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Stan James

Online bookmaker Stan James have a great double promotion running for 2013 Wimbledon betting. To celebrate the start of the action at SW19 this summer, Stan James have two massive Money Back Specials on the outright winner markets.

Naturally there will be a huge backing for Andy Murray in his home Grand Slam and the Wimbledon crowds may give him that extra boost. The US Open champion will be hoping to go one better than he did last season, when he lost in the final against Roger Federer. Murray returned to action with a win on grass at Queens and should be one of the front runners to take the title on Centre Court this term. His win at Wimbledon in the final of the 2012 Olympic Games should also enhance his chances.

If Andy Murray wins the men’s tournament, then online bookmaker  Stan James will refund all lost stakes on the Mens’ Outright Market. The maximum refund on this market is the return of a free bet up to £50, if Murray claims the title. However, there is a double Money Back Special offer available, as the bookmaker takes in the Women’s’ Draw as well.

If Maria Sharapova win the Women’s title, then online bookmaker Stan James will refund all losing bets on the Women’s Outright Market. Again, the maximum value on the Money Back Special is up to £50 as well. After going to the final of the French Open, will the Russian tennis queen be able to reign supreme and manage to lift her second Wimbledon title?

So with the coverage from these Money Back Special offers on Wimbledon 2013 from Stan James, whoever you are backing for glory, it will be worth taking your outright bets with the bookmaker. The knowledge that you will get your lost stakes refunded as a free bet if Sharapova or Murray win their respective draws.

This Wimbledon 2013 promotion is available until Monday, June 24th, at 11:00 am BST. New customers opening an account with the popular bookmaker can get a free £10 bet as a welcome bonus when registering.

 


18th June 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych US Open tennis betting is Saturday’s big match at Flushing Meadows, as Murray tries to serve up a place in the final. Murray put in a startling comeback in quarter final match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Murray had found himself in a position of a set down and 5-1 down in the second set. Then the crowds started rolling into the court and Murray burst into life and delivered one of his trademark come back performances. The Brit battled all the way back to take that second set to a tie break, which he took and Cilic just folded. That was a big mental victory for Murray who had looked listless in the first set and couldn’t get into his swing. More often than not we see the best of Murray when he is in situations like that and it speaks to many positives about his frame of mind.

He has been helped out perhaps by not having to face Roger Federer in the semi final, as the Swiss star was ousted by Czech Tomas Berdych in four sets. Berdych grabbed the first two set and then Federer clawed his way back into things by taking the third. But the Czech, seeded 6th, wasted no time in wrapping up for the fourth set for the victory. So the thing we need to look at for Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych betting is the head to head, and it is not ideal reading for Murray. Berdych leads the head to head 4-2 and the they have both taken one victory each this year against the other. Berdych won the most recent meeting, which was on clay, but on the hard court of Dubai, Murray ran out a fairly comfortable winner. Berdych is a dangerous player and had an almost identical match record for the season coming into Flushing Meadows. Murray’s season reads 40/11, while Berdych is at 41/16 so nothing much to chose between them.

Murray will naturally be favourite though, but he will be well advised to not get off to such a slow start as Berdych won’t be as forgiving and won’t crumble as easily as Cilic did. Murray is aiming for his second US Open final, and of course, his first Grand Slam title. Murray will have a big battle against the power of Berdych but will the Brit’s Olympic success help propel him to that elusive title?

Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych betting odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Andy Murray 2/5, Tomas Berdych 15/8

Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a money back special running for the US Open. If the last set of a game goes to a tie-break, then the bookie will refund all losing pre-match bets placed on the match winner. So this provides some great coverage, especially at the business end of the tournament where the matches start acquiring more and more pressure and intensity. Online bookmaker Paddy Power offers a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet.


7th September 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

PaddyPower

Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a ATP and WTA Cincinnati tennis betting money back special running this week. The popular online bookmaker will cover your match betting with stake refunds if your backed player happens to exit tournament in a tie-break. Back a player in match betting and if the final set of the match is decided by a tie-break and your selection is on the losing end that, then online bookmaker Paddy Power will refund your lost stake. The maximum refund on this great tennis betting money back special is up to £100 per customer per match.

