Tennis Betting In Michigan

Americans love tennis and the American tennis heroes who have dominated the professional tennis ranks for decades. When the sport finally emerges from the global COVID-19 pandemic that shut it down in 2020, tennis betting should take off all across Michigan.

Michigan’s licensed retail sportsbooks will immediately start taking bets on everything from who will win the next Grand Slam to who will win the next point in some of the year’s most exciting tennis matches.

Plus, Michigan’s online and mobile sports betting apps and websites will soon follow suit. It’s expected these operations could start taking bets on tennis and other sports as soon as November 2020.

Including everything from how to access the best Michigan sports betting apps, to all the ways you can bet on tennis matches and tournaments, the following is a detailed look at betting on tennis from all over the world right here in the state of Michigan.

How to bet on tennis in Michigan

It’s easy to bet on tennis. It isn’t much different from betting on other individual and team sports.

Professional tennis is all about tournaments. These tournaments seed players based on professional rankings and pit the top seeds against the lowest seeds and unseeded qualifiers in the early rounds. Match winners advance through a single-elimination tournament format until a champion emerges from the final.

Every match presents a variety of betting opportunities, allowing you to pick winners at moneyline odds or bet on match spreads and totals. Plus, Michigan sportsbooks will post tournament futures markets where you can bet on who you think will win the title.

  • Moneyline: Pick a player to win a match and book the bet at currently posted tennis betting odds. Oddsmakers post a favorite with negative odds representing how much you have to bet to win $100, plus your bet back. If Serena Williams is a -150 favorite, you’ll have to bet $150 to win $100, plus your bet back. On the other side, oddsmakers will also post an underdog with positive odds. This number represents how much you stand to win, plus your bet back, for every $100 you bet. If Coco Gauff is a +150 underdog, a $100 bet will earn you $150, plus your bet back if she wins.
  • Game spreads: Game spreads are moneyline bets with a winning game margin that must be factored into the final score. Your tennis betting pick will be who you think will win that game with the spread factored in.
  • Set spreads: Set spreads are moneyline bets with a winning set margin that must be factored into the final score. You pick whether a player can win by two sets to love in a three-set match or if the underdog can take at least a set. In five-set matches, you pick whether the favorite can win by three sets to love or the underdog can take at least a set.
  • Over/Under: Typically, over/under or totals are lines on how many total points will be scored in a game. For tennis matches, the totals line is an estimate of the total number of games in a match once it’s over. You bet on whether there will be more or less total games.

How to bet on tennis live matches

You can bet on tennis matches that have already begun. Michigan sports betting sites will post basic markets during a match at tennis betting lines that are adjusted as the action continues. Plus, you can also bet within a live match on:

  • Who will win the next point?
  • Which player will win the next game?
  • Which player will win the next set?

The markets move fast and the lines change in an instant.

How to bet on tennis futures

Tennis futures generally revolve around Grand Slam events. Those events are:

  • Australian Open
  • French Open
  • Wimbledon
  • US Open

You should also find futures markets on who will win Player of the Year honors.

You should be able to bet on who you think will win the men’s and women’s titles in every Grand Slam event. The odds will be posted well in advance of the tournaments and adjusted throughout.

You may also find various tennis futures for high-profile ATP and WTA tournaments.

How prop betting works in tennis

Tennis props are bets within a match, but not on the match itself. These props may include things like:

  • Will any set in the match be decided by tiebreak?
  • Will it be a straight-sets win?
  • An over/under on the games won by each player

Betting on the Grand Slams

There are all kinds of tennis tournaments held throughout the year but only four Grand Slam events. These are the game’s most prestigious tournaments, and they come with a variety of tennis betting opportunities attached.

The Grand Slams are all two-week events that draw huge crowds, worldwide TV coverage, and media interest. The public’s interest in tennis peaks throughout these events, and so does tennis betting. More tennis betting markets are available, and more money is wagered than any other time of the year.

Here’s a list of the four Grand Slam events and everything you need to know about betting on Grand Slam tournaments right here in Michigan.

