your Bets on this great Tennis Tournament!

Looking for a hot tennis tournament to check out? Look no further than the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, a Spanish treat for tennis lovers everywhere. You’ll find that this is a great tournament for tennis bets because of the level of action. Everyone is going to have their eyes on Kei Nishikori, the two-time winner of the Barcelona Open.

Plenty has been written about Nishikori, an amazing player with a strong command of the court. He even went to have a little tennis-flavored fun…on a cruise ship! The playfulness will fade away on 18 April, when he and other players step onto the court for the Open.

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Should you bet on the returning champion, or look at some of the other players? Nishikori beat Santiago Giraldo, so it’s very possible that Giraldo will return to try to wrestle the title away. And then you have Rafael Nadal, who is currently in Monte Carlo battling it out in the quarter-finals. To think that these players basically go from tournament to tournament is pretty incredible.

It’s up to you to decide who you want to place money on to win, and how specific you want to get with your betting. Do you want to see a certain number of sets taken, or just an overall win? The more technical your bet, the better the odds are in your favor. On the other hand, if you’re just throwing out a few casual bets, you can keep it pretty vague. The level of technicality, naturally, is always up to you. We like to do a more streamlined bet where we look at the past performance of our favorite players, checking to see their average number of sets claimed. As you dig deeper into a player’s performance, you’ll actually see quite a bit of interesting data. You’ll see patterns emerge, such as how well a player handles a grass court compared to a clay court, or if they seem to fare well on all surfaces. Other players tend to only do well on hard courts, which makes it interesting when they have to play on the grass.

The venue is Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, which sports a clay court for the tournament. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top, especially with an estimated 19 matches going on from the 18th to the 24th.

Serena’s Calendar Slam Chase Is Tennis Gold

Say what you will about tennis — aside from thrown rackets, fights with refs and other drama-licious meltdowns, there’s plenty of athleticism to be had. Between Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both tearing up the court at Wimbledon to the continued speculation about the all-encompassing “calendar slam”, the heat in tennis has definitely been turned up a few notches.

If you’re looking at what to watch right now, it would definitely have to be tennis. There’s no reason to skip over tennis or treat it like the redheaded stepchild in the room. Just watching a few clips of Djokovic prowl the court like a lion proved that correct.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Watching Serena makes us realize how far tennis has come. Serena is considered an older player, but one that is still on top of her game — with the shiny new Wimbledon trophy as proof, though certainly far from her first win.

The chase for the calendar slam brings up other conversations: of athleticism, of endurance, and longevity. Tennis is a difficult sport to stay on top of even in the best circumstances. There are plenty of twists and turns, and you’re playing in often super humid and warm conditions. It can be tiring to run around the court constantly being on edge for the next serve.

And yet, the stars of tennis do exactly that for our amusement, and their love of the game. The prize money never hurts anything either.

Many are asking whether or not Serena has what it takes to go into the US Open and take the top spot. The field is filled with players that are not only hungry to win, but partially hungry to also take away the win from Serena. Itís a competition, after all, and Williams isn’t entitled to win simply because of who she is. If she wants to win the US Open, she’s going to have to play as hard as she can. This is a fact that Williams knows going in. When you’re on top, it goes without saying that there’s a target on your back.

This type of highs and lows is exactly why we watch tennis, and we hope that you’ll follow our commentary as the US Open unfolds.

Andy Murray is in fine form but can he beat Novak Djokovic to the Wimbledon title?

Britain number one Andy Murray eased through to the third round of the 2015 Wimbledon men’s singles championship as he earned a 6-1 6-1 6-4 victory over Dutch tennis star Robin Haase. Murray, who lifted the trophy back in 2013, has his eyes set on glory this year after a difficult spell with numerous injury problems and will be well supported throughout the entirety of the two-week tournament. If he is to reach the final, the 28-year-old must overcome some very talented players after he was handed a nightmare draw. In fact, if results go completely against the Scot, he could face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last-16 before a semi-final encounter with Wimbledon legend Roger Federer. If Murray is going to lift the men’s singles championship on 12th July, he is going to have to do it the hard way and may face close rival and world number one Novak Djokovic in the final.

