For two weeks every summer, the eyes of the sporting world are on a little patch of green in the suburbs of London. This year marks the 131st Wimbledon championships – the 50th in the Open era – and with two British players seeded in the top six there is plenty of expectation of a home triumph in both the men’s and women’s events.
Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are among the favourites this year – keep reading for our 2017 Wimbledon betting preview.
8-time champion the favourite in this year’s Wimbledon betting
Having won his 17th Grand Slam title back in 2012, most people thought that Roger Federer’s best days were behind him. However, the 35 year old rolled back the years in Melbourne earlier this year to win the Australian Open and since then he has gone from strength to strength.
Having become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Ken Rosewall in 1972, Federer has added titles in Indian Wells and Miami and he looked in imperious form in Halle last week as he won the tournament without dropping a set.
Considering the eight-time champion has reached at least the last four in the last three Wimbledons he is, perhaps for the first time in five years, the man to beat. Federer is the 9/4 favourite.
A run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros suggested that Andy Murray’s stop-start season was finally beginning to come together. However, defeat to the world number 90 in the first round of Queen’s – a tournament he has won five times – was a huge setback and the two-time champion arrives in SW19 somewhat underprepared.
However, the Scot believes he can still win a third Wimbledon title. He said: “I lost to Nicolas Mahut in 2012 and used the extra time to play a couple of exhibition matches, and then reached my first final at Wimbledon.
“I want to try and win here another time if I can and I think there is a good chance that I could do it if I prepare properly and play well”.
The British number one is a 3/1 chance.
After a disappointing couple of years where he struggled with injury, it is great to see Rafael Nadal firing on all cylinders. The Spaniard has reached both Grand Slam finals in 2017, losing to Federer in Australia before crushing Stan Wawrinka in Paris to take an unprecedented 10th French Open title.
Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion and a five-time finalist and so he certainly has pedigree on grass. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that he hasn’t got past the fourth round at this tournament since 2011 and so the 9/2 available looks about right.
Considering his recent domination of men’s tennis, it’s perhaps a surprise that Novak Djokovic is as long as 11/2 to win Wimbledon this year.
After three consecutive Wimbledon finals, the Serb fell to a surprise defeat in the third round last year and has endured a difficult 2017. Defeats in the second round in Australia and the quarter-finals in France mean this is his worst start to a season in a decade and he looks totally out of sorts.
If you’re looking for an outsider then it might be worth considering Marin Cilic. The Croat’s big serve is always a weapon on grass and he has reached the quarter-final in each of the last three years. Having reached the final at Queen’s his form is good and he looks a solid each-way bet at 14/1.
Loads of value in Wimbledon betting with no clear women’s favourite
Considering the winners of six of the last eight Wimbledon titles are absent this year, trying to pick a winner is a tricky business.
Perhaps for no other reason that she is the only other recent champion in the field, Petra Kvitova is this year’s favourite despite the fact she has only recently returned from injuries sustained in a horrific knife attack.
Her comeback ended in the second round at the French Open but she looked solid when winning the recent grass court tournament in Birmingham and she is a two-time Wimbledon champion. If she can get through the early rounds – not a given considering her lack of match practice – the 11th seed could be a real danger at 5/1.
Karolina Pliskova had never got past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament in seventeen attempts before reaching the final of last year’s US Open but now she’s seeded three after her run to the last four at Roland Garros.
Her best performance at Wimbledon is the second round and so the 11/2 looks a very short price.
It’s been 40 years since the UK had a female Wimbledon champion and Johanna Konta is this year’s sixth seed. Her recent form has been mediocre and she’s only won one match at Wimbledon in five visits.
However, she believes she can make an impact this year. She said: “I’m continuously growing and continuously evolving. My game, I believe, is changing. I’m hopefully maturing as well mentally. I’m feeling really good. I’m healthy, I’m enjoying playing, I’m enjoying trying to get as many matches as possible heading into Wimbledon.
“I’m enjoying the grass. I’m enjoying trying to figure out how to play better on it, how to adapt to it well. Overall, I’m enjoying it.”
Konta is an 8/1 chance.
As Jelena Ostapenko showed at Roland Garros, in an unpredictable field it’s easy for an outsider to come through, reach the final and even take the title. There are a few reasons to consider backing Coco Vandeweghe, not least because her two WTA titles have both been on grass.
The American reached the last eight at Wimbledon in 2015 and the semi-final of the Australian Open this year. Considering that she likes the surface, the 24th seed could be a terrific bet at 16/1.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.