Australian Open

Scheduled for January 18 – 31, 2021

  • Location: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia (Hard Court)
  • Prize pool: $49.1 million (2020)
  • Favorites: Novak Djokovic (defending champion 2020), Dominic Thiem (2020 runner up), Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Sofia Kenin (defending champion 2020), Garbiñe Muguruza (2020 runner up), Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty

French Open

Originally scheduled for May 24 – June 7, 2020, but moved to Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2020

  • Location: Roland-Garros in Paris, France (Clay)
  • Prize pool: $48 million (2019)
  • Favorites: Rafael Nadal (defending champion 2019), Dominic Thiem (2019 runner up), Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty (defending champion 2019), Markéta Vondroušová (2020 runner up), Simona Halep (2018 champion), Naomi Osaka


Originally scheduled for June 29 – July 12, 2020, but canceled. Scheduled to run June 28 – July 11, 2021.

  • Location: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London, England (Grass)
  • Prize pool: $49.4 million (2019)
  • Favorites: Novak Djokovic (defending champion 2019), Roger Federer (2019 runner up), Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Simona Halep (defending champion 2019), Serena Williams (2019 runner up), Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina

US Open

Originally scheduled for Aug. 24 – Sept. 13, 2020, but rescheduled to run Aug. 31 – Sept. 13, 2020.

  • Location: Flushing Meadows in Queens, NY (Hard Court)
  • Prize pool: $57.2 million in 2019
  • Favorites: Rafael Nadal (defending champion 2019), Stan Wawrinka (2019 runner up), Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Bianca Andreescu (defending champion 2019), Serena Williams (2019 runner up), Naomi Osaka, Cori Gauff

Betting on ATP/WTA tennis tours

Outside of the Grand Slams, major tennis tournaments are a part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) or Women’s Tennis Association (WPT) tours.

The ATP and WPT tours feature signature events that attract a decent level of media attention and betting.

While several major ATP and WPT events have been canceled in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the following ATP and WPT events are still scheduled. If and when they run, Michigan sportsbook should host betting markets for these high-profile tennis events.

The ATP has suspended the ATP Tour through July 31, 2020. Events on the calendar after that date are as follows:

  • Citi Open in Washington DC, Aug. 2 – 9. (Hard)
  • Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, Aug.10 – 16. (Hard)
  • ATP Finals in London, UK, week of Nov. 16 (Hard)

The WTA has suspended the WTA Tour through to July 13, 2020. Events on the calendar after this date are:

  • Oracle Challenger Series in New Haven, CT, July 27 – Aug. 2. (Hard)
  • Citi Open in Washington DC, Aug. 3 – 9. (Hard)
  • Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 10 – 16. (Hard)
  • Zhengzhou Open in Zhengzhou, China, Sept. 14 – 20. (Hard)
  • WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, week of Nov. 2. (Hard)

Betting on the Davis Cup

The Davis Cup is an international tennis series featuring teams representing their home nations in singles and doubles competition.

Various qualifying events are held from around the world leading to the Davis Cup Finals. The 2020 Davis Cup Finals are scheduled for November 23–29, 2020 at Caja Mágica in Madrid, Spain.

Semifinalists from the previous year and various wild card entries gain entry into the Davis Cup Finals, alongside a dozen qualifying countries.

You can bet on Davis Cup qualifying and the Davis Cup Finals at Michigan sportsbooks.

Betting on Olympic tennis

Tennis is an Olympic sport. Men’s and women’s 64-player singles tournaments, 32-team doubles tournaments, and 16-team mixed doubles tournaments were scheduled for Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020. However, the Olympics were moved to 2021, and tennis will now be held from July 24 – Aug. 1, 2021.

Olympic tennis is like a fifth Grand Slam and betting opportunities abound.

The top players in the world compete in Olympic tennis. If a player manages to win all five Grand Slam titles in a single year they call it a Golden SlamSteffi Graf is the only Golden Slam winner in tennis history.

Basic rules for betting on tennis online

Tennis has fairly straightforward rules making tennis betting relatively simple and easy to follow.

That said, the game has certain intricacies where very specific betting rules apply.

It’s always a good idea to browse through the published tennis betting rules at a Michigan sportsbook before betting.

