Sports betting data API provider LSports has launched a new simulated tennis product to allow sportsbooks to continue offering betting services during the shutdown of traditional sports as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Tennis Betting Simulator leverages LSports’ historical tennis database, which includes data gathered from more than one million tennis matches and associated statistics.
Each match features its original pre-match and in-play odds, with users able to view a visualisation that mirrors the precise action that took place on the court. Visualisation features include ball movement, heatmaps and shot placements.
Player’s names, as well as the date and time of the match, and which event it took place in have all been changed, with each match instead using distorted names of top active and hall of fame players. However, the real information about the match is revealed after the simulation has ended.
LSports will run up to 500 simulated events each day, with matches featuring a number of different formats such as best-of-five, best-of-seven, best-of-nine games and full-sets.
“Sports fans around the world are starved with nearly every league shutting down operations indefinitely,” LSports co-founder and chief executive Shaul Lazar said. “Our Tennis Betting Simulator can help satiate that hunger and allow sports gambling enthusiasts to partake in the hobby while leagues’ doors remain closed.
“We’ve created a system that precisely redevelops historical tennis matches while maintaining their integrity, providing sportsbooks a solution that will reopen tennis revenues.”
Tennis is one of many sports to have been disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced this year’s Wimbledon Championships would not take place due to the outbreak.
The Championships had been due to run from 29 June to 12 July in London, but has been cancelled for the first time since 1945, when the tournament was coming to the end of a six-year suspension due to the Second World War.