Wimbledon: Betting Tips, Stats & History

Wimbledon is not only one of the richest tennis tournaments on the circuit, but also one of the most prestigious. The even makes up one of the 4 majors that run throughout the year and is regarded by many as one of the toughest, mainly because it’s played on grass.

The location is, unsurprisingly, Wimbledon, which is a borough of London, England. Many people associate the event as the start of the British summer time and often you see some amazing flowers and scenery on show. 

Mens Singles Betting Tips

Roger Federer has wound back the clock to come into Wimbledon 2017 as favourite with the bookies. This tournament could be the one when we see a return to the Big Four domination, with the Swiss back in contention, while Rafa Nadal just claimed a 10th French Open win. When you add that in to the struggles suffered by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, there’s plenty of questions surrounding this year’s tournament.

While the big four being back in play is key, it doesn’t really tell us anything new. Wimbledon has been dominated by those four men since 2002, with one of those players winning the tournament every year since Lleyton Hewitt claimed the title 15 years ago. Of those 14 titles, half have been won by Federer. Can he become the most successful player at SW19 by winning here for an eighth time?

Tips And Predictions

The bookies believe in Federer, who is the 9/4 favourite with Betfred heading into the tournament. It’s easy to see why, with both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray being poor in 2017. The Scot did come to life at the French Open, reaching the semis, but he crashed out in the first round at Queen’s in preparation for this event. That’s a poor build up, while preparation could be the key thing for deciding the winner here. Murray has since withdrawn from another tournament and an exhibition game with a sore hip so it’s hard to see the Scot going all the way.

Nadal pulled out of Queen’s to rest and he’s not having any grass court warm ups before stepping out at Wimbledon. Given that he’s in the early stages of a revival, and he’s stepping out on arguably his weakest surface, we can’t see that working out for him.

Djokovic has altered his warm-up plans, but his disappointing display at the French means we’re swerving him. However, Federer missed the French Open to rest after starting the year in brilliant form, and he seems to be right back into the groove on his return, winning in Halle yet again. That seems to be the best preparation of the four, and it shows just how he’s focusing on an eighth Wimbledon title. That’s why we’re backing the favourite at 9/4 with Betfred.

Past Winners

  • 2016 Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic 3-0 in the final
  • 2015 - Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-1 in the final
  • 2014 - Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-2
  • 2013 - Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 3-0
  • 2012 - Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 3-1

Other Bets And Odds

We’ve already outlined why the Big Four are likely to dominate this event once again, and there’s only one player outside of those who we’re tempted by here. Canadian Milos Raonic was impressive in reaching the final here last season, and he’s still out at 18/1 with Betfair to win the title in 2017. He’s certainly a decent value each way punt in a market which isn’t offering much value. Despite losing to Murray 12 months ago, we’re tipping the Canadian to have another strong display at the All-England club this year.

Womens Singles Betting Tips

We’re heading into potentially the most unpredictable Women’s Grand Slam in years, and that’s after a pretty shocking French Open. There’s no clear favourite, despite the bookies cutting quite a few prices in the lead up to the event. It’s hard to pin down the main contenders here, following Jelena Ostapenko’s surprise victory at Roland Garros. Despite that win, she’s still not expected to challenge at SW19.

The other factor at play here is the absence of Serena Williams. She’s sitting this one out as she’s expecting a baby, which leaves a bit of a vacuum at the top. The American has won three of the last five Wimbledon titles, including the previous two. That means there’s a chance for a new name to push for the title this year, but who will be celebrating come July 15th?

Tips And Predictions

The favourite for this one is Petra Kvitova, who is priced at 5/1 with Bet365 despite being told that she might not play tennis again late last year. A knife attack left her in danger of giving up the sport, but she fought back to claim a victory at the Aegon Classic. However, will she able to climb back to the very top that quickly and claim her third Wimbledon title? It’s going to be a big ask for the former champion, but she’s made the perfect recovery so far. She’s also said that she’s ignoring any pressure on her, playing purely for the joy of being on court, which is a great situation to be in ahead of one of the biggest tournaments of the season.

