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The French Open is into its second week of action and there is some catching up of fixtures to do with Monday having been washed out. The men’s draw has lost Rafael Nadal through injury, unfortunately, but the big guns of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still on course for a shot at meetings in the final now. Stan Wawrinka is still knocking around the draw as well and could meet Murray in the semi finals.

In the women’s singles, Serena Williams is still in there and plugging along while there are some big names like Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska still waiting to see if they can join Garbine Muguruza in the quarter finals of the tournament. So there is a huge week of tennis action still to come from Roland Garros with some big clashes likely to light up the tournament. Will we get a Williams v Halep final? Will we see Murray and Djokovic battle it out again?

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Women’s French Open Outright Odds

Serena Williams even money, Garbine Muguruza 9/2, Simona Halep 9/2, Madison Keys 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Timea Bacsinszky 14/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 25/1, 33/1 bar

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Men’s French Open Outright Odds

Novak Djokovic 1/2, Andy Murray 8/2, Stan Wawrinka 8/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Richard Gasquet 40/1, David Ferrer 66/1, 100/1 bar

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30th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

Well Andy Murray’s recent clay success has shaken up many punters’ approach to the French Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting no doubt. Murray took the Rome title out of the hands of world number one Novak Djokovic and that send the Briton to Roland Garros with some renewed confidence you would imagine and it makes the picture look a little more competitive for the French Open betting.

Without that recent success for Andy Murray, the French Open would have looked little more than a two horse race at the end of the day between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is the outright favourite and at an odds on price as well at 4/5 with online betting site Bet365. Djokovic is the one with the running form at the French Open, not having fallen short of the semi final in any of the last five editions of the Roland Garros event. However, despite having been to the final in three of the last four seasons of the French Open, this is the one Grand Slam title that eluded him.

Djokovic lost his first French Open Final against Rafael Nadal in 2012, then again when the two met in the 2014 final Djokovic was on the losing end. He was hot favourite in last year’s Final but he was taken down by an inspired Stan Wawrinka, who played the bravest game that anyone has ever played against Djokovic probably, to the point where Djokovic didn’t know how to handle his opponent.

French Open 2016 Men's Singles

Djokovic has won the five ATP titles this season, including the Australian Open. He took the Madrid ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title as well on clay, so that was why his defeat against Murray in the final of Rome on clay was a little surprising. Overall, heading to Roland Garros he has a 37-3 match record running for the season. You can pretty much bank on him being in the semi finals of the draw, it’s just whether he can covert from there. Djokovic just has the reserves of fight, resilience, stamina and class that no-other player on the ATP has.

Rafael Nadal, the French Open great, has made something of a welcome return to form this term. He has won the two titles this season, the Barcelona Open on clay and the big Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on clay as well. That should have shaped him up well for the recent Madrid and Rome titles, but the Spaniard fell short losing in the semi finals of Madrid to Andy Murray and then he lost in the quarter finals of Rome to Djokovic. So he is just coming up a little short at the moment, but he is looking for his tenth French Open title. Yes, his tenth. He has won nine of the last eleven editions of the French Open and holds a remarkable 70-2 win/loss match record there. Can he bounce back?

Now, more than ever you have Andy Murray in the picture. His victory over Nadal in Madrid and then his triumph in the Final of Rome against Djokovic has seen bookmakers slash his odds of winning the French Open 2016. Murray has been solid at the French Open in the last two seasons, making semi final berths. He has never been to the final though, but this could be his best chance to break new ground. He is a better hard court player than clay, but that having been said, his clay status his improved over the last couple of seasons. He will naturally have a better shot at landing the title if he can avoid Djokovic until the showcase match.

Outside of the big three you really only hove defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer. Federer has had a season disrupted by injury and isn’t too likely to make the grade.

French Open 2016 betting odds

Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 4/1, Andy Murray 4/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Kei Nishikori 25/1, Roger Federer 33/1, Dominic Thiem 40/1, Gael Monfils 50/1, 66/1 bar

French Open 2016 Top Sixteen Seeds

  1.   Novak Djokovic
  2.   Andy Murray
  3.   Roger Federer
  4.   Stan Wawrinka
  5.   Rafael Nadal
  6.   Kei Nishikori
  7.   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  8.   Tomáš Berdych
  9.   Milos Raonic
  10.   Richard Gasquet
  11.   Marin Čilić
  12.   David Ferrer
  13.   David Goffin
  14.   Gaël Monfils
  15.   Dominic Thiem
  16.   Roberto Bautista Agut

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French Open 2016 History and Stats

This is the 115th edition of the French Open and runs from May 5th through to June 5th. The difference between this and the other three Grand Slams is not just the surface, but that there is no tiebreak in the final set of the match. So that makes it arguably the toughest tennis competition of all, to triumph at. The first ever French Open was held in 1891 (known as the French Championships) and then it was only for amatur players who belonged to French tennis club. It was a Briton who actually won the first ever French Open, as H. Briggs (a Paris resident) landed it.

