The Open Championships, or Wimbledon as it is more commonly known, is the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament and has provided audiences with some incredible moments over it’s decorated history. The third of four grand slams is perhaps the tournament that young tennis players dream of winning the most, and for punters, the thrill of picking a champion is just as exciting.
Wimbledon is known for it’s strict adherence to tradition, best exemplified by the requirement for all participants to wear an all white playing strip. Things could not be more different in the betting community, where you will find a plethora of markets and lines. Below you will find a comprehensive overview of the tournament, including odds from a variety of providers and our best betting tips to help you win big at the Open.
Latest odds update: 06/10/2017
Notable Winners at Wimbledon (Open Era)
- 8 – Roger Federer (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)
- 7 – Pete Sampras (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
- 5 – Bjorn Borg (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
Wimbledon is the slam that every player wants to win, and as such the big guns really come out firing.
Such is the focus of the world’s top players, it is exceptionally rare to see a player outside of the top tier players lifting the famous trophy. In fact, since the turn of the century, only one man has come from outside the top four seeds to win the tournament – unseeded Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, who broke Pat Rafter’s heart in the 2001 edition by claiming a victory with a 9-7 fifth set.
Why is this relevant? Well, there is a big reason why there is such a gulf between the price of the top four seeds and the rest of the pack in the above table. Such is the rarity of an outsider winning that we would always recommend against placing a bet on any of the names down the list. Perhaps this will change when the likes of Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic eventually retire, but until then it’s not worth your time picking anyone else.
So in a tournament that is dominated by the top four, how are you supposed to make money in the early rounds?
Simple. While an individual head to head bet involving the top seeds is generally out of the question due to a minuscule potential return, you have a great chance of turning a profit if you combine four or more of the top seeds in one bet. Remember that a parlay bet will act as a multiplier, so you will receive much more than if you were to put on a series of individual bets.
Our pick of the exotic betting options available is definitely the line that allows you to select the number of sets required for victory.
While a straight-sets victory is always going to be the favorite for the top players in the early rounds, it is still going to pay more than the simple head to head odds. If you were to insert these in a parlay rather than the basic bets, you will stretch your potential dividend.
Roger Federer managed to win the 2017 Wimbledon tournament without dropping a set, so he is a perfect candidate for this line!
Latest odds update: 06/10/2017
Notable Winners at Wimbledon (Open Era)
- 9 – Martina Navratilova (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)
- 7 – Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)
- 7 – Serena Williams (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Unlike the men’s draw, the women’s competition at Wimbledon since the turn of the century has been much less predictable, with several instances of winners coming outside of the top four seeds. 2017 winner Garbine Muguruza won the tournament as a fourteenth seed, while the Williams sisters, who have won an astonishing twelve tournaments between them, have each lifted the trophy while ranked lower than fourth.
And as such, the table above shows a much wider spread of potential candidates for the 2018 tournament. Our advice here is to bide your time and consider the traditional lead-up tournaments, which for the women include the Nottingham Open, Birmingham Classic and the Eastbourne International.
The best way to bet on women’s matches is to use the live betting option that is available through all of the top betting companies. The main reason for this is that an average female game tends to fluctuate much more than a men’s fixture.
For example, in a match between one of the top seeds and an outsider, you may see odds that are not worthy of a bet for the top-ranked player – let’s say they start at -800. As is often the case in tennis, the outsider will start strongly and occasionally take the first set off the better player. If this occurs, you will be able to jump on the favorite at much better odds, perhaps -200, and the chances of them recovering and storming home to victory are extremely high.
With so many matches being played at one time, and with the top betting companies offering head-to-head odds on each of them, you will have all the tools you need to make the right play at the right time. Simply take note of the favorites before the matches get underway, and in the case that an outsider behaves in the manner above, jump on the favorite and watch the money roll in. Your patience will be rewarded.
Wimbledon Betting Odds 2018
Everyone looks forward to Summer, and the only thing better than sitting back on a patio and watching the world’s greatest tournament is actively participating by placing a wager or two. From pre-tournament futures odds, to individual match and set betting prices, not to mention a wide variety of prop betting options, our top ranked sportsbooks listed below have tennis fans covered for the whole 14 days at Wimbledon.
It’s simply incredible to see the great man Roger Federer at the top of the list of betting options for the 2018 men’s draw at Wimbledon. Seemingly at the end of his career, having not won a grand slam since the 2012 tournament, Federer turned back the clock in 2017 by winning at both the Australian Open and the Open Championships. If all goes to plan, he will raise his ninth Wimbledon title and take another step on the road to tennis immortality.
There will be plenty of the usual suspects around to try and prevent this from happening. Rafael Nadal’s concurrent return to form in 2017 led to him also lifting two major trophies and he finds himself once again at the peak of the ATP world rankings. If he performs well, we could even see another classic Nadal-Federer final. And let’s not forget Murray and Djokovic, who both have points to prove after disappointing 2017 campaigns.
The women’s draw will once again feature Serena Williams, with the 23-time grand slam winner out to equal (or overtake) Margaret Court’s 24 titles. It remains to be seen whether the most gifted female athlete of our generation will return to full form and fitness after the birth of her first child, but one would think that if anyone can do it, Serena can.
There are plenty of other options available in the draw, so if Williams does not return to her best it will likely be another very open tournament and come down to who is in form at the time.
While there is little certainty around the potential winners for Wimbledon 2018, you can be sure that we will provide you with all the updates as they come to light, plus provide all of the most recent odds available for the tournament.Related articles