What are the most popular types of free bet?

All the biggest bookmakers offer free bets when you sign up with them, and with so many tennis matches available to watch live and bet upon in-play every day, you can take advantage of some great free bet offers whenever you feel like a flutter.

Free bet offers come in a range of different types – here are the most popular ones:

Bonus bets
This is one of the most popular types of free bet offer, with William Hill, Unibet, Bet Victor, Betfred, Betfair and Coral among the top bookmakers currently offering anywhere between £10 and £30 in bonuses when you place a bet.

What this means is that once you’ve deposited money in your account and placed a bet through that bookmaker, they will give you a bonus stake to place on the match of your choice. 

Sometimes this bonus bet will only be available if your first bet loses, or will include a certain amount of money to spend on casino games, or if the original bet placed is at certain odds – so it’s important to always read the terms and conditions. 

But if you find the right offer, it’s basically a chance to place a bonus bet, giving you the chance to win without losing anything.

Risk-free first bet
This is a very exciting type of offer that’s great for anybody to take advantage of. 

A risk-free first bet means that if you sign up with a bookmaker and place a bet, and that bet loses, the bookmaker will return the money you staked (up until a certain amount). Often the money will be refunded directly into your account as cash.

Matched deposit
Sometimes bookmakers offer to match your initial deposit when you register with them and put money into your account. 

This means that if you open an account and deposit money in order to bet, the bookmaker will double your available funds up to a certain amount – so you can deposit £10 and have £20 to bet with.

How can I activate free bet offers?

Taking advantage of a free bet offer is often as simple as signing up with a bookmaker and placing your first bet.

Free bets are typically only available to new customers so you need to be signing up with a bookmaker for the first time. The free bet offers on this page are always checked and vetted by the live-tennis.com team, so you can click through with confidence. 

Simply click on the link above to take advantage of the offer of your choice, then fill in your details – choose an account name and password, and usually give your address and date of birth to verify that you’re legally allowed to gamble. 

Then add funds into your account using a debit or credit card or PayPal and place your first bet – there are hundreds of markets available when it comes to tennis, from simply picking the winner of an ATP, WTA, Challenger or ITF match or tournament to set and game betting, in-play betting and much more. 

Typically your bonus funds will be credited directly to your account as soon as your first bet has been settled.

Sometimes you might have to use a promo code when signing up, or your first bet might have to meet a minimum value – always check the terms and conditions.

Are free bets legit?

Free bet offers are a way for bookmakers to attract new customers in a market that’s almost as competitive as tennis itself, so if some of these offers seem too good to be true, it’s usually because bookmakers are battling to stand out from the crowd.

It’s also important to bear in mind that despite the use of the term ‘free’, these offers do require you to deposit funds into your account and place a bet. Occasionally a bookie may offer a ‘no deposit free bet’ – this is exactly what it sounds like, a free bet you can qualify for just by opening an account. 

Live-tennis.com only works with bookmakers that are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and we work hard to get you all the information you need ahead of signing up with a particular bookmaker, such as minimum deposits, minimum odds, promotion codes and more, so you can bet in confidence with our picks.

Which tournaments have free bet offers?

One of the amazing things about tennis as a sport is that there are multiple tournaments every week of the year and a variety of matches at different levels every day, so there are no shortage of opportunities to take advantage of free bet offers, whether you think you’ve spotted something the market has missed in an ITF $25,000 being played in Mongolia or you just fancy a flutter on the Wimbledon final.

Tennis has something to offer to everyone, from the most seasoned gamblers to novice punters, but there are four times a year when the sport dominates the headlines and these are the times you’re most likely to find eye-catching offers from bookmakers. We’re talking of course about the four Grand Slams, fortnight-long tennis extravaganzas by which tennis greatness is measured: The Australian Open, played in Melbourne in January; the French Open, on the clay courts of Roland Garros starting in late May; Wimbledon, the sport’s most iconic event, played on grass at the All England Club at the beginning of July and the US Open, bringing summer to a climax amid the hustle and bustle of New York in early September.
With some of the all-time leaders in Grand Slam titles battling for supremacy in tennis’s current golden era, the four majors are hotbeds of free bet offers, whether they come in the form of enhanced odds on Roger Federer claiming yet another Wimbledon title or bonus bets so you can back your hunch for surprise women’s semi-finalist in New York.

But tennis is a lot more than just the Grand Slams – the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour seasons stretch from January to November, with tournaments played around the world, around the clock and on every different surface. Bookies are always on hand to offer enhanced odds or offers on the top players as they compete at high-profile events including the nine Masters 1000 Series events for the men, the WTA’s roster of Premier, Premier-5 and Premier Mandatory tournaments for the women and the season-ending championships for both tours, the ATP Finals held in London and the WTA Finals Singapore.

Then there’s national competitions run by the ITF, with the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman Cup and Olympics – not to mention the Challenger Tour, the second-tier circuit for male players, with over 150 tournaments played a year featuring players ranked anywhere from world no. 30 to world no. 300, and the ITF ‘Futures’ events for men and women where journeymen and veterans jostle for victories among a crowd of eager young hopefuls.

Enhanced odds and bookmakers’ specials are more likely to be offered on the four Grand Slams and the high-profile events of the ATP and WTA Tours – but a free bet when you sign up can usually be placed on any match at any tournament.

And with many of the top bookmakers offering live, high-quality streams free to watch for anyone with a funded account, you can tune in wherever you are via desktop, mobile or tablet to see for yourself how your player is getting on. See all today's upcoming live streams here.

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What are the most popular tennis bets?

Not only are there a huge number of matches available to bet on, there are also a lot of different markets available on each match. Don’t be overwhelmed – here is our brief guide to the most popular types of tennis bets.

Outright winner: This is a bet placed on the winner of an entire tournament rather than an individual match – for example, backing Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open 2019.

Winner: The simplest kind of tennis bet! Just pick one player to beat the other and move on to the next round, for example backing Petra Kvitova to beat Elina Svitolina in the third round of the Qatar Open.

Set betting: This is one of a number of bets you can place on the scoreline of a match. In set betting you can bet that a certain player will win by a certain number of sets, for example Grigor Dimitrov to beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets, or you can bet on the total number of sets in the match – if you think it’s going to be a close match, for example, you might bet on three sets. You can also bet on certain players not to lose a set or not to win one, or even bet on the winner and scoreline of each set – there are tons of possibilities.

Games betting: This is similar to set betting where you can place bets on various factors such as total number of games in the match, the scoreline after two games, and so on.

Special markets: There’s a huge range of other markets that can be available on a match – for example, the number of aces or double faults served. Outside individual matches, you can bet on  variety of different things, such as whether Andy Murray will win BBC Sports Personality of the Year, or whether Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will end the year ranked world no. 1. 

Games handicap betting: This is a way for bookmakers to level out the difference in ranking or perceived ability between two players, which means that you’re betting on a player’s performance rather than the winner of the match. In a match with a clear favourite and an underdog, for example, the favourite will receive a negative games handicap and the underdog a positive games handicap and you bet on the player who you think will win more games once the handicap is applied.

In-play betting: Tennis is uniquely suited to in-play betting, which refers to bets placed while the match is going on rather than before it begins. The nature of tennis scoring means that the momentum can switch constantly from one player to another, and players can overcome seemingly insurmountable deficits in the scoreline to ultimately win the match. Improved odds can become available from point to point as the match develops. It really helps to be closely following the scoreline and stats, or streaming the match live online, when betting in-play.

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