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Murray has been in exceptional form since the turn of the year and has looked full of confidence in his opening two matches at Wimbledon so far. Earlier in the season, Murray was beaten by Djokovic in the Australian Open final but gave an excellent account of himself on the Serbian’s favoured hard court surface. Since then, he has won three tournaments – the Bavarian International Tennis Championships, the Miami Masters and the Queen’s Club Championships – and is one of the leading candidates to achieve success at Wimbledon. It could be argued that Murray is in the form of his life and, on current form, it would be difficult to back against the British number one as he chases down a third Grand Slam title. Throughout the course of the year, Murray has won 42 matches and lost just six – helping him to climb back up to number three in the world rankings. The Scot is certainly receiving plenty of support from the public this week and British fans will be hoping that this can spur Murray on throughout the competition.

In his opening match of his home event, Murray was paired against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin. Murray disposed of the world number 59 with relative ease as he claimed a 6-4 7-6 6-4 victory in straight sets to reach the second round. Although there were a few hairy moments, the Scot played a number of breathtaking shots to send a timely reminder to the likes of Tsonga and Federer. In his second match, Murray was unplayable and dominated all three sets against Haase to claim victory in just 87 minutes. The British number one put on a brilliant show for the fans as he made a huge statement of intent ahead of his third round fixture – which will be against either Croatia’s Borna Coric or number 25 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy. Some of the key statistics from Murray’s opening round clash with Kukushkin can be seen below.

However, world number one Djokovic remains a formidable figure and the Serbian will be extremely confident of claiming his second Grand Slam title of the year. Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer in a five set thriller in last year’s final, is looking to cement his place as one of tennis’ greatest ever players and is looking for his ninth major championship title. He is coached by the legendary Boris Becker and has been outstanding since teaming up with the German back in 2013. This season, Djokovic has won 43 matches and has lost just three – with one of those defeats crucially coming in the French Open semi-final to dash any dreams of a calendar year Grand Slam. As always, the Serbian – who hasn’t been knocked out of a Grand Slam tournament before the quarter-finals since 2009 – will be looking forward to the business end of the competition and could face Stanislas Wawrinka in the last four. The Polish star beat Djokovic to the French Open title last month and there is no doubt that the world number one will be looking for revenge if they clash once again.

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So far, the world number one has breezed past his opponents with ease and is yet to face a serious challenge. In his first round match with Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, Djokovic claimed a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory in a relatively straightforward contest. The German, who was ranked as highly as 16th in the world back in 2012, struggled to perform at his best and made a number of unforced errors as the Serbian dominated proceedings. Many had suggested that the 31-year-old, who is the last tennis player to knock Djokovic out of a Grand Slam tournament prior to the quarter-finals, could cause the world number one problems but the defending champion was good enough to get the job done and advance to the second round. In the second round, Djokovic made light work of Jarkko Nieminen as he earned a 6-4 6-2 6-3 victory in just 91 minutes – four slower than Murray’s victory over Haase.

The Serbian has a brilliant record at Wimbledon and has won 45 of his 53 matches at the iconic grass court venue. He has reached the semi-finals in each of the past five years and has gone on to lift the trophy twice – once in 2011 and then again last year. Meanwhile, he has a staggering 85% win ratio at Wimbledon and the world number one has always insisted that it is one of his favourite competitions on the calendar. His aggressive style suits the grass court and his incredible ability to return excellent serves means that he very rarely concedes aces to opponents. Many people will be backing Djokovic to go on and win his ninth Grand Slam title on 12th July and, at the time of writing, betfair are pricing the world number one at 6/5 to lift the Wimbledon trophy this summer. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Serbian compete in yet another Grand Slam final and, if he’s matched up with Andy Murray, the two players are sure to put on a great show for the fans. Here is a repeat of their recent encounter in the Australian Open final earlier this year.

Concurrently, the British number one also has a fantastic record at Wimbledon and is more than capable of beating the best players in the world on the grass court. Murray has a very similar record to Djokovic at the venue and has won 41 of his 49 matches in the competition throughout his career – earning an impressive win ratio of 84%. The Scot has reached the quarter-finals in each of the last seven years and has performed admirably at other Grand Slam events throughout the same time period. On current form, he is capable of beating any player on the planet and the likes of Tsonga and Federer will be worried after his demolition of Haase. Although the Dutchman made 24 unforced errors, Murray also hit plenty of winners as the confidence began to flow. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him compete in Centre Court’s showpiece event for the third time in four seasons and hopefully, for British supporters anyway, he can go all the way and win his second Wimbledon title.

