Wimbledon is the biggest sports betting event on the tennis calendar, a solid excuse for Y-SPORT to go into overdrive with special offers, free bets, and enhanced odds.
The Wimbledon schedule features a 128-player main draw for both the men’s and women’s singles events. For many years, Wimbledon relied on its Seeding (Ranking) Committee, but since 1975 it has adhered to the rankings offered by the ATP in for the men’s draw and the WTA for women’s, while reserving the right to change them slightly on its terms, and in many cases, changing the ranking of the players who have performed well on grass throughout their history a place or two above their official world rankings. For example, when defending champions Pete Sampras and Roger Federer surrendered their world number one spots provisionally to Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal respectively, they were still top-ranked players at Wimbledon.
Originally, the top 16 ranked players were originally seeded, but this number was raised to the top 32 in 2001 across all four slams.
The goal of the tennis player ranking system is to keep the best players in the tournament for as long as possible in order of their ranks. Therefore, a player ranked in the top 4 cannot face a player ranked in the world’s top 10 until the tournaments’ round of 16, a player in the top 8 until the quarterfinals and a fellow top 4 player until the semi-finals.
The doubles competitions (men’s, women’s and mixed) have 64 pairs in the draw, so while they have the same number of players in total, they play one round less. The 16 best doubles pairings are rated. While doubles events lack the coverage that singles events get, doubles matches are often superbly entertaining and feature star pairs such as the Bryans’ brothers Bob and Mike, the most successful doubles team in history, with 16 majors including three at Wimbledon. Andy Murray’s brother Jamie is also an exceptional doubles player who has been ranked number 1 in the world.
As for the Junior matches, they are for young boys and girls aged 18 years and under and feature 64 player draws. The Junior matches give fans a peek into the future of tennis. Over the years, players such as Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash, Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer have won the boys’ event, while in recent seasons the girls’ junior has featured names such as the world number one Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon finalists Agnieszka Radwańska, Eugenie Bouchard and the top British prospect Laura Robson, who raised the banner of winner’s trophy.
The good news for sports bettors is that even with the help of the Wimbledon Seeding Committee, there are still many surprises at Wimbledon, especially in the first week. Historically, Court 2 has been known as the “Graveyard of Champions” and over the years Wimbledon champions such as Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Virginia Wade, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash, Richard Krajicek, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, they all tasted defeat in the opening week up there.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal suffered several upset defeats, none more dramatic than his loss in the second round to world number 100 player Lucas Rosol in 2012. In 2014, everyone was shocked again when Rafael Nadal lost to the 19-year-old Aussie Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the fourth round. Kyrgios was ranked number 144, but unlike Rosol, he worked hard and managed to reach a level that met the expectations and became one of the top 20 players in the world.
Both Rosol (196 cm) and Kyrgios (193 cm) are tall players, and they both work hard in their shots to score, and while the courts at Wimbledon aren’t as fast as they were in the mid-90s, these kinds of players might feel annoyed, especially against baseline players who like to play from the back of the court.
When it comes to betting, the most important thing is to only place bets in cases where you identify a value bet. What is betting value? A value opportunity is when you consider that the chances of a given outcome are greater than the probability offered by the bookmaker’s odds.
Determining betting value requires a simple calculation:
Value = (Decimal Chances × Bettor Assessed Probability) -1
For example, if we are offered a 1.75 odds (with an implied probability of 57.1%) that Andy Murray will win a Wimbledon match and we consider the probability of that outcome to be 65%, then we have a value betting opportunity because our assessed probability is greater than that offered by the bookmaker.
In the 26 seasons between 1990 and 2015, only 11 players won the men’s Wimbledon Singles trophies, less than any other tournaments during that period.
It takes a certain type of player to win a Grand Slam tournament, especially Wimbledon. Fortunately for sports bettors, players rarely have great one-off seasons at Wimbledon. Winners often win more than one trophy and even those that don’t win tend to go deep in the tournament in successive seasons, making them good match betting options.
If you like a particular player to bet on, ask yourself these questions: What is their previous record in Grand Slams? How did they perform at Wimbledon? Quickly check the results on the ATP or WTA websites to get the answers you need.
In general, Wimbledon winners – especially men – have unique characteristics. Especially in the post-1968 and open court era, the great champions include Rod Laver, John Newcombe, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. All six of these players are superb serving players and are also exceptionally good at volley (when a player steps into the net and hits the ball before rebounding in front of it). Because grass is a fast surface, it needs fast servers and due to the relative irregularity of the bounce, awkward surface, removing a rally from the equation thanks to the points-winning volley is a good option.
However, the puzzling thing is that one of Wimbledon’s greatest ever champions – Bjorn Borg – and some of its more recent winners – Nadal, Murray and Djokovic, are baseline players. These players have strong solid serve and can volley when needed, but they prefer playing tennis from the back of the court. Andre Agassi, the winner in 1992 and runner-up in 1999, was a baseline pioneer who in theory should have struggled at Wimbledon but was a tough contender whenever he played there.
The bottom line is that if a player is good enough – and just as importantly – if they enjoy the whole grass-court experience at Wimbledon, they will be in with a shot at lifting the cup. While Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Nadal will be top contenders in Wimbledon for the foreseeable future, double-slam champions Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the talented Grigor Dimitrov all have the skills to win the title. The young players that we expect big successes from them are Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Borna Couric who brings great enthusiasm to the youth, Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz.
Historically, clay-court players rarely transfer their skills to grass. As surfaces go, clay and grass are extreme opposites, with the baseline retriever preferring the first pitch, and the fast foley serving the second court. While the greatest clay players of all time – Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal – have adapted superbly to the grass surface, a whole host of the greatest clay players over the decades such as Manolo Aurantes, Guillermo Villas, Thomas Muster, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrer and most recently Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer have struggled to leave their mark at Wimbledon.
Among women, the disparity is less and most top female tennis players adapt well to playing both on clay and grass. All the great women players in the Open era of tennis have won both the French Open and Wimbledon, including Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steve Graf, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.
While modern tennis players are adept at all surfaces, they naturally tend to favor one particular surface over the other. Spanish, Italian, and South American players have been practicing the game on clay courts, leading the game for years on red dirt. This means that since the era of open tennis there have been eleven winners from Spain, Italy and Latin America at Roland Garros, but all of those countries combined have produced only one Wimbledon champion – Rafael Nadal.
Therefore, if a well-ranked player from Spain, Italy or Latin America encounters an underdog in the first week of Wimbledon, an upset might well be on the cards!
When betting on a match at Wimbledon, the easiest way to get a good indication of your tennis bet – whether you’re looking at a handicap, set, or correct score betting, is to check the history of head-to-head matches of the players you’re betting on if they’ve ever competed.
To do this, you need to log onto the ATP or WTA website, enter the name of one of the players in the match, and when their profile page appears, scroll down to the head-to-head option then add the name of the second player. If these two players have met before, you will see all the results, score lines and stats of their matches, when and where they took place and what type of surfaces they played on. You can see from a glance who won, if they were hard-fought or easy matches, average games they played for each game set, etc.
If some related matches have taken place on the grass courts, you can get a good idea of what the likely situation will be between these two players at Wimbledon.In case that a game brought these two players head-on on a grassy surface but they have played on another fast surface like hard court, you can use that as a reference. If you’re still in doubt, check out [ כאן קישור ] Y-SPORT Tennis tipsters for advice.
If you are looking for tennis stats to help you analyze your Wimbledon tennis betting, here are the top five sites for tennis betting statistics:
ATP Stats Centre
WTA Stats Centre
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