When it comes to betting on tennis, punters have to remember that certain bookmakers have different rules on retirements and player withdrawals during the match.
Player retirements can cause gamblers a great deal of frustration. Most bookmakers will refund any bet in its entirety if a player retires from a match. Even if it’s on match point and your bet is almost certainly going to win! So it’s worthwhile knowing what tennis betting rules each bookmaker has in place before placing a bet. Especially if you’re into arbitrage betting and don’t want to lose large amounts of money as a result of retirements.
On the market today there are four main tennis rules regarding when a bet will be refunding for retirements. They are as follows:
Some bookmakers will allow a bet to stand as long as a ball has been served. So basically, as long as the match begins, any bets placed on the head to head market will stand, even if a player retires.
FIRST SET COMPLETED:
Many bookmakers have a ‘1st set completed’ system in place for retirements. That means that if the first set is completed, all bets will stand, regardless of any retirements.However, if a player retires before the first set has been completed, all head to head bets will be voided/cancelled, and you will get a full refund.
SECOND SET COMPLETED:
Just like the first set completed rule, some bookmakers need at least two sets to be completed for a bet to stand. That means that if a player retires after two sets have been completed, bets will stand. However, if a player retires before two sets have been completed, bets will be void and refunded.
This is where the entire match needs to be completed for any bets to stand. Basically, a player can’t retire without the bet being void.
Here is a look at what rules some of the major bookmakers have in place for tennis betting:
1st SET COMPLETED:
2 SETS COMPLETED: