Wimbledon is one of the highlights of the British sporting summer and widely regarded as the greatest tennis championships in the world. It is one of the four Grand Slam events and attracts a huge volume in betting. Millions of pounds are staked on the biggest games of the tournament. A UK television audience of over 17 million tuned in to watch Andy Murray win the title for the first time in 2013.
Murray has struggled with injury in recent months and is as high as 25-1 to reclaim his crown this year. Here is our guide to the leading contenders in the men’s and women’s tournaments and some useful pointers for betting at Wimbledon 2018.
Men’s Wimbledon Title Contenders
Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title last year at the age of 35. It came five years after his previous title and took him above Pete Sampras in the all-time champions list. Unquestionably the greatest player ever seen on grass, the Swiss legend will be a hot favourite again this year. He has managed his schedule superbly in recent years, by-passing the French Open to save himself for his best surface.
Rafael Nadal won his second Wimbledon title in 2010 but has only got past the fourth round once since. His dominance on clay is as evident as that of Federer on grass, recently securing his eleventh French Open title.
Novak Djokovic won his third Wimbledon in 2015 but has failed in his last seven Grand Slams. He has been struggling with injury and his tame quarter-final exit in Paris raised more questions than it answered. Alexander Zverev is one of the emerging talents of the game, reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros.
Croatia’s Marin Cilic was runner-up last year but is yet to add to his solitary Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2014. Other names likely to feature include Juan Martin Del Potro, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios. British interest will inevitably focus on Andy Murry but Kyle Edmond has had a good season and will be hoping to improve on a woeful Wimbledon record. He has only one victory in ten matches (singles and doubles) at the tournament.
Women’s Wimbledon Title Contenders
Serena Williams is looking vulnerable since her return to the circuit after having her first child in 2017. She was beaten in the fourth round in the French Open in her first Grand Slam since winning the Australian title in 2017. Already a six-time Wimbledon winner, she is still among the favourites.
Two-time Champion Petra Kvitova has been gradually returning to her best after surviving a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic in 2016. The defending Champion is Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, a semi-finalist in Paris. She was in sublime form at Wimbledon a year ago and has to be considered a leading contender again this year.
Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam at the French Open but may suffer a backlash. She is currently number 1 in the world but has only made the semis once in seven previous visits. Britain’s Johanna Konta reached the third round last year but was a first round casualty in Paris. Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina are others with chances in a wide open event.
Outright Winner Betting at Wimbledon
The showcase betting market at Wimbledon is for the outright winner of the Men’s and Women’s titles. Sports betting sites will only pay-out each-way (half of the odds) on first and second in this market.
Before betting on the outright winner, it is worth studying the draw carefully to see which players may be favoured. There are numerous websites that provide all of the information you could possibly need including Wimbledon seedings, player history and recent performances.
Previous form on grass is vital for players going into Wimbledon. Federer may be a short-priced favourite on grass ahead of Nadal but those positions would be totally reversed on a clay surface. There are warm-up events at Queen’s Club, Nottingham and Eastbourne. Make a note of players who do well in these events as they are likely to carry that form into the early rounds of Wimbledon. A player’s world ranking can be very deceptive and recent form is a far better guide to their prospects.
Tennis Match Betting
By far the biggest turnover for betting at Wimbledon is on Match Betting. There are numerous markets on each match at the tournament with betting on match winner, set score, set winner, number of sets and total games.
Research is vital here as the head-to-head statistics will give you a very good indication of the likely outcome. For example, Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova in all seventeen previous meetings.
Multiple Betting on Tennis
Just as in other forms of sports betting, you can link several matches together in doubles, trebles and accumulators. Long odds-on favourites make little appeal by themselves but if you can link four or five matches together successfully, they can yield steady profits.
Live Betting on Tennis
Live Betting is the fastest growing market in tennis in recent times. The coverage on betting exchange sites has improved dramatically with constantly updating statistics on points won, break points and much more. Being able to absorb all of this information in real time and make your decision is an acquired skill and this is not for the novice punter.
Wimbledon Special Bets
The bookmakers offer several special bet markets during the course of Wimbledon. Naming the Finalists is a very risky market but can bring rich rewards. The favourite is often a very short price but you can get very long odds if you can correctly name their opponent in the final.
If you don’t like the restricted terms of each-way betting (first and second only) you can bet on a player to reach the semi-final. You can sometimes find some good value bets here. For example, Juan Martin Del Potro is priced generally at 16-1 to win Wimbledon but you can get 8-1 about him reaching the semi-finals by shopping around! There are also special markets created on individual players. Roger Federer is 10-1 to win the Men’s tournament without dropping a set.
Wimbledon promises to be a thrilling fortnight of top quality tennis. If you do your research and seek out the value, you can serve a few aces of your own!
Content Authored by Harvey Mayson