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Bookmakers Tennis Rules

As tennis is an individual sport and tennis matches usually have just one player per side, the matches are quite likely to be abandoned and not fully completed due to a player retiring, being disqualified or any other reason. In the case of a not fully completed match, some online bookmakers will still allow the bet to stand but some bookmakers will void the bet and refund the stake. Choosing a bookmaker with the right tennis beting rule may be vital in arbitrage betting and also in case you are placing a tennis bet on (or against) a player with injury problems.

The online bookmakers and betting exchanges have different rules for certain sports, where tennis matches are the most common and popular sport to have different rules on. There are four different ways how online bookmakers settle the bets on tennis matches in the event of match which is not fully completed due to a player retirement.

Why Do Online Bookmakers Have Different Rules?

Bookmakers have different betting rules for tennis mainly because it is impossible to agree an industry standard across the sports betting world, so each company's head bookmaker decides what he thinks is the fairest option for bettors. It is impossible to decide which option is the right or the fairest.

These tennis betting rules used by bookmakers can be categorized as follows:

1. One Ball Played

At least one point has to be played for bets to stand, if an online bookmaker uses this tennis rule. Once the match get started and a point has been played, all bets will be considered as valid bets even if the match is not fully completed because of an earlier retirement of one of the players due to an injury. The online bookmaker will pay on the player who progresses to the next round.

Example

You place a tennis bet on Rafael Nadal in his match against Novak Djokovic but Djokovic gets injured and retires being 3-6 2-3 down. In this case your bet is won and you will get paid as Nadal advances to the next round. You should also note that this tennis bet would be won even in case that Djokovic was in the lead at the moment of his retirement as the decisive factor is who progresses to the next round.

Bookmakers Using This Rule:

Ladbrokes, Bwin, Blue Square, etc.

2. One Set Completed

For the tennis bet to stand, at least one full set needs to be completed in the match. That means that if a player retires after one set has been completed, the bet stands. However, if a player retires before one set has been completed, the bet is cancelled and you will get your full stake back. 

Example

We will use the same example as above, so once again you place a tennis bet on Rafael Nadal in his match against Novak Djokovic. But Djokovic gets injured and retires being 3-6 2-3 down. In this case your bet is also won and you will get paid as at least one full set was played and Nadal advanced to the next round. But if Djokovic retires during the first set, before one set is completed, the bet is cancelled and you will get your full stake back, no matter if you placed a tennis bet on Nadal or Djokovic.

Bookmakers Using This Rule:

Pinnacle Sports, Unibet, 5Dimes, BetSafe, BetFair, etc.

3. Two Sets Completed

If a bookmaker uses this rule then for the bet to stand, at least two full sets needs to be completed. Similarly to the previous rule, this means that if a player retires after two sets have been completed, the bet stands. However, if a player retires before two sets have been completed, the tennis bet is cancelled and you will get your stake fully back.

Example

With this rule your bet would be cancelled and you would get your stake fully back if we use the previous example of the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic because a player retired before two sets have been completed. But if the match goes in the third set and Djokovic retires, you win your bet and get your winnings.

Bookmakers Using This Rule:

The Greek, JetBull, etc.

4. Full Match Completed

In this situation the entire match has to be completed in order for the bet to stand. If a player gets injured during the match and retires, all tennis bets are cancelled and your stake fully refunded.

Bookmakers Using This Rule:

188Bet, Bet365, BetClic, Paddy Power, SBObet, Stan James, William Hill etc.

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