The Championships at Wimbledon is the oldest lawn tennis event in the world, staged at the All-England Club where the game was originally developed. As such, the annual tournament carries a special cachet with players and supporters. The winners of the Gentleman's and Ladies' Singles and Doubles titles are all granted membership to the club, and it is said that the likes of great Swedish former Wimbledon winner Bjorn Borg still use that privilege from time-to-time.
For supporters Wimbledon is about dreaming of what it must be like to be out on court in the world's only major grass-court tennis tournament, while watching their heroes play the matches of their lives. Let's take a look at what you need to know to bet on Wimbledon.
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PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS & RUNNER-UPS
|2005||Roger Federer||Andy Roddick|
|2006||Roger Federer||Rafael Nadal|
|2007||Roger Federer||Roger Federer|
|2008||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|2009||Roger Federer||Andy Roddick|
|2010||Rafael Nadal||Tomáš Berdych|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal|
|2012||Roger Federer||Andy Murray|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic|
|2014||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer|
|2005||Venus Williams||Mary Pierce|
|2006||Amelie Mauresmo||Justine Henin|
|2007||Venus Williams||Marion Bartoli|
|2008||Venus Williams||Serena Williams|
|2009||Serena Williams||Venus Williams|
|2010||Serena Williams||Vera Zvonareva|
|2011||Petra Kvitová||Maria Sharapova|
|2012||Serena Williams||Agnieszka Radwańska|
|2013||Marion Bartoli||Sabine Lisicki|
|2014||Petra Kvitová||Eugenie Bouchard|
|2015||Serena Williams||Garbiñe Muguruza|
Let’s take a look at the schedule for the Gentleman's and Ladies' Singles tournaments at Wimbledon.
- First Round: June 27-28
- Second Round: June 29-30
- Third Round: July 1-2
- Fourth Round: July 4
- Quarter-Finals: July 5-6
- Semi-Finals: July 7-8
- Women's Final: July 9
- Men's Final: July 10
The tournament lasts for two weeks from June 27 to July 10. Rounds 1-3 will be played in the first week, and the second week will culminate with the Women’s Final on Saturday (July 9) and the Men’s Final on Sunday (July 10).
Where to Watch Wimbledon?
Online betting sites Bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill all offer the possibility of watching leading matches at Wimbledon through their live streaming services. You must join the site and put down the minimum deposit, plus any other requirements stated in the terms and conditions. Other sites will also offer streaming — stay tuned for more details!
Novak Djokovic continued his domination of Wimbledon, and of men's tennis as a whole, in his efficient victory over Roger Federer in the 2015 final. The Serb was once part of the chasing pack, labelled a choker for his tendency to call for the trainer when the going got tough. These days, the opposition are doing that.
Djokovic will once again get a stern contest, should they meet, from Federer, however the peerless Swiss missed a Grand Slam for the first time in his adult life when he was forced to rest his back rather than risk a tilt at the French Open.
Federer is a notoriously difficult man to get information out of, so nobody except for his inner circle really knows how serious or chronic that back problem is. At 35, there are people writing off the world number three, but wait and see is our advice.
Closer to Djokovic and a runner-up in the French Open is Andy Murray, the greatest that Great Britain has ever seen. Murray picked up more headlines on splitting with coach Amelie Mauresmo than Federer did when he parted company with Stefan Edberg, but the truth is, at this elite level, coaches are just there to fine-tune; these men are always motivated.
Reunited with Ivan Lendl, the man who reinvented him and helped him to the Olympics and US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013, Murray will make sure he's the best-prepared he has ever been for a title challenge, especially given his triumph at Queen's Club.
If, in the sad absence of Rafael Nadal, you're looking for outsiders - something all of those aforementioned people once were - Nick Kyrgios, the pariah of Australian tennis, will want to make sparks fly on court, rather than charges fly from tournament organisers. The rather quieter and more scholarly Canadian, Milos Raonic, will be interesting to watch, the natural grasscourt game of his booming serve being coached for the first time by John McEnroe.
Men's Odds to Win (As of June 20)
Serena Williams' feared dominance of the women's game was never going to last forever, but it was always going to cause a stir when one of the young pretenders beat the American in a final. Garbine Muguruza managed it, winning her first French Open and ensuring that a whole generation of excellent women's tennis players feel they have the glimmer of a chance of beating Williams at Wimbledon.
Muguruza's game won't be as strong on SW19's grass, but the Spaniard can still aim high and go for the double over Serena. If her all-action baseline style doesn't bring the results wished, there are other players who could certainly challenge, and definitely make up for the absence of headlines around Maria Sharapova's play this season.
2014 champion Petra Kvitova is still in with a fighting chance of adding to her tally, though she falls well behind Muguruza in most bookmakers' eyes. Perhaps the interesting odds come from the numbers offered for outright wins for Victoria Azarenka or Madison Keys.
Both players have the games to go all the way, but Azarenka, with two Australian Open titles, has added Grand-Slam pedigree. Keys, now 21, has been on tour for some time, and there are many who believe this is her year to shine.
Women’s Odds to Win (As of June 20)