Tennis is growing very fast in recent years. The popularity and attraction of this sport helps the tournament attract a large audience, and gamblers.
According to estimates by Bloomberg News in 2015, the betting market in tennis is about $ 5 billion. Online betting has also made a good fortune over the past time. 6 years ago, only about 2% of the bet for tennis matches. At this point, that number has increased to about 18%, which is nearly 9 times higher, while the amount of betting is still increasing. In England, tennis is the second subject, only after football, with the most money flowing into betting.
Last December, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) signed a $ 70 million five-year contract with Sportradar, which collects, supplies and processes data in competitive sports.
Meanwhile, the National Football League (NFL) received only $ 5 million a year. This shows that tennis is a huge attraction for the betting industry.
With this contract, Sportradar will have exclusive access to the statistics and all data of that match. In particular, receiving information directly helps to add more value added to the betting products of the bookmaker right when the game is going on.
Another aspect that makes tennis easy to get into the eye of the betting problem, that is the specific personality of this sport. While the arrangement of subjects such as football, basketball, poses a lot of risks by collectiveity, with tennis, the happenings on the pitch depend entirely on the player’s decision.
For example, the match is in the sights of 2007 between Nikolay Davydenko, No. 4 in the world at that time, and Martin Vasallo Arguello, ranked 87 in the world. Despite being the underrated player, there were up to £ 7 million in winning bets for Arguello on Betfair, the leading sports betting website. In that match, Davydenko proved overwhelming Arguello, won easily 6-2 in set 1 but was suddenly injured, lost to set 2 before giving up in set 3.
After that extraordinary match, Betfair for the first time in history canceled all players’ bets. The ATP also allowed the betting firm to investigate further, but a 2008 report showed that neither Davydenko and Arguello had committed any wrongdoing.
In addition, not only is the result of a match, players can also bet on many other indicators in tennis such as the number of failed batting errors, the number of games in a match, the number of successful net wins, how many tie-break series … It is difficult to detect whether the player deliberately missed a break or made a double serve error.
Because of the variety and diversity of betting that makes tennis matches attractive to bookmakers, and in such a complex environment, it is not difficult to understand when some individuals have a demand to buy them.