Popular types of bets on tennis
Before placing a bet on tennis you should be aware of the format of the tournament (or the specific match). In most cases tennis is played in a 2-out-of-3 sets format, but it may sometimes be a 3-out-of-5 sets format. For a tournament it is possible that all matches, with the exception of the last one, are played in the 2-out-of-3 format and only the last match is played in the 3-out-of-5 format. Another important thing to remember is that there are often matches which are not played until the end since one of the players gives up. Bookmakers have rules for such cases and these rules may vary a lot. You should be familiar with these in order to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings and negative consequences.
A winner of the match
A winner with a set spread (handicap)
It is important to make a distinction between a set and a game handicap. Some bookmakers have the rule that one of the player has to win the set with 2 points which could be displayed as -1.5 (a set handicap).
The game handicap is a difference in the games which has to be overcome by the favorite so that the bets on him will be winning. If this does not happen, the bets on the underdog will be winning.
They refer to the total number of games to be played in the match. They are set as a value according to which bets are placed on over/under. This value may vary depending on the expected duration of the match. For instance, for a match with an obvious favorite and an eventual win with 2:0 sets, the set value may be lower than the one for a challenged match between equal opponents.
The bets are placed on the sets. With a match with 2 out of 3 sets there are 4 possible results: 2:0, 2:1, 0:2, 1:2. With a match with 3 out of 5 sets, the possibilities are 6: 3:0, 3:1, 3:2, 0:3, 1:3, 2:3.
A winner of the first set