There was a break through the second World War years and in 1968, the French Open was first contested as the French Open in the newly formed Open Era of tournament. It was an Australian, Ken Rosewall who won that over fellow countryman Rod Laver on that occasion. France didn’t get its first home victory in the modern era until Yannick Noah beat Mats Wilander in the 1932 French Open final. The greats like Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have all won the title. Built the modern era great is Rafael Nadal, hands down.

Nadal is the record title holder at the French Open with his nine titles, which topped out Max Decugis who won it eight times in the amatuer era. Bjorn Borg is the next most successful player in the history of the French Open (modern era) with six titles including four consecutive ones between 1978 and 1981. In the modern era, only Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl and Gustavo Kuerten (3) along with Jan Kodes, Jim Courier and Sergi Bruguera (2) have won it multiple times. Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver are the only two players to have won the French Open in both the amatur and Open eras.

French Open 2016 Prediction

The main train of thought would be, how long can you keep the best player in the world from winning a title? We are talking about Novak Djokovic and his misses in the final of the French Open. It’s not as if he hasn’t been to the final, so he has a pretty solid record there over the last few years without having won it. He should be a lock for the final four and you just get the feeling that sooner or later it has to happen for him. But then again, neither Pete Sampras or Boris Becker managed to win it, so it has eluded some of the game’s greats.

Andy Murray’s victory over him may have come at the right time for Murray in heading to Roland Garros, but it could ultimately work against the him and the rest of the field. Djokovic won’t take a defeat lightly at all and has probably done everything in his power to fix that in the next event, which is the French Open for him. That makes him more dangerous because he will be out for revenge and to prove a point that he is the best in the world.

So we would still have to stick with the outright favourite here and the thought of Nadal making it back to the Roland Garros final is a real treat. He has done enough this season and has had enough time to get his clay feet going to make a decent run. What’s a decent run? Well the quarters for him and then his adrenaline and motivation amps up as he could close in on that remarkable tenth Grand Slam title. Decent each way bet.

18th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The big guns are in out in force this week for the ATP Madrid tennis tournament an important build up to the French Open. Roger Federer pulled out ahead of the event but even if he had stayed in he wouldn’t’ have made a difference to the dominance of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the head of the field.

The Mutua Madrid only moved to clay in 2009 and with the French Open on the cards this month, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid event is a very high profile affair. This is one of the ATP World Tour 1000 events that Djokovic has actually had a tricky time in getting his hands on the title from. He has won it just the once before and that was back in 2011 so is on a four visit winless streak at the event.

Djokovic has five titles to his name this season, but his transition to clay didn’t go too well as he was surprisingly knocked out in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters ATP World Tour 1000 Masters event against Jiri Vesely. Not many would have predicted that but Djokovic is the kind of man you aren’t going to keep down for very long. Overall ahead of Madrid he had posted a W28 L2 match record for the season (12-1 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events).

The big threat to Djokovic this time around at Madrid is Rafael Nadal. The clay master is back on form which is great news for the game. He is a three time previous Madrid Champion, including having won two of the last three editions of the event. After taking advantage of Djokovic’s exit at Monte Carlo, Nadal went all the way to the title, beating Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka on the way. He followed that up last week with a win Barcelona on clay as well. He has faced Djokovic twice this season though and lost both meetings with the Serbian.

What of Andy Murray? He is the reigning Madrid champion (his second title there) but it has been a season which has failed to ignite for him for one reason or another. After losing the Australian Open final to Djokovic, Murray has not been back to the final of an event this term, carding a W13 L4 record for the term. That’s why he’s out in the betting prices compared to Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal and Murray are in the same half of the draw so would clash in the final four.

ATP Madrid Tennis Betting odds

Novak Djokovic 5/6, Rafael Nadal 5/2, Andy Murray 10/1, Stan Wawrinka 18/1, Kei Nishikori 20/1, Milos Raonic 25/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, Gael Monfils 40/1, David Ferrer 66/1, Juan Martin del Potro 66/1.

