Frequently Asked Questions
Before I even get into the FAQ, here are some general guidelines to follow when trading tennis.
Some of the points may be repeated in the questions below.
- If any Back Heavy market looks like in a desperate situation, trade out !
We will recover it later, I guarantee it!
- If any low stake match is looking too desperate in WTA especially
with a first set going against you, trade out, but definitely consider
getting back into the trade at some stage. Some calculated risks
should be taken, and indeed WTA is the perfect choice for that!
- Set a target for the day. For example, if you have 100 quid as
bankroll, setting a target of 20 or 25 is enough for a day to
consistently build that bankroll. If you make 50 straight away and
continue to chase more, the greed factor starts to creep in, which is
the absolute nemesis of all traders. Keep that in mind! Building your
bankroll by 70% in a week is your aim. With this in mind, 100 quid will
become 1419.86 (approx) in just 5 weeks!! Here’s the maths:
100 + 70%=170
170 + 70%=289
289 + 70%=491.30
491.30 + 70%=835.21
835.21 +70% =1419.86
That’s an average of around 264 per week over the 5 weeks, and from a
starting point of just 100 quid….
- Do not chase every single market. The reason I give so many tips is
to suit all my members across different time zones, and for those who
cant trade all day. Choose your matches according to your schedule
and trade only those matches – don’t worry about the rest.
- Be patient! The ultimate weapon of trading is patience.
This makes you make the right decisions at key times overall and that
is crucial for a good trader. If you lose only 10 where you could
have lost 30, it means you have saved 20. If at any time you feel
that the market is making you disoriented or that you are steaming,
simply trade out and take your dog out for a walk! You should always
be calm as a trader, if you aren’t, you shouldn’t be trading!!
- Finally, respect money! The more you take care about saving bits of
money, the better money manager you become. It is absolutely essential
to do that!!
1. What do I need to start using the tennis trading strategies and tips?
First of all, you need to register with an online betting exchange. There are a few players in the market these days, but I suggest you go with Betfair. It’s the biggest one and has the best liquidity in the trading markets which is crucial for successful application of the tennis trading strategies.
Next – you need some sort of betting exchange software. One popular one is Bet Angel – I used this in all my TTL 2.0 videos.
The recommended option is Fairbot – it’s a simpler platform and in my opinion, very suited to the tips.
2. How much money do I need to start trading?
You really can start with as little as you want – and actually that’s what I suggest to trading start-ups. Just lodge a hundred quid into your Betfair account and start trading with minimum stakes. The biggest folly you could do would be to start using big stakes right away – you first need to become really familiar with the trading strategies and then increase the stakes gradually. If you start with 100 and are following the tips and you grow your bank by 60-70% each week, you will be trading with pro stakes in no time. Imagine what you can do when you grow it to 1000???
3. How often tennis tournaments take place and how often I can realistically expect to trade?
The number of matches depends on the season – but there are plenty of matches that qualify every day. Most big matches are played at weekends. That’s when the semifinals and finals are taking place and it puts 9 – 5ers in a good position for mastering the tennis trading strategies and getting plenty of practice. Here you can see tennis event calendar for this year.
4. What stakes do you suggest using and what are the potential earnings?
I usually operate with stakes of 100 – 200 euro, sometimes more, but it depends on the size of your bank. My golden rule for beginners not to use more than 10% of the bank as a stake. Your monthly profit will depend on many factors – how often you trade, which systems you use and how well you execute the strategies. By gradually increasing the stakes and mastering the trading strategies you can expect earning around 4-700 a week, and often more.
Just bear in mind – don’t start big, always begin with trading with small stakes and experimenting with what works best for you.
5. Are all tennis matches eligible for trading using TTLS 2.0 strategies?
Yes, you can trade any tennis matches using my tennis trading strategies. All of my Tennis Trading strategies have different criteria which have to be met before a match qualifies, but Tennis Scalper strategy can be applied on any tennis match, Grand Slam 5 setters including.
My Daily tennis Tips are carefully selected and can be applied as seen – there are no qualifying criteria.
6. Can I use the TTLS 2.0 tennis trading strategies on all online betting exchanges?
In theory you can. In the reality, though, Betfair is the only online betting exchange that provides decent liquidity in the tennis markets. You simply won’t be able to use the strategies on other exchanges because of poor liquidity and uneven odds distribution.
7. Can I get a downloadable version of the TTLS 2.0 video course?
Tennis Trading League is available as a download since January 2012.
8. When do I trade out?What if the strategy isn’t working?
First of all, watch the player who you want to lose more than the player who your money is on.
