Wimbledon Tennis Matched Betting Guide

Wimbledon is running from Monday 2nd July to Sunday 15th July. Every year there are a few bookmakers that offer daily promotions on it, or just the occasional refund.

We've split this guide into three sections. The most important section is the Retirement Rules section, as you could lose a lot of money if you're not aware of this. Click the links below to jump to each section.

How Tennis Scoring Works

Retirement Rules

Offers

Tennis Scoring

Tennis can be extremely profitable for Matched Betting, especially with an event such as Wimbledon on. For this reason, we're going to explain how the scoring works, and when you should be placing your bets if you're doing an inplay offer. Just like with a goal being scored in football, the odds can swing massively if a certain point is won, so you should understand what the score means, and when to place a bet so your money isn't at risk.

Firstly, it needs to be said that Wimbledon is a Grand Slam event. This is important as the scoring is slightly different to the rest of the year's tennis. There are four Grand Slam events:-
- Australian Open (January)
- French Open Roland Garros (June)
- Wimbledon (July)
- US Open (August/September)

There are two differences to Grand Slam events and every other event throughout the year:-
- The Men play Best of 5 sets. Normally it's best of 3 (so first to 2 sets), but with Grand Slam events the men play best of 5 (first to 3 sets). The women's game remains the same at best of 3 (first to 2 sets)
- There are no tiebreaks in the final set (apart from the US Open). In normal tournaments if the final set goes to 6-6 then there will be a tie break to decide the match. In both Men's and Women's at Grand Slams (apart from the US Open) there are no final set tiebreaks. If the final set goes to 6-6, then they keep playing until one player wins by two games. There is no limit either - it really can go on forever. The longest match happened in 2010 at Wimbledon when John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in games!

Now we've explained the main differences between Grand Slams and normal tennis tournaments, let's take a look at how the scoring works.

The Scoreboard


In the image above, it is 40-30 to Harriet in the 3rd game. It is 1-1 in games, in the first set. And it is 0-0 in sets.

The idea in men's tennis is to win 3 sets, and in women's to win 2 sets. When either player has done this they win the match. Each set consists of first to 6 in games, where a player must win by 2 games. So if the score was 6-4, the player with 6 game wins. If it was 6-5 then then the player with 6 hasn't won yet, as they haven't won by 2, so it would then go on to 7-5 or 6-6. If it ended up as 6-6 then they will play a tiebreak to decide who wins that set. Tiebreaks will be explained a little further down this page.

In a game there will be one person serving for the whole duration. The winner of the game is the first person to score 4 points, but also winning by two. The points are called out differently though and can be seen in the table below:

Point Column 1
0 Love
1 15
2 30
3 40
4 Game

Here's an example of how the scoring works.
The game starts and the score is 0-0, this is referred to as "love love". The player then scores the first point making it 1-0, this is called out as "15 love". The player then scores the second point making it 2-0, this is called out as "30 love". The other player then wins the next 2 points making it 2-2, this is called out as "30 all, or thirty all". When a player is leading 40-0, 40-15, or 40-30, then the very next point will be for the game. If they win that point it will be called as "game", and they will have won the game. 6 of these games and they will win the set. If the score goes to 40-40 however, then they must win by 2. You may have heard the term "deuce" before - this just means it's 40-40. When the next player wins a point it will be called as "advantage". If the other player gets the point back then it goes back to deuce. Then to advtange, then to deuce, then advantage, etc, until one player wins two points in a row then it will be game.

As you can see from the image above, Harriet was winning 40-30. So that means if she won the next point it would be game to her and she would be winning 2-1 in the first set. If Karolina won the point then it would be Deuce (40-40) and it would then be a 2 point shootout to see who wins the game. The next point would be either Advantage Harriet or Advantage Karolina, and the point after that would either be game or back to Deuce.

Now you know how each game works you'll want to know how the sets work. As explained before, the first player to win 6 games wins the set. It's as simple as that, however they have to win by 2 games. So if a set is 5-4 and the player wins the 10th game making it 6-4 then they win the set. If however the other player wins the 10th game making it 5-5 then they will play until it's either 7-5, or 6-6. If it's 6-6 then it goes to a tiebreak.

Tiebreaks

A tiebreak occurs when a set finishes 6-6 and it is used to decide who wins the set. The only exception to this is when it is in the final set (so 1-1 in sets for women's and playing for the 3rd, or 2-2 in sets for men's and playing for the 5th) - in this case they just keep playing until a player wins by 2 games. So 8-6, 9-7, 10-8, or even 70-68!

The scoring in a tie break is simply first to 7, and win by 2 (there's a pattern here of winning by 2, right?). So tiebreaks generally end up 7-3, 7-4 or 7-5. If it's 7-6 then it'll go to 8-6 or 7-7 and keep playing until 9-7 or 10-8 etc. Whoever wins the tiebreak wins the set.

When is it safe to place inplay bets?

Now you know how the scoring works you'll understand why you shouldn't place bets inplay as a game is happening. In between each point there is up to 20 seconds gap, this is not enough time to place a back bet and wait for it to go through and then place the corresponding lay bet. Because of this, we only place bets when there is a change of ends (when the players swap sides on the court). This happens every 2 games, so they will play 2 games on one side, then 2 on the other, then 2 back on the original, then 2 on the other and so on. Every odd number of games in each set, the players will sit down for a minute and then change ends. So when you see a score where there's an odd number of games in that set then the players are likely to be sat down meaning no points can be scored meaning the odds will be sort of stable.  By odd number of games, I mean the total games in that set are odd. So 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4, 6-5, etc. They basically change sides after the first game in each set, and then every 2 games thereafter until the end of the set.

The easiest way to check if they're sat down and not playing is to go onto Bet365 and watch the match. What I'd suggest is that you wait until there's about to be an odd number of games, wait for the game to finish so you know they're about to sit down and then place your bets. For example it's 2-2 in a set and someone is winning 40-0. You know if they score the next point it will be 3-2 and they will go and sit down for a minute. Now you just simply watch the scoreboard, wait for 3-2 and know you'll have around 60 seconds to place your back and lay bets. If you place your bet when there is an odd score but you don't have the stream loaded then you don't know if they're about to play the next game or not, so it's always best to watch.

Warning: DO NOT PLACE INPLAY BETS ON SMARKETS - THERE IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH MONEY IN THE MARKET! 
This is a massive one. Smarkets simply does not have the liquidity on some of the smaller matches. If you're betting on a big match and waiting for a change of ends you should be okay with £10 or £20 stakes, but if you're doing £100s then avoid Smarkets at all costs as there just isn't enough money in the market and your bet will not be matched.

So just to recap:
-  Men's tennis = First to 3 sets
- Women's tennis = First to 2 sets
- First to 6 games (win by 2) wins the set. Can go to 7-5. If 6-6 then tiebreak.
- Tiebreak is first to 7 points (win by 2)
- No final set tiebreak

Retirement Rules

Tennis needs to be approached slightly differently when Matched Betting as the bookmakers have different rules about players retiring when settling bets. Because of this, there are some websites where you can't place a back bet and then lay it off on the exchange as you'll have money at risk. In the table below we list every major bookmaker and put them into groups. All of the exchanges fall intro group 1, so if you're betting on a tennis match with any bookie in group 1 then you're safe to lay it off on the exchange. If you're betting on group 2 or 3 then you need to dutch your bet with another bookmaker in the same group.

Below the table there is an explanation of each group

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
138 10bet Bet365
21bet 12bet Betstars
32red 188 Betway
888sport Betbright Betvictor
Betfair Sportsbook Boylesports Sunbets
Betfred Comeon
Betsafe Fun88
Blacktype K8
Brucebetting Netbet
Bwin Sportnation
Coral Titanbet
Dafabet TLC bet
Genting Tonybet
Grosvenor Vernons
Ladbrokes William Hill
Leovegas Winner
Marathonbet
Mrgreen
Paddypower
Skybet
Sportingbet
Tommy French
Toalst
Totesport
Unibet

Group 1 (All exchanges included here): All bets are valid if one set is complete.
All of the exchanges are in this category so you are safe to back and lay. A whole set has to be completed for both back and lay bets to stand. If they haven't finished the first set and someone retires then all bets will be void and returned to you. If one set is complete and a player retires then your bets will stand.

Group 2: All bets are valid only if the full match is complete.
The full match has to take place for your bet to stand here. If there are any retirements before the match is over then your bet will be voided. This is why you can't back on a website in this group and lay off, because if your player retires in set 2, 3, 4 or 5 then your back bet will be voided, but you will lose your lay bet on the exchange.

Group 3: All bets are valid only if the full match is complete - apart from disqualifications
This group is exactly the same as group 2 however if a player is disqualified then bets will stand. This is an extremely rare occurrence and has only happened 6 times in majour tournaments from 1990 to 2017.

So as you can see, you should only be backing and laying group 1 bookies. If you choose group 2 or 3 bookies then you need to be dutching them with a bookie in the same group. You can use Oddsmonkey's Dutch Matcher here to help you do this.

Best Offers

Paddy Power

2up (Men's Only)

Exchange Rules
Match ✓

Profit: Up to £500

This offer is the same as the 2up football promotion. They will pay out early if your player goes 2up in sets. This offer is only available for men's matches.

*Place a bet, any stake, any odds, on any player to win a men's match
*Place your lay bet as normal as Paddypower rules match with exchanges
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead at any point, Paddypower will pay your bet out as a winner up to £500

Outcome
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead, you can lock in profit using the early payout calculator
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead and then doesn't win (so the other player brings it back and wins) then you will win both your back and lay bets

*No min stake or odds
*Max early payout £500
*Wimbledon men's matches only

2up (Men's Only)

Exchange Rules
Do Not Match ✕

Profit: Unlimited

This offer is the same as the 2up football promotion. They will pay out early if your player goes 2up in sets. This offer is only available for men's matches.

