Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam on the tennis calendar and takes place in the leafy suburbs of West London. It is the only one of the four majors that is held on grass courts. It is also the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is viewed by many as the most prestigious.
It is competed over a two-week period, traditionally from late June to early July, and tournament officials enforce a strict all-white dress code which must be adhered to by the players. The final is played on centre court, and since the addition of a retractable roof in 2009, play has been able to take place regardless of weather conditions.
Wimbledon Ante-Post Betting Markets 2020
The 2020 tournament begins on June 29 and will conclude a fortnight later on July 12. It will be the 143rd staging of the event.
Novak Djokovic is the early ante-post favorite in the 2020 Wimbledon odds, and the Serb has an excellent record at this event. The 16-time Grand Slam champion has won back-to-back championships at Wimbledon and will look to secure his hat trick this time around. He has lifted the trophy on five occasions and has only failed to get beyond the quarterfinal stage once since 2008.
He has won 72 of his 82 matches at this tournament and has an excellent all-around grass-court record. Despite struggling for fitness last season, he still managed to beat arch-rival Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set encounter.
Federer is the second favorite in the Wimbledon odds, and last season’s runner-up is always an incredibly popular figure at this tournament. Federer fans are likely to be out in force once again, and they’ll be hoping that their idol can claim his ninth success on centre court.
The 38-year-old has racked up over 100 victories at this event and was victorious on five successive occasions between 2003 and 2007. He’s won just one of the last seven stagings of this tournament, though he’s made it through to four finals since 2013.
“King of Clay” Rafael Nadal hasn’t traditionally fared well at this event and has been successful on just two occasions. The Majorcan-born player is the third favorite in the Wimbledon betting for 2020 and will be hoping to build upon a very successful 2019. He reached the final four of each Grand Slam and will be aiming to progress beyond the semifinal stage of this tournament for the first time since 2011.
Perhaps one of the more surprising inclusions in the Wimbledon odds for 2020 is Daniil Medvedev. The world’s No. 4 has never progressed beyond the third round of the tournament, though this will be just his fourth visit to the venue.
Home favorite Andy Murray has endured a debilitating hip injury over the last couple of years, although the Scot is still the fifth favorite in the Wimbledon betting, just ahead of rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas and Canadian Milos Raonic. The latter is always better on the grass courts.
There are joint favorites at the top of the women’s Wimbledon betting for 2020, with last year’s finalists Serena Williams and Simona Halep inseparable at the summit.
The latter is the defending champion and will be aiming to make it back-to-back titles on the grass. The Constanta-born player had previously suffered a number of disappointments at this venue before securing her second career Grand Slam with a victory over Williams in 2019.
The beaten finalist is always a threat at Wimbledon, though she’s not been able to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since 2016. She was absent in 2017, although she has since reached successive finals and will be desperately hoping to go one step further in 2020.
She’s been victorious on seven occasions here and is always a popular figure with the fans.
Ashleigh Barty has made quite an impact over the last couple of seasons, and the Aussie is the third favorite in the 2020 Wimbledon odds. The 23-year-old will be making her sixth appearance at the tournament, though she’s never made it beyond the final eight. She was knocked out in the third round last season and probably prefers to play on the hard courts.
US Open winner Bianca Andreescu is next in the Wimbledon betting and will be making just her second appearance in London. She reached the first round in 2017, though she hasn’t managed to qualify since then. She is narrowly ahead of the vastly experienced duo of Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova.
The latter loves playing at this venue and is a two-time Wimbledon champion. The Czech star has only reached one Grand Slam final since winning here in 2014.
What Happened in 2019?
Defending champion Djokovic went into the tournament as the favorite, and he justified his short price in the Wimbledon odds by securing his fifth title in West London. He beat Federer in one of the most absorbing and entertaining finals in living memory, with the Serb triumphing 7-6, 1-6, 7-6. 4-6, 13-12. The match lasted four hours and 57 minutes.
Djokovic had enjoyed a relatively trouble-free passage with victories against David Goffin and Roberta Bautista Agut in the last eight. He dropped just two sets en route to the showpiece event.
Federer overcame Nadal in the semifinals to book his place in the last two. Guido Pella, who was a huge price in the 2019 Wimbledon odds, was the most surprising competitor to reach the quarterfinal stage of the event. The Argentine clay specialist had never previously progressed beyond the third round stage and is likely to be a big price once again in the 2020 Wimbledon betting.
Halep was victorious in the women’s final and helped ensure that for the first time in the history of the tournament, the men’s and women’s draws were both won by players hailing from the Balkans. The Romanian had previously struggled in Grand Slam events, though she managed to overcome her hoodoo with a straight-set victory over Williams. It was her second Grand Slam title in just over 14 months.
Halep saw off Zhang Shuai and Elina Svitolina in straight sets to book her place in the final two. She had dropped just a single set en route to the final.
Williams dominated on the grass courts once again and saw off Alison Riske and Barbara Strycova in the last eight. The Czech was one of the more surprising inclusions in the semifinal and managed to book her place in the final four after seeing off home favorite Johanna Konta.
Advice for Betting on Wimbledon
Wimbledon is one of the toughest Grand Slams to predict, and this is often caused by the fact that the grass-court season is incredibly short.
Although favorites do tend to dominate at this event, it is always advised to look for players who excel on the fast courts.
Players from Spain, Portugal, and South American countries often tend to struggle at Wimbledon, as they were often coached on clay courts. European players, particularly those from the Balkans, tend to enjoy playing at this event.
Rain can often cause long delays at Wimbledon, so it’s also advised to invest in players who have a strong mental fortitude and can cope with quick turnarounds and unexpected hold-ups to their matches.
Some players simply excel at this tournament despite showing very few signs of life elsewhere. Sabine Lisicki is an example of a player who enjoys coming to London and playing here, yet she tends to struggle throughout the remainder of the grass-court season.