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4th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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It’s another big week on the tennis circuit following on from the action at Indian Wells last week in California. It’s off to the other side of the country for the Miami Open on both the ATP and the WTA this week where all of the big guns are back out in actin in Florida, which starts on Wednesday.

Novak Djokovic claimed another title at Indian Wells and the world number one is looking for what would be his sixth Miami title as well. There doesn’t appear to be any slowing of the Serbian this year who is 22-1 for the season after his Indian Wells success. He has already won in Doha, at the Australian Open and now Indian Wells.

So it is on to the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event to the season season as the Tour hits Miami and he is a short 4/7 price to go out and get the job done yet again after having won there for the last two years. Djokovic won six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events last year and seems to keep going from strength to strength. He could be on course to meet Roger Federer in the semi finals, who is only back this week after surgery at the start of February.

Andy Murray steps out again this week in what has been a quiet season for him with his main appearance coming at the Australian Open. Murray lost in the third round of Indian Wells last week over three sets against World 53 Federico Delbonis. He goes on the opposite half of the draw to Djokovic with Rafa Nadal a potential semi final opponent there.

ATP Miami Open Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/7, Andy Murray 13/2, Roger Federer 8/1, Rafael Nadal 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Stan Wawrinka 20/1, Milos Raonic 28/1, bar 40/1

The WTA got a little interesting on the weekend with Serena Williams missing out on that title at Indian Wells. That means, shockingly, that she remains without a title this season, even though she looks to be still right there on top of her game. It’s now back to back final defeats for Williams this season after going down against Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells showcase.

Williams was beaten in the final of the Australian Open by a stunning performance from Germany’s Angelique Kerber, but given the relationship that Williams has had with Indian Wells and having been in her first final there for fifteen years, it looked as if she let the occasion get to her against Azarenka. But losses are losses and she needs to find a way to hit back. She is an eight time champion in Miami, so she is likely to go close.

The last time that a player won in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season was Kim Clijsters back in 2005. So it’s not an easy task but the Belarusian has looked great on hard surfaces this year, although still she is temperamentally off key at times in her matches. Simona Halep seems to be gaining momentum having had to deal with injuries and illnesses this season which has seen her nowhere near her best. She looked much better at Indian Wells, but was stopped by Serena Williams in the quarters.

Australian Open Angelique Kerber is in the mix as well, but has been out of sorts since her win in Melbourne and is currently running on a three match losing streak. The German could collide with Karolina Pliskova who went to the semis of Indian Wells and the mighty serving skills of the Czech may be the one to back to go further in the tournament.

WTA Miami Open Betting Odds

Serena Williams 11/8, Victoria Azarenka 9/2, Simona Halep 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 12/1, Belinda Bencic 18/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Karolina Pliskova 33/1, bar 50/1

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22nd March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

Great Britain are 11/2 with Skybet to retain the Davis Cup after reaching the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory over Japan in Birmingham.

Andy Murray was again Team GB’s hero, winning both singles matches and helping brother Jamie to success in the doubles – but how long can the Scot keep carrying his team-mates?

Last year’s David Cup exploits took their toll on Murray’s form in the Slams last year and the last thing he will have needed over the weekend was a marathon five-setter against Kei Nishikori. Murray has just returned to action after spending time with his new family and Nishikori, ranked six in the world, pushed the world number two all the way in Birmingham.

The match was the joint longest Murray has ever played, along with his US Open final victory over Novak Djokovic in 2012, and Djokovic could be next on the agenda for Great Britain as they’ll now play his country, Serbia, in the last eight. Djokovic, like Murray, won all three of his matches at the weekend but his team eventually had to dig deep to see off Kazakhstan. They will, however, have home advantage in the quarter-finals in July and are the new 13/8 favourites.