Insurance from this tennis money back special for the WTA and ATP Cincinnati applies to pre-match single bets only, and therefore live in play betting does not count. Because the coverage applies to both the ATP and WTA singles match, it doesn’t matter if the final set is in a two set match or a three set match. There are a lot of stars out this week for your tennis betting, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all in action in Ohio, and over in the women’s draw Serena Williams, who is on a 17 match winning streak, will be the feature of the women’s draw. Also in attendance are Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Montréal Rogers Cup finalists Petra Kvitova and Na Li.

Online bookmaker Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The highly rated online bookmaker will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet at the maximum value of £50. This provides great free betting cash to get started with and the tennis betting coverage this week through their money back special for ATP and WTA Cincinnati, should make some tremendous value.


13th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Andy Murray

ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Info
With the Olympic Tennis tournament done and dusted, with a wonderful home soil win for Britain’s Andy Murray over Roger Federer, three of the four semi finalists will be straight back in action this week at the Rogers Cup. So it is off to Canada for the next leg of the ATP Tour and this is the sixth of nine World Tour Masters 1000 events on the calendar. In total, seven of the current world top ten are going to be competing at the Rexall Centre. So it is going to be an interesting week ahead to see if anyone is going to have any Olympic hangovers. The last five World Tour Masters 1000 events have been won by either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion of the Rogers Cup and he is back gunning for the defence of his title after surprisingly missing out on an Olympic medal. The Serbian was looking in good shape until he lost a thriller in the semi final against Andy Murray. There was a high level of ball retrieval between the two players, but Murray just had the edge on the day with some flawless tennis. Then Djokovic missed out in the bronze medal match as well, going down against big serving Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. So if anyone in this Toronto field needs a bounce back performance this week it is going to be Novak Djokovic. He does go as number one seed with a 17-3 record at the event, and he is a two time winner here. There have been only two titles during 2012 for Djokovic, but he will look forward to getting back on the hard court. Novak Djokovic, who is probably going to be the hungriest man in the field. He is trading as 2/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365 this week.

Other Contenders
Andy Murray. Will he have the Olympic hangover. What a week it was for him back at Wimbledon. He is going to be the biggest threat to Djokovic in Toronto and while the gold medal should really propel his career forward now in that search for the elusive Grand Slam title, he could be excused for not going all the way here. It was an emotional high for him in taking the gold, so it is going to be tough to pick himself back up to competitive level. A certain degree of weight of expectation must be off his shoulders. Murray goes as second seed in tennis betting this week and he has good form at the event as well. He lifted the title in 2009 and 2010 and is on the opposite end of the draw to Djokovic, so those two coming together will be the projected final. Murray has Canadian star Milos Raonic and John Isner in his quarter, with last year’s losing finalist Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych possible semi final opponents. A good chance to build on his Olympic success but trading at 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga will bring his busy, competitive game to Toronto. Tsonga is in the top half of the draw, which suggests that he will have to get past Novak Djokovic at the semi final stage. Tsonga lost out in straight sets against Djokovic at the London Olympics, as he was outclassed and overpowered by a dominant Djokovic. The Frenchman has the ability to raise his game on occasion and really push the big four hard. Sadly it doesn’t happen often enough and how easily he was brushed aside by Djokovic at Wimbledon suggests that he won’t go all the way. An outside shot.

Juan Martin del Potro will have had mixed emotions walking away from the London 2012 Olympic Games with a bronze medal around his neck. The powerful Argentinian was involved in the longest ever Olympic match against Roger Federer in the semi finals. The final set just went on and on and on, and all credit to Del Potro who really was looking to take the game to Federer, but just couldn’t convert his chances against the world number one. The former US Open champion looked good though and although it was a disappointing manner in which to go out after such an epic match, he should take heart that he punched pound for pound with the best in the world. Del Potro goes in Djokovic’s quarter and a meeting between those two this week would truly be fascinating

Best Outside Bet
Canada’s own Milos Raonic, the youngster with the monster serve. When Raonic gets his power game going, he is pretty hard to stop. Some of the big names in the world have found that out already this season. Has only been seeded sixteenth, which puts him on course for a quarter final match with Andy Murray, which means that if Murray is still celebrating his Olympic win and isn’t focused, then Raonic will be the biggest benefactor. Raonic has two tour titles this year.

