The Wimbledon tennis championships is not only the oldest tennis tournament in the whole world, but seems like a true “Paradise City” for tennis lovers and punters. The popular Guns N’Roses song description, “where the grass is green and the girls are pretty”, is a perfect match to one of the most emblematic tennis competitions, one of four Grand Slams, the only one played on grass surface.
This feature makes Wimbledon even more exciting, as upset results are common. In fact, if you study carefully players with a specific style of play, who are good at playing on grass surface, you’ll be able to win big in the long term. Reading the following guide will give you in-depth knowledge about:
- Which style of players are good on grass surface.
- All the “hot” names (both experienced and youngsters) to follow for the 2019 tournament.
- Which are the best betting strategies when it comes to head-to-head, in-play or overall Wimbledon betting.
- Finding the best odds and markets at online bookmakers.
All these, along with several worthy tips, will persuade you that Wimbledon is a real treasure waiting for you. I just provide you the map and the shovel.
Wimbledon Betting Guide to grass tournaments
Grass surface is the rarest nowadays. Only a handful of ATP and WTA tournaments are played on grass, and most of them are scheduled just a few weeks before the Wimbledon tournament, in fact operating as warm-up tournaments to contenders. It’s worth mentioning them:
ATP Tournaments: Nottingham Classic, Antalya Open, Halle Open, Eastbourne International, London Queens Club, Newport Tournament, s-Hertogenbosch Open
WTA Tournaments: Birmingham Classic, Nottingham Classic, Eastbourne International, Mallorca Open, s-Hertogenbosch Open
These tournaments could function as a compass, especially when you try to identify underdogs, who are exceptional on grass surface and should make an impact to the Wimbledon starting rounds. A glance at these tournaments' past winners should be a turning point to your analysis.
Of course, some top-class players are not pushing themselves to 100% performance, as they’re saving strength for the main tournament. But you need to check out if the top seeds have gone too far or, even better, have won any grass-court tournaments, especially at warm-ups like Halle or Queens Club.
Best players on Wimbledon 2019 tournament
Above all, the key question is which style of player, male or female, is the best to follow when it comes to Wimbledon. The key answer is based on two specific elements: Serve and volley. Excellent servers and exceptional volleyers have an extra advantage on this surface, as on grass the bounce of the ball is somewhat irregular.
Players who are able to incommode the opponent by serving strongly and accurately are using this to protect their serve games and look for the chance to a break or two. In addition, players who can easily adjust their body and tennis racket in order to return balls, especially from the baseline, are getting on high in the tournament.
Excellent physical standing is mandatory, as matches at Wimbledon tournament played between two same-class players often take a long time to finish. It’s not a coincidence that the longest match in tennis history (11 hours, 5 minutes!) between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, was during the 2010 Wimbledon tournament and the four of the top five longest matches have been played in London as well.
The long-term advice someone could give for a Grand Slam tournament is too follow top-class players: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are still the top contenders. Rafael Nadal is not so keen on playing on grass (he’s the king of clay surface, though) and his Wimbledon tournament record is rather disappointing, given his true and exceptional talent to the sport. But, these names are known to everybody, so the value of their overall or match-by-match success is deeply trimmed.
You have to choose other players to find real value at their odds. One of them is Marin Cilic, the Croatian who made the final in 2017 and has an appearance at least to the quarter-final stage in four of last six tournaments, which shows remarkable stability. Another is Grigor Dimitrov, the Bulgarian excellent baseliner, or the Canadian Milos Raonic, who made the final in 2016 and has been eliminated to the quarter-final stage since.
As for the ladies’ tournament, you don’t have to look at past results to prove the domination of Williams’ duo, especially Serena. But as years go by the top spot becomes more and more competitive. The two most recent winners, Angelique Kerber and Gabrine Muguruza, are always between the top seeds, and the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko is not a surprise any more, nor is Simona Halep. If you try to follow an experienced lady, the Polish Agnieska Radwanska is a fair choice, as she’s proven her stability (although absent from the 2018 tournament).