Look at serve stats, return percentage, second serve percentage, break point chances etc. This gives you an idea if the tip was worth applying straight away or delaying for a few games (always a good choice).
For any Back Heavy matches that you trade, it is always better you trade out if it reaches a tie break as you may get very unlucky and easily get you in the RZ (red zone). You can always put a lay amount in advance. For eg. If your back heavy cost you 100 units, and the market is rather fluctuating violently, give a lay price so that your maximum loss is around 25-30 units (recoverable easily)!
I do not give a 100% guarantee in any match only a highly likely chance. No one can predict when a player gets injured and when he/she has trouble breathing or coping with the heat of the sun. All these can be overcome to a degree however just watching the match live. Hence I mostly trade HEAVY matches that I can only watch live!
9. What if I’m no good at betting exchange trading? What if I realize it’s just not working out for me?
I have a money-back policy. If you really feel that tennis trading is not your cup of tea, you can request your investment back. So as you can see, it’s a no-risk situation for you!
10. If these tennis trading strategies really work, why have you invested your time and effort to create this website and the product? Would you not rather spend your time on doing what you’re good at – trading tennis?
First of all – I’ve outsourced most of the web-building and other tech stuff. All I needed to do is to take screencasts and screenshots and write down the notes for the chap who’s putting it all together. At the end of the day, of course it’s business for me and I’ve invested in a venture with good return on investment.
Secondly – I don’t mind spending a few minutes daily on answering e-mails if it results in a nice stream of additional income. On top of that, I like helping others out with advice and there’s no better feeling than receiving an e-mail saying – thanks Paddy, your strategies and tips really work and I’ve made nice trading profit!
11. How does Your TTL 2.0 system work?
All you need to do is watch the videos and copy what I do! You will have to put a small amount of time into choosing qualifying matches (all is explained in the videos), but after that it’s a matter of copying what you see in the videos.
12.What do you mean when you say ‘Back Heavy’(BH)
This is a term that I use for increasing the stakes for certain markets when I feel the odds are rather wrongly priced. The best example I can give is the match between Serena and Sharapova recently that I tipped as not Back Heavy but Back Extra Heavy!
I felt the odds on her @1.4 range was actually too much. For me it should have been maximum 1.25 – 1.3 range.
Hence, watch out for the BH (Back Heavy) matches closely as my strike rate so far for them is pretty decent as you can check from some of my earlier tips. Other terms and abbreviations include as follows:
B: Back (generally for low stakes as the market may not be easy to predict – 10 % of bank)
LL : Lay low
BH: Back Heavy (10-30% of bank).
EH: Extra Heavy (30-40% of bank max) This is used at your own discretion!
LH: Lay Heavy (I haven’t used this much as the lay odds should be too wrong to lay heavy)
GO : Green(ing) out
GZ: Green Zone
RZ: Red Zone
Note: I always ask people to trade out with a loss in the worst case. Back Heavy doesn’t mean a guarantee! All I am predicting is that odds to go in the backed player’s side easily at some point in the match, meaning you may very well have the chance to green out some money. If indeed the strategy doesn’t work straight away, DONT THINK, just trade out, accept a loss as that is recoverable in a later match. Your intuition is the absolute weapon in trading whether it is stocks, bonds, currencies or sports!
13. Do you do one-on-one trading sessions?
I will be announcing a service soon that will be available to a limited number of members who can trade with me for one month – watch out for details!!
14. What’s the difference between your TTL 2.0 Strategies and your tipping service?
TTL 2.0 is a video course with 4 strategies that can be applied to any tennis match, and you don’t really need any experience of trading to get started – the videos in the course spell it all out and you just copy what you see in those videos.
The tipping service is based on sound knowledge of tournaments, players, surfaces and many other factors that can swing a match in your favour. Following my tips is a bit simpler than using TTL 2.0 but combined they offer the ultimate tennis trading income. TTL 2.0 is normally 149 euro, but you can get Lifetime Membership to the tips service and TTL 2.0 download for just 149 euro too – meaning lifetime membership to the tips service is free when bought together!!
15. Do you take payments other than Paypal?
At the moment, Paypal is the only Payment form that I can accept. Setting up a Paypal account is easy – just click here. When you open a Paypal account, you will be able to use your credit card as normal, or you can transfer money from your bank account and use that if you don’t have a credit card. Paypal protects your financial details from a third party to whom you are paying. And you wont be charged a fee – if you pay 10 quid to me, I will get around 9.60 as Paypal deduct money from me, not you!!
16. What is Stop Loss? What % should I use?
A ‘stop loss’ is a feature on platforms that let you pre-define a
‘trade out’ situation in case the worst happens. It is great for ‘in
play’ markets. The main advantage here is, unlike normal trade outs
for which there is a few second delay on Betfair, the ‘stop loss
markets’ are traded out instantly as you have already pre-defined them
with a corresponding ‘trigger’ and ‘place bet’ price.