Latest ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Prices at Online Bookmaker Bet365
Novak Djokovic 2/1, Andy Murray 3/1, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 7/1, Milos Raonic 7/1, Juan Martin del Potro 8/1, Tomas Berdych 10/1

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6th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sam Querrey (USA)

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Info
The Olympics will be interrupting the couple of ATP Tournaments that there are this week, with all of the big guns resting up ahead of making their appearance at London 2012. Not to worry, there is still some good ATP tennis betting to look at and enjoy for now though, as the next instalment of the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues in California this week. We are in Los Angeles for out tennis betting this week, and the tournament is the longest running annual professional sporting event in the city.

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Ernest Gulbis won here last year but instead of coming back for the defence of his title this week, has decided to stay in Europe and play in ATP Kitzbuhel instead. So there won’t be a defending champion in Los Angeles this week.

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Favourite
American Sam Querrey is the favourite in the City of Angels this week, as he is lining up a shot at his third title here. He won back in 2009 and 2010 so has a strong track record here. He goes off as number two seed here, but Querrey does have a 10-2 match record for the event and is the only player in the field who has tasted victory here before. So plenty of reasons to get behind him and back him for a triple. Querrey is floating down in the fifties in the rankings, but is one of those decent journeymen who can turn up and produce a title. He has won already this year, on the clay in Sarasota, Florida, and his most recent best effort was a run to the semi finals of Queens ahead of Wimbledon. He did bit the highly ranked youngster Milos Raonic at Wimbledon before losing to Marin Cilic in the third round. Looks the strong name in the field to catch.

Other Contenders
Xavier Malisse is back in Los Angeles for the ninth time. So he has plenty of experience here but only holds a 7-8 record. Still, you have to weigh up the quality of the overall field on this one, and see that the Belgian makes a decent runner for the title. He isn’t on too bad of a stretch of from either. He reached the quarter finals at Queen’s, the semi finals at s-Hertogenbosch and the fourth round at Wimbledon So could be carrying a good bit of momentum into this one.

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut is another one of those solid journeymen who you just never know when he will produce something. Has a 14-13 match record for the season, which clearly isn’t fantastic, but again, this is not a high quality field at all. No spectacular form from him, but his world ranking of 66 makes him one of the highest ones in the tournament. So that may be a reason to have a look at him. You may remember him from Queen’s this year when he beat Andy Murray in the second round.

Brian Baker. Have to have a look at Baker who is making his first ever appearance at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. We have just been seeing a bit more of this man in the tennis circles this year, and he really came to light at Wimbledon when he reached the fourth round. Baker has also finished up as runner up in Nice this season. Didn’t get going in Atlanta last week, so will be hoping for a bit of a bounce back on the west coast this week.

Best Outside Bet
Number one seed for the Farmers Classic is going as our best outside bet. You are not going to see that happen very often, but it is Benoit Paire who fills the slot this week. This is his début in Los Angeles, but his highlights of the season were a semi final appearance in s-Hertogenbosch and then a runner-up in Belgrade. Has only hit the second round in his last two events, but they were both on clay.

Latest ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Sam Querrey 9/4, Nicolas Mahut 9/2, Xavier Malisse 15/2, Benoit Paire 8/1, Brian Baker 9/1, Marinko Matosevic 14/1

Online Bookmaker Promotion
You can tune in to some live tennis streams with online bookmaker Bet365 this week for the Farmers Classic. The highly rated online bookmaker is providing their customers with live streams from the event. Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb tennis betting coverage through their live in play services, and are one of the most highly recommended online bookmakers available.

 


23rd July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Mardy Fish (USA)

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Info
It’s another busy week on the ATP with three more events running this week, and out in Atlanta, Georgia there is a good crop of American players all vying for the title. The Tour only moved back to Atlanta a couple of years ago, and on both occasions in 2010 and 2011 we had all American finals. The Atlanta Open is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and will give competitors another chance at a some good pre-Olympic Games warm up matches. Other ATP Tournaments this week can be found in Hamburg, Germany and Gstaad, Switzerland. None of the big guns are out this week, leaving evenly matched fields around for your tennis betting.

