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In tennis, players get two chances to make a serve on each point. If they don’t get it right on their first serve it is deemed a fault and they get another go.
This usually results in the second serve being slower because the player is more intent in a good serve rather than trying to win a point straight away. If the second serve is also not good it is called a double fault and the opponent wins a point. Total double faults refers to the amount of double faults in a match.
Tennis betting punters are able to attempt to predict the amount of double faults that will occur in a single match. This bet is usually in the form of an over/under amount. For example, a price might be offered on over or under five double faults. By researching the players, bettors could make an informed guess.
Variables to look out for with this bet would be whether the players involved were known as power servers. If they were it might be a good idea to go over the amount, as it is more likely to have more double faults if the player is concentrating on sheer power rather than precision. The flip side of this is that these power servers will also achieve more aces as well.
Marc Rosset won Olympic gold in 1992 and made the semi finals of the 1996 French Open – but he is also known for hitting 26 double faults in a single match. This record-breaking achievement occurred at the 1995 Wimbledon Championships against Michael Joyce – he also lost the match.