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An Introduction to Wimbledon
Dating back as far as the 19th century, the Championships at Wimbledon are the most famous and historic tennis championships played in the world today. The tournament has come a long way since the first final, when a mere couple of hundred spectators met to watch the Gentlemen’s Singles Final at the cost of a shilling. Prize money for the winning players now reaches upwards of £2 million, and even first round losing players pocket £35,000 apiece.
Wimbledon is best known for its outdoor grass courts, and is the only remaining Grand Slam to be played on grass. The surface lends itself to a fast, all-action game of tennis, with big servers enjoying success due to each point being relatively short.
Of course as well as the tennis itself, Wimbledon is a place of great tradition, with the Royal Family attending every year. Regular viewers will be familiar to the sight of strawberries and cream being consumed by the audience. Players are still expected to wear only white clothing, giving matches at Wimbledon a truly iconic look and feel.
The unique conditions at Wimbledon often lead to certain players finding SW19 as a “home from home”, with the likes of Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer winning a number of titles at the venue.
Wimbledon Betting Tips 2019
Tennis is a fantastic, fast action sport to bet on and the momentum of the game can swing completely at any time.
The game requires mental toughness and consistency, so it’s always worth looking at the kinds of personalities on both sides of the net. For instance, if you have a player on one side who is fairly level-headed and consistent, and another player who is far more volatile, then you might expect to see the pattern of the game change regularly. In such games, in-play betting on the underdog at the time is a possible strategy.
It’s also worth considering the type of player when looking at markets such as total games, or total sets. If there’s a couple of big-serving players, expect few breaks of serve, and hence a large number of games and sets. With more dynamic players, there is a higher potential for breaks of serves and so a lower number of games and sets.
When looking further ahead at potential winners of the tournament, or players to reach the latter stages, then taking a look at the tournament draw is a good place to start. While the draw is supposed to be fair, it often leads some players to have an easier route to the final than others. Identifying these players can give you good chance to follow them into the final week, where their momentum could take them even further.
Finally, be aware! There are always several shocks in the earlier rounds at Wimbledon, with many of the top 10 players going out. Backing the favourites is far from a sure thing here, so beware and even look for potentially long-priced underdogs in the first week.
Wimbledon 2019 Betting Guide
It’s a familiar story when looking at the Men’s side of the draw, with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal the leading contenders to take the title.
Djokovic is the heavy favourite after reasserting himself at the top of the men’s game, although with Federer’s outstanding history at this event (11 finals, 8 tournament wins), he is hard to write off. Rafael Nadal is coming off the back of another outstanding clay court season, but he hasn’t reached the final at Wimbledon since 2011. In recent years he’s had a number of shock exits in the earlier rounds of the competition, with injuries impacting his game.
Interestingly, the last three men’s finals have seen a relative underdog make it to the final, and while those finals were won by the favourites, it shows there is always a good chance that someone can come through from longer odds to challenge for the title. Those same three underdogs that reached the final from 2016 to 2018 (Cilic, Raonic, Anderson) can be backed at prices from 33/1-50/1 to win the title this time around.
If you’re looking for a potential surprise, then you should take a glance at the next generation of tennis stars to finally make their breakthrough in a Grand Slam.
The most likely of these is Alexander Zverev (16/1), who has flirted with making an impact for a couple of years now. He undoubtedly has the talent, but hasn’t yet been able to put together two weeks of solid form in order to win a Grand Slam title.
Another to watch could be Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (20/1), who has shown glimpses of his ability to beat the best players in the world with a victory over Rafael Nadal on clay, and over Roger Federer at the Australian Open, where he reached the semi-finals. He comes to the tournament with titles behind him at Marseille and Estoril, and is definitely another one to watch for the future. Whether that future comes at Wimbledon 2019 remains to be seen.
The Women’s game has been blown wide open over the last couple of years, with Serena Williams’ (6/1) dominance ending since her return after having a child. In her place, we’ve seen Naomi Osaka (9/1) come to the fore, winning two of the last three Grand Slams. At the French Open, we saw a new star, Ashleigh Barty (8/1) win her first Grand Slam. Unsurprisingly, she’s now the name on many people’s lips going into Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion, and is the current second favourite at 7/1. However, with the Grand Slam titles seemingly being shared around in the Women’s game recently, perhaps there is better value in looking for a maiden winner amongst players whose draw looks favourable.
There are recent Grand Slam winners at prices like 125/1 for the event, and many of those priced in the 100 to 200/1 bracket can’t be completely ruled out.
For the patriots among us, there is also Johana Konta to look out for. She returned to form with a semi-final appearance at the French Open, and while grass isn’t her favourite surface, with the Women’s game so open, she has a chance coming into this at 20/1.
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