Davis Cup 2016 Skybet Odds

Serbia (13/8), France (3/1), Great Britain (11/2), USA (7/1), Czech Republic (10/1), Croatia (12/1), Italy (14/1), Argentina (20/1)

In some of the weekend’s other ties, there was controversy in Melbourne as Australia lost to the USA. Aussie Bernard Tomic launched a thinly-veiled attack on fellow countryman Nick Kyrgios after the latter pulled out of the tie, stating illness. Tomic clearly believes that there was nothing wrong with Kyrgios other than a desire not to play for his country – he claimed injury under similar circumstances last year only to play in an ATP event just a few days later. The USA will play Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Serbia v Great Britain
Italy v Argentina
Czech Republic v France
USA v Croatia

7th March 2016 / paul - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The ATP World Tour tennis season is one that trundles along for most of the calendar year. Right from the start of January you can find players getting back into the swing of things after short winter breaks. With the season’s first big event, the Australian Open usually starting in mid January, then there is little preparation time in terms of competitive match play, for players to find their feet ahead of the blue courts and heat of Melbourne Park. Yet it is the big tournament which draws immediate interest back into the tennis season right from the start of the year and whets the whistle for the other four Grand Slams.

Of course, not every player turns up for every tournament in the calendar year and the big guns tend to skip a lot of the minor tournaments? Why? Well because of points rankings. The top players like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray know that they are going to amass enough ranking points and money from the tournaments which they are required to attend across the season, that they don’t have to focus on putting the extra work into lower tiered events.

Of course, that’s not to say that you won’t find the big guns at the smaller events, you will because players have a certain with tournaments, particularly when they are played in their home country. A title defence can always lure a player back, or if a top player is looking to get back to match fitness, the lower-ranked tiers offer a chance to get back into the swing of things without the higher level of competitiveness.

At the end of the day, the players on the ATP Tour just aren’t looking for the prize money at events, they are looking for titles and ranking points which will work them towards the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the year as well. Higher rankings of course afford better seedings at events and the prestige of trying to make it into the top ten in the World Rankings

For the 2016 ATP World Tour season there will be 34 tournaments played across Europe in locations like France, Russia, Istanbul, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though of course because there are also 13 North American events, four in South America, eight in Asia, four in Australasia and one in Africa (Marrakech).

ATP 2016 Calendar

Date Tennis Tournament Venue
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Aircel Chennai Open Chennai
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Qatar ExxonMobil Open Doha
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Brisbane International Brisbane
11.01.-17.01. ATP 250 – Apia International Sydney Sydney
18.01.-31.01. Grand Slam – Australian Open Melbourne
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Ecuador Open Quito Quito
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Open Sud de France Montpellier
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Garanti Koza Sofia Open Sofia
08.02.-14.02. ATP 250 – Memphis Open Memphis
08.02.-14.02. ATP 500 – ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Rotterdam
08.02.-14.02. ATP 250 – Argentina Open Buenos Aires
15.02.-21.02. ATP 250 – Delray Beach Open Delray Beach
15.02.-21.02. ATP 250 – Open 13 Marseille
15.02.-21.02. ATP 500 – Rio Open Rio de Janeiro
22.02.-28.02. ATP 500 – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Dubai
22.02.-27.02. ATP 500 – Abierto Mexicano Telcel Acapulco
22.02.-28.02. ATP 250 – Brasil Open Sao Paulo
10.03.-20.03. ATP 1000 – Indian Wells Indian Wells
21.03.-03.04. ATP 1000 – Miami Open Miami
04.04.-10.04. ATP 250 – US Men’s Clay Court Championship Houston
04.04.-10.04. ATP 250 – Grand Prix Hassan II Marrakesh
10.04.-17.04. ATP 1000 – Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Monte-Carlo
18.04.-24.04. ATP 500 – Barcelona Open Barcelona
18.04.-24.04. ATP 250 – BRD Nastase Tiriac Trohpy Bucharest
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – Millennium Estoril Open Estoril
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – BMW Open Munich
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Istanbul
01.05.-08.05. ATP 1000 – Mutua Madrid Open Madrid
15.05.-22.05. ATP 250 – Geneva Open Geneva
22.05.-05.06. Grandslam – Roland Garros Paris
06.06.-12.06. ATP 250 – Mercedes Cup Stuttgart
13.06.-19.06. ATP 500 – Aegon Championships London
13.06.-19.06. ATP 500 – Gerry Weber Open Halle
20.06.-26.06. ATP 250 – Aegon Open Nottingham Nottingham
27.06.-10.07. Grandslam – Wimbledon London
11.07.-17.07. ATP 250 – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport
11.07.-17.07. ATP 250 – SkiStar Swedish Open Bastad
11.07.-17.07. ATP 500 – German Tennis Championships 2016 Hamburg
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Swiss Open Gstaad Gstaad
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Konzum Croatia Open Umag Umag
18.07.-24.07. ATP 500 – Citi Open Washington D.C.
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Generali Open Kitzbühel
25.07.-31.07. ATP 1000 – Rogers Cup Toronto
01.08.-07.08. ATP 250 – BB&T Atlanta Open Atlanta
08.08.-14.08. ATP 250 – Abierto Mexicano Los Cabos Los Cabos
15.08.-21.08. ATP 1000 – Western & Southern Open Cincinnati
22.08.-28.08. ATP 250 – Winston-Salem Open Winston-Salem
29.08.-11.09. Grandslam – US Open New York
19.09.-25.09. ATP 250 – Moselle Open Metz
19.09.-25.09. ATP 250 – St. Petersburg Open St. Petersburg
26.09.-02.10. ATP 250 – Shenzhen Open Shenzhen
26.09.-02.10. ATP 250 – Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
03.10.-09.10. ATP 500 – China Open Beijing
03.10.-09.10. ATP 500 – Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Tokyo
10.10.-16.10. ATP 1000 – Shanghai Rolex Masters Shanghai
17.10.-23.10. ATP 250 – Kremlin Cup Moscow
17.10.-23.10. ATP 250 – If Stockholm Open Stockholm
17.10.-23.10. ATP 500 – Valencia Open Valencia
24.10.-30.10. ATP 500 – Swiss Indoors Basel Basel
24.10.-30.10. ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open Vienna
31.10.-06.11. ATP 1000 – BNP Paribas Masters Paris
14.11.-20.11. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals London

