latso is entitled to have own opinion on a lot of the things, but i just need to correct that on my pretty much unused bet 365 account (i use it to watch streams) my futures matches limit is approx. $550. If we add to it set betting or overs/unders placed within 2 minutes (later odds collapse or match is removed), then we have a nice amount coming from one fresh account. If a few people are doing it simultaneously, then it increases to a nearly money prize of a whole futures.
Maybe the limits depend on the country, in which case latso and I can be both true about what we say. What I can say only is that I have seen such actions take place. Sadly, I can't say which matches these were, because MTF can be sometimes read by different people, and I don't want players from the depths of ranks to be investigated (even if turn out innocent in the end). I only pointed out the potential danger. Apparently, if tennis betting was not profitable for the bookmakers, they would be closing it instead of expanding.
As for the Slam funding, I don't know how much they are giving per year, but I know mandatory housing either costs ITF nothing, or very little. Especially that it was tested and working fine at some American tournaments (challengers, maybe some futures too).
I suppose they are building futures in Africa, which is obviously very nice and thoughtful, but at the same time we have also European federations that struggle...
For instance Dimitrov - handsome boy, it was easy for him to sign sponsor contracts when he was one of the best juniors, and the "new Federer" was fantastic PR
. Has he received any ITF support money?
Because another Bulgarian talented junior, Todor Enev (finished year behind Roddick in juniors) wasn't as lucky as Grisha and faded into nowhere.
This is why I think what officials say about supporting young players is far-fetched.
But of course, you can have own opinion. My job as a journalist is to find holes in that "perfect picture" of tennis we have, just because there is something as exciting as the big 4.
Nathaliia, please tell me how do you know your limit for betting on Futures, because i don't know how to check mine...
Let me help you - you have no idea how much it is. First of all because it is a case by case situation in the bookies. The limits are different tournament by tournament, match by match.
If you try to go around your limits, whatever the magical ways you describe - you will not get winnings back and often you'll be stripped off your stake as well, so please, you are indeed a smart person, so don't try to invent stuff to cover the nonsenses in your article.
I fully understand that "everything going smooth in tennis" is not exactly what anyone would read, but inventing issues for the sake of making an article popular is worse than even writing BS, but sincerely...
Tennis betting is indeed profitable for the bookies and they do expand it, because they have set their rules, which don't allow scammers to expose them by cheating/fixing matches.
Hence, fixing on Futures level is bollocks.
Mandatory housing costs quite a lot actually. That's also why the +H tournaments give more points.
It's simple math. Try to check how many players are in a Futures tournament, with the doubles, with eventual ladies' part of the draw (but even without), multiply the rooms by players, by days, then calculate the 3 meals per day for X number of days and you get approximately as much as the prize money for the smallest tournaments.
So it does indeed cost a lot and it does cost a lot of work for the administration of a tournament.
But that's not the issue, we all want them all to be +H, mandatory is possible, even though it's not possible everywhere, as at some places you'll have also transportation costs, etc.
"We have European federations that struggle" - err, no, we have not
Dimitrov found sponsors Because he was good and not - became good coz he found sponsors.
Enev couldn't transfer his junior level into ATP, smth that happens to numerous good juniors and there's nothing anyone could do about that.