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Betting on Wimbledon

Hosted every year by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, Wimbledon is the premier wagering event for tennis bettors. The 14-day event will be held July 1-14, 2019.

Held yearly between the French Open in May and the U.S. Open in August, there are plenty of Wimbledon betting opportunities for novices and sharps alike. With men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches played over the two-week period, Odds Shark’s got you covered with strategies and betting news for the 2019 Wimbledon championships.

Whether you’re looking to make a moneyline bet on Novak Djokovic or bet live during the mixed doubles finals, you’ve got everything you need right here from odds to tips to free picks.

What is the Moneyline?

The moneyline simply involves you picking a winner. Let’s say the Williams sisters are squaring off at Wimbledon. Betting odds for this matchup would look something like this:

Serena Williams -250

Venus Williams +195

Serena is the favorite and Venus is the underdog. You’ll notice that when it comes to how odds are displayed, favorites are always indicated by the minus sign (-) and underdogs will always have a plus sign (+). This is universal across all online bet sites.

If you were to bet $100 on Serena and she won, you would see a payout of $140 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $40. Conversely, if you were to bet $100 on Venus and she won, you would get a payout of $295 – your original $100 comes back, along with your winnings of $195.

Check out our Odds Calculator to find out how much you’d get for correctly picking a winner based on the odds and how much you bet.

Tennis Betting Tips

When it comes to betting on Wimbledon tennis, besides knowing what the odds for each match are, there are three important handicapping tools you need: court surface, type of play and injuries.

Court Surface

Wimbledon is played on grass, which makes for a very slippery surface. The ball bounces quickly and remains lower to the ground due to the fact that the soil is softer than the materials used on hardcourt and clay. Although the grass at Wimbledon is well-maintained, the playing area may also be slightly uneven. Players need to keep their center of gravity lower by bending their knees more than they would on a different court. However, those with a strong serve and those who can control the net generally find success on grass.

Type of Play

Tennis players fall into several categories:

  • Big servers – Players who don’t need to rely on anything but their serve because it’s so powerful
  • Baseliners – Those who can restrict the action to the back of the court through groundstrokes (a backhand or forehand shot that is taken after the ball bounces)
  • Defensive – Players who capitalize on their opponent’s faults
  • All-rounders – Those who keep their play close to the net

Injuries

As you would with any other sport, looking into injuries can help you handicap your bets. Our tennis experts will keep you up to date with injury reports so you know you’re not gambling on a player with a broken wrist. It’s important to note that odds will reflect a player’s injuries. Oddsmakers take ailments into consideration when setting odds for each match. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay on top of player injuries. A sprained ankle may sideline a lesser player, but it may not keep Novak Djokovic from having a good game.

Knowing how healthy a competitor is and how they control the game, whether it’s through their serve or defense, can help you make smart bets.

Championship Tennis Betting Opportunities

Wimbledon consists of five main events, four juniors, and seven that are by invitation only. Sportsbooks will not have betting chances for everything that takes place at Wimbledon, but you will be able to find bet opportunities for all main happenings.

EventNumber of Players (or Teams)Match Format
Gentlemen's Singles128Best-of-five
Ladies' Singles128Best-of-three
Gentlemen's Doubles64Best-of-five
Ladies' Doubles64Best-of-three
Mixed Doubles48Best-of-three

If you think about it, you have at least 64 chances to win big. Since all events are single-elimination tournaments, if you lose one bet, you can move on to the next match and try to recoup your losses.

Wimbledon Facts

  • The tournament is actually called “The Championships, Wimbledon.”
  • The first-ever Wimbledon tournament was played on July 9, 1877.
  • Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event that is still played on grass. Since 2002, perennial ryegrass is used to sow the court.
  • Centre Court seats 15,000 and contains the Royal Box where members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries can watch the matches in peace.
  • In 2009, Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to avoid long rain delays. The roof is also closed on extremely hot days.
  • Centre Court hosts the finals, semifinals and all main events.
  • The tournament has an official dessert: strawberries and cream.
  • Unlike other major sporting events, Wimbledon only allows one company to advertise on their courts. Rolex isn’t the sponsor of the tennis tournament but it has the lucky distinction of being the only business to display ads during the two-week event.
  • Roger Federer holds the record for most men’s singles titles won with eight.
  • Martina Navratilova holds the record for most women’s singles titles won with nine.
  • Ladies’ singles and gentlemen’s doubles were added to the competition in 1884.
  • Ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles were added in 1913.
  • If necessary, a final-set tiebreaker is played if the final set’s score reaches 12-all.
  • The entire tournament takes place over 14 days, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.
  • Main events are played over the course of both weeks, whereas juniors and invitationals are held during the second week.
  • Players are given a rest day in the middle of the tournament on what is known as Middle Sunday.
  • The second Monday of Wimbledon, aka Manic Monday, is the busiest day of the championships with at least 16 men’s and women’s singles matches taking place.