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Tennis Retirement Rules

When matched betting on tennis events, it's important that you're aware of the rules on how bets are settled as they can vary between bookmakers. Ultimately, you need to know the answer to the following question:

What happens to your bet when a player retires or a match event is abandoned? 

Why is this important to know? Well, if you bet with the wrong bookmaker, you could end up with losing both your back & lay bets!

Disclaimer: The following terms are the latest information we know about retirement rules, however, the rules could change at any time. We strongly advise you should always check the rules yourself. The best way to confirm the rules is to speak with the bookmaker support directly. Bookmaker live chat function is best for a faster response.

Bookmakers can be segmented into three segments. Note: the rules apply to match betting on the Winner market, and not on other markets.

Tennis Rules Type 1 - All bets are valid 

In this case, all bets are valid if at least one set is completed in the tennis event. ALL of the betting exchanges fall into this category, therefore, if you're backing a tennis event with one of the bookies in this segment, you may safely lay your bet on any of the betting exchanges. 

138 - See terms
32Red Sport - See terms
888sport - See terms
Bet600 - See terms
Betdaq - See terms
Betfair Sportsbook - See terms 
Betfair Exchange - See terms
Betfred - See terms
Betsafe - See terms
Black Type - See terms
Bookee - See terms
Bruce Betting - See terms
Bwin - See terms
Coral - See terms
Corbett Sports - See terms
Dafabet - See terms
Genting - See terms
Grosvenor - See terms
JenningsBet - See terms
Ladbrokes - See terms
LeoVegas - See terms
Marathonbet - See terms
Matchbook - See terms
Mark Jarvis - See terms
Mr Green - See terms
Paddy Power - See terms
Party Poker - See terms
Pinnacle (Non-UK Customers) - See terms
QuinnBet - See terms
Redbet - See terms
Skybet - See terms
Smarkets - See terms
Sportingbet - See terms
Toals - See terms
Totesport - See terms
Unibet - See terms

Important Note on Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook - Although the rules match up with the exchanges, the disqualification rules do not. If your selection gets disqualified in the first set then your back bet would lose and your lay bet would be void. This is extremely rare as only 6 players have been disqualified since 1990, so, although it isn't much of a risk, you should be aware. If you want to avoid this entirely then you can dutch your bets with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook (the bookie you didn't place your initial bet with).


Tennis Rules Type 2a - Bets are only valid if the full match is completed.

In this scenario, bets are only valid if the event is completed in full. If a player retires early, all bets are void! There are no exchanges in this category, so you should not lay bets off against bookies in this category. Instead, you would need to dutch your bets between bookies in this group.

10Bet - See Terms
12Bet - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
21.co.uk - See terms
21Bet - See terms
Bet-at-home - See terms
Betboro - See terms (Click Gaming Rules on the bottom left and then scroll down to tennis)
BetBull - See terms
Betclic - See terms
Bethard - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
BetMcLean - See terms
BetRegal - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
BetUK - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
BetVision - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
Boylesports - See terms
ComeOn - See terms
Energybet - See terms
Expekt - See terms
Fansbet - See terms
Fun88 - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
Geoff Banks - See terms
GiveMeBet - See terms
Goliath - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
Guts - See terms
Jetbull - See terms
K8 - See terms (Click Help and support on the right-hand side)
Karamba - See terms (Rules are located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
LVBet - See terms
Mansionbet - See terms
McBookie - See terms
MegaBet - See terms (Click Rule Book at the bottom of the site)
Mobilebet - See terms
MobileWins - See terms
MoPlay - See terms
MustardBet - See terms
NetBet - See terms
Novibet - See terms
Premier Punt - See terms
RedArmyBet - See terms
Redsbet - See terms
RedZoneSports - See terms
Rizk - See terms
Royal Panda - See terms
SportNation - See terms
SportPesa - See terms (Rules located on the left-hand side under the list of sports
Stakers - See terms
StarSports - See terms
TLCBet - See terms (Rules located on the left-hand side under the list of sports)
TonyBet - See terms
Vernons - See terms
Virgin Bet - See terms
William Hill - See terms
Winner - See terms

Tennis rules type 2b - Bets are only valid if the full match is completed, however, matches do not need to be complete if a player is disqualified.

There are no betting exchanges in this category, so you should not lay bets off against bookmakers in this category. Instead, you would need to dutch your bets between bookies in this group. The difference here is that if a player is disqualified, all bets will be settled on the player progressing to the next round/deemed the winner.

Disqualification is incredibly rare (6 players have been disqualified since 1990). If you're prepared to take a small risk then you can dutch this group with group 2a. In the event of a disqualification you will have one losing bet and one void bet.

Bet365 - See terms
BetStars - See terms
Betway - See terms
BetVictor - See terms
LaBa360 - See terms (Click Sport Betting rules at bottom left)
M88 - See terms (Click Sport Betting rules at bottom left)
STSBet - See terms (Click Sport Betting rules at bottom left)
VBet - See terms


Tennis rules type 3 - Bets are valid as soon as the match starts and the player progressing to the next round will be deemed the winner. If the match fails to start, all bets will be void.

There are no betting exchanges in this category, therefore, you should not lay bets off against bookies in this category. Instead, you would need to dutch your bets between bookies in this group.

ChisholmBet - See terms


Reminder: These rules can change at any time so it is important that you double check the rules yourself with the bookmaker. Profit Squirrel will not be responsible for any losses arising from out of date information in this post.

Jason Robertson

Jason Robertson

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I dedicate my spare time to making Matches so I can spoil my 3 little angels. A teacher from Merseyside, love cooking and reading. Liverpool's #1 fan!

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