Wimbledon Betting Tips
The 2012 Wimbledon Championships is one of the year’s tennis betting highlights, with hundreds of thousands of tennis fans around the world set to test their knowledge of the game against the various Wimbledon betting markets.
Betting markets for the 2012 Wimbledon Championships are already open, allowing you to back your favourite players in the outright markets. Below we take a look at some of the best picks and Wimbledon betting tips and strategies for this year’s tournament:
Wimbledon Men’s Draw Betting
1. Roger Federer
The sovereign prince of Wimbledon will be after his 7th title in 2010, and bookies are backing him to pull this off at odds of around 11/8. To take Roger Federer at this price you need to be pretty convinced that he’s lost none of his potency on lawn, and that his bare patch following the Australian Open has more to do with pacing himself than a loss of form. At odds this low, we’re actually in favour of placing a lay bet on Federer at Betfair, essentially betting on him to lose rather than win the tournament.
2. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has rediscovered his best form on clay, but will this carry through to the grass courts of Wimbledon? Grass court tournaments ahead of Wimbledon are few and far between, and we won’t know how Nadal will fare until we’ve seen him in action in the early rounds of the tournament. Bet365 is offering odds of around 7/2 on Nadal to win Wimbledon, and this suggests that an each-way bet is the way to go, with bookies paying out 1/2 odds to second place (in other words you’ll earn a payout on an each-way bet on Nadal if he makes the Wimbledon final but loses).
3. Andy Murray
Andy Murray has been having a quiet year in 2010, and we expect this to play into his hands at Wimbledon. The Briton’s grand slam adventurers are usually so hyped up by a British press desperate for a British champion, that he is generally forced to deal with a massive weight of public expectation. This may not be the case in 2010 as Murray comes in underneath the radar at odds as high as 9/2 at Paddy Power. With Murray’s odds this high, he’s another great option for an each-way bet in the outright market.
Wimbledon Women’s Draw Betting
1. Serena Williams
Crowd favourite, Serena Williams, heads the outright Wimbledon women’s draw betting markets. The American is after a second consecutive Wimbledon title in 2010, and will be looking to add a second grand slam title to the AustralianOpen title she claimed earlier in the year. Whether Williams still has the hunger and determination to win Wimbledon remains to be seen, and bookies have priced her a cautious 2/1 to win the tournament. With each-way bets paying 1/2 odds to second place, Williams is an excellent ‘each-way to nothing’ bet who will return your stake if she makes the final but loses.
2. Venus Williams
Wimbledon battleship, Venus Williams, shows no signs of going into retirement, and may have one last big grand slam tournament left in her. Her form ahead of Wimbledon has been encouraging, and there’s little doubt that she’s taken to grass court tennis like few players in her generation. Bet365 is best pricing the elder Williams stateswoman at odds of around 3/1, and there’s no doubt that she offers value at this price on each-way bets as she’s a strong contender for a place in the final.
3. Justine Henin
Comeback kid, Justine Henin, will be playing her first Wimbledon tournament since coming out of retirement. Henin is more of a clay-court specialist than a lawn lady, and it remains to be seen whether she can stand up to the sheer physicality of the likes of Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. However, there’s no doubt that she’s pure class, and you could do worse for your Wimbledon betting than put an each-way bet on the Belgian turning up in the final at odds of 9/2 at Bet365.
While we’ve looked at some of the favourites in both the women’s Wimbledon draw and the men’s Wimbledon draw, the tournament is by no means a three horse race in each draw. There are a number of lively contenders in both draws who could easily upset the apple cart and claim a Wimbledon title in 2010.
In the men’s draw the most likely culprit is Juan Martin del Potro, who starts peaking in the second half of the year and is the only player on the circuit to have beaten both Federer and Nadal in a single grand slam. Andy Roddick is no pushover either, and came very close to taking the title from Federer in 2009. Finally, Robin Soderling can do better than hold his own on grass and could provide an upset or two at Wimbledon.
In the women’s draw things are likely to be a lot livelier with a number of top players more than capable of sending the Williams and Henin show packing. Maria Sharapova remains a potent threat if she can recover some form, while Kim Clijsters and Svetlana Kuznetsova can both take the Williams sisters on at their own game.