Tennis Betting Odds - ATP and WTA wagering opportunities at BNP Paribas Open

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

By  Scott Cooley

Tennis Betting Online: The 37th edition of the BNP Paribas Open, commonly referred to as the Indian Wells Masters, features 11 former tournament champions and 14 Grand Slam champions from the ATP and WTA circuits.

The BNP Paribas Open is played annually at Indian Wells, California. Like every tournament during the year, you can gamble on tennis betting odds for the BNP Paribas Open at BookMaker sportsbook. Futures bets as well as head-to-head matchups are available for wagering.

Indian Wells is a tourist destination in the Palm Springs area, about 125 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The area is filled with posh hotels, shopping, casinos, golf courses and more.

The BNP Paribas Open is a World Tour Masters 1000 event for the men’s field and a Premier Mandatory event on the women's tour. The two-week tournament in 2012 will be held from March 5-18.

Last year, more than 350,000 visitors attended the BNP Paribas Open, making it the most popular tennis tournament outside of the four Majors. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the second-largest tennis venue in the world and the main court seats 16,100. The playing surface is hard courts.

The singles main draws include 96 contestants with the top 32 seeds receiving a first-round bye. The BNP Paribas Open prize pool has been upped to a lucrative $11 million in 2012. The men’s and women’s singles champions will take home more than $1 million apiece.

In 2011, Novak Djokovic knocked off Rafael Nadal in the championship for his second BNP Paribas Open title. On the women’s side, Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli in the title bout.

No American has won the BNP Paribas Open since 2001, when Andre Agassi won the men’s singles draw and Serena Williams won the women’s.

Below is a breakdown of the tournament’s top three betting favorites from both the men’s and women’s singles bracket:

(1) Novak Djokovic - No fooling around, “The Joker” loves playing at Indian Wells. He’s won the event twice in the last four years and finished runner up in 2007. Djokovic is coming off one of the single greatest tennis seasons ever in 2011. And he isn’t showing signs of slowing after winning the 2012 Australian Open. The Serbian possesses perhaps the greatest backhand to ever grace the sport.

(2) Rafael Nadal - World No. 2 Nadal lost in that epic Aussie Open finals match to Djokovic so he is also off to a great start in 2012. The “King of Clay” is no stranger to the BNP Paribas Open, having won here twice in the last five years and finishing runner up in 2011. Nadal uses heavy topspin to complement his “defensive” playing style. He is the Pong simulator you can never beat.

(3) Roger Federer - Federer is a 16-time Grand Slam champion and currently the No. 3 player in the world. He won this tournament three consecutive years from 2004 to 2006. Federer is recognized as having the greatest forehand in the history of the sport. He intertwines speed, fluidity and precision for an immaculate all-around game.

(1) Caroline Wozniacki - The current World No. 1 captured six titles in 2011, including the BNP Paribas Open. Wozniacki was also runner up in 2010 so she is very familiar with the courts at Indian Wells. Known as one of the best defensive players on tour, Wozniacki wears opponents down with stamina and a deadly accurate two-handed backhand.

(2) Kim Cljisters - The Belgian is a two-time champion at the BNP Paribas Open, having captured the trophy in 2003 and 2005. Cljisters’ 2011 campaign started off with a bang (winning the Australian Open) but was then marred by a series of injuries that began at this event. She will have a lot of fan support at this year’s tournament because this will likely be her final year before retiring. Cljisters’ forehand is regarded as one of the most powerful the game but it can be erratic.

(3) Maria Sharapova - The long-legged Russian took this tournament in 2006 with a straight-set victory over Elena Dementieva. Sharapova nearly added a second BNP Paribas Open title last year but lost to Wozniacki in a semifinal match. Analysts point to Sharapova's greatest strengths as mental and competitive toughness.

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