What’s the Most Popular Bet In Tennis?

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Spain's Carlos Alcaraz holds the trophy as he poses for media after the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 10, 2024. Alcaraz won the title on Sunday in the final against Germany's Alexander Zverev.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 14, 2024, 1:24 PM

The most popular bet in tennis is the straight moneyline ticket. In this market, bettors are simply picking which side they believe will win the match. There is no spread or other numbers to consider.

In a moneyline market, payouts for favorites are reduced based on how big a favorite the side is; conversely, payouts for underdogs are increased based on how big a dog the side is. 

As an example, a -200 moneyline favorite returns $100 for every $200 of principle. A +150 moneyline underdog would return $150 of profit for every $100 bet. You can read more about what the moneyline is in sports betting at the link there.

For more specific tennis betting market explanations, you can also consider some of my other tennis blog explanations:

Example of Tennis Moneyline Bet

In the 2024 French Open men’s singles championship, Carlos Alcaraz advanced to play Alexander Zverev. 

At the BetMGM online sportsbook, Alcaraz received a small majority of the action as a -275 favorite. Zverev was a +225 underdog on Saturday before the final. 

Alcaraz ultimately won, 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. A bettor who placed a $275 bet on Alcaraz -275 would have received $100 in return, plus their original $275 stake. 

A $100 bet would have returned approximately $36, plus the original $100 stake.

Zverev moneyline bettors lost their money. However, if Zverev had defeated Alcaraz, a $100 bet would have paid $225 in profit, plus the original $100 stake.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.