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Ace betting describes the various bets that can be placed on the number of aces served during a tennis match. An ace is the term used for when a player serves the ball and it wins the point without his opponent even touching it. It should be noted that an ace is not the same as a winning serve, which is merely a serve which the opponent doesn’t manage to get back over the net.
Betting on tennis has become increasingly popular in recent years. The sheer number of tournaments taking place outside the Majors throughout the year means that it’s almost always possible to find something to bet on, while the scoring system of tennis presents a range of possibilities for betting beside the traditional markets of tournament winner and tie winner. Ace betting is a good example of this, as is betting on the fastest serve, the first break of serve or the total double faults. Ace betting might mean betting on which player in a match will serve the first ace, what the total of aces will be in the match or for a particular player and how many aces will be served in the match overall. The markets on the total number of aces can be bet in two ways. Some bookmakers will offer a range of figures such as 20-25, 25-30, and bettors pick which range they think is the likeliest, while other offers a spread bet, which means that the bettor picks above or below the range given by the bookmaker.
In common with similar bets in other sports, such as the number of corners in a football match, or century breaks in snooker, the number of aces may seem random at first but can be predicted more successfully through a careful study of statistics. Particular players, such as John Isner, are famed for using their height to dominate a match through big serving, and so offer great value for bets on a higher number of total serves. Whether the bigger servers are always a best bet to serve the highest number of aces throughout a tournament depends upon how far into the tournament they progress, so a study of how the draw is likely to pan out would be useful as well.