Grand Slams

The Grand Slams pull the ATP Tour into its biggest focus. There are four Grand Slams on the calendar year, starting with the very early Australian Open which begins in mid-January. Then comes the middle of the year when you get the tough grind of entering the clay court swing of the season and a short burst on the grass. The summer is crammed with the French Open at Roland Garros and then Wimbledon in London. To then round off the Grand Slam season one of the big climaxes to the season as it draws close to an end is the US Open from Flushing Meadows in New York.

These of course are the elite tournaments in the sport, where the real glory can be landed and this is where you see the cream really rise to the top. It takes something special to land a Grand Slam title because of the matches being played over five sets and a bigger draw than will be seen at any regular season tournament. So therefore it takes that extra enduring qualities beyond just sheer stamina to be the last man standing at the end of a Grand Slam, because it is a massive mental battle too.

Roger Federer holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles ever won, with a total of 17 entering into the 2016 season. Rafael Nadal is joint level with Pete Sampras on 14, with Novak Djokovic closing in with 10. You can already take an ante-post price on Novak Djokovic winning all of the individual Grand Slams this season and it looks as if it is going to be really hard for anyone to stop his supreme dominance in the game.

2016 Grand Slam Start Dates

Australian Open – January 18th
French Open – May 22nd
Wimbledon – June 27th
US Open – August 29th

ATP World Tour Masters 1000

The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events are the most important ranking events on the Tour behind the Grand Slams. There are nine World Tour Masters 1000 events across these season and these offer huge prize monies as well as prestige. These are also bigger tournaments as well with more players entering the fray, so it’s a stop gap between regular season events and the Grand Slams.

Aside from one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Asia (the Shanghai Rolex Masters) the other eight are split evenly between North America and Europe. There are more ranking points on offer at World Tour Masters events than there are other regular season events and while the finals used to be contested over five sets, they were dialled back in 2007 to the best of three. As a note, Novak Djokovic holds the record for the highest number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won in one year and that is six, earned in a remarkable 2014 season.

ATP World Tour 500 and 250 Events

Aside from the Grand Slam and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 action there are thirteen ATP 500 and thirty-seven ATP 250 events. You will usually find at least one of those running across each week of the season (unless it is Grand Slam or ATP World Tour MAsters 1000 times). The 500 and the 250 refers to the ranking points on offer in the event for the winner.

British ATP Tennis Interest

There is more to British tennis than Andy Murray but of course he takes centre stage will all of achievements in the game. Murray is a Grand Slam champion, the first to bring home the bacon since Fred Perry in the 1930’s. The British number one has won multiple ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events as well and started 2016 ranked second in the World. He was also part of the 2015 Davis Cup side for Great Britain, which did wonders for bringing other British players into the spotlight.

Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene is now British number 2, the 26 year old starting the year at number 45 in the World Rankings. British stalwarts James Ward and Dan Evans are in the 100’s in the World Rankings, but just outside is the promising youngster Kyle Edmund, the twenty year old just outside of the top 100 at the start of the year. Liam Broady is also a noted star for the future and you are going to be able to track the likes of Ward, Edmund and Broady in qualifiers and the lower-tiered ATP tournaments because of their rankings. Wimbledon is the best time of the season to see the extra attention put on the home-grown talent.

