The Davis Cup, or World Cup of Tennis as it’s commonly referred to as is the premier event in men’s tennis that occurs annually. The players represent their countries in a knockout tournament format. We are looking at the 120th anniversary of the tournament, as it was founded in 1900 by Dwight F. Davis, an American tennis player and politician.
The Davis Cup betting odds are now available. The odds are subject to change, so it's worth checking back with this page to ensure you have the most up-to-date odds. This page was last updated on August 17, 2020:
|2020 Davis Cup Winners Odds|
The tournament is now put on by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and nations are placed into qualifying groups for the Davis Cup each year, based on their geographic regions.
- The World Group 1
- The World Group 2
- American Zone Group 3
- Asia/Oceanic Zone Group 3and 4
- Europe and Africa Groups 3 and 4
While it may not be as common to bet on the Davis Cup as it would be to bet on the US Open or Wimbledon, you are sure to find some great betting options when it comes to The Davis Cup. The teams participating have some of the top talent representing their countries from all around the world. You can also bet on the qualifiers, which provides a great primer leading up to the Davis Cup Finals.
While professional tennis players were banned from participating at the Davis Cup for the majority of its existence, in 1973, they began allowing professional players. In 1981, they chose to tier the tournament, where the top 16 teams would compete in the World Group, and the remainder would compete in four other groups in their respective regional zones.
Finally, in 2018, the tournament was narrowed to 18 teams, the first of which being played last year in 2019, where the tournament takes place in one location in one week. Six round-robin groups of three teams compete, and the two best teams advance to the quarterfinals, and so on. The quarterfinal series was reduced from best of five to best of three.
Unfortunately, we won’t see the 120 year anniversary and 109th edition of The Davis Cup, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down most of the world and completely shelved many popular and traditional sporting events in 2020. The event was scheduled to be held November 23rd to 29th, 2020, in Madrid with over 90 athletes and their support systems tagging along.
The teams qualified for the 2020 event will be hosted in 2021, so their efforts this year will not be for nothing. The four semi-finalists from 2019, Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia will all be playing in 2021, as well as two wild cards: France and Serbia.
The tournament will still be played in Madrid, at The La Caja Magica - also known as the Manzanares Park Tennis Center. There are three hard courts in one structure, and recently has had expanded seating capacity in anticipation of the 2020 Summer Olympics (which was canceled as well).
The 2021 Davis Cup will take place from November 22nd to 28th, 2021 in Madrid.
Past Winners of the Davis Cup
- 2019 - Spain (defeated Canada in the final 2-0)
- 2018 - Croatia (defeated France in the final 3-1)
- 2017 - France (defeated Belgium in the final 3-2)
- 2016 - Argentina (defeated Croatia in the final 3-2)
- 2015 - Great Britain (defeated Belgium in the final 3-1)
- 2014 - Switzerland (defeated France in the final 3-1)
- 2013 - Czech Republic (defeated Serbia in the final 3-2)
- 2012 - Czech Republic (defeated Spain in the final 3-2)
- 2011 - Spain (defeated Argentina in the final 3-1)
- 2010 - Serbia (defeated France in the final 3-2)
- How to Bet on The Davis Cup
While we are unable to bet on the canceled 2020 Davis Cup tournament, we can start preparing for the 2021 tournament because it’ll be here sooner than you think. We can review popular Davis Cup betting types and perhaps broaden your tennis betting knowledge before the next edition of the tournament starts in November 2021.
With the Davis Cup being unique in the sense that they have the best of three formats, it makes it a bit more challenging because it rules out point spreads and totals betting. Moneylines and Futures are the most popular options for betting on Davis Cup and they are both simple to understand and bet, with plenty of opportunities to bet on either.
Davis Cup Moneyline Betting
Each Davis Cup tournament has six groups of three, and for the first four days, they will compete in a round-robin format. Each features two singles and one doubles rubber which are played in the best of three formats. Then they move to the quarterfinals and so on. This creates a good amount of Davis Cup betting opportunities jammed into one week.
Each game at the Davis Cup will have moneyline odds, and it’s the most practical and easy bet to understand. The moneyline bet is very simple: you need to predict which player or team will win the match.
If you have Spain versus Canada in the Davis Cup Finals, and let’s say in this instance we have Spain favored to win the match (spoiler alert: they did), you might see betting odds that look like this:
- Spain -110
- Canada +160
Since Spain is the favorite, the negative number means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. So you would have to place $110 on Spain to win $100. If you look at Canada, the underdog in this situation - they have much better value odds. If you bet on Canada, the +110 odds mean that you would need to wager $100 to win $110.
These odds can also be broken down further, maybe you like Spain to win, but where Denis Shapovalov from Canada plays Rafael Nadal, you think Canada has an advantage, you can wager on the individual players of each match as well.
Each Davis Cup match will have different odds based on the players competing and who they’re up against, so take into account who is playing, how they do on hard courts.
Davis Cup Futures
Now is the time to get your 2021 Davis Cup futures bets in. When it comes to betting on futures, it’s a very simple concept. You are going to predict which nation will win the 2021 Davis Cup far in advance. The further you are from the tournament, the better the odds will be, as it becomes more apparent in months leading up to the tournament which teams have a shot to be the champions.
You need to do plenty of research, ensure you know which players are representing their countries, and even when the schedule is released, odds will change, so you will want to review those and ensure your team you have pegged to win doesn’t have a challenging schedule.
Now, if you look at these Davis Cup betting odds, you will notice Spain is a pretty heavy favorite. That means that oddsmakers are pretty positive they will be in the final vying for the title. However, a keen eye might notice that 2019 runner up, Canada is at +1000. This is pretty low considering they placed second last year and made it to the finals.
A keen bettor might be inclined to bet on Canada. The odds are the same as moneylines when you work with positive numbers like +1000, you will have to bet $100 to win $1000. Of course, you can bet any denomination, like a $10 wager would pay out $100.
These odds can be out on qualifying events as well, so you could bet on someone who doesn’t even make it to the Davis Cup. Be sure to be cautious when betting futures, and do plenty of research.
Top Online Sportsbooks for Davis Cup Betting
Now that you are familiar with the two main betting options when it comes to betting on the Davis Cup, you’re ready to choose an online sportsbook and prepare for the 2021 tournament.
While some states have pretty decent sportsbook offerings, many haven’t fully legalized sports betting, and some don’t offer mobile betting, so it is important to understand that online offshore sportsbooks aren’t as scary or intimidating as they’re perceived to be.
Online sportsbooks are easy to use, and you can bet from pretty much anywhere you like - the bar, the gym, or our personal favorite, from the comfort of your own home.
Finding a sportsbook that is secure and has SSL encryption, that also has the best tennis odds should be your main goal when searching for an online sportsbook. Researching online sportsbooks before taking the plunge and signing up can benefit you in the long run, as many online sportsbook reviews offer insights into deposit options, bonuses, and loyalty programs which can turn into free betting dollars.
Remember to have fun betting on The Davis Cup and always ensure you bet responsibly and safely.