Tennis is a psychological sport and Murray will need to be completely focussed if he is to claim his second Wimbledon title this summer. Over the course of the season so far, the Scot has lost four times to Djokovic at either the semi-final or final stage of a competition – giving the world number one a huge psychological edge over Murray. If Murray reaches the final but then allows this statistic to play on his mind, he may struggle to compete against the Serbian star. However, the British number one is tenacious and is made of stern stuff. He appears to be level headed and can control his emotions throughout matches. Furthermore, although Murray holds a dismal record against the world number one, he is yet to lose to Djokovic on a grass court. The Scot earned a thrilling win against the Serbian at the Olympics in 2012 before claiming the Wimbledon title against the Serbian just 12 months on.

Another key factor for Murray will be the home support and the huge boost that the supporters provide when he is struggling. The Wimbledon crowd have always supported British competitors, from the days of Sue Barker and Tim Henman to today’s era with Murray and Heather Watson, supporters have always provided great encouragement at the venue. Tennis legends such as Federer and Rafael Nadal will always have impressive followings at any Grand Slam event but the Wimbledon crowd tend to remain loyal towards any British competitors throughout the tournament. After Murray’s victory back in 2013, the Scot praised the crowd for their role throughout the competition and admitted that he couldn’t have lifted the trophy if it wasn’t for their continued support.


It would be foolish to dismiss Federer’s chances of claiming a phenomenal eighth Wimbledon crown this summer. The Swiss athlete, who is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, reached the final of the grass court event last year but will be looking to go one better and further stake his claim as the best to ever grace the court. The 33-year-old hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since victory at Wimbledon back in 2012 but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the veteran raise his performance level for one last push at the crown. Federer, who could play Murray in the semi-finals, failed to reach the last four of both the Australian Open and French Open earlier this season and this could be his last realistic chance of success at the iconic grass court event that has been so good to him over the years. The supporters certainly believe that Federer can still challenge for the crown this year.

In 2015, Federer has already won a number of tournaments and has emerged victorious in 36 of his 42 matches. He opened the calendar year with a triumph in the Brisbane International event before beating Djokovic in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The Swiss star also claimed victory in the Istanbul Open on the clay surface before the 33-year-old earned a win in the Halle Open – the last grass court event that Federer entered before the start of Wimbledon. This achievement may have provided the seven-time Wimbledon men’s singles champion with the motivation and confidence he needed to push for one last moment of glory on Centre Court. It will be by no means easy for Federer to reach the final but he is more than capable of producing a world-class performance to beat any of the sport’s elite competitors.

If the draw goes as expected, Murray will face world number one Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on 12th July. On current form, it’s difficult to split the two players as they have both played some scintillating tennis throughout 2015. However, if the Scot can cope with the psychological side of the rivalry, Murray will stand a great chance of lifting the Wimbledon trophy for the second time and earning a third Grand Slam triumph. The Serbian is a phenomenal player but, in front of his home crowd, Murray could edge it in a match that could go the full five sets.

Tennis Strategy to Beat Every Player!

No player is perfect! There is always a tennis strategy that can ruin your opponents day. Nadal, for example, finally found a slight sliver of a hairline crack in poor ole Fed’s armor! He has been whipping up spin balls to Federers’ backhand ever since, causing huge damage to possibly the best player who’s ever lived! There are always players that you will think

“Ughh! I got to play that guy?!” Well, those players tend to natural play with a playing style that employs a tactic that you dislike. Such as high balls or slicing backhands.

Having been a college player in the SEC, I certainly have been in the midst of tennis strategies!

The coaches spend more time analyzing strategies and tactics than perhaps Napoleon did before invading Russia. They know it is absolutely crucial to the winning of a match.

Tennis Strategy

Singles Tennis Strategies – are basically your plan while on the tennis court.

Your anti-opponent plan! It is a big deal, not only because you are using tactics that exploit your opponents’ weaknesses, therefore incapacitating his strengths. Furthermore, having a good tennis tactic will do more than just that. It will give you confidence, but more on that later.

Tennis Doubles Strategy – In this clever game, full of dialogue and surprise, strategical planning and communication are of the essence.

Different tactics are discussed such as “I formation” which is where one player crouches down to the ground and springs up to a certain side after the serve, I will also suggest how to make it most effective.

As well as the “I formation” doubles tactics such as “Australian formation” are mentioned and other useful tips such as… where to serve when playing doubles?

What’s Tennis Strategy, Why Is It Such A Big Deal?

Being a man with a plan, (such as Rafael Nadal tennis plan when he plays Federer) gives you confidence in times of pressure! It removes doubts, that otherwise start to sneak in.

Furthermore, there are many different types of tennis courts and as a player learning to adjust your playing style and tactics to the specific court your playing on is key! That leads me onto a whole new section that I find critical when playing tennis… Strategies for different tennis surfaces! Read more below.