Davis Cup

Along with their regular season event, there is is the Davis Cup running as well against in 2106 and it won’t have passed by many people’s attention last year. That is because Andy Murray dedicates his time to the international competition to help fire Great Britain to the title. That was their first title since 1936 in the competition with Murray playing alongside Kyle Edmund and brother Jamie Murray in the final against Belgium, Great Britain winning 3-1. Great Britain’s Davis Cup title defence starts in early March 2016.

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19th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

The sporting calendar has barely wiped its feet and crossed the threshold of the new year, but already it is time to look ahead to one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. It is tennis Grand Slam time as the 2016 Australian Open starts on January 18th. It a massive early challenge in the new season with not a lot of time for players to get back to full match sharpness after the winter break. But that is one of the great challenges of the Australian Open.

This season it is Novak Djokovic who is back to defend the title on the Men’s’ side of the draw with the usual fellow big-guns all in attendance. Djokovic regained his dominance on the blue courts of Melbourne at the start of February last year by beating Andy Murray in the final. That was Djokovic’s fourth Australian Open title, the fifth of his career. Can anyone stop the Serbian?

Australian Open 2016 Men - Infographics

ATP 2016 Australian Open Favourite

So naturally it is Novak Djokovic who will march into Melbourne Park as favourite. It was a staggeringly brilliant season from him last season and is justifiably the 11/8 outright favourite at online betting site Bet365 for the 2016 Australian Open. It is five titles under his belt now in his career and three of those Australian Open Grand Slam titles have come against Andy Murray in the final, arguably his closest contender for the title.

So really it is one of those situations where it is Djokovic’s title to lose. He is the only player to have won the Australian Open five times (from five finals) in the open era as well as the only one to win it three seasons on the trot. He didn’t drop as set until the semi finals when he met Stan Wawrinka in an epic five-set tussle last year. He then dropped just one against Murray in the final, so just three sets he gave up in the 2015 edition. It’s tough to beat that.

ATP 2016 Australian Open Main Contenders

Andy Murray 4/1
Four Australian Open Finals, no titles

The fact that Andy Murray hasn’t gotten his hands on the Australian Open title, largely because of Djokovic, just makes you want to throw more weight behind backing Djokovic. Murray is the best hard court player out of the main challengers to Djokovic’s supremacy but he hasn’t been able to go that one step further in Melbourne Park and pick up the title. Murray hasn’t fallen short of the quarter finals in the last five editions of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer 6/1
Five Australian Open Finals, Three titles

The evergreen Federer is back for another season. The maestro can of course boast being a former Australian Open champion. He won back to back in 2006 and 2007 and then had to wait to 2010 to get his hands on this third Australian Open title when he took down Andy Murray in the final. That’s it for Federer who hasn’t been back to the final since then. He had a major blow-out in the third round last year and that snapped a streak of eleven years of finishing no worse than the semi final stage. Immense record nonetheless, does he have the legs?

Stan Wawrinka 16/1
One Australian Open Final, One Title

Well, like Djokovic, Wawrinka has a 100% strike rate in Australian Open finals. However, that’s because he’s only been to one, which he won in 2014 over Rafael Nadal. He proved it wasn’t a flash in the pan by winning the French Open last year for his second Grand Slam career title. It’s good that Wawrinka is around to mix things up among the big four, because he is such an unpredictable wild card that you don’t know what’s going to happen with him. He was heavy underdog in last season’s French Open final against Novak Djokovic, but Wawrinka just went for bust, tried everything in the book and literally went balls to the wall without holding anything back. It was one of the greatest, bravest final appearances that has been seen in the open era. Underestimated and unpredictable as he’s prone to throw out a stinker here and there.

Kei Nishikori 18/1
No Australian Open Finals

There was a solid quarter final appearance from Nishikori last season but he couldn’t get past Stan Wawrinka. He just doesn’t have the proven track record at Grand Slam to be any shorter priced than this. His best ever Grand Slam effort was as losing finalist in the 2014 US Open. He didn’t get past the quarter finals of a Slam last year. Unlikely to go all the way.

