There are two tennis majors left to play this summer. Here’s an update for BossAction pay per head bookies before Wimbledon and US Open tennis betting begins.
While the pandemic in 2020 left everything past the Australian Open in shambles, 2021 is a return to “almost normal” for tennis betting. The 2020 French Open was moved by months, from late May to late September. In 2021 it only moved a week. The result should be a feeling of normalcy for any player interested in pay per head tennis odds.
One thing BossAction agents should recognize is with tennis odds available 24/7 outside of major events; it pays long-term to have a stable of passionate tennis bettors. That’s why it’s better for your bookie software sportsbook’s bottom line to stay up-to-date with the latest tennis info. Especially with two majors happening this summer: Wimbledon and the US Open.
2021 Tennis Betting So Far
On the men’s side, it’s been easy money for Novak Djokovic backers.
The reigning No. 1 player in the world opened the Australian Open favored to win and cashed in, capturing his 18th grand slam title. In the French Open, he was an underdog behind “The King of Clay” Rafael Nadal but defeated him in four sets in the semifinals. He went on to grab his second French Open title and now has a double career grand slam – only Roy Emerson and Rod Laver have done the same. Needless to say, BossAction bookies should recognize that any tennis tournament with Djokovic’s name will garner plenty of offside action as we move to Wimbledon and the US Open.
The women’s side has been much more of a crapshoot. While Ashleigh Barty went into the Australian Open as the No. 1 female player, No. 2 Naomi Osaka was still the betting favorite. And as usual, bookmakers had it right.
Barty was knocked out in the quarterfinals, and Osaka went on to win the tournament. An up-and-coming star at just 23 years old, Osaka seemed like easy money going into the French Open. However, she withdrew from the tournament due to mental health concerns. Barbora Krejcikova, a +8000 underdog, ultimately took the crown.
With such a huge underdog taking the title over Barty and Osaka, it’s difficult to project how Wimbledon and the French Open will go regardless of the odds.
2021 Wimbledon Odds Preview – June 28-July 11
With Djokovic’s toughest test already accomplished at Roland Garros, it’s easy to see why oddsmakers put him in the top spot at Wimbledon. Djokovic has five Wimbledon titles and odds well ahead of the pack. But he does have some competition in aging legend Roger Federer.
Federer is 39 years old and past his prime, but he’s still ranked No. 8 overall, and most of his grand slam singles titles come from the legendary grass court. Federer opted out of the French Open to focus on Wimbledon, therefore bookies should be a bit concerned if his underdog odds grow too large.
On the women’s side, Osaka again withdrew her name from another major, creating another balanced scenario on who will take the women’s Wimbledon crown. There’s buzz that Serena Williams has a chance to capture her 24th grand slam singles title.
Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Athlete of the Year, sits second only to Barty in current Wimbledon odds and Barty is nursing a hip injury that could slow her down. If the buzz on Serena grows, expect her legendary status to generate a huge influx of action.
US Open Odds Preview – August 30 – September 12, 2021
The US Open is about two months away and 22 days after the Tokyo Olympics – this is a tough event to project. Ironically, Osaka made a statement that she is competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
If she’s able to capture gold after all the headlines she’s made – and she doesn’t withdraw – Open action on her will reach a fever pitch. She’s the favorite to win the US Open and won the event in 2020 and 2018.
On the men’s side, Djokovic again leads the way with No. 2 ranked Daniil Medvedev a distant second. But they’ll be in the Olympics as well, so keep an eye on the event to see if surprising play or injury could leave your US Open odds exposed.
Tennis Betting Tip – Court Surface Matters
Before the last two tennis majors, BossAction agents and players should understand that tennis pros are usually more adept on one court surface (hard court, clay, or grass) versus another.
For instance, Rafael Nadal is called the “King of Clay” because he has a whopping 13 French Open titles. Meanwhile, he has just one at the Australian Open, a hard court. Odds may shift from event to event or upsets could be more likely based on the surface.
Wimbledon is played on grass, while the US Open is a hard-court surface. Keep that in mind as you prepare your book for the final two major tennis tournaments of 2021.
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