Wimbledon Betting – 2019’s Guide
Wimbledon is one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis events in the world. Officially called The Championships, Wimbledon is one of four tennis Grand Slams. It’s the only one to be held in the UK and the only one played on grass courts. Because of the magnitude of Wimbledon – and few UK sporting events can match its popularity – there are often plenty of bookmakers’ promotions, like free bets, and special Wimbledon betting markets that go hand in hand with the event. We explore the best Wimbledon betting sites below:
Finding the Best Wimbledon Odds
Every top online bookie will have betting markets for Wimbledon 2019, even months before the event gets underway. These markets will concentrate on the outright winner for both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles. However, as we get closer to the summer (Wimbledon is held in the first couple of weeks of July each year) more markets are added. These could include extra events, such as the Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and junior events. In addition, many top tennis bookmakers will release special markets for the event. For example, you could find odds on who will be the best-placed British player, individual markets for top players like Roger Federer and Serena Williams, or even novelty tennis bets, like whether the famous retractable roof on Centre Court be used or rain will force a ‘People’s Sunday’.
Tennis bookmakers will have differences of opinion when it comes to setting the odds. For punters, that can mean an opportunity. Shopping around different bookies can lead to a marked difference in the odds, potentially earning you a lot of extra money.
Consider the table below, showing the odds for three of the favourites for the 2019 Men Single’s at Wimbledon. Home-crowd favourite and two time-champion Andy Murray can be found at 14/1 with 888sport, double the odds that are offered by Ladbrokes. That’s not to say that 888sport is the best tennis bookmaker, it’s just that they have made a different assessment on Murray to other bookies considering his injuries the past few years.
|Bookie||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||Andy Murray|
Wimbledon Free Bets and Promotions
Being a massive event in the sporting calendar, Wimbledon is a great opportunity for bettors to get extra tennis betting promotions and special offers.
For a start, some bookmakers are known to offer Wimbledon free bets, often as part of a sign-up offer but sometimes as a promotion for existing players. Other types of Wimbledon betting offer include matched bets. For example, if you place a bet on a Wimbledon tennis match, you may receive another bet to use on live betting during the tournament.
Bookmakers will also offer enhanced odds and price boosts for Wimbledon. This will almost always be for the high-profile players. Accumulator bets, and don’t forget that there are over 600 matches played during Wimbledon fortnight, can also be subject to promotions like Acca Insurance and Acca Boosts.
The best time to check for these sorts of offers is around two weeks before the tournament, when bookies start to set out their marketing strategies for Wimbledon. Betting sites will have this information featured prominently on their homepages.
Wimbledon Popular Types of Bets
|Championship Winner||Bet on the winner of the tournament.|
|Match Betting||Bet on the winner of a specific match.|
|Handicap Betting||Bet on a player to win with a theoretical handicap.|
|Game Betting||Bet (usually, in-play) on the winner of a specific game.|
|Set Betting||Bet on the score in sets, who wins the first set etc.|
|Acca Bets||Bet on several matches with the odds accumulated.|
|Specials||Bet on special markets, such as individual player performances.|
What are the usual betting rules when betting on Wimbledon?
- Cancelled bets: If a match or Wimbledon itself is cancelled, you will always receive your money back from the bookmaker. Of course, this is unlikely to ever occur. If you bet on a market within a match, say the number of aces, and the match was cancelled, you would also receive your stake back.
- Payout restrictions: Bookmakers will list Wimbledon as a top bracket event, meaning it will have the maximum payout for tennis tournaments. Betfair sport, for example, has capped Wimbledon payouts at £500,000, twice that of standard ATP events.
- Injuries: Unfortunately, all bookmakers will count an injury defeat or withdrawal as part of the tournament for an outright bet. It’s unlikely you will have your stake returned. In some circumstances though, such as when a bet is made pre-tournament and the player withdraws, the bookmaker will return your stake. Most UK bookies will return the stake for an individual match bet if the player withdraws before the match has started.
- Live betting rules: Tennis action happens pretty fast, so the main concern with live betting on the action is that there is no time lag. Your bet will not stand if it hasn’t been confirmed. Betfair, Betway and Karamba sport are noted for slick, non-buggy live betting tools.
