Novak Djokovic entered the 2021 Wimbledon final as a -500 favorite over Marco Berrettini. While pre-match Djokovic bettors were ultimately rewarded with a four-set win, those who bet on Djokovic weeks or months ago in tennis futures reaped greater rewards.
At BetMGM, you can view tennis futures odds for Wimbledon betting and other tournaments throughout the year. And it’s easy to place a futures bet on Djokovic at Wimbledon or Barbora Krejčíková at the French Open regardless of your tennis knowledge or sports betting expertise.
What is a Tennis Futures Bet?
A tennis futures bet is a wager placed on the outcome of an event or multiple events in the future. Tournament winner is the most common and popular futures bet.
Betting on the Wimbledon winner, for example, is a futures bet. Odds for the 2021 championships were posted in October 2020, seven months after the 2020 championships were canceled and just weeks after Djokovic and Naomi Osaka won the US Open singles titles.
For the next nine months, you could bet on Wimbledon odds for the gentlemens’ singles winner and ladies’ singles winner. And when the bracket was revealed in June 2021, additional odds were posted, though those odds – e.g., final matchup, match winner, handicap – aren’t futures.
How to Bet on Tennis Futures
Perhaps, for example, you believed Djokovic wouldn’t slow down in the coming months and, at +150 in opening odds, held value. You could’ve placed a futures bet in October, nine months before he arrived at the All England Club in June.
A $100 bet on Djokovic +150, for example, would’ve returned $250, including stake. The same $100 bet nine months later, as Djokovic entered the final at -500, would’ve returned only $120.
Similarly, Ash Barty opened at +600 in October 2021 and was +700 days before Wimbledon began. A $100 bet at +600 would’ve returned $700, including stake, whereas a $100 bet prior to her final match vs. Karolína Plíšková would’ve returned (at -235 odds) $142.55.
Tennis futures betting is a perfect opportunity for novice bettors to place a simple, long-term wager as they learn the sport and gain more experience at the sportsbook. You can watch odds movement throughout the year and jump at a favorable number when you’re comfortable.
More Tennis Betting
Futures are only one of many ways to bet on tennis odds.
With thousands of matches across dozens of tournaments throughout the year, the action never stops. Whether you’re interested in live tennis betting with mobile sports betting from the BetMGM Sportsbook app, breaking down Grand Slam betting trends, or infatuated with opening-set odds, there’s something for everyone at BetMGM.