There’s certainly a few questions surrounding Kvitova. However, she’s a proven Gland Slam winner, and her mentality can’t be questioned after her brilliant comeback. We think it’s worth backing her brilliant story to continue at Wimbledon. A good omen for her is that their previous two victories at SW19 were separated by three years, coming in 2011 and 2014. Can she triumph after another three year wait? We suggest she can, so we’re backing her at 5/1 with Bet365.

Past Winners

  • 2016 - Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 2-0 in the final
  • 2015 - Serena Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 2-0 in the final
  • 2014 - Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard 2-0
  • 2013 - Marion Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki 2-0
  • 2012 - Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska 2-1

Other Bets And Odds

Our outside pick for this year’s championship is the current world number 1. How Angelique Kerber still holds that rank is beyond us, as she suffered an awful first round exit at the French Open. That’s probably played a part in her price of 16/1 with Ladbrokes. However, she’s much more suited to grass, and she was runner-up behind Serena Williams last year. With the reigning champion out, we can see Kerber putting in a strong showing and at least reaching the final once again, so we’re backing her each way at that price.

About

Whilst many people refer to Wimbledon as simply, ‘Wimbledon’, it’s official name is actually The Championships, Wimbledon. It was brought in as this to prevent any confusion between reference of the town and the tournament proper. 

The two major championships that run within the 2-week event comes in the form of the men’s and women’s singles titles. Like all major titles, these are often thought of as being the highest anticipated and the ones that most spectators want to see.

But, there is much more to the event that simply these two competitions. It also includes men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and several junior and disability tournaments as well. Over the last decade or so the hosts have put huge emphasis on making these ‘lesser’ events more popular, allowing them to play on the show courts and increased the TV coverage that they get. 

Conditions

Even though the Championships are technically within the British Summer time, the weather is often less than kind. It’s highly unusual for games not to get called off for rain at some point and it’s actually become so common that people see it as part of the game now, utilising these breaks to either start again if behind or maintain if ahead. 

To combat that the Centre Court now has a retractable roof, meaning play can continue no matter what the weather. It’s a glass roof which allows natural light to flood the court, but artificial floodlights can be used when needed. Plans are currently afoot for a similar roof to be added to Court No. 2 in the not too distant future. 

Qualification, Seeding & Draw

For each tournament, 128 players will take place in both the men’s and women’s events. There are a number of ways in which players are able to get access. The easiest way is simply to be seeded, with each variation there are 32 players who are seeded. These essentially not only get automatic qualification, but as the draw is made, they are also kept apart from each other, theoretically giving them an easier opening game. 

Originally players were seeded based on each country nominating up to 4 players to represent that country. But, this was scraped in 1927 and started to seed players based on past performances and current ranking. 

The Committee of Management play a big role in who plays at the event. One of their key decisions come from the wildcards that are allocated to each tournament. A wildcard can be allocated to any player who has not already qualified for the tournament. Generally, the committee will favour home-grown talent, but it’s by no means exclusive to this. Goran Ivanisevic is the only wildcard player to have ever won either a men’s or women’s title at Wimbledon. 

Outside of being seeded, ranked or given a wildcard spot, the only other chance of gaining entry to Wimbledon is via one of the qualifying competitors. Each event will include three-round tournaments. These tournaments take place all over the world, throughout the year, but one of the biggest is that of Queen’s Club, held the week prior to Wimbledon. It’s a tough place to qualify though as many players use this tournament as a warm up for the main event, often resulting in a star-studded field. 

The top 32 players in the world the week before Wimbledon starts will be the top 32 seeds. But, world ranking won’t necessarily reflect the rankings for the seed. They committee take into account previous years performances on that surface. So, as there are very few grass tournaments throughout the year, Wimbledon is actually one of the majors that sticks pretty closely to world rankings. 

The Courts

Wimbledon hosts 19 courts in total, with this number set to rise over the coming years current expansion plans. This allows for a lot of tennis to be played over just a two-week timescale. 

The main courts are that of the iconic Centre Court and No. 1 Court, both of which hold over 10,000 spectators. What’s interesting is that the only tennis that these two courts see over the year is from the 2 weeks of Wimbledon. The committee decided that in order to have the best possible surfaces for the best players in the world, that this was deemed necessary. 

