There are plenty of tennis tournaments that you can bet on. Whether it is the men’s tour (ATP) or the WTA women’s league. There are dozens of tennis matches taking place around the world on any given day, giving the shrewd tennis bettor the ability to determine tennis value bets, day in day out.
In men’s professional tennis there are three tiers; the ATP tour which is the first tier, the ATP Challenger and the annual ITF Future tours and each one of them play an important role in keeping the tennis wheel rolling.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is the governing body for the men’s professional game. Although the ATP is an independent organization. Still, it is ultimately accountable to the sport’s global governing body, the ITF (International Tennis Federation). The ITF maintains control and oversight of the Grand Slam, Davis Cup, Fed Cup as well as the Olympic tennis events. Think of the ATP as the premiership and the ITF as FIFA and you’ll get a basic understanding of how this relationship works.
The ATP was formed in 1972 by a consortium that includes the legendary player, Jack Kramer. There were several governing bodies in professional tennis, back then, including the WCT (World Championship Tennis) and the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit, but by 1990 all had merged with the ATP.
Players on both the ATP and WTA tours are ranked according to the points they have accumulated over the course of a twelve-month period. The number of points available is calculated according to the importance of the event. For example, the winner of an ATP 250 event will receive 250 points, while the winner of a Slam event such as Wimbledon will gain 2000 points. Players also earn points whenever they finish an event, from runner-up right down to the first-round exit.
The player who ranks first in the world, is the player who has obtained the most points in the previous twelve-month period and in turn the rest of the world rankings function correspondingly.
Points earned in an event are kept for exactly twelve months and will then be taken off the player’s points total. The expression ” Defending a lot of points” comes from the player’s need to perform well in an event as he did twelve months ago to maintain his position in the world rankings.
It is not unusual in tennis for a player who played exceptionally well at a Slam event the previous year, to suffer greatly if he exits early from the same Slam event twelve months later to see his world ranking drop dramatically.
|4 Grand Slams
|Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open
|9 Masters Series 1000
|Events include Miami, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo and Cincinnati
|13 ATP 500 Series
|Events include Dubai, Queens Club and China
|39 ATP 250 Series
|Events include Qatar, Brisbane, Nottingham…
|1 ATP Finals
|London World Tour Finals
The ATP Challenger is the men’s professional tennis second level tour. Players who are classed outside the top 80 of the World Championship are mostly who join this tour. Success on Challenger will give the player enough ranking Points to enter the playoffs or the main draw for an ATP tour event.
It’s not unusual to see familiar faces playing on this tour and over the years many big names in tennis have dipped in and out of Challenger Tour due to a drop in rankings including Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic, Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Gasquet, Marcos Baghdatis and Bernard Tomic.
While the ITF Futures Tour may lack the charm of major tournaments, it is a source of good income for both male and female professional players. There are at least 600 fantastic men’s Futures events and over 500 women’s futures events played in 77 countries around the world between January and July.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is the top level in women’s tennis, much like the ATP is in the men’s game. The WTA was founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, who was the biggest star in women’s tennis back then and she is still arguably the most important and influential figure of all time.
Prior to the establishment of the WTA, female professionals played on the Virginia Slims Tour and the Women’s Grand Prix, both being absorbed into the early Billie Jean King organization. After all, There is no doubt that the WTA will grow stronger and may later develop into the most powerful professional sports governing body
While women’s tennis has reached its highest and lowest levels in terms of global popularity (as does the men’s game). Still, it has always surpassed any other professional women’s sport in terms of popularity and the income it generates. Its top female players enjoy a level of fame that far outstrips female athletes in other fields. Mia Hamm and Marta are two of the legends of women’s football, and Annika Sörenstam may be of the Tiger Woods of women’s golf, but their profiles are unmatched with the brilliance of Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graff, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and even Anna Kournikova..
Women’s Tennis Association Tour Events
|4 Grand Slams
|Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
|WTA 4 Tour Championships
|Events include Miami, Indian Wells, Madrid and Beijing.
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
|Events include Doha/Dubai, Roma, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati and Wuhan.
|London WTA Tour Championships.
|WTA 125k Series
Between the events of the men’s ATP, women’s WTA, the annual ITF Future Challenger Tours and the Challenger Tour. After all, there are matches played all over the world from January to November.
Even in the closed season, many exhibition events are organized such as the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championships that takes place in late December in Dubai and features many of the sport’s biggest names…
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