Fantasy tennis is one of the relatively new fantasy sports, DraftKings added it to their site in early 2018.  It all started with daily contests in the light of Wimbledon, but it’s expected to expand. For now, the options for playing fantasy tennis are still pretty limited. However, other fantasy sites will likely start offering it in the near future too. When that happens, you’ll likely also find more options to play fantasy tennis.

The point system

For new fantasy sports, it always takes some time to get a good grasp on how the point system works. Like any other fantasy sport, fantasy tennis is about collecting points. If you land at the top of your league, you win a prize. The amount you win depends on the contest and entry fee. You can usually find it in the contest’s terms and conditions. A few of the points are as follows. The number of games won or lost, the number of sets won or lost. The wins accumulate points, while losses deduct points.

Men and women

An important differentiation to make is between men’s and women’s matches. For the ATP/WTA tournaments, both men and women play 3 sets only. However, for the Grand Slam tournaments, men play 5 sets, while women’s matches are always decided over 3 sets. Because there are more opportunities to score points over the course of 5 sets, playing men’s Grand Slam fantasy tennis is more appealing.

The difference in the point system

Because of the difference in the number of sets, the point system for men’s and women’s in the Grand Slam is a bit different. When you look at the different categories for scoring points, you’ll see that in 3 set matches, some scoring categories award you more points than in a 5 set match. Before playing, study the different scoring categories and know how much each category offers pointwise.

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Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Strategy

Fantasy sports such as football have been around for a long time, so many people understand how they work. However, fantasy tennis is an entirely different matter. The basic strategies for football or basketball don’t necessarily apply. The essence of what makes a good fantasy sports player is the same. You need a good knowledge of the sport and players. But aside from that, you need something more. The ability to use the player’s statistics. correctly translate available players statistics. Although statistics can offer important information, they are only useful if you can place it into context. That’s why below you can read how to use statistics for your fantasy tennis strategy.

Surface

Tennis tournaments are played on a variety of different surfaces. 4 to be precise. There are hard courts, clay courts, grass courts, and carpet courts. Each of these courts affects the movement of the ball in a different way. Therefore, tennis players strengths can be amplified on some courts, but reduced on others. When you play fantasy tennis, therefore, the first thing you should know is on which surface the tournament takes place and how players have performed on it in the past. So when you draft your team, use that information. A hard court, for instance, works great for the player with a strong serve. Fast players, on the other hand, can strongly benefit from the fast, dynamic play that a softer court allows. As a consequence, it’s smart to draft your players based on surface performance instead of overall performance.

Dynamic

Because the surfaces in tennis tournaments require such different skills, it’s virtually impossible for a single player to thrive at all courts. This is also, if you ask me, what makes fantasy tennis so interesting. It requires an in-depth look at the individual player to predict their performance in a tournament. Fantasy sites like DraftKings provide statistics that show players past performance. Usually, if you take a close look, there is a lot of interesting information to discover. For example, some star players like Nadal star on clay, but not always on other surfaces. Statistics will show a significant difference in performance, which is important information to implement in your strategy.

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DraftKings fantasy tennis point system

Head to head

Other than just looking at the individual performance of players on a particular surface, use an overview of head-to-head matches of the same sets of players over the years. Many of the stars have encountered each other at least several times before. This is essential information to take into account before drafting your team. Of course, in particular, the past matches that were played on the same surface is very valuable information.