Wimbledon Online Betting
The All-England Championships, generally known as Wimbledon, is both the oldest and most important tournament in championship tennis. It is an annual event, taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, near Church Road, London. The tournament is a fortnight in duration, played in late June / early July.
In 1877, the tournament first took place, under the control of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, near Worple Road, Wimbledon. The sole event in these Championships was the men's singles. Ladies' singles and men's doubles were added in 1884. It took nearly thirty years before ladies' and mixed doubles events were included in the tournament in 1913. In 1922, the Championships moved to the current location. From its inception, Wimbledon was open solely to amateur players. Professional players were not admitted until 1968. The last British man to win the singles event was Fred Perry (1936) and the last woman Virginia Wade (1977).
Entries are limited to 128 players in the men's and ladies singles. Players are admitted based of their world rankings. Previous grass court form is also considered. The Championship Committee seeds the top 32 players. Two unseeded players have won the men's singles, namely Boris Becker (1985) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001). No unseeded female has won the singles title. Venus Williams, seeded 23 in 2007, is the lowest seeded ladies' singles winner.
Traditionally, prize money for the men's events exceeded that for the ladies events. However, after a great deal of protest and discussion, the Championship Committee decided to award equal prize money for all the events. The sums awarded to the winners in 2007 were:
Most Successful Competitors
- Men's Singles Winner £700,000
- Ladies' Singles Winner £700,000
- Men's Doubles Winners £222,900 per pair
- Ladies' Doubles Winners £222,900 per pair
- Mixed Doubles Winners £90,000 per pair
Men: Laurie Doherty 13 (5 singles, 8 doubles), Todd Woodbridge 9 (9 doubles)
Ladies: Billy-Jean King 20 (6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed), Martina Navratilova 20 (9 singles, 7 doubles, 4 mixed).
Consecutive Singles Wins
Men: Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, 5 each.
Ladies: Martina Navratilova, 6.
Betting On The Wimbledon Championships
Types of Bet Available
Prices are available, with most online betting sites, for men's and ladies' singles and doubles, along with mixed doubles. However, the majority of betting centres on the singles events. Roger Federer, chasing his sixth consecutive title is the obvious favourite at 4/6, with Nadal and Djokovic next best at 5/1 for the men's singles. British hope, Andy Murray, is a 16/1 chance. The ladies' singles appears more competitive, with Justin Henin favourite at 7/2, Serena Williams 9/2, Venus Williams 11/2, Maria Sharapova 6/1 and Amelie Mauresmo a 12/1 chance. Each-way betting is available on both events, with 1/2 the odds a place 1, 2.
The Wimbledon ante-post market is not particularly popular with punters, since apart from injury or complete loss of form by the major contenders, prices change very little in the months preceding the tournament.
Individual Match Bets
Once the draw for the tournament is known, online betting sites offer prices on individual matches. However, until the latter stages, there is little value to be found in match bets. Early on, with the better players competing against far inferior opposition, prices of 1/33, 1/50, 1/66 and even 1/100 are commonplace.
Correct Score Betting
Online betting sites offer prices on the correct set score in individual matches, e.g. Federer to win 3-2, Sharapova to win 2-0 etc. These may provide better value than the outright match prices.
Online bettors will offer a wide range of "in-running" bets on individual matches. These include:
- Fluctuating prices on the match winner.
- Predicting the winner of a particular set.
- Predicting the score in a particular set.
- Predicting the number of games in (i) a particular set (ii) the whole match.
Wimbledon - Further Information
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