2019 Wimbledon Betting Guide
Wimbledon is one of the world's most iconic sporting events. For many, it also represents the epitome of the British summer's social season - think long days in the sun, Pimms and lemonade, strawberries and cream, and the very best tennis players on the planet.
Taking place from Monday 1st to Sunday 14th July, Wimbledon 2019 will be held at its traditional home; the All England Club in South West London, also sometimes known simply by its postcode - SW19. The sport's leading talents will contest a men's and women's singles tournament, and there will also be three doubles tournaments played.
In this guide, we offer you some Wimbledon essentials ahead of 2019's third Grand Slam; taking a look at the venue, detailing the schedule, considering the main contenders, and covering the history of this world-famous event.
Wimbledon - The Home Of Lawn Tennis
The All England Club - or the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to give the venue its full name - celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. Today, it is home to the most recognisable grass courts, but back in the 1870s, the location was predominantly used for that most tranquil of English sports - croquet.
Fast forward to the era of 140mph serves, and the All England Club has been transformed from a small private members club to one of the most impressive sporting complexes you can find. Pride of place is held by Centre Court, which seats 15,000 spectators and offers the convenience of a retractable roof which can enable play in adverse weather conditions. No 1. Court holds 11,500 fans and is one of 18 tournament grass courts at SW19.
Wimbledon 2019 Format
Following the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, the draws for the Men's Singles and Women's singles tournaments will be confirmed. The draws will include 32 seeds, chosen by the tournament committee, which generally reflect positions in the world rankings.
Wimbledon 2019 Betting Schedule
1st Round - 1st - 2nd July
2nd Round - 3rd - 4th July
3rd Round - 5th - 6th July
4th Round - 8th July
Quarter Finals - 9th - 10th July
Semi Finals - 11th - 12th July
Finals - 13th - 14th July
Top Contenders At Wimbledon 2019
Wimbledon will be the centre of the sporting world this July, as the very best competitors aim to make history by winning the prestigious tournament. So which players could be worth backing as outright winners of men's and women's competitions?
When assessing the leading contenders for the Men's Singles, it is only natural to look at form in the Grand Slam which precedes Wimbledon - the French Open. But we have to go back to Rafael Nadal in 2010 to find the last man to win the French and Wimbledon in the same year - so how much of a yardstick does that really give us? What we can use as an indicator is previous victories in the 'grass Grand Slam', and in this respect, three players stand head and shoulders above the rest - reigning champion Novak Djokovic, a four-time winner; eight-time winner Roger Federer, and two-time winner Nadal.
It is hard to ignore this trio, who have all already sealed their status as all-time greats of the sport. But for those looking past the front runners, Germany's Alexander Zverev proved he can mix it with the elite by winning the 2018 Tour Finals, and will be gunning for a maiden Grand Slam, while 2016 finalist Milos Raonic of Canada could be a dark horse.
Over in the women's draw, the field appears to be significantly more open. Judging by past glories, seven-time winner Serena Williams would seem a dead cert to progress far in the tournament. Angelique Kerber is the current champion, but at the time of writing, hadn't claimed another title on tour since the big win. Serious challenges could also come from the likes of Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.
Wimbledon Through The Modern Era
Australians dominated the first years of the modern day 'Open era' at Wimbledon, with Rod Laver and John Newcombe both lifting the trophy on several occasions from 1968 onwards. Bjorn Borg completed a stunning five Men's Singles titles in a row between 1976 and 1980. In the 1980s and 1990s, other multiple winners include John McEnroe, Boris Becker, and Pete Sampras. Only one man has equalled the astonishing eight Wimbledon titles accumulated by Sampras, and that man is expected to be going for number nine this year - we are, of course, referring to Roger Federer.
Martina Navratilova is the most successful lady of the modern era at Wimbledon, having taken the Venus Rosewater Dish an amazing nine times. German Steffi Graf and 2019 favourite Serena Williams are not far behind, having won seven Wimbledons a piece.
As a spectacular fortnight of tennis approaches, who are you leaning towards as Wimbledon winners? You can find all the latest tennis odds here at Bet UK including up to date odds on the Wimbledon favourites.
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