Daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings announced Friday that it was adding DFS Tennis to its slate of fantasy sports available for play. The announcement came just in time for Wimbledon, which will kick off on July 2.
The timing of the announcement is no accident. DraftKings management confirmed that the scheduling of the release was intentional.
“By expanding into tennis, we have an opportunity to provide a new and engaging experience for our current customer base while broadening our reach to attract tennis fans, globally,” said Mark Nerenberg, DraftKings Vice President of Game Operations and Development. “Over 25 million people in the U.S. alone tuned in to watch Wimbledon last year, and we want to be a part of that.”
How Daily Fantasy Tennis Works on DraftKings
Players at DraftKings will draft six players onto their teams. In doing so, they must stay under a $50,000 salary cap.
Tennis matches last for three sets except for men’s Grand Slam matches, which are five sets long. Because there may be discrepancies between match length, scoring on matches may differ.
Players score points based upon the performances of their team members. Extra points are awarded for exceptional play, such as a player winning in straight sets or winning a set without surrendering a game.
Games in which one opponent retires yield the biggest point awards. If a player were to win by retirement in set 1, the player’s team would win a whopping 20 points.
With regard to Wimbledon, it is certainly a Grand Slam tournament, so men’s matches will be five sets long. However, players are not limited to one gender for their teams, so the mixed scoring may occur there.
Things are Quite Busy at DraftKings
This announcement is the latest in a series of developments from the DFS giant. DraftKings has appeared in the news often in the last month due to its movement towards sports betting in the United States.
Since late May, DraftKings billboards and electronic advertisements have been popping up in New Jersey to advertise a coming sportsbook operation. These ads showed up a mere ten days after the US Supreme Court voted to repeal PASPA and allow sports betting’s legality to be decided on a state level.
In early June, DraftKings secured a partnership with Resorts Atlantic City. This arrangement provided the company with a land-based casino partner that is essential for operating in the Garden State.
Then, last week, DraftKings announced that it had secured a deal with Kambi Group, a Maltese sportsbook platform provider. With these two deals in hand, DraftKings all but signaled that a sportsbook will soon be a reality.
In the meantime, DraftKings is sure to book tons of action on the upcoming tennis tournament. At the very least, you’ll understand why a close friend or family member is suddenly glued to the television to watch a British tennis tournament.