The young Japanese Naomi Osaka seems an obvious choice (No1 in WTA Rankings) but hasn’t been tested enough on grass surface to be considered a strong favourite. The 20-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (standing at 1m82) is inexperienced but has all the potential of travelling deep into the tournament.
Best tips for Wimbledon Betting
- Watch out for tall players, they usually have an advantage at serving: Alexander Zverev is 1m98 (6’6’’), Stefanos Tsitsipas stands at 1m94 (6’4’’), so does Nick Kyrgios, who was an absolute minnow back in 2013 when he drove out mighty Rafael Nadal.
- Be aware of postponed matches: Showers are common in London at early June, sometimes players have to deal with heavy rain, their matches are interrupted or not held at the scheduled time and it is difficult for the favourites to find an appropriate rhythm.
- Age and fatigue could be a key factor. The tournament, as all Grand Slams, is a best-of-five sets. So, if an experienced, but past his 30s player (Djokovic, Nadal etc.) has come from a 5-set difficult tie and has a difficult opponent to match in the next round, he wouldn’t be considered as a hot favorite.
- Check the schedule carefully. A day of extra rest between rounds is an extreme advantage for players who are obliged to give 100% in almost every tie.
Best strategies for Wimbledon betting
- Forgotten sensations: Look for the past Wimbledon results (a good start is the table above). You’ll notice a lot of names who have a decent, stable progress on last tournaments, but they didn’t make it to the last 16 last year or are not in their top performance this year. Bookies adjust odds almost always taking into account recent results and success, because that’s something most punters do before placing their bets. So, you just have to pick one or two and believe in their restoration to the top.
- High ATP/WTA Ranking, no success on grass: Look at the current ATP/WTA Ranking and go against all those players (especially female) who are seeded, but they don’t seem to feel comfortable on Wimbledon grass, so they have a series of eliminations in starting rounds of past Wimbledon tournaments. You’ll find their opponents in really tempting odds.
- Head-to-head records reveal the winner: Overall performance is always crucial when it comes to tennis, but head-to-head records could be more important for your betting decision. Look for past results between the two players especially on grass. You’ll be thrilled finding different results from what you expected, players with much lower ranking having impressive records vs. top ranked ones, who don’t feel comfortable on this surface.
Wimbedon 2019: Most popular markets
Apart from the most popular tennis markets you could find in every minor tournament (winner, overall winner, total number of sets, overall winner etc.) the Grand Slam tournament such as Wimbledon are benefited with extra plurality, which adds to the excitement and creates more valuable choices. At Wimbledon 2019 competition you can choose from a number of additional markets, such as:
Individual totals: If a player will get over or under a number of specific games (usually 17,5), regardless of the final score.
Win to nil/Lose without scoring: Sets ending 6-0.
Tie break: If a set (or more) will be won by this way.
Number of aces: Exists as an individual market (for every player) or total (for a match).
Come from behind and win: Which player is tough enough to react during the match.
Best Bookmakers for Wimbedon 2019 Betting
Wimbledon Past Winners
Let’s take a look at what happened to past competitions. The following tables show every winner and runner up at the last 10 tournaments. You’ll find out that the usual names dominate the competition, but there are times where a middle-class name can reach the final and live the dream.
Wimbledon Winners Men's Singles Since 2009
|2018||Novak Djokovic||Kevin Anderson|
|2017||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic|
|2016||Andy Murray||Milos Raonic|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|2014||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic|
|2012||Roger Federer||Andy Murray|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal|
|2010||Rafael Nadal||Tomas Berdych|
|2009||Roger Federer||Andy Roddick|
Wimbledon Womens Winners Since 2009
|2018||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams|
|2017||Garbine Muguruza||Venus Williams|
|2016||Serena Williams||Angelique Kerber|
|2015||Serena Williams||Garbine Muguruza|
|2014||Petra Kvitova||Eugenie Bouchard|
|2013||Marion Bartoli||Sabine Lisicki|
|2012||Serena Williams||Agnieszka Radwanska|
|2011||Petra Kvitova||Maria Sharapova|
|2010||Serena Williams||Vera Zvonareva|
|2009||Serena Williams||Venus Williams|