The following includes some common tennis betting rules you’re likely to find:

  • Retirement:Players might retire during a match because of an injury or other unfortunate circumstances. The question of whether bets will be settled or returned depends on when the specific sportsbooks consider a match complete. Some say a match is complete if the first ball is played, others say one set must be played, and still, others say two sets. Some even say the full match must be completed.
  • Walkovers:Players might withdraw from the tournament before a match. This is considered a walkover and all bets are returned.
  • Weather:Inclement weather can cause a match to be postponed or delayed. As long the match is eventually completed, most bets stay live until it’s over.

Where can you bet on Tennis in Michigan?

If you’re looking to head out to catch some Tennis matches and find the latest lines to wager on, there are several options to consider. Here are some of the best places in Michigan where you can bet in person.

MGM Grand Detroit / BetMGM Sports Lounge

  • Name: BetMGM Sports Lounge
  • Address: 1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Phone: (877) 888-2121
  • Sportsbook hours: 7 days – 9 a.m – 11 p.m
  • Lounge hours: 7 days – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Online partner: Bet MGM in Michigan

The BetGM Sports Lounge has a full-service bar on site and dozens of HDTV’s as you kick back and watch the action in a range of seating options. To place bets, you can visit one of six betting windows or 14 self-serve kiosks.

MotorCity Casino Hotel / FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Name: FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Address: 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Phone: (866) 782-9622
  • Sportsbook hours: 7 days – 9 a.m – 12 a.m.
  • Online sportsbook: FanDuel in Michigan

FanDuel Sportsbook has become a popular attraction since opening its doors in March 2020. Visitors will find six betting windows and 54 self-serve kiosks to place their bets, as well 67 HDTV’s and a dedicated sports ticker to keep you up to date on the latest action.

Leelanau Sands Casino / Onyx Sportsbook by William Hill

  • Name: Onyx Sportsbook by William Hill
  • Address: 2521 N West Bay Shore Dr, Peshawbestown, MI 49682
  • Phone: (231) 534-8100
  • Sportsbook hours: 7 days – 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Online sportsbook: William Hill in Michigan

Leelanau has partnered up with Onyx Sportsbook by William Hill to offer up a solid on-site sports betting experience. The casino is chock full of amenities and dining options, while self-serve betting kiosks are on standby for you to place your wagers.

There are several other fantastic spots to catch some Tennis action while also placing your wagers. There’s another River Rock Sportsbook & Grill at Little Rock Casino & Resort in Manistee, and the 131 Sportsbook & Lounge at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland.

Tennis FAQ

What is spread betting in tennis?

There are two kinds of tennis spreads. You can bet on the game spread factoring in a line on the number of games a player will win by, or the set spread factoring in a line on the number of sets a player will win by.


How do I find the best tennis lines?

There’s no secret to finding the best tennis betting lines. You can do it by shopping around for the best lines at different sportsbooks.

Once Michigan’s first online sportsbooks launch that will be something you can do with ease from the privacy of your own home. Just browse through the various tennis betting markets and look for the best price on a bet.


Should I be concerned about match-fixing?

In the past, match-fixing has been a problem in the sport of tennis. However, a tennis integrity unit was launched in 2008 to rid the sport of corruption.

A handful of players have been banned for match-fixing over the past few years, but none were top-level players. You can bet with confidence on top players in high-profile matches.


How does the scoring work in tennis?

Tennis matches include points, games, and sets.

The first player to win four points wins a game, but they must win by two points.

Points are scored as 15(1), 30(2), 40(3), and Game(4). The score of a game tied at 40-40 is called Deuce. The player who wins the point at Deuce has the advantage and wins the game if they win the next point. Otherwise, it’s back to Deuce again.

The first player to win six games wins the set, but they must win by two games. Tiebreakers are also put in place to decide sets tied at six games. The first player to win seven points wins the tiebreaker, but they must win by two points. There are also 10-point tiebreakers for match deciding sets.

Tennis matches are either the best-of-three sets or best-of-five sets.


Who has won the most Grand Slams?

American Serena Williams is widely regarded as the best tennis player in history. She owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, including:

  • Seven Australian Open wins
  • Three French Open wins
  • Seven Wimbledon wins
  • Six US Open wins

Williams is still playing, chasing Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Court stopped competing professionally in 1977.

Swiss player Roger Federer owns the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles at 20, including:

  • Six Australian Open wins
  • One French Open win
  • Eight Wimbledon wins
  • Five US Open wins

Federer is still competing at age 38.

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