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Mardy Fish is gunning for a hat trick of titles at the Atlanta Open after winning it in the past two seasons. Fish beat fellow American John Isner on both of those occasions. So this is a tournament which Fish clearly enjoys and with the two main protagonists in the draw going to be kept apart until the final, there is likely to be a strong run from both of them again in 2012. Fish had a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon recently, which followed up on a quarter final run in Miami. There have not been any titles for Mardy Fish this season, and with a quiet season with just a 10-7 win loss record for the season. Still, with Isner being hit and miss, Fish should be a good contender. Mardy Fish is trading as 10/3 second favourite with BetFair this week.

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Favourite
John Isner goes as favourite in Atlanta, thanks to his title victory in Newport, Rhode Island last week. Isner took down Ryan Harrison and Lleyton Hewitt on his way to the title, and that was his first title of the season. Isner holds a 28-12 win loss record for the season and after making the final in the past two seasons, he will be pushing hard to get over the finish line this time around. Had a terrible exit in the first round of Wimbledon against Alejandro Falla, but his run in Newport was the first time that he really has impressed since back at the start in April in Houston. Still, he should have enough power to make it to the semi finals at least this week, and should be confident after last week.

Other Contenders
Andy Roddick, who has been the winner of at least one ATP Tour title for the past 12 years of his career, has his second attempt in Atlanta. Roddick won in Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon, picking up his first title of the season, and he only has a 14-12 win loss record for the season, so it hasn’t been a stellar year for him. Still, you would expect him to go well in a field like this, as he is a top competitor Only made the third round at Wimbledon where he met David Ferrer, and lost in four sets. There have been some disappointing performances along the way for Roddick, but could still shine in Georgia.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori goes as third seed for the tournament in Atlanta, and put in a quarter final appearance at Newport last week. He was brushed aside by Juan Martin Del Potro at Wimbledon, and the Japanese star is still looking for his first title of 2012. Nishikori has put in a few good quarter final appearances throughout the season, and you would expect him to be at this stage for this week’s tennis betting action. He would run into Mardy Fish at the semi final stage if they get that far. Other decent names in the field are South African’s Kevin Anderson and home grown talents Ryan Harrison, Donald Young and Jack Sock.

Best Outside Bet
American Brian Baker has been putting in some impressive performances of late, and holds an 8-3 win loss record for the season. So his season has not been heavily involved on the ATP Tour this season, but with a record run to the final of Nice, France, where he lost to Nicolas Almagro, that followed a title on the Challenger tour in Savannah, Georgia at the end of April. A big outside shot, but look for him to impress and cause problems. Baker is trading at 22/1 with online bookmaker BetFair.

Latest ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker BetFair
John Isner 9/4, Mardy Fish 10/3, Andy Roddick 9/2, Kei Nishikori 7/1, Kevin Anderson 15/2, Ryan Harrison 11/1, Brian Baker 22/1, Xavier Malisse 25/1, Gilles Muller 50/1

Online Bookmaker Promotion
You can watch some of the action from Atlanta, Georgia, with live streams from online betting exchange BetFair. Customers of BetFair can tune in to the live tennis streams this week and reap the benefits of live in play betting as well as watching the action. That is a great way to boost your tennis betting. Online betting exchange BetFair offers a risk free £20 bet for new customers registering an account, along with the chance of earning up to £1000 in cash back as well.


16th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Petra Kvitova

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Info
Sunny Eastbourne in England is the scene of the the AEGON Open where there is a whole lot of quality heading the field. Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season starts next week and therefore, this will be the last chance of a warm up for the players involved here. The big, big guns are not in attendance, but there is a great crop of quality to look at in your betting options. We’re not going to get carried away and look at British interest on home soil here, but it should be a pretty competitive week ahead of Wimbledon.