Rafael Nadal 20/1
Three Australian Open Finals, One Title

The enigma that is Nadal. The Spaniard is a former Australian Open winner, claiming the title back in 2009. It’s no secret that he has been bothered by injuries and setbacks over the last year or so, so you don’t really know what Nadal you are going to get. But the rub of things is then, even when he was on top of his game he struggled to put the title in the bag. That suggest of course that it is unlikely to do it while he is still searching to get back to some kind of peak in the game. Will carry more of a threat at the French Open of course.

Stats to consider for 2016 Australian Open betting

There were some interesting trends from the latter stages of the 2015 Australian Open that you could use to move forward with into 2016 Australian open tennis betting. All four of the quarter finals last year were settled in three straight sets (Djokovic, Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray). Then the two semi finals and the final itself all went over three sets.

The last three Australian Open Finals themselves have been settled in four sets. Four of Djokovic’s five finals at the Australian Open have been over four sets, the other one a straight sets victory over Andy Murray. Only two of the last eleven Australian Open Finals have gone to five sets, so it’s not that much of a common occurrence.

Between last year’s finalists, Murray and Djokovic, they dropped just four sets between them on the way to the final itself. So it is worth backing the outright market leaders to come through their first four matches by a 3-0 set scoreline more often than not. Just to further press that point home, losing semi finalist Stan Wawrinka dropped just one set en route to the semi finals while the other losing semi finalist Tomas Berdych didn’t drop one in getting there.

ATP 2016 Australian Open Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 11/8, Andy Murray 4/1, Roger Federer 6/1, Stan Wawrinka 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Rafael Nadal 20/1, Milos Raonic 33/1, Main Cilic 33/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, 40/1 bar

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2nd January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting


It is the ATP World Tour Finals starting on Sunday from the O2 in London and Novak Djokovic is looking to make it three titles in a row at the event and he goes off as strong 1/2 odds on favourite with online betting site Unibet.

Djokovic and Andy Murray have been kept apart in the draw for the pool stage so there is a big possibility of a Djokovic/Murray final which is trading at a price of 7/1. While Novak Djokovic does have to go against Roger Federer in Group A that’s not necessarily a great thing for Murray because it means that the Scot will likely have to face one of those two in a tough semi final.

Federer has taken a fair bit of fancy to be the one to upset Djokovic’s dominance because Murray has been focusing on clay court practice ahead of Great Britain’s Davis Cup Final against Belgium later this month. Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer join Murray in Group B while Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori makes up the round-robin numbers with Djokovic and Federer in Group A. Online betting site Unibet have rolled out an ATP World Tour Finals promotion for their customers.

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15th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Tennis Betting

The final line-up is set for the ATP World Tour Finals to be contested again in London at the O2 Arena. Once again it will be a star-studded tournament with all to the world’s top eight taking part at the event. It is the final tournament of the calendar year before players go off to get some winter rest and preparations ahead of an early January 2016 season start. Novak Djokovic has dominated the tournament in the last few years and the World Number One looks primed to win again.

Djokovic just became the first man ever to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in a single season after beating out Andy Murray in Paris recently. That put the Serbian at 27-4 against top ten opponents this year as he collected his 26th Masters 1000 title of his career. Little surprise that Djokovic then goes as 4/7 favourite in the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals edition.

Going into the 2015 edition of the ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic takes a 78-5 match record for the season with them, with Andy Murray second at 68-12 then Roger Federer 59/10. Djokovic carries a career head to head lead over all the other contestants in this year’s final, except for against Roger Federer where the head to head is 21-21.

ATP Finals 2015 Infographic

2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Outright Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/7, Roger Federer 4/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Rafael Nadal 14/1, Kei Nishikori 25/1, Tomas Berdych 25/1, David Ferrer 50/1

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Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Event Details

The finals were first contested all the way back in 1970 when it was hosted in Tokyo. It wasn’t until 20 years later that the ATP took over the tournament and basing qualification for the event of world ranking points. Qualification for the event has changed over the year and in 2009 the tournament was reconfigured and renamed to become the ATP World Tour Finals as we all know it to be today.

The O2 in London was booked to host the tournament to run for the first five years of the event, but the tournament was so popular and that it was extended for another two years in England’s capital. Being a highly regarded tournament, because only good performances in the top events across the course of the regular season gets a player into one of the eight spots at the finals, it is an extremely prestigious title to win.

Both a singles competition and a doubles competition run side by side, now, whereas they used to be played over separate weeks. The tournament is an indoors event and the most famous and most important one on the tennis calendar year.

