Tennis Resources 101

Tennis Pilot

Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:08 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 5:08 PM UTC

Some of the best resources for tennis news, stats, free tips and more
<p>There is a wealth of information online when it comes to tennis. However, it can often be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here is a brief outline of my favourite tennis resources for tennis news, stats, free tips and more.</p><p> </p><div><h2>Flashscores</h2><p>Simple, clean and easy to use, Flashscores is the best live score tracker for tennis that I have found. Point by point data is available for most matches as well as odds from Bet365. Most usefully, it allows tennis fans to star their favourite matches and receive notifications, such as reminders before the start, set results and final results.</p><p> </p><h2>Oddsportal and Oddschecker</h2><p>I’ve grouped these two as they do basically the same thing: compare the available odds. Given how important it is to get the best odds, these sites are invaluable. Combined they offer the best odds comparison around covering almost every bookie and certainly all major bookmakers. The only downside is that they don’t cover much ITF or lower tier events.</p><p> </p><h2>Tennis Explorer</h2><p>Unlike the above, niche matches like ITF, Bundesliga and Aussie Wild Card are covered, though far fewer bookies are compared. Tennis Explorer also offers a basic overview of a players record and a list of past matches including odds.</p><p> </p><h2>Tennis Insight</h2><p>My overall favourite website for analysing tennis matches. All you need to price up tennis matches can be found at Tennis Insight, including surface specific match records, H2H records, hold/break data, ROI stats and more. It also functions as an interactive forum where tennis fans can post their insight, share ideas and discuss their favourite bets for the day. It does come at a cost of €39.95 (£34) for the year, but for regular bettors it is well worth the price.</p><p> </p><h2>OnCourt</h2><p>Unlike Insight, OnCourt allows data to be downloaded to use in excel, so for those looking to build a tennis model this would be my suggestion. However, it is less intuitive and modern than Insight, so I would only advise OnCourt for very serious bettors.</p><p> </p><h2>Tennis Abstract</h2><p>Jeff Sackmann is one of the most insightful tennis writes on the web and his site Tennis Abstract contains a wealth of knowledge. Unlike the sites above, Jeff’s coverage is not betting related but instead focused on everything and anything of interest in the tennis world. Most notably, the Tennis Abstract blog, called Heavy Topspin, has a huge array of articles on topics ranging from court speed to prize money and everything in between. Jeff also hosts a podcast which is well worth a listen.</p><p> </p><h2>Matthew Willis</h2><p>My go to for tennis news. Matt is founder of The Racquet, a concise newsletter covering tennis news, stats and analysis. The weekly newsletter is free and the daily costs $5 per month, so well worth the money for those looking for all-in-one tennis news. His Twitter is also entertaining and full of memes, for those so inclined.</p><p> </p><h2>Sean Calvert</h2><p>Free tipster who writes insightful analysis for Unibet and has been profitable every year since 2013. Last year he released a statistical tournament guide which offers a great overview including previous winners, conditions, underdog wins, tiebreaks and more. It has been updated for 2019 and costs £25, which is well worth it in my opinion.</p><p> </p><h2>Andy Schooler</h2><p>Another free tipster who writes for Betvictor and tipped both finalists of this year’s ATP World Tour Finals, Tsitsipas and Thiem. Andy also tweets a lot about general tennis news so he’s great for those wanting to be kept up to date.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&amp;a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p></div>
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