3 tips for betting on the French Open

This entry was posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Like Theo Walcott, using Betfair to bet on tennis can be fast paced and unpredictable, but always entertaining. The swing of a racket on a single point can cause huge swings in the markets as the prices react to the latest point. Here are three tips to keep you in good stead ahead of the French Open next week – the one which tends to produce marathon matches with gargantuan price swings.

1) Statistically in three-set tennis matches, a player who loses the first set, but wins the second, is more likely to win the third and win the game.Likewise, if a player comes from two down in a Slam, and levels the match, he should prevail in the decider. Keep an eye out for this former rule, particularly in women’s matches, where all sorts of factors (time of the month etc), leaves the fairer sex more at the mercy of shifts in momentum.

2) If you’re backing a heavy favourite to win an individual match, don’t be scared to back him/her at the start of their game in the early rounds of the tournament. If they take a break within the first half-a-dozen games, it’s not unusual to see their odds half and lose all value whatsoever.

3) Whilst Rafael Nadal is odds-on to retain his crown, it is always worth picking out a few players from the chasing pack who you think can make the quarter-finals, leaving a wonderful laying opportunity later on. John Isner (although weak on clay) may be the man to look at if you wish to take this position, and he is currently 250/1 at Betfair.

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