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Defending Champion
It was the plucky French star Marion Bartoli who waltzed to glory on the grass at Eastbourne last season. She had a great run at the even, beating Victoria Azarenka, Sam Stosur and then Petra Kvitova in the final. She is back to defend her title, and the bubbly Bartoli will be looking to pick her form back up. She was strong in the first half of the season, but was hugely disappointing during the clay court swing of the season. She hasn’t been out since Roland Garros and the French Open, so we’ll get to see how she transitions to grass. She is a fantastic player, so energetic and reaches very deep for her points. You’re not backing her on current form, but tournament history from last year. That is why she is trading at 8/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Favourite
Tall, left handed Czech Petra Kvitova goes off as favourite on the grass for Eastbourne. You will remember that Kvitova broke through to the Grand Slam winners club at Wimbledon last season, when she was in unstoppable form. Hopefully we will get to see some of those kind of levels from her over the next few weeks. Kvitova has had her season hampered by injury just a little bit, but she has been slowly improving all the way. She had a good run on clay, reaching the semi finals of the French Open, losing there to Maria Sharapova. Kvitova has all the tools in her arsenal to win tournaments like this. She has been working towards the top of her game now and if she is fully fit and match sharp, which she is looking at the moment, then she is going to be worth a punt here and rightly favourite at 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Agnieszka Radwanska is back in action for the first time since Roland Garros. She didn’t go well there surprisingly, but she still has had one of the strongest seasons of all WTA Players. She should be a good fit for the grass at Eastbourne, the pace of the game will just be a little bit quicker to suit her mood. Radwanska is a quality act and the peak of her career right at the moment. Remarkably, there just hasn’t been any let up in the quality or consistency of her performances this season and she should be well rested for her first steps on grass this season. Great player, full of enthusiasm and touches of class at the moment, and should be in the mix of the final four.

Fallen former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, we need to see back winning titles. Completely anonymous through the clay court swing of the season, which was no great surprise really. It was a shame that the clay came, because she was just starting to find her feet on the hard court. She is pretty comfortable on grass and we could see a strong week from her. She needs one, she really needs to get her hands on a title so that her confidence can get back up to where it belongs. That is at the top of the game. So steady improvement in her game before clay, what can she do on the grass ahead of Wimbledon? She actually makes a decent prospect and would expect a final four appearance.

There are couple of other good names which you may want to look out for. Lucie Safarova is a leftie, who is very awkward to play against and is in decent enough form. Then there is the quality and experience of Daniela Hantuchova, who can surprise the big guns.

Best Outside Bet
The best outside bet at Eastbourne is going to be Germany’s Angelique Kerber. What a season she has had and there doesn’t seem to any signs of it slowing either. She was pretty solid on clay, and reached the quarters of Roland Garros. Kerber has grown in stature so much in 2012 and is really peaking at the moment. She has broken the top in the world this season and there just looks more to come from this very exciting, enterprising and energetic German. Well worth a punt to come through the field.

Latest WTA AEGON International Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Petra Kvitova 6/4, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli 8/1, Angelique Kerber 15/2, Lucie Safarova, Daniela Hantuchova

Online Bookmaker Promotion
Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.



19th June 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rafael Nadal

There is a great French Open Tennis betting promotion to be taken at popular online bookmaker Paddy Power. The bookie is offering some match coverage for the second Grand Slam of the season, the French Open, hosted at Roland Garros. Will all of the big stars be able to safely negotiate their way through the first week? Who will you be backing through the rounds? Well, if you back a player in match betting for the men’s draw, and your selection loses in the fifth set of the match, then Paddy Power will refund your lost stake as a free bet. This applies to all pre-match bets placed on a match at the French Open and the coverage on the bet is a wonderful £100. So you can bet with some insurance on your match betting, that if your selection loses in the fifth set, then you will get your lost stake refunded. The highly rated Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers opening an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet!

This coverage from Paddy Power could prove to be extremely valuable come the latter stages, as the big four will all be gunning hard for semi final spots. It is still early days in the French Open tennis betting, and still some decent value around. As expected, the main four of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will be the favourites and anyone outside of those who pops up and wins, is really going to be doing it against all the odds. For someone to come from the outside and win this Grand Slam, it is going to take, most likely, victories over two of the top four players in the world and that is just incredibly unlikely. So what are the big options for your 2012 French Open Tennis betting? Here we profile the chances of the world’s top four.

