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In Europe, the football season is drawing to a close and the tennis season is really cranking up with a couple of Grand Slams on the horizon. That means there is a real shift with bookmakers towards tennis betting online. Whether you’re a footy fan looking to transition to another sport for a few months or a tennis fanatic, we’ve got you covered.
What makes a good bookmaker?
What makes a good bookmaker is a question that has many different responses. Whilst everyone is looking for something slightly different, there are a few things that you should consider before signing up. They include things like how strong the sign up bonuses are, what loyalty promotions they offer, how strong their odds are all the way through to less obvious things like how their customer service ranks, how do you get in touch, what banking options are available to you and, even, do they support problem gamblers. It’s all-important stuff.
Perhaps though the most vital for the specifics of tennis betting online is what sort of market depth and event coverage they have; it’s no good taking a massive sign up bonus if the bookmaker offers no markets you’re interested in betting on!
Who are the top bookies for tennis betting online?
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Bet365 – The best in-play offering and ongoing promos to boot
Bet365 is one of the biggest bookmakers out there and their tennis coverage is extremely strong. One of the major cards they hold over the competition is the fact they allow their customers to watch in-play events, which means you can keep up with every single stroke.
On top of that, they offer a massive pool of betting options whilst they have a couple of specific tennis offers too; their current perks include a ‘retirement guarantee’, which sees your bet paid out if a player retires through injury, and up to 70% extra on accumulator bets.
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William Hill – Strong sign up offer and good markets
Before we talk a bit about the specific tennis offering with William Hill, it’s worth noting their current French Open betting offers, which can see new customers get £30 in free bets when signing up and wagering just £10. The question then becomes what sort of tennis offering you have to spend your combined £40 on.
Firstly, you’re not limited to betting on Roland Garros; William Hill offer markets on most federation’s events and have multiple layers underneath each one including match and set betting.
Paddy Power – The Tim Henman of tennis betting online
Paddy Power is next in our look at those bookies offering tennis betting online. Their hook to try and bring you in as a first time punter is a £10 ‘free hit’ on the sportsbook, including tennis. The offer itself requires you to deposit and bet £10. If you win, happy days. If you lose, Paddy Power will give the £20 back to you as cash.
Their tennis offering is pretty decent too. You can bet on a host of different things including backing one or both players to win sets, placing handicaps and wagering on the total sets. We define it as the Tim Henman of bookies owing to the fact it’s pretty good but, probably, not the best out on the offer.
Betfred – Deep betting options and a good welcome perk
The opening line for Betfred being your bookie for tennis betting online is that they match the new customer sign up promotion offered by William Hill, which sees you stake £10 but play with £60 as Betfred throw £60 worth of freebies in your direction. They are more than just a few fancy promos though.
When you navigate to their ‘All Sports’ option in the menu, tennis is one of those shortcuts as standard, which tells you it’s a pretty big fry for them as a bookmaker. You can see why too with pretty much every event covered to some degree. These can be wagered on in many ways be it ahead of time, just before they start or when they are in action. The market depth is extensive too.
Betfair – A sign up bonus that lasts but market depths could be better
Betfair operates two arms of its online offering – a sportsbook and a betting exchange. We are specifically focussing on the former here, which follows the traditional line of betting i.e. you bet against the house for a set price. Now, tennis betting online and Betfair; let’s get to it. For one thing, the new customer offer Betfair have is pretty unique. Not only do they offer you up to £100 in free bets but you qualify for it at different levels; when you place five £10 bets, they’ll give you a £20 freebie. You can repeat this process five times hence the £100 bonus figure we quoted.
Their tennis offering is easy to find from the menus and you can drill into different tournaments and different matches without breaking a sweat. That said, from tennis betting online perspective, this bookie is probably better for the more casual tennis better owing to a more traditional set of betting markets for the sport.
Unibet – A lesser name but with lots to offer
Last but not least in our rundown of tennis betting online is Unibet, which is arguably the least well known of the six bookies we’ve discussed. Don’t be fooled though, they are a real player in the tennis – and general sports – markets. They have a two-tiered sign up perk for starters, which sees your first bet ‘insured’ up to the value of £10 whilst they also throw in a £10 casino bonus.
On top of that, they run a daily 12 hour blitz that sees them pump a 5% ‘profit boost’ in your direction specifically on tennis markets; this is something you can use once a day – every day. As for the markets themselves expect to see match betting, total games markets, set betting, handicaps and much more.