Clay Tennis Court Strategies – How to win on a clay court. When playing on a clay tennis court, tennis becomes completely different, the balls come at different speeds, the bounces are different, it is slippery and players end up sliding. So it is vital for players to know their tennis strategy and “play their cards” differently.

On top of this, It loads that pressure on to your opponent because you will make them play their most shaky shot. Your opponent knows it’s coming. He or she will miss it eventually, and… He or she will be angry, frustrated, and nervous because they knows the shot is coming their way again!

A great example of tennis tactics is in “Winning Ugly” by Brad Gilbert! I suggest you take a look, if you haven’t already 🙂 It’s great.

How to Serve in Tennis – Improve the Tennis Serve with Ease

The tennis serve is the only shot where you have the ball in your hand, and all the options in the world are available to you. It is a chance to start your opponent off in the worst possible position! So, it can be highly destructive to the opponent if we can make good use of your tennis serve!

Here we will look at how to serve in tennis. There will be suggestions and guidance on how to make your serve in tennis MORE effective with LESS effort. For the tennis serve to be deadly it needs to have, different spins, disguise, consistency, and lastly it needs to be fast fast and fast!

The last point covered so much detail, that i decided it warranted its own page on tennis how to serve fast 🙂 If you improve these four points, of EQUAL importance, then you are well on your way to how to serve in tennis.

So, lets get straight to it!!

The Tennis Serve Spins

Your opponent is getting every tennis serve back? Maybe he or she has a weak forehand or backhand? Spin can work wonders for situations like these. There are 2 main types of spin.

The Slice Serve

To serve a good slice serve people find it easier to toss the ball further to the right. This however, causes a conflict with our disguise on the tennis serve. People will easily read your slice serve and be waiting for it with a smile.

Instead, the toss should be in exactly the same spot as your other first serve in tennis, (Half a foot in front of you and half a foot to the right of you). If you imagine a clock face then you should toss the ball in line with one o’clock. Next, sneakily adjust your grip. Twist it a fraction clockwise, from your usual chopper grip for the serve. This will help add more spin. When you strike the ball, aim to brush the right side of the ball.

The follow through is critical for a slice serve. Instead of the racquet finishing down by your left foot, the racquet will finnish higher up above your left elbow. This will help make that beautiful curl on the ball, it will also ensure the ball passes the net! 🙂

The Tennis Serve Kick

The kick serve is a shot that many players find hard to achieve. Nevertheless, it is even more of a mission to return well. Firstly, your toss will need to be slightly behind your head for the kick serve. If you imagine a clock-face, 11 p.m. is where you will want to make contact with the ball!

Why the toss there? Well, it enables us to do the second step!

Secondly, because the toss is slightly behind you, your back will be bent backwards putting stress on your core abdominal muscles, (this is why core abdominal muscles are so important for tennis players). From this position, you will brush up the back of the ball (your racquet will be close to horizontal to the ground at contact point) and continue to extend your arm up into the sky while using your abdominal muscles to snap you back to your original linear position.

Note: The arm extension is achieved by straightening out your arm from the elbow joint. It is a similar action to waving at some one in the far distance.

Thirdly and lastly, Your legs will play a Vital role. They need to be bent, then extended upwards to meet the ball at contact point. This is the difficult thing about hitting a good kick serve! It is all about synchronizing your legs exploding upwards with your abdominal muscles snapping forwards and your arm brushing up behind the ball!

It takes a lot of practice! One of the best drills you can do for your kick serve is to layout a towel on the floor, and get on your knees. Toss the ball behind you, and practice hitting kick serves like that. When you get back on your feet it will feel easier to generate kick.

Practice makes perfect with the kick serve, develop the kick of a donkey behind your serve and you will not be disappointed with its potential!

The tennis Serve in Disguise!

You only have about 1 second to return a serve in tennis. A player’s inner self subconsciously gets used to trends and patterns in the servers’ routine. That way he or she can anticipate where the ball is going to land. If you can gain a unreadable tennis serve the opponent can no longer anticipate it! John Mcenroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer are all famous tennis players serve in tennis that have mastered this how to serve in tennis art of disguise!

Firstly, as mentioned before, a closed stance is probably the most important factor in gaining disguise on the serve in tennis!

Look at the photo of Roger Federer or Marat Safin for a closed stance. Please note that some of these are VERY closed stances… You will most likely find it very difficult to close your stance that much.

Secondly, try holding shoulder position with your back almost facing the opponent. Then uncoil and rotate into your shot!