Novak Djokovic 11/4 at Paddy Power
The Djoker has racked up the last three Grand Slam titles, and now goes for his fourth consecutive. He started off the year with a bang after lifting the Australian Open, however the gap which was between him and Rafael Nadal last season has definitely been closed. The win at Melbourne Park has been backed up with just one other title this season, a final victory over Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami. Surprisingly, after dominating so greatly last season, Djokovic has been beaten five times this season in a 30-5 match record, and perhaps importantly, he has suffered back to back defeats in clay court finals against Rafael Nadal Djokovic beat Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, but the Spaniard has hit back, beating the Serbian in Monte Carlo and Rome. Djokovic hasn’t been as prolific but should be in the semi finals at least, and realistically should be second favourite to Rafael Nadal.
Draw: Could face a tricky quarter final against home talent Jo Wilfried Tsonga, then would probably face Federer in the semi’s. It would either be Nadal or Murray most likely in the final then.

Rafael Nadal 8/13 at Paddy Power
The Spaniard is still the King of Clay and since his loss at the start of the year to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open, it wasn’t until the clay court swing of the season came around, that he burst back into life. It looked as if, just like last year, Nadal was going to be second best to Novak Djokovic this season. However, Nadal has looked sharp since stepping back onto clay, winning three of the last four he has entered (the exception being his round of 16 defeat on the heavily criticized new blue clay in Madrid). So he is the man of the moment on clay, and two of those three wins have come at the expense of Djokovic. Nadal is the defending Champion at Roland Garros and is favourite with his 16-1 match record on the surface this season. If he can lift the title again here this season, it will be for a record breaking seventh time. Nadal beat Roger Federer in the final of last season’s French Open. This is clay more than a strong possibility that the master will add to his clay titles. Remarkably, Nadal has a 45-1 match record at the French Open.
Draw: Nadal has the easiest quarter, with only 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic to worry about. Projected semi finalists would be Andy Murray or David Ferrer, then Federer/Djokovic for the final.

Roger Federer 7/1 at Paddy Power
It has been a resurgent season from Roger Federer, having earning four titles already this year. While others were faltering on the blue clay in Madrid, Federer battled his way to the title there, his most recent triumph. Federer has a 31-4 match record for the season, but lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi final of Rome recently. He has also lost to Nadal this season, in the semi finals of the Australian Open. But in general, Federer has looked right on top of his game this season and looks full of hunger. He hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2010 though, and he is naturally suited better to the US Open later in the year. Then again, Federer really excelled at Roland Garros last season and he will have drawn a lot of confidence from that. The Swiss superstar is aiming for his 17 Grand Slam title but for all of his career glory, has only won the French Open once, in 2009. He has come runner up on four other occasions.
Draw: Should be able to have a good run at the semi’s. Has 7th seed Tomas Berdych as a projected quarter final opponent, then it would be Djokovic in the semi’s.

Andy Murray 40/1 at Paddy Power
The Scot is still not showing any signs of being anything other than the outside shot of the big four to be honest. Murray has a 14-5 career record at Roland Garros, which isn’t great when stacked up against the other main guys here. Murray started the season off with a title win in Brisbane, and then reached the semi finals of the Australian Open where he lost in an epic match against Novak Djokovic which went to the wire. Murray has been in two finals since then, losing both of them, one against Federer and one against Djokovic. He is at his weakest on clay, and that has been reflected in his failure to make it to the semi finals in his three clay court tournaments this season, and was ousted by Richard Gasquet in the round of 16 in Rome most recently. He went well here last year, but is just not showing the kind of form that will take down a couple of other top four guys on his way to glory. Murray has just a 22-7 match record for the entire season and is being rolled over quite easily at the moment.
Draw: A lot of work to do, would meet clay court specialist David Ferrer in the quarter, then Nadal it the semi’s and then Djokovic/Federer in the final.