*Place a bet, any stake, any odds, on any player to win a men's match
*Use Oddsmonkey's Dutching Matcher to find a close match with another bookmaker in the same group and place a bet on the opposite player on that website
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead at any point, Bet365 will pay your bet out as a winner

Outcome
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead, you can lock in profit using the early payout calculator
*If your player goes 2 sets ahead and then doesn't win (so the other player brings it back and wins) then you will win your back bets on both bookies

*No min stake or odds
*Need to dutch bets
*Wimbledon men's matches only

5th Set Refund (Men's Only)

Exchange Rules
Match ✓

Profit: Up to £25

Bruce Betting are offering a refund up to £25 as a free bet if the match goes into a 5th set and your bet loses.

*Bet £25 on any Men's match at odds 1.33+
*Lay your bet off as normal as the exchange rules match

The Outcome
*If the match goes to a 5th set and your player loses, you receive a £25 free bet
*If the match goes to a 5th set and your player wins, you receive nothing
*You can lock in a profit by laying your player if it is 2-2 in sets

The Free Bet
Free bets will be credited by 12:00 the next day. Calculate at high odds and SNR to guarantee a profit.

*Max stake £25
*Min odds 1.33+
*Max refund £25
*Men's matches only
*Free bet credited by 12:00 next day
*Free bet expires in 7 days

Double Winnings
Lose first set but win

Exchange Rules
Do Not Match ✕

Profit: £20+ if landed

Boylesports are offering double winnings as a free bet if your player loses the first set but goes on to win the match. Both Men's and Women's count. Max qualifying bet £20.

*Opt In first here
*Place a £20 bet on any Men's or Women's tennis match at Wimbledon
*Use Oddsmonkey's Dutching Matcher to find a close match with another bookmaker in the same group and place a bet on the opposite player on that website
*If your player loses the first set but wins the match you will receive double winnings

The Free Bet
*Free bets will be credited within 24 hours - you have to dutch these as well
*Find high odds for the free bet and dutch with another website using Oddsmonkeys Dutching Calculator here.

*Max stake £20
*Must Opt In
*Need to dutch bets

Betway

Double Winnings
Lose first set but win

Exchange Rules
Do Not Match ✕

Profit: £50+ if landed

Betway are offering double winnings as a free bet if your player loses the first set but goes on to win the match. Both Men's and Women's count. Maximum free bet is £50.

*To work out how much you need to stake for the maximum £50, do 50 / (odds -1). So if your player was odds of 2.1, you need to do 50/1.1 which is a £45.45 stake
*Place your bet on any Men's or Women's tennis match at Wimbledon
*Use Oddsmonkey's Dutching Matcher to find a close match with another bookmaker in the same group and place a bet on the opposite player on that website
*If your player loses the first set but wins the match you will receive double winnings up to £50

The Free Bet
*Free bets will be credited within 24 hours - you have to dutch these as well
*Find high odds for the free bet and dutch with another website using Oddsmonkeys Dutching Calculator here.

*Min stake £5
*Max free bet £50
*Need to dutch bets
*Free bets credited within 24 hours
*Free bets expire in 7 days

188bet

MOBILE ONLY - £25 Refund
Win first set but lose match

Exchange Rules
Do Not Match ✕

Profit: £20+ if landed

188bet are offering a refund up to £25 if your player wins the first set but loses the match. Mobile bets only.

*Bet £25 on any Men's or Women's tennis match at Wimbledon
*Use Oddsmonkey's Dutching Matcher to find a close match with another bookmaker in the same group and place a bet on the opposite player on that website
*If your player wins the first set but then goes on to lose the match, you'll receive a £25 refund

The Refund
*The £25 refund is credited as cash within 72 hours of the match ending
*There's no wagering on the cash, you can withdraw it instantly

*MOBILE BETS ONLY
*Max bet £25
*No min odds
*Refund credited as cash

£25 Refund (once per day)
Win first set but lose match

Exchange Rules
Match ✓

Profit: £20+ if landed

Toals are offering a refund up to £25 as a free bet if your player wins the first set, but goes on to lose the match. You can only receive one refund a day - but you can bet on multiple matches (only £25 refund in total max though)

*Bet £25 on any Wimbledon tennis match
*Lay your bet off as normal as the exchange rules match
*If your player wins the first set but then goes on to lose the match, you'll receive a £25 refund as a free bet

The Free Bet
*The £25 free bet will be credited by 12:00 the following day
*The free bet can be used on anything so calculate at high odds and SNR to guarantee a profit

*Max stake £25
*Max refund £25
*One refund per day
*Free bet credited by 12:00 next day
*Free bet expires in 7 days

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