ATP Tour Betting

Organised with the express purpose of protecting the interests of male professional tennis players, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was founded in 1972. In 1990 it became known as the ATP Tour, and since 2009 its formal name has been the ATP World Tour. The group’s executive headquarters are in London, England, with regional offices in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for ATP Americas, Monaco for ATP Europe, and Sydney, Australia for ATP International, which includes Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Initially, the ATP was responsible only for Grand Prix tennis tournaments and World Championship Tennis. As the sport evolved, it took on broader responsibilities so that the current ATP World Tour now encompasses all four of the Grand Slams, as well as nine events in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, eleven in the ATP World Tour 500 series, and twenty in the ATP World Tour 250 series. Also included under its wing are the annual World Team Cup, the ITF Futures tennis tournaments, and the seniors’ events known as the ATP Champions Tour.

Obviously there are many betting opportunities associated with the ATP Tour. Most of the action focuses on the 44 events that attract players ranked among the Top 100 in the world, as they appear in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. The ranking are determined by points earned in play, with a greater number of points accorded for wins in Grand Slams and Masters 1000 tournaments than for lesser ones.

At the conclusion of the ATP Tour season, the world’s top players compete in November in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which determines the official World Champion of the Year. There is also a Men’s Doubles Championship conducted simultaneously.

The qualification equation is as simple as it is brutally tough. Only the players finishing in the Top 8 are invited to compete for the Finals’ $5 million in prize money and the right to be called the season`s No. 1 player. A round-robin phase is followed by two semifinal matches and the finals for the two who emerge as the best of the best. All players participate in a minimum of three matches, making for some of the finest tennis action outside the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Among the most common ATP Tour bets placed are ante post wagers on who will win a tournament outright, including the Grand Slams and the Finals, typically placed months in advance of the final rankings. Such wagers are made at fixed odds, and because so many tournaments are held, there are opportunities to bet on outright winners several times a week throughout the season.

Also very popular is “match betting,” which involves selecting the winner out of two players in a heads-on contest. Set betting, handicap set betting, and final score betting are often available, too, and in-running or live betting is now offered by leading bookmakers for televised majors, so it is possible to take or change a position is a match that is in progress.

At the other end of the scale from the Top 8, players just starting out in their careers begin by playing in the ATP Challenger Tour, with events administered under the rules and regulations of the ATP World Tour. Every Challenger tournament is assigned South African Airways ATP Ranking points in accordance with the on-site prize money awarded, ranging from $35,000 to $150,000.

Each year, some 178 Challenger tournaments are held in over 40 countries, with $10.7 million in total prize money distributed. Almost every major player today has made his way up the ranks through the Challengers, including former No. 1 Pete Sampras, as well as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Wagering on these events is typically available locally and bettors keep an eye on them to see who the next up and coming stars will be.

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