2012 French Open Tennis Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Rafael Nadal 8/13, Novak Djokovic 11/4, Roger Federer 7/1, Tomas Berdych 30/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 35/1, David Ferrer 40/1, Andy Murray 40/1


28th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Tenis - Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Info
With less than a week to go before the French Open, there are a couple of WTA event this week, but not a lot of the major players are out. This is good news largely, because it narrows down your tennis betting options in more limited fields. Out of Brussels and Strasbourg this week, the Brussels line up is for more interesting and there is actually a really nice competitive balance to it. There are just two top ten players in attendance, Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli, but we should still be in for some great tennis.

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
The Brussels defending champion is actually Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Peng Shaui in the final. However, the Dane is not back for the defence of her title, instead she is away fine tuning her preparations for Roland Garros. So we have no defending champion this week.

WTA Brussels Open Tennis Betting Favourite
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska tops the bill in Brussels, which is naturally a clay court even just ahead of the French Open. This is a Premier Level event and she will be using this event as a confidence booster, because it all went wrong in Rome last week where she crashed out in the second round to Petra Cetkovska. That was a major blip on her record because Radwanska has been fantastic this season and is rightly the favourite in Belgium. Radwanska has two titles to her name this season, beating Maria Sharapova in the final of Miami in March, and taking out Julia Goerges in the final of Dubai. However, she has been knocked out of six tournaments by world number one Victoria Azarenka at either the quarter or semi final this season. Vika stopped her most recently in the semi finals of Stuttgart and Madrid, and the Pole will be happy that Azarenka isn’t around. She is the top player in the field and has been in terrific form throughout 2012. She may be happy that she got that anomaly out of her system last week, just allay any fears about complacency ahead of the Grand Slam. Great player, great athlete and the world number three is a good shot as favourite in Brussels. Radwanska is 6/4 favourite at Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli is in the field and like Radwanska suffered a shock exit in the second round in Rome last week. Bartoli hasn’t quite gotten back to her very best this season after injury niggles, which is a shame because it is at tournaments like this where she should be charging hard. On top of her game, she is good enough for a Grand Slam, but just is not in her rhythm at the moment. This is likely to be nothing more than a confidence tournament for her, because she needs it.

So it may be worth skipping over Bartoli, who is trading as second favourite and look at Kaia Kanepi. The young Estonian started off the season with a bang, destroying the field in Brisbane with some of the best tennis we have seen on the WTA this year. She was away for a while after the Australian Open recovering from injury and is just warming up nicely again. She reached the quarter final of Copenhagen, before charging through to take the title in Estoril. Kanepi fell flat in Madrid at the beginning of May, and this is the first time we have seen her since then. So she should be coming out fresh and sharp, and has the game to take down the field here if her concentration is in the right place.

Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova is a rising star on the circuit with bags and bags of potential. She is still a bit hit and miss with her consistency though. We saw her in fine form in Barcelona, losing out in the final to Sara Errani, and after disappointing efforts in Stuttgart and Madrid, she bounced back in Rome where she made the quarter finals (albeit thanks to a walkover in the third round against Victoria Azarenka. Cibulkova is probably going to hit the next level sooner rather than later, just needs as much tennis as she can get. Like her fit for Brussels this week.

Best Outside Bet
We are going to plump for Romania’s Simona Halep. She exited Madrid and Rome after running into Venus Williams in the first rounds, but has had some good runs this season, like a quarter final in Barcelona and a semi final in Fes recently. Just into her twenties, there is still time for her to really make a big name for herself. She was one of the hottest young prospects around the ITF circuit and needs to mature in the WTA. There are promising signs of that and could be worth a look here.

Latest ATP Brussels Open Tennis Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Agnieszka Radwanska 6/4, Marion Bartoli 5/1, Kaia Kanepi 13/2, Dominika Cibulkova 9/1, Nadia Petrova 12/1, Simon Halep 20/1, Yanina Wickmayer 18/1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 33/1

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22nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

John Isner

 

ATP Nice Tennis Betting Info
Well it will be a bit of a quieter week on the men’s circuit for tennis betting as we head towards the French Open next week. After two big tournaments in Italy and Spain on clay, the big guns will be resting up. Rafael Nadal continued his dominance on clay, beating Novak Djokovic for the second time on the red stuff this season already. We stay on the regular clay surface for our trip to Nice, France this week, for the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur. There is not a grand deal or top draw talent, but there are a few stand out names in the average field, which will make for some nice tennis betting options. Don’t forget the value of betting live in play as well at events like this.