Centre Court isn’t just the biggest court of the Championships, holding 15,000 people, but it’s one of the most iconic courts in the world. One of the reasons why it’s held so dear by so many people is the inclusion of the Royal Box. Whilst royalty doesn’t attend every single day of the 2 weeks, they are there for the main games later in the fortnight. But, there is always a plethora of celebrities and distinguished guests that peruse the seats, strictly on an invite-only basis.  In 2009 a major revamp was undergone, with a retractable roof being added to allow play to continue through inevitable rain breaks. 

Wimbledon Court Capacity

Court

Capacity

Centre Court

15,000

No. 1 Court 

11,000

No. 2 Court 

4,000

No. 3 Court

3,000

Grass Surface

The fact that Wimbledon is played on grass is just one of a number of features that makes this event truly unique. It actually takes the ground staff 15 months to get the right playing surface in place, starting the process outside of the grounds and then moving it in. They use what is known as Perennial Ryegrass, which has been in place since 2001, adding more durability to the modern game. Fun fact, 9 tonnes of grass seed is used each year at Wimbledon alone! 

Grass is a tricky surface for most people to get to grips with and requires a certain skill set to do well there. Often people mention that players who serve volley have had the best records and whilst this is mostly definitely true, the modern era has started to see a slight shift away from that, with the likes of Murray, Djokovic and Federer, all seeing sustain success and none massively known for their serve-volley work. 

Grass is the fastest surface that players will play on. The ball tends to skid off the top more than the likes of clay or hard court, which means that often rallies are much shorter than the two aforementioned surfaces. 

A lot of players actually struggle with the pace, but that’s more because there are so few grass tournaments on the main circuit these days. The reason behind that is simply down to cost of maintenance. Wimbledon can guarantee 40,000 through the doors every day of the Championships, which obviously allows them to make a lot of money and in turn create amazing playing surfaces. The reality is that smaller events might not have 40,000 people through the gates for the entirety of it, so cost becomes a massive issue. 

Prize Money

As with all of these high-profile events, prizemoney plays a huge part. For 2017, the fund was reported at £31,600,000. Do to fluctuations in the Pound, it’s tough to compare it to over major tournaments, but they are all pretty similar these days. 

This money is divided up between each tournament that is running throughout the Championships. The money is equal for both men’s and women’s games, with the winner of the singles title taking home a cheque worth a cool £2,200,000. In fact, a losing quarter finalist will grab a £275,000 payday, such is the lucrative nature of the sport. 

One of the most iconic things about Wimbledon, but something that a lot of people aren’t aware of, is that they have the longest running sponsorship deal in the history of sport. The deal with Slazenger to provide the match balls has been in place since 1902. They’ve also been long time partners with that of Robinsons, who have been on the books since 1935 supplying fruit flavoured drinks. 

Statistics

Since 2003 the Wimbledon men’s game has been dominated by 4 players: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. But, in those 14 years, it’s been Federer who has been the king of Wimbledon, winning it no fewer that 8 separate occasions, making him the most successful male player in the history of the Championships.

Men's Singles Winners

Year

Winner

Runner Up

2017

Roger Federer

Marin Colic

2016

Andy Murray

Milos Raonic

2015

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

2014

Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer

2013

Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic

The women’s game has seen a similar level of dominance, again with just 5 winners from last 17 years: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli and Gabine Muguruza. But, it’s been the Williams’ sisters that have been most dominant, winning 12 of the 17 years, with Venus winning 5 tournaments and Serena winning 7. 

Women's Singles Winners

Year

Winner

Runner Up

2017

Gabine Muguruza

Venus Williams

2016

Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber

2015

Serena Williams

Gabine Muguruza

2014

Petera Kvitova

Eugenie Bouchard

2013

Marion Bartoli

Sabine Lisicki

History

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has been about since 1868 and set up primarily as private members club for the upper class of its day. Little did they know it would turn out to be one of the most influential associations within world tennis!

