Wimbledon tennis betting
Officially called ‘The Championships’, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and one of the four coveted Grand Slam titles. First staged in 1877, the tournament has only ever been played at the prestigious All England Club in south-west London. It is the most coveted of the Grand Slams and the only one still played on a traditional grass surface, as the Australian Open converted to hardcourts back in 1988.
The tournament runs in late June and early July, but you can bet on it all year round. Most of the best online bookmakers put Wimbledon odds up for the following year’s tournament just hours after the completion of the final – and some even before. It is the most anticipated tournament for players and punters alike and brings in a mountain of money from those keen to make a little coin off tennis betting.
Best Aussie bookmakers for Wimbledon betting
The Wimbledon Championships are the cream of the crop among all the tennis tournaments. This means you need a great online bookmaker to ensure you have a wide variety of markets with the best odds on offer. Our featured bookies above are some of the best in the business when it comes to Wimbledon tennis betting markets.
Tips for Wimbledon betting online
- Safety net: Don’t serve up your hard-earned money until you’ve paid the bills and put food on the table. We do harp on this at Ausbet, but it is very important. We promote responsible gambling, and this is the way you keep it fun – by not letting it get out of control.
- Remember, it’s a Slam: The upper seeds rarely get knocked out in the first couple of rounds. Back the big guns in to make it at least to the third round. Every now and then you get a dream wildcard or outsider who causes an upset, but that is the exception, not the rule. No high seed wants a first-round exit at Wimbledon on their resume.
- Mind the time difference: Remember, the early rounds kick off at 8:30pm AEST. As we get deeper into the tournament, the coverage starts at 10pm. That is not great timing when you have work in the morning, so remember to set the IQ and record the overnight matches you want to keep an eye on.
- Do your research: If you’re going to have a punt, make sure you know your tennis players. How does your player go on the grass surface? What is their record like against the next opponent? How has their recent form been? Are there any injury concerns? All of this, and more, matters when it comes to Grand Slam tennis betting.
Popular Wimbledon betting markets
- Tournament winner: Tennis bookies offer markets on Grand Slam events almost all year round. Wimbledon is no exception, with outright odds for the next tournament available up to a year in advance. If you want to get the best Wimbledon betting odds possible, diving into the early futures markets is the way to go.
- Head-to-head: Who will win the match? Pretty standard stuff, really. The favourites always tend to be very short early on in the tournament, but they rarely lose, so it is still worth loading up on the big names in the first week. The value starts to improve from the fourth round onwards when the higher seeds start running into each other.
- Games handicap: One way bookies look to generate betting interest in lopsided matchups is by running lines on the final margin of games won by each player. For example: if a player is given a -5.5 handicap, the bet pays if they win at least six more games than their opponent; and if a player is given a +5.5 handicap, the bet pays if they finish no worse than five games short of their opponent’s total.
- Over/under totals: As is the case for most sporting contests that feature two opposing sides, online bookmakers run a number of tennis betting lines where you have to pick whether the total will go over or under a certain number. Total games and total sets are popular over/under markets for Wimbledon matches.
- Correct set score: What will the final score be? Men’s matches are fought out over five sets, with the first to claim three sets declared the winner. Women’s matches, however, are best-of-three contests. You need to decide who wins the match and by what score (e.g. Rafael Nadal 3-1).
- Set and game markets: You can bet on which player will win any given set, and you can also bet on what the exact game score will be in a particular set. Wimbledon bookmakers offer heaps of special markets for the first set of the match, while similar options are available for later sets if you phone up for live betting services.
- Multi bets: We have touched on the relative lack of betting value about the favourites in the early rounds at the majors. One way to combat that issue is to roll up several different match bets into a Wimbledon tennis multi bet. By tying several wagers together on the same ticket, you can vastly improve your payout odds while still backing the big names.
- Exotics and novelties: How many Grand Slams will Novak Djokovic win in a given year? What round will Roger Federer be knocked out at Wimbledon this year? What colour outfit will Serena Williams wear for the final? You can have some serious fun with the Wimbledon betting markets.
Greatest Australian tennis triumphs at Wimbledon
Since 1971, Aussie triumphs at Wimbledon have been few and far between. The Aussie men used to win it with great regularity, with Sir Norman Brookes the first to lift the title in 1907 (he did it again in 1914), while the great Rod Laver won it four times in the 1960s and his heir apparent John Newcombe three times from 1967-71.
The 1960s were a golden age for Aussie tennis at Wimbledon, with Laver, Newcombe, Roy Emerson (twice) and Neale Fraser accounting for eight gentlemen’s singles titles in nine years. If you extend that stretch to 1971, it makes it 10 in 11 years. Since Newcombe’s legendary victory over Stan Smith in 1971, however, only two Australian men have stood alone at the end of the tournament.
The wildly popular Pat Cash, headband and all, claimed the Wimbledon title in 1987, beating Czechoslovakian legend Ivan Lendl in 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-5. Flash forward 15 years and it was the brash Lleyton Hewitt making waves at the All England Club, sweeping Argentine underdog David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in one of the most lopsided finals in Wimbledon history.
The women’s outlook is rather bleak by comparison, with only two Australians ever claiming the Wