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Live Tennis Streams: A Sport with Endless Possibilities
Tennis is one of the oldest sports in the world both in terms of participation and entertainment. From a game primarily played by the gentry to one enjoyed by the masses, today's tennis players are now global stars who perform to millions of spectators on an annual basis.
Indeed, given the immense popularity of professional tennis around the world, it's now possible to watch the sport's leading players compete almost on a monthly basis in high profile events. Whether it's a Grand Slam, an ATP ranking event or the Davis Cup, high quality tennis action is available on tap almost every week of the year. Naturally, this global reach and plethora of action means that live online tennis streams now run into the hundreds.
From streams featuring emerging talent to mixed doubles clashes, it's now possible to go online with your desktop or mobile device and watch hundreds of live tennis streams every week. Of course, to make the most of your experience it pays to be informed about the who, what, why and when of tennis. So, with this in mind, we've compiled a handy overview of the sport, its top talent and the major events you can expect to see streamed on a weekly basis.
Common Tennis Formats
Although tennis is a universal game, the format in which you compete or watch will differ depending on the event. In general, the dominant format is singles tennis; however, it's also possible to play in same sex and mixed sex partnerships.
Singles: As the title would suggest, this game is played by single competitors in a one vs. one format. Traditionally men will play best of five sets, while women will play best of three.
Doubles: In a game of doubles, two players of the same sex work as a team in a bid to outclass another pairing. Unlike singles, points can be scored in open play if the ball lands between the tramlines (thus making the court wider). As with singles, men's matches are best of five sets while women's are best of three.
Mixed Doubles: Single to standard doubles matches, mixed doubles teams consist of one female and one male player. Games are played using a best of three format and, once again, tramline scoring is in play.
A Selection of Surfaces
Beyond the number of players on the court at any one time, the other major difference between tennis tournaments around the world is the surface upon which they are played. Although history has shown there are five possible surfaces, today's professionals only compete on three:
Clay: The slowest of the three surfaces, clay courts are made of natural clay and are particularly common in Europe and Latin America. Because the surface consists of loose material, sliding is common in clay court games, as are damp patches when it rains.
Hard: The fastest of the three surfaces, modern hard courts come in a variety of materials ranging from asphalt and concrete, to acrylic surfaces such as Plexicushion and DecoTurf. Given the speed of hard courts, most professional level tournaments are played on this surface.
Grass: The most traditional surface of the big three, grass courts are known for their pace and unpredictability. Over the course of a tournament it's common for areas of the court to suffer wear and tear which can often affect the bounce of the ball and the amount of grip a player has. For this reason, grass courts are often deemed the toughest surface to compete on.
The Top Tennis Tournaments
The three basic formats listed above are used for virtually every major tennis event, including the four majors or Grand Slams as they're otherwise known. However, beyond the Grand Slams the game continues to flow with a range of auxiliary tournaments.
One for the Masters
In the modern game, top level players have the opportunity to compete on the APT World Tour Masters 1000. So called because the value of a win in one of the nine tournaments is worth 1,000 ATP ranking points, these events take place in various locations around the world and typically feature the top seeded players in the game. Among the tournaments included on the tour are the Madrid Masters, Monte Carlo Masters and Shanghai Masters.
Tiers Two and Three
Below the Masters 1000 tour is the 500 and 250 Series. Each of these circuits is open to players who are considered high ranking professionals, but not so high that they are ranked among the elite tier. In essence, the 250 and 500 Series are seen as feeders for the 1000 Masters.
Like the top tour, players accrue either 250 or 500 ATP points when they secure a win in one of these events; moreover, they also pick up some prize money. In total there are 11 tournaments on the 500 Series and a further 40 tournaments on the 250 Series, whilst the richest event overall is the Dubai Tennis Championships which offers a total prizepool of more than $2 million.
Tournaments for the Future
The lowest ranking tournaments for professional men are the Challenger Tour tournaments and the Futures events. Overseen by the ATP, the Futures Tour is the lower of the two circuits and consists of around 530 tournaments each year. Beyond this, the Challenger Tour hosts around 150 tournaments every year in a variety of locations. Although there is prize money to be one on each circuit, the main goal of players competing in these events is to build up enough ATP ranking points to move into the next level of competition.
Something for the Women
Away from the men's game, women at the highest level are able to compete in Premier Events. Organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), the Premier circuit is divided into three tiers, each of which boasts a certain number of tournaments: Premier Mandatory, Premier Five and Premier tournaments.
Beyond the Premier circuit, lower ranked females in the tennis world can compete on the International circuit. In total there are 31 events and the series is brought to a conclusion with the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali which has a prizepool of $600,000.
Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments
Naturally, the biggest draw for both tennis pros and fans is the Grand Slam series. Comprised of four tournaments taking place on a variety of surfaces, Grand Slams are the ones to win if you're a professional player:
The Australian Open: Held in the last fortnight of January ever year, the Australian Open is a hard court event that takes place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne. First contested in 1905 (on grass until 1987), the event has undergone a number of changes in recent years and today both men and women can compete for a prizepool worth in excess of $40 million.
The US Open: Another hard court tournament, the US Open was originally founded in 1881 and today it takes place in New York City, New York. Although earlier incarnations of the tournament took place on grass and clay, the August event has been contested on a hard court DecoTurf surface since 1978.
The French Open: One of two Grand Slam events held in Europe, the French Open was originally held at the Tennis Club de Paris from 1891 before a series of changes finally saw the event settle at the now iconic Stade Roland Garros. The clay court set-up has often meant that French and Spanish players have dominated the tournament and picked up the lion's share of a prizepool of more than €25 million over the years.
Wimbledon: Often seen as the most prestigious Grand Slam event in the world, Wimbledon is a grass court event that's been in operation since 1877. This heritage (the oldest tennis tournament in the world), combined with its royal connections, has made Wimbledon a huge draw over the years and often become the scene for many of finest sporting performances in recent memory.
Tennis Around the World
Beyond the Grand Slams and ranking events, top class tennis also takes place at the Olympics and the Davis Cup. In line with the organisation as a whole, Olympic tennis tournaments take place every four years and players compete in a knockout format in pursuit of a gold, silver or bronze medal.
In contrast to the Olympics and many other major tennis events, the Davis Cup is characterised by a team format. Regulated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Davis Cup is an annual tournament that pits rival nations against each other in a league format. Although the original Davis Cup was contested by the US and Great Britain, subsequent changes have meant the tournament now features 130 teams split into 16 groups.
Live Tennis Streams
Given the amount of action taking place in the tennis world in any given month, it's now possible to watch all the action via the Internet. Thanks to a wide variety of live tennis streams available on PlayLiveStream, you can now get direct links to every Grand Slam match, Davis Cup showdown and even Masters Tournaments. Naturally, running alongside these streams is a plethora of betting opportunities. With the click of a button you can tune into the latest match and ante-up in a variety of tennis betting markets; however, before you do it's important to develop a solid strategy.
Because tennis is a complex proposition made up of points, games and sets, there's a lot more information you can glean from a match if you look at all its parts, rather than just the winner. Considering the flow of each match, how a certain player performs under pressure, how many aces a player serves and how many service breaks they achieve on average, can help your tennis betting prowess.
Once you've considered all the factors in play you'll be able to win at a much greater frequency. Indeed, in this instance it's probably +EV to wager money on Federer to beat Nadal at Wimbledon, for example. However, if we change the venue to Roland Garros and the French Open, then it's a wiser bet to back Nadal because he's a much stronger clay court player.
By combining live tennis streams with an understanding of the game as a whole you should be able to satisfy these betting requirements and make a tidy sum of money - without ever having to leave your computer.