ATP Nice Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Spain’s Nicolas Almagro triumphed here last season, in what was his 10th ATP Tour title. Like most Spaniards, Almagro is good on clay, and the world number 14 won the event at his first crack. So he will make a decent punt here, because note of the other runners in the field have much history history here, neither are they stand out quality players on the red stuff. So Spain could yet again rule over clay this week. Almagro won in Sao Paulo and then reached the final of Beunos Aires on clay, so he is pretty handy on the surface. He was having quite a solid season, but hasn’t been able to get past the round of sixteen in any of his last four events on clay. However, those four events were high quality fields, this one, not so much, so Almagro is worth a punt at 3/1 with BetFred.

ATP Nice Tennis Betting Favourite
Well, Nicolas Almagro also goes off as favourite in ATP Nice tennis betting, because of the reason’s stated above. He’s not the highest ranked player in the field, but his clay court preference should take him deep.

Other Contenders
Big American John Isner has decided to have a French Open warm up here. He has yet to get a title under his belt this season, and the world number 10 will fancy his chances here against an average field. Isner did have a great run at Indian Wells when he lost to Roger Federer in the final, and that was the best result of the season so far. Isner did also make it to the final of Houston as well, in a lower level tournament, and he lost there to Juan Monaco. So he has been knocking on the door and a win here would set his confidence up nicely for the French Open. Because of his height, his serve will be be his biggest weapon as usual. But there is more to his game than that, he has quite a deft touch when he comes into the net. Power is his prime weapon though and should take him at least to the semi’s here.

Gilles Simon returns to his city of birth this week. The Frenchman already has a title under his belt this season and he will make a decent bet here. Simon has won 10 ATP World Tour titles in his career and two of them have been in France. A huge tennis betting trend there which is hard to ignore. This is his debut at Nice though strangely enough. Like Almagro his performance has been dropped away over the last couple of events. But his most noticeable performances have come on clay this season, winning in Bucharest and hitting the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo as well (losing out to Rafael Nadal). So this is the level of tournament where the Frenchman should go well.

Frenchman Gael Monfils will also be backed well by home support. Monfils is an energetic entertainer and reached the quarter final here in his only previous appearance back in 2010. He has been in two finals this year, both in Doha and Montpelier but he has been unable to convert as yet. He hasn’t been one of the busier players on the ATP Tour, so should be pretty fresh. His sheer athleticism keeps him touch with opponents and if you are looking for something maverick, then the world number thirteen is usually the one to turn too. Will enjoy being in front of the French crowd and playing up to them and therefore makes a decent punt.

Best Outside Bet
Not too deep of a field this week at all, Hard to pick a really decent outside bet from this quality of field. However, teenager Bernard Tomic is looking for his first Tour title and is usually gives his all out there and is an emerging talent (you may remember him from his Australian Open semi final against Andy Murray this year). He may be worth looking at, or perhaps Italian Fabio Fognini. He went to the final of Bucharest this season on clay, where he was beaten by Gilles Simon.

Latest ATP Nice Tennis Betting Prices at BetVictor
Nicolas Almagro 5/2, Gilles Simon 4/1, John Isner 3/1, Gael Monfils 7/1, JC Ferrero 14/1, Bernard Tomic 14/1, Thomaz Belluci 20/1, Fabio Fognini 25/1

Online Bookmaker Promotion
Online bookmaker Bet Victor run a great tennis betting promotion which is worth dipping into throughout the 2012 season. Place a match bet on any match from the main draw of an ATP or WTA event, and if your selection loses the match in a final set tie break, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So this gives you some nice coverage on your tennis betting throughout the season, should your match selection lose in a cruel way in a final set tie break. Online bookmaker Bet Victor offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £25, with a free bet.

 

 



22nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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