- Accumulators: All legs must win for an accumulator to be successful. If a single leg is voided after a match has been cancelled, you will get the accumulative odds for the winning legs that did take place.
There almost a complete standardisation of rules among UK tennis bookies, but there can be some differences. For example, if a player fails to complete a match, Betway will void all bets unless a player is disqualified. The winning bet would then be the non-disqualified player. On the other hand, Betfair will simply void all bets if the player fails to complete a match. Outright tournament winner bets are not included in either of these scenarios.
Wimbledon Tips & Predictions
There are many factors to look at before making a Wimbledon betting selection. The normal rules of sports betting – form, fitness, record – apply, but you should also remember Wimbledon has some very special circumstances. It is the only major tournament still played on grass, although the warm up tournaments at Eastbourne (women’s) and Queen’s Club (men’s) are played on grass and can be good indicators of how a player is adapting to the change of surface.
In addition, two of Wimbledon’s greatest champions of the modern era, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, are almost part-time players on the ATP Tour, but will put all their effort into Wimbledon (they have won a combined 15 times), so normal measures of form don’t apply. Federer, for example, famously skips the French Open, the tennis Grand Slam preceding Wimbledon, so there isn’t really a form indicator for the Swiss master.
Head to head can be an interesting stat to examine for picking a solid Wimbledon betting tip. Andy Murray, for example, had a terrible record against Roger Federer earlier in his career. Even when Murray was in the form of his life, he seemed to come crashing down each time he met Federer in a Slam. Remember: tennis is one of the most demanding sports on the planet, with players literally on the courts for hours. It can be psychologically demanding, too.
Injuries should also be factored into your bet. The tennis season starts in January, so players are seven months into a demanding schedule by the time Wimbledon rolls around. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have had some injury problems that have cost them dearly at Wimbledon in recent years. On the other hand, the 2018 champion Novak Djokovic was deemed to be still recovering from an elbow injury at the start of the tournament. He won – at bigger odds than usual due to the injury.
The best tennis tipsters will be watching the sport all year round and have a good handle on where the profit can be made. This is especially true in matches that have less scrutiny, such as doubles events or those contested by lower ranked players. When picking a tipster, you should make sure that they do indeed cover the sport all throughout the season, not just the big events. OLBG, Bettingexpert and Betadvisor are good tipping sites that pay a lot of attention to tennis. In addition, on Twitter you can find good tipsters like @TastyTennisTips and @TennisTipster88. Always check that the tipsters have a strong following on social media.
Wimbledon, the year’s third Grand Slam, starts on the first Monday in July each year, and finishes with the Men’s Singles Final 13 days later on the Sunday. Wimbledon 2019 will take place from Monday 1st – Sunday 14th July. The Championships are held in London and, indeed, are sometimes nicknamed after the London post code, SW19. It is the only Grand Slam now played on a grass surface, although the US Open formerly used a grass surface but has reverted to hard court since 1978.
128 players compete in each singles event, with 64 pairs in each of the doubles. Seven rounds in total are played to become champion in the singles, with a purse of over £30 million shared out among players in 2018. The winning singles player, male and female, receive around £2.2 million. The main action takes place on the iconic Centre Court and Court Number One, but there are 16 other courts that host the games.
In men’s Grand Slam tennis, each match is played as best of five sets. Other events like the ATP Tour events are played as best of three sets. All women’s tennis matches last for three sets. At the start of the tournament, 32 seeds will be named for each event. Seeds are based on ranking and previous performance and are designed to keep the best players apart in the draw until the later rounds. If all goes by seeding, the number one and two seeds would meet in the Wimbledon Final.
Wimbledon stretches back over 140 years to 1877, when Spencer Gore became the first Wimbledon champion. The first women’s tournament was held in 1884 and won by Maude Watson. The period from 1877-1967 is known as the Amateur Era, reflecting the fact that Wimbledon had no prize money and was closed off to professional players. The Open Era started when Wimbledon reversed this policy.
While Wimbledon is officially equal in stature to the other three Grand Slams – the French Open, Australian Open and US Open – it is steeped in tradition and ceremony. You can see this when the players come to the court decked out in white clothing. It’s also apparent that when you consider the greatest players in history – Bjorn Borg, Billie-Jean King, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Roger Federer and Serena Williams – their most iconic moments are almost always associated with Wimbledon.