Stars head to SW19 for the most open Wimbledon in years.
You know summer has finally arrived when the first ball is hit on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. It’s the 128th All England Championships this summer and promises to be an intriguing and exciting event.
For the first time in years there is no clear favourite in either the men’s or women’s tournament which means there could be plenty of value in the betting. Keep reading for our preview of Wimbledon 2014.
Big Four dominate betting in men’s tournament
The last four Wimbledon men’s singles titles have been won by Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and it’s this quartet that dominates the betting this year.
Djokovic is the 17/10 favourite this year and the Serb has a terrific recent record at Wimbledon, reaching at least the semi-final stage in each of the last four years. He looked in good touch at the French Open and is the man to beat here.
It’s been a tough year for reigning champion Andy Murray with injury and a change of coaches disrupting his preparations. He also fell to a surprising defeat to 35 year old Radek Stepanek at Queen’s Club and would have liked more match practice on grass. Still, when considering who to back in the Men’s betting market, it’s worth noting he’s won the last two grass court tournaments to be held at SW19 so could very well make it a hat-trick at 3/1.
Rafael Nadal lost in the second round at Wimbledon last year and the first round the year before although the Spaniard is in better physical shape this time around. Other than his record-breaking French Open win his form in 2014 has been patchy and he lost 6-4 6-1 to the unknown Dustin Brown on grass in Halle last week.
Does Roger Federer have one more title in him? His form in 2014 has been solid and he won a seventh Gerry Weber Open title on grass in the run-up to the tournament. The former champion is 5/1 to win.
Outside the top four the bookies don’t give anyone much hope. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is 14/1 but the Swiss player has lost in the opening round at Wimbledon in three of the last four years. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is twice a Wimbledon semi-finalist and can be backed at 35/1 while the big-serving Marin Cilic often goes well at Wimbledon and is available at 75/1.
Two dozen women harbour genuine hopes of Wimbledon glory
As ever, Serena Williams is favourite to win her sixth Wimbledon title but this is the most open women’s contest in years. On her best day the 32 year old will still beat anyone on grass but injury and poor form mean it’s going to be tougher than ever for the American.
Williams slipped to her worst ever Grand Slam singles defeat at the French Open and lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon last year. We’re not sure she offers much value at 6/5 in the Women’s betting odds this time round.
Simona Halep wasn’t even seeded at Wimbledon in 2013 but the Romanian has had a terrific year and is now in the world’s top three. The French Open finalist is a decent grass court player and, in an open field, looks to represent brilliant each-way value at 14/1.
Last year’s beaten finalist Sabine Lisicki reserves her best tennis for Wimbledon and the German is available at 22/1. Lisicki has reached the last eight on each of her last four visits to SW19 and can go well again this year.
Sloane Stephens has reached the second week of the last six Grand Slam tournaments and has been improving year by year at Wimbledon. The 21 year old is in the world’s top 20 and reached the quarter finals last year before losing to the eventual champion Marion Bartoli.
Her form in 2014 has been inconsistent but if she gets her game right she could be a real danger at 28/1.
Wimbledon starts on Monday 23rd June and we’ll have each match covered lived and exclusive in the tennis betting and in-play betting sections of our main site!