Wimbledon is just around the corner, and while the participating players push through rigorous preparations for the third tennis Grand Slam tournament, the bettors don’t just sit around, waiting for the event to kick off.
Set to run from Monday, June 28 to Sunday, July 11, Wimbledon presents a tough test for the elite tennis players and quite a challenge for bettors as well. Although the event’s outcome is entirely out of our hands, there are ways to approach betting on Wimbledon to increase our chances of winning.
Today, we present you a “how to bet” guide, where we take a look at how to place a secure bet on Wimbledon Championship with Wimbledon betting odds.
Tennis Betting Guide for the 2021 Wimbledon Championship
2021 Wimbledon Championship
- When: June 28 – July 11
- Where: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London, England
Understanding The Wimbledon Odds
The outright betting odds on 2021 Wimbledon will differ from player to player based on his/her quality as a player and the form he/she has been showing throughout the year. Although outright betting odds on Wimbledon for next year are often available straight after the one tournament finishes, the said odds often change drastically across the next months.
The first significant shift of Wimbledon outright betting odds occurs straight after the Australian Open as the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. The odds move again following the French Open, as the last major tennis tournament leading to Wimbledon.
Tennis players who perform well at the first two Grand Slams are often viewed as the favorites to win in England, but that’s not always the case. Since Wimbledon is played on the grass court, whereas French Open and Australian Open are both played on clay, players’ form in the first two tournaments doesn’t always translate to the English court.
Bookmakers are well aware that some players perform better on grass than on clay, which is why they put way more emphasis on smaller grass-court tournaments in the weeks leading up to Wimbledon.
Players who outperform their competition in these tournaments will be expected to do well at All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Some of the tournaments that serve as the best indication of tennis players’ chances to impress at Wimbledon include Queen’s Club Championships, Halle Open, Stuttgart Open, and Cinc Championship.
For women, Viking International Eastbourne and Viking Classic Birmingham are two tournaments that every bettor should keep an eye on to understand the player’s form heading to Wimbledon.
Grass Court Tennis Presents a Different Style
As mentioned, some players tend to perform much better on clay or hard surface compared to grass courts. That’s completely understandable, considering grass-court tennis is in many ways different to the other two.
In the past, grass courts were viewed as the quickest surface, with the ball keeping low compared to clay and hard surfaces. This, in turn, saw serve-and-volleyers enjoy the most success.
Things changed when heavier and bigger balls got introduced to bring in a slow downplay, while Wimbledon changed up its grass from 70% ryegrass and 30% red fescue to 100% ryegrass. Since ryegrass is harder, the balls also started to bounce much higher.
Although the balls don’t bounce as high as on other surfaces, the court speed on grass courts isn’t as fast as it once was. It now offers the same speed as medium-fast courts and is viewed as a slower tournament than the Australian Open.
Some Players Excel on Grass
While grass courts have now changed to suit almost all types of players, some traditionally do well on it, while others don’t. For example, Stan Wawrinka has won three Grand Slams throughout his career but has never managed to make it past the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Similarly, Rafael Nadal has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, but only two in Wimbledon, and even those two titles came at the height of his career. So while looking at players who traditionally struggle on grass as a longshot bet might seem like a bright idea, that’s rarely the case.
The grass-court season is now just a few weeks long. This often means that the players don’t put too much thought into preparing themselves for it, as it presents a tiny portion of the whole season.
This all brings us to the main point. As good as some players have been at the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open, their form rarely translates to Wimbledon.
The only two players who have had success in Wimbledon and elsewhere are Roger Federer (8 titles) and Novak Djokovic (5 titles); however, they’re elite players and undeniably two of the best in the history.
Interestingly enough, Wimbledon hasn’t featured a winner outside of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Andy Murray since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt celebrated his second Grand Slam title.
That isn’t too surprising considering Federer was the only player of the “Big Three” to be active at the time. Nadal entered the scene in 2003, while Djokovic hasn’t made his Grand Slam debut until 2005.
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