The club was situated in Wimbledon and with came the first Lawn Tennis Championship, essentially the same Championships that we know today. The inaugural event was held as gentleman only and was won by that of Spencer Gore, with over 200 people watching the final. 

The club continued to flourish, before in 1922 deciding that it needed to move to larger premises to accommodate the increasing popularity. It found its home on Church Road in Wimbledon, exactly where it resides today, almost 100 years later. 

Traditions

With the tournament comes a whole host of traditions, which makes Wimbledon so unique compared to other majors throughout the year. One of things that the players must adhere to is to wear all white when they are playing. This is a strict rule and whilst some leniency does come in for things like logos and very fine patterns, the bulk of the clothing must be white.  

In contrast to that, the official colours if Wimbledon are actually that of purple and green, two colours that are heavily donned by that of the ball boys/girls and the umpires. Many of the members for the day in the Royal box are encouraged to wear to some sort of homage to this. It’s also worth noting that men within the Royal box must wear a tie or they will be refused permission. 

Finally, the word ‘Wimbledon’ rarely goes by without mentioning of the now famous strawberries and cream that are served up, often washed down with a glass of Pimms. 

Most Successful Men

Throughout the open era of Wimbledon there have been many greats that have managed to get their hands on the trophy, including the likes of Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. But, there are two that are able to stand head and shoulders above all of these greats; Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. 

Sampras was the first player to really dominate Wimbledon and whilst he found success at other majors, there was something about the grass surface that just seemed to suit his aggressive serve-volley style. We won Wimbledon on 7 different occasions, but what’s most impressive is that he did it just 8 years. Only Richard Kraijceck in 1996 stood in the middle of 7 successes. 

It was probably quite fitting that the man to stop him winning an 8thtitle and 5 in a row at the time just so happened to be the man who surpassed his then record of 7 titles, Roger Federer. It was Federer who beat Sampras in 2001, but later went on to lose to Tim Henman.

It was a quick learning curve for the Swiss legend, who picked up his first win in 2003. He then went on to win 5 times in a row, with some epic battles including that of the 2007 five-setter against Rafael Nadal, a player we would beat in 2 finals. 

What’s most impressive about Federer is the fact that he did it over an extended period of time. No player in the Open Era has won 14 years apart from his first and most recent win, and who’s to say that the record is going to stop there?

Most Successful Women

The greatest of them all in the women’s game at Wimbledon is that of Martina Navratilova. The American won a record 9 titles, from 1978 though to 1990. She dominated for huge parts of the eighties, winning 6 consecutive times from 1982 to 1987. 

Closely following Navratilova is that of German Steffi Graff and fellow American, Serena Williams. With all three women, there was a feeling of the changing of the guard. Graff’s dominance game in late eighties and actually beat Navratilova in two consecutive finals. Se then went on to win her 7thand final title in 1996. 

Serena took over in the early ‘naughties’ with her first title coming in 2002, beating her sister over the space of 5 years when the Williams’ sisters really dominated the world of tennis. Serena has continued as one of the greatest of all time and it’s only she that can now realistically catch Navratilova’s record in the modern game.  

Brits at Wimbledon

Whilst British tennis hasn’t always been the strongest, they have been able to produce a couple of greats. From the women’s game is that of Virginia Wade. Her one and only victory came about in 1977, but is still dubbed as the most successful female British tennis player of all time, with 3 Grand Slam victories to her name from the early-mid 1970’s.

A generation or two prior was that of Fred Perry in the men’s game. Perry won Wimbledon on 3 separate occasions, making a part of 8 majors in total. But, Perry was also the first player to win the career Grand Slam, which is made up winning all four of the majors within a calendar year. To this date, only a handful of players have ever repeated this feat. 

In the modern day, the Brits have relied on the success of Andy Murray to keep them going. Murray was the first and only male winner since Fred Perry and has been able to complete two career Wimbledon wins in 2013 and 2016. Unfortunately for Murray, he will likely always be remembered for the final loss to roger Federer in 2012 where he broke down in tears in the interview after. But, Murray was to have the last laugh as he not only won Olympic Gold later that summer beating Federer on the same Wimbledon Centre Court, but also going on to finally lift the men’s crown just 12 months later, beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. 

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