The International Tennis Federation (ITF) runs an important series of tennis tournaments for professional women tennis players. Players from all over the world can play in entry-level or mid-level tournaments. Women players earn points and can qualify to play in more prestigious tournaments.
Betting on women’s tennis
A wealth of information is available about the players in the tournaments. ITF rankings cover the whole year of play so you can’t use them alone for deciding how to wager. It’s important to view the current form of players, how they play on different surfaces, their unforced errors, and more to place successful wagers.
Moneyline betting is one of the most popular ways to bet because it’s a simple wager on which player will win the match. At Parx sportsbook, oddsmakers will determine a favorite and an underdog. The favorite will have a minus sign and the underdog will have a plus sign. For example, Iga Swiatek could be at -1100 and Coco Goff at +650 for the French Open in July. You would make more money betting on Gauff if she pulled off an upset.
Numerous events and more prize money
The women’s tour offers approximately 500 events across 65 countries on an annual basis. Each tournament lasts a week, and the way players earn WTA ranking points differs for each individual tournament.
Q1 of 2023 from January to March saw 114 tournaments for women take place. This included 34 tournaments from W40 to W100 level. The prize money was $3.3m, more than ever before. The total prize money for the Women’s Tour increased to a record $16l.5m. New W40 events on the Tour will be worth $40,000 each in prize money.
Top players often start playing in the ITF tournaments
Players competing at ITF World Tennis Tour events may end up making their mark at the top of the game within a few short years. Emma Raducanu from Britain won her first three professional titles at ITF events and then won the U.S. Open.
Katarina Zavatska, a 23-year-old Ukranian, recently triumphed at W60 Brescia after a four-year title wait. One of the reasons why we like tennis is because it gives us the opportunity to see young players soaring to victorious heights. There was also a recent W40 victory for 21-year-old Australian Olivia Gadecki.
Arantxa Rus currently holds the record for the most titles won in a season on the ITF World Tennis Tour. She had 10 victories in 2019.
The ITF has a women’s panel for women players consisting of seven members and a coach. The current chairman of the panel is Mary Pierce. Members are elected by fellow players. The panel ultimately advises and makes recommendations to the ITF World Tennis Tour Committee. It has been busy trying to structure a calendar that is more cost-effective and makes playing and touring easier to schedule for coaches, players, and families.
Tennis – a universal sport
In the U.S., certain sports are very popular like the NBA but tennis is one of the world’s most universal sports. The ITF is responsible for upholding the rules of tennis and being guardians of the game. Its ambition is to deliver tennis to future generations. It has the world’s most advanced tennis-specific research facility located at the ITF headquarters in London. The ITF is also committed to developing and maintaining tennis as an equal advantage sport for all. It is a fundamental pillar for the professional game globally and also acts as a pathway from the ITF Junior World Tennis Tour to the WTA Women’s Tour.