Useful Tips for Tennis Betting on Hard Court


Friday, August 30, 2019 9:32 AM UTC

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 9:32 AM UTC

Find out what makes hard court a unique surface and which factors can influence your tennis betting on it

<div><div>Hard court is the most widespread and common surface on tour today, and the vast majority of tournaments are played on them annually. The courts are made up from a hard base layer, usually asphalt or concrete, coated with different materials such as an acrylic surface layer put on top. Usually, hard courts are named the middle ground between the slower, high bouncing clay courts, and the fast, low bouncing grass courts. In general, the bounce is lower than on a clay court, but higher than a grass court whilst being quite predictable - which makes for great practice for a player´s all around game. The court speed is also usually faster than what you´d see on the red dirt, but not as fast as you´d see on the slick, grassy lawns. As the years have gone on though, we´ve seen the speed slowing down on many of the courts all over the world, to some players´ elation and others dismay.<br /><br />However, the hard courts are numerous, and come in all different shapes and sizes. Some courts, like those at Indian Wells and Miami, are notoriously slow with a high ball bounce. Usually, this tends well to the heavy topspin and defensive game we see on the red dirt. Dominic Thiem, a player known for his exploits on clay, exemplified this won when he won Indian Wells earlier this year. The Austrian´s movement, defensive skills and heavy topspin aggression translated well from clay to these slower hard courts.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;After stunning upset wins, &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Bandreescu_&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@ThiemDomi&lt;/a&gt; are the singles champions in &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#TennisParadise&lt;/a&gt;. Hear from them first on the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BNPPO19&lt;/a&gt; podcast.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🎧: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 18, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Other tournaments have much faster and lower bouncing hard courts, such as the Shanghai Masters which rolls around come October. Big servers, volleyers and players enjoying to hit the ball with plenty of pace such as 2017 Champion Roger Federer - find the conditions on these courts to their liking. The elegant 38-year old possesses many of the weapons necessary to suceed on the surface, as shown by his staggering 602 career wins - good for an 82.5% win rate.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;We spoke too soon... This is how &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@rogerfederer&lt;/a&gt; really warms up! Thanks to Juss Event for capturing the moment 😂. &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RolexSHMasters&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RogerFederer&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Federer&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— RolexShMasters (@SH_RolexMasters) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 7, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Hard court gameplay is incredibly varied, with many different players with their own unique playing styes able to succeed on this surface. Points tend to be shorter on average than on clay courts, but longer rallies are certainly not uncommon. Though the lower bounce often complicates things, exceptional clay players can still have great success. One obvious example is Rafael Nadal, who has been able to put up a 78.5% win ratio over his 546 matches on the surface. Big servers and aggressive players also tend to be favored by the higher court speed, and the higher, more predictable bounce than what you´d see on a grass court. The ball often ends up sitting perfectly within their strike zone. Just look at America´s big serving ace John Isner, who has been able to amass a 66.2% win ratio on hard court, far superior to his results on any other surface. One style that can also pay dividends in the one of a "baseline grinder". Hitting the ball well off both wings with depth and precision often allows for great counterpunching, and forcing their opponents into mistakes.</div><div> </div><div><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a><br /><br />Another key thing to keep in mind when it comes to hard court tennis is that the surface is by far the most rigid, yet still sees the most amount of play during a calendar year. Playing on the surface is quite strenuous and takes a high toll on the body, especially fickle body parts such as the knees. We´ll again use Rafael Nadal as the example of a player who´s been advocating against such a long hard court season, touching upon the heavy toll on the human body. The Great Spaniard has often struggled to play for extended amounts of time on the surface, much due to the punishment to his knees. This has lead to withdrawals or retirements from a majority of tournaments in recent years. Knowing the toll hard court tennis takes on the body, and the injuries it can cause to players is an important thing to keep in mind. For many of the reasons mentioned in this article, it´s crucial to understand the hard court conditions before placing your tennis bets - as it can make a huge difference in your betting results on this surface.</div></div>
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