Tennis Rules

Aside from the following special betting rules, general sports rules apply. Note that the special betting rules take precedence over the general rules.

A tennis match is deemed to have started with the first serve of the match.

For outright tournament betting purposes, if a player enters a tournament and subsequently withdraws before, or during, the tournament, all bets will stand and will be settled as losers.

Match Winner

If one player withdraws (retires), or is disqualified, after the first set has been completed, the player progressing to the next round, or that is awarded the match by the umpire, will be considered the winner. If the first set has not been completed, all Match Bets will be void.

If a match does not reach a natural conclusion, any markets (besides Match Betting) that are not unconditionally determined will be void.

In the event of a change to playing surface, venue, or change from indoor court to outdoor and vice versa, all bets stand.

For betting purposes, the winner is always the player who is declared the winner by the match umpire and officially advances to the next round, or is declared as winner of the tournament. The same applies to Doubles matches.

Set Betting

The full number of sets required to win the match must be completed. If a player is awarded the match prior to the full number of sets being completed, all correct set betting on that match will be void.

In Play

Current Set Winner

If a player retires from a match whilst a set is in progress but before the set has been completed, the set shall be deemed incomplete and stakes shall be returned.

Game by Game Betting

There are eight possible results for a game:

  • Server wins to love
  • Server wins to 15
  • Server wins to 30
  • Server wins to deuce
  • Receiver wins to love
  • Receiver wins to 15
  • Receiver wins to 30
  • Receiver wins to deuce

If a game is completed after an interruption for any reason, that game shall be deemed to be complete for betting purposes.

If a game is completed by the awarding of a penalty point by the umpire, the game shall be deemed to be complete. However, if a game is completed by the awarding of a penalty game by the umpire, the game shall be void, and all stakes shall be returned.

If a player retires from a match while a game is in progress, but before that game has been completed, that game shall be considered incomplete and all stakes shall be returned.

Bets on a game which subsequently becomes a tie break will be settled as void.

Set by Set Betting

If a player retires from a match while a set is in progress, but before that set has been completed, that set shall be deemed to be incomplete and all stakes shall be returned.

Handicap Betting

This bet is based on the number of games each player wins in a given match. For example, a player given a 3.5 game start on the handicap, who loses 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, would be the winner for handicap betting purposes.

If a player is awarded the match due to a withdrawal before the full number of sets being completed, all handicap bets on that match will be void unless, at the time of the withdrawal, the result of the handicap betting is already determined.

IPTL (International Premier Tennis League)

Substitute Players

If, during a set a player is substituted, all bets including In-Play bets will stand.

If a set doesn't start with the players indicated, all bets on that set will be void.

Set Winner

If the Team Match goes to Overtime, the final Set Winner will be settled as the first Player to 6 Games. From this point onwards, all bets struck In-Play will be on the Team to win the Match.

Total Games

Bets on the total number of games in a match will be over/under a particular number (for example, 21.5 games).

In the event of a retirement, bets will be void unless, at the time of the withdrawal, the result of the total games is already determined. For example, if a match is abandoned at 6-4 4-4, bets on Over/Under 19.5 games or fewer in the match are settled as winners/losers respectively, since any conclusion to the match would have to have had at least 20 games.

A Champions Tie Break will count as 1 game for the purpose of Game Handicap bets.

Game Handicap Betting

The bet is based on the number of games each player wins in a given match. For example, a player given a +2.5 game handicap who loses a match 7-6 7-6 would be the winner for handicap betting purposes.

In the event of a retirement, the same logic that applies to the total games in a set or match applies to Handicap bets. For example, a player retires at 6-4 4-6 4-4, Handicap bets of +/- 2.5 games would be settled as won/lost since neither player can win by more than 2 games. Bets on +/- 1.5 games would be void as the result is not determined.

A Champions Tie Break will count as 1 game for the purpose of Game Handicap bets.

Set Handicap Betting

The bet is based on the number of sets each player wins in a given match. For example, a player given a +1.5 set Handicap who loses a match 6-4 4-6 7-6 would be deemed the winner as they have covered the Handicap.

In the event of a retirement or disqualification, bets will be void unless the result is already determined at the time of retirement.

A Champions Tie Break will count as 1 game for the purpose of Set Handicap bets.

Retirements

Markets which cannot be played to their natural conclusion, without unconditionally affecting the outcome of a bet, will be settled in the event of a retirement (excluding Match Winner).

All bets that have been settled or are determined (i.e. the outcome is already decided) at the time a player retires are valid and will be settled accordingly (including cashed out bets). All bets that are not decided at the time a player retires are void.

Disqualifications

Disqualifications are subject to the same settlement rules as retirements.

Match/Game/Set/Tie-Break Definition

A Match/Set/Game/Tie-Break is deemed to have taken place as soon as its first ball has been played, but the outcome of the Set/Game/Tie-Break is not decided before the Set/Game/Tie-Break is completed. If one point in a tiebreak is played prior to a retirement/withdrawal, 'Will there be a tie break in the match?' would be settled as 'Yes'.

Tie-Break

A Tie-Break is counted as one game for betting purposes. A set which finishes 7-6 is deemed to include 13 games, rather than 12 games + a Tie-Break.

If a match is decided by a Match Tie-Break instead of a final set, the Match Tie-Break counts as a set for betting purposes.

For tennis matches that use the Match Tie-Break (in place of a final set), in the event that the next game turns out to be a Match Tie-Break, bets on the following markets will all be settled as void:

  • Next Game Winner
  • Next Game Score Betting
  • Next Game Points
  • Next Game to go to Deuce

If the next game is a regular game (i.e. not a Match Tie-Break), bets will be settled as usual.

To Win/Lose 1st Set and Win the Match

If either player withdraws from the match before the first set finishes, bets will be void. If the first set has been completed, the match part of the bet will be determined by the player awarded the match, and bets will be settled.

Interrupted Matches

If a match is interrupted or postponed, bets within the framework of the tournament will remain valid until the match is completed. An interruption or overnight suspension of a match is not grounds for a bet to be void.

Continued Matches (After Suspension Of Play)

In case of interruptions, the continuation of the match can be offered, including the result at the time of the interruption. This continuation will be deemed a new match for betting purposes. In case a match is interrupted and not resumed, all bets on the continuation (including the result at the time of the interruption) of the match are void.

Who Will Win/Play More Games In Round X

The winner of a bet is the player who wins/plays the most games after comparing two players in the same round of a tournament. It is not important whether one of the two players wins or loses their match. For the purposes of this bet, only the games won/played by each player will be counted (a tie-break is counted as a game).

Team Competitions (Davis Cup, Federation Cup, Hopman Cup, Laver Cup etc)

All bets on the winner of the team competition are valid as soon as the first ball of the first match is played. In the event of the retirement of one of the teams, the winner of the bet will be the team officially declared the winner by the respective governing body.

Outright Betting/Quarter Betting/Half Betting

Bets are settled as All In-Play or not. If a player enters a tournament and subsequently withdraws before or during the tournament, all bets will stand and will be settled as losers.

Winning Quarter/Winning Half

The tournament must be completed for bets to stand.

To Reach the Final

Bets are settled as All In-Play or not.

Cash Out

All bets where Cash Out has been accepted prior to a retirement will remain settled.

Cash Out is not guaranteed to be available for the entirety of a match.