Net Talk: Betting bonus

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 14 2014, 16:01 BST

Our latest Net Talk column looks back at the past week in tennis and tells you what's coming up in the next seven days.

Roberto Bautista Agut: 7/1 winner in Stuttgart
Roberto Bautista Agut: 7/1 winner in Stuttgart

Just a quick update this week about what’s been happening and what’s coming up.

And always good to report a profitable few weeks in terms of bets!

Betting

It’s been a good couple of weeks on the tipping front with Roberto Bautista Agut earning a decent profit by winning the MercedesCup in Stuttgart at 7/1 last week.

That followed hot on the heels of landing plenty of winners with the daily tips at Wimbledon and having Roger Federer placed in the outright market.

I’ve gone with a couple of big-priced fancies in Hamburg this week - my betting preview of this week’s ATP tournaments can be found by clicking here.

And you can place your bets and check out all the latest odds with our betting partner, Sky Bet.

Stat of the week

Novak Djokovic is spending his 103rd week atop of the ATP rankings this week. Only seven men have spent longer in top spot – Roger Federer (302), Pete Sampras (286), Ivan Lendl (270), Jimmy Connors (268), John McEnroe (170), Rafael Nadal (141) and Bjorn Borg (109).

What you may have missed

There were titles on the ATP World Tour for Lleyton Hewitt, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Cuevas, while Simona Halep and Andrea Petkovic were winners on the WTA circuit.

Lindsay Davenport and Briton John Barrett were among those inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Serena Williams pulled out of this week’s Swedish Open, saying she had no fully recovered from the illness that resulted in her serving all over the place at Wimbledon.

US Open organisers announced further prize-money increases – this year’s singles champions will receive US$3million each.

The ATP World Tour revealed that a stop in Istanbul has been added to next year’s calendar.

This week in tennis

All week – The ATP stages a claycourt tournament in Hamburg and a hardcourt event in Bogota this week. The WTA heads to Bastad, Sweden, without Serena Williams, while Caroline Wozniacki headlines in Istanbul.

Saturday and Sunday – The fourth and final Great British Tennis Weekend is held around the country with free courts and lessons being offered by many clubs in a bid to promote the game and get more people involvd.

At some point (no specific date) – With six weeks to go until the US Open begins, entry lists are expected to be unveiled by organisers.

Twitter

My Twitter account seemed to be taken over by two events last week – Novak Djokovic’s wedding and the World Cup final.

Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) was the common link between the two so if you want to see the spectacular setting for the wedding and the man himself getting rather excited about the final (there’s also a pic of him in a similar situation ahead of the 1990 final) head over to his feed.

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