As an example:
Suppose you are trading on Djokovic (1.45) v Murray (3.15) and your
money is on Djokovic as he is a rather big favourite. Your enter a
trade by backing Djoko in the 1.6 range, hoping the market to go down
later. But the match went to a tie-break in the first set and Murray
is leading by 1 mini break.
In this situation, the odds may be in the 1.7 range or more already on
Djoko. However, you want to trade out the market only if it reaches
1.9 in case Murray dominates the tie-break because if Murray does
dominate, Djokovic may become the underdog and his odds very likely
should go above 2! So you may have to activate the ‘stop loss’
In Fairbot platform, there is a ‘trigger’ and ‘place bets’ option
which normally are the same price. The ‘stop loss’ feature can be
activated by right clicking the back or lay price. The following
screenshot shows a ‘stop loss’ scenario for Youzhny v Brands
I have backed Youzhny @ 1.47 here with 100 units. Assuming the odds
are going up, I am willing to accept a loss upto 23 units by giving
the ‘stop loss’ at 1.7. In this case if Youzhny indeed loses I will
have no losses or profits. If Youzhny wins however we are in
a loss of about 23 units.
The ‘stop loss’ feature is an extremely useful tool if you are
completely new to trading. I don’t use it much, unless I am trading heavy or
extra heavy in which case, you should most probably have it for the
worst case scenarios!
The % at which you should set it depends on how much you are willing
to accept as a loss early on. But as a general rule, you should not
leave any trade open if the loss exceeds more than 40% of your stake.
So if you are putting in 100 units, any loss above 40 is pushing it.
Hence, set the trigger and place odds so that it is less than that.
The situation is different for each trade so sometimes you may have to
trade out early and sometimes you can leave it for some more time in
case of an injury to the opposite player hoping the market will go in
your favour in the future. But keep the 40% rule in mind as a tip!
17. What is Liquidity?
What is Liquidity and how important is it?
The basic meaning of Liquidity on Betfair would be the amount of money
invested by people overall on Trading/Betting!
Liquidity is an extremely important factor to look at, if you even
want to consider a trade.
For eg. Suppose if Roger Federer plays Alejandro Falla on Grass in an
ATP event and Roger’s form is rather poor. The odds however are still
too low on him at let’s say 1.05 lay price. Let’s also assume that
Falla’s form is really good and he beat Tsonga to meet Roger (almost
impossible but worth considering for this example!). You definitely
think that odds will go up to atleast 1.08.
However the market liquidity is extremely low at around 35 000 Euros.
This means you have much less probability of having your bet matched
even if the odds reach 1.08 considering others have also opted for the
same strategy. Indeed the trade may go through but the chances are
There are too many sports on Betfair that are indeed very popular but
when it comes to liquidity they have no chance against Tennis (one of
the most liquid sports on Betfair without a doubt!) For eg. if we
consider three popular games of American sports, NBA, NFL, and MLB put
against one popular game of Tennis, it is very likely that those 3
games’ liquidity added up may not even come to half of the Tennis
market. The 4th major American market NHL, is not even worth
mentioning as it is dreadful on Betfair in terms of liquidity. I have
seen very popular NHL games with less than 200 Euros matched in the
MATCH ODDS market. That is extremely silly as you would only trade
there if you were crazy!
What we see from the above example is, in order to make money we need
others to invest in that sports as well to get our trades going.
Tennis is perfect over all for that hence Liquidity especially for BH
matches I give, are extremely important!!
Ideally for low stakes markets, we need a liquidity of anything from
50 – 100 k at least!
For BH Matches, at least 200 K up should be the liquidity I feel.
For EH (Extra Heavy) matches we should be looking at anything above
750 or 1 Million upwards! It is extremely important to get our trades
matched when we are risking more. Hence, the liquidity is the most
important factor before you enter a trade with high risk!
The following is a screenshot that I put on the site a few days
earlier. I have pointed out the liquid area of this match on the
18. Live Tennis Streaming recommendations
The matches, if you don’t have SKY, may be found on frombar.tv or
livescorehunter.com. or mypremium.tv. I don’t really recommend a lot
of other sites as there is always risk of adware or malware. But
these three have generally worked for me in the long run.
Also please make sure you check bet365 website first in regard live
streams. If they don’t have it, its unlikely others have. Also watch
their scoreboard carefully when you watch the stream from
somewhere else. No point in having scoreboard 10 seconds faster than
the stream as it will hurt you in trading!