Draw Format

The format of the ATP World Tour Finals is a round-robin first stage with the eight players split over two groups of four. Each player faces the others in their group once and the top two from each group goes through to the semifinals which are a straight knock-out.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Event History and Previous Winners

Some big names have gotten their hands on the title (in its different formats of the Masters Grand Prix, the ATP Tour World Championships, Tennis Masters Cup and now the ATP World Tour Finals). The very first editions was won by American Stan Smith in 1970, beating out Australian legend Rod Laver in the final. Smith reached the final in the next two years but lost out on both occasions to Illie Nastase, the Romanian great claiming the title four times during his illustrious career.

John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl dominated things between 1978 and 1987 when the event was held in New York. McEnroe claimed the title three times, Borg twice and Ivan Lendl five times during a ten-year spell, a fantastically competitive era of men’s tennis. Then Boris Becker broke on the scene and won the first of his three titles after having lost two finals to Lendl previously in the mid-eighties.

When the tournament switched to the ATP Tour World Championship in the nineties, it was a continuous battle pretty much between Pete Sampras and Boris Becker. Sampras picked up the title five times between 1991 and 1999, with Becker getting in on the action twice. Then in 2003 when the event was known as the Tennis Masters Cup, for the first time in his career Roger Federer landed the title, beating Andre Agassi in straight sets. The Swiss legend would go on to claim the title six times in total between 2003 and 2011 making him the most successful player ever at the event.

Reaching the current standing in the ATP World Tour finals, it is Novak Djokovic who is command of everything. The Serbian won the title for the first time in 2008 and then claimed it three times in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, putting him second on the list of most titles with Ilie Nastase, with only Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Federer ahead of him.

Records and Stats

Roger Federer holds the most wins at the event (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and reached the final on three other occasion. In the doubles event, John McEnroe and fellow American Peter Fleming hold the record for the most titles, having won it seven times together. The famed American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are currently sat on four ATP World Tour Finals Doubles titles.

Roger Federer has shown up in the most finals (9) while Ivan Lendl holds the record for the most consecutive ATP World Tour Finals appearances, getting there nine times in a  row remarkably between 1980 and 1988. Roger Federer’s appearance in 2015 makes him the player with the most appearances in the tournament while Federer is one of nine players to have won the tournament undefeated. Both he and Lendl won five of their ATP World Tour Finals titles undefeated.

Popular Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Betting Markets

There’re plenty of great matches to come and, of course, your ATP World Tour Finals 2015 betting starts with the outright market. For anyone to cause Djokovic an upset, you are going to be paid out handsomely with odds. The player who can avoid the Serbian in the semi-final stage will, therefore, have the best shot at taking him down. That just leaves Roger Federer and Andy Murray as genuine title contenders behind the world number one.

Live in-play betting at Bet365 will throw forth plenty of exciting live markets where you can have a wager on sets, points, services, match outcomes and more. That is the most dynamic way to follow betting on the ATP World Tour Finals 2015 and don’t miss out on alternative pre-match markets like Total Sets, Set Betting and Games Handicap wagers.

9th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

It is the final change for some big honours during the regular season on the ATP Tour. It is the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season and this time around there is only the famous title up for grabs, as there are no places left to be earned at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as well. Novak Djokovic,Andy Murray, six-time former winner Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori have all qualified for the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Novak Djokovic, who has now spent the 5th highest amount of weeks during his career as World Number One is favourite for the Paris title. That’s not too surprising giving that he has won the last two editions of the event and three times in his career. He simply hasn’t stopped winning recently, having claimed the title in each of his last three events entered (UP Open, China Open and the Shanghai Rolex Masters) having beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray respectively on the way to those respective titles.

There’s no touching him at the moment and Djokovic is 4/6 to win the event for the third time on the bounce. Roger Federer, who beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Swiss Indoors on the weekend over three sets goes as second-favourite at a price of 7/1. Murray made a run to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Master where he was demolished by Novak Djokovic.

This is a tough part of the season for Murray as he seems intent on worrying about the Davis Cup Final for Great Britain at the end of the month on clay. That means that he is probably not 100% focused on the hard courts right now. He is on the opposite side of the draw to Djokovic though and therefore could meet Federer at the semi final stage.

BNP Paris Masters Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/6, Roger Federer 7/1, Andy Murray 14/1, Stan Wawrinka 14/1, Rafael Nadal 18/1, Kei Nishikori 20/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, 50/1 bar

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2nd November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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