The first Tennis Grand Slam event of the year will soon take place in Melbourne when the Australian Open gets underway on Monday, January 14 and runs until Sunday, January 27.
The tournament has been known to see a number of players succumb to the Australian summer heat and with another hot summer already upon us, it is worthwhile knowing what happens to your bets at each of the Australian sports betting sites when a player retires from a match. Some sites will automatically void all bets in the case of a retirement, while others will pay out a win in specific situations.
There are a number of Australian sportsbooks who will consider a tennis retirement as a result and pay out accordingly. However, the retirement has to happen AFTER the first set has been completed. If the retirement happens during the first set, then bets will be voided and fully refunded.
If a player retires after the first set, then the retiring player will be declared the loser and any bets on them to win will be declared as losing bets. The player who doesn’t retire will be the winner and bets on them to win will be paid out as winning bets. The result will always see the retiring player as the loser, irrespective of the scoreboard.
Sites that pay out on retirement should be considered if the opponent of the player you wish to bet is carrying an injury, typically injury prone, or perhaps has a history of retiring from games when things aren’t going well! Fitness is also a key factor in the Australian heat which can be brutal, so keep an eye on the weather forecast and choose an appropriate site to bet at that allows for potential retirements.
The one site to have a slight difference to this rule is SportsBet, whereby if the player you bet on retires at any point in the match, your will be refunded your bet in full. However if your opponent retires after the first set, then you’ll get paid as a winner. So you are effectively getting the best of both worlds!
Australian sportsbooks that pay out after the first set:
These Australian betting sites simply refund your wager in full irrespective of which player retires, what the score is, or at what stage in the match the retirement happens, so long as the match has started and hasn’t been completed.
While this may seem as an inferior option, sometimes this rule can also be advantageous. If you plan to bet on a player who is more injury prone or a higher chance of retiring due to current injuries or the heat, then these sites will void your bet and you’ll get your money back!
Australian sportsbooks that void all bets on retirements:
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