|Sportsbook.com has reported a growing trend in online gambling on tennis, with record numbers of bets taken in for the last weekend of the recently completed French Open. With Wimbledon around the corner and the US Open on the horizon fan interest is expected to continue to grow.|
This year's women's final between Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne and France's Mary Pierce generated almost 25 per cent more money in wagers than the 2004 final. While the men's final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Argentina's Mariano Puerta drew only slightly more total action than the 2004 men's final, betting on the semi-finals increased 48 per cent compared to the previous year.
The increase in betting was also evident in the dollar amount of the average bet wagered. The average bet for the men's semi-finals this year was almost 15 per cent higher than 2004 and the final was 12 per cent higher.
'We're seeing a steady and consistent growth in the popularity of gambling on tennis,' said Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, Sportsbook.com. 'What's encouraging about the numbers is that it has been an off year for American stars like Agassi, Roddick and the Williams sisters. The US stars should do better at Wimbledon and the US Open and that means fan interest will increase. There's no reason to expect the betting numbers to go anywhere but up this summer.'
'Sportsbook.com's odds makers work very hard to break down the entire field before coming up with their odds,' added Czajkowski. 'We can no longer rely on just looking at the top players. We look at every player and offer our fans the best odds anywhere in the world.'