Finally, when you practice your tennis serve… this simple exercise will help you A LOT! toss up the ball and then, at the last second before you hit, have a friend shout out either: T, Middle, or Wide. You then have to try and hit the ball in the location he shouted out 🙂

A simple drill, but highly effective in making your tennis serve as clear as mud to read!

Tennis Serve Consistency problems?

Don’t worry, gaining consistency in the tennis serve is not that difficult! It is a combination of rhythm and practice. Or practicing your rhythm 🙂 As discussed previously, your rhythm, can help you gain power and consistency. Of course one element that can bring the tennis serve crashing down is a bad toss! So as a final note:

To toss the ball effectively hold the ball between your first four fingers. DO NOT hold or grab the ball. Then bring your arm up guiding the ball and release it when your arm is extended.

Ideally, the ball should not be spinning while in the air.

Who will emerge triumphant in the Davis Cup final?

As we come to the end of the ATP World Tour, just one final match remains before we are thrust into the high intensity thrills of the Australian Open in January.

The Davis Cup final has been a hugely exciting ride ever since it first began in December, seeing world famous stars such as Rafael Nadal representing their countries in men’s singles and doubles matches.

After eliminating most of the competition however, it now comes down to just two champions – France and Switzerland.

Davis Cup

This will be a particularly exciting match for the Swiss side, who have not made it through to a Davis Cup final in 22 years. France, meanwhile, last made the final just four years ago, but ultimately lost out to Serbia. They made it through to this year’s final back in September when they beat the Czech Republic in the doubles rubber, thanks to the racketing talents of Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Swiss team, meanwhile, do not have history on their side when it comes to being paired with France – having met 12 times previously, they have only won twice, but 2014 could be the year in which this is all about to change.

Boasting both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss team have every reason for success this year. At World Number 4 and Swiss Number 2, Wawrinka will surely be a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, Roger Federer may not have age on his side but he certainly has experience, and to this day continues to be considered on the worldwide tennis circuit as one of the ‘big four’ – Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Moreover, not only is Federer World Number 2, but he has also proven his on-court chemistry with Stan Wawrinka. The pair are tipped to play both in the men’s singles and the doubles rubbers at the events on 21st November. Without a doubt, Swiss tennis fans will be hoping that the pair can repeat their 2008 Olympic performance, in which they took home the gold medal in the men’s double event.

However, despite Switzerland being the favourite to take the victory, France have reason to be confident for the upcoming event. With the talents of World Number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, not to mention years of successful history on their side, this could make for a very exciting Davis Cup final indeed.

Quick Tips to Wring Some Extra Cash Out of Those Tennis Bets

Tennis betting is a completely different animal from other types of sports bets. You need to be aware of that before you place your bets. Looking at different markets as far as outcomes is a good thing. Do you want to get out of just betting on favorites? Then this guide is for you.

Smart bankroll management is a good thing. Try to avoid getting sucked into what the television commentators have to say about anything. Even popular sports sites like ESPN often get it wrong a swell. If you’re going to get deep into betting on sports you need to make sure that you’re looking at independent data, not just the sentiments of the crowd. That’s steered plenty of people off the cliff over the years.

Tennis takes into account a lot more than just the players. It’s an outdoor sport, so you’re still at the mercy of weather. Field conditions will also play a role, as few players are at their best on every single type of court. You should look at the surface of the court. Some players really excel on hard court, while others falter big time. Other players are big on grass, but weak on clay courts.

Tennis Bets

Looking at the situation makes a difference as well. You can’t just assume the favorite to win it will be at their best on a non-major event. Injuries play into the situation as well. We can’t bet the farm on someone that’s recovering from an awful elbow injury, or a knee that just keeps giving them problems. The only exception to this is if you have tracked a player’s movements while they’ve been recovering from an injury. If they seem to keep giving you great performance in spite of the injury, then chances are good that they are a safe bet.

Players coming in and out of retirement or short hiatuses are quite common in the tennis world. Tennis is a sport that takes a lot out of you, so it’s obvious that some people want to step back for a while. Look at players that have been training hard before a big match. That will tell you if they are truly committed to playing, or if they’re just trying to satisfy an endorsement contract that says they still have to play some games.

The more data that you have to sift through, the better decisions that you’ll make. Don’t look at just the big names of tennis. Take time to sift through a database of newer players. They’re younger, hungrier, and ready to take it all. Betting on them may reveal pockets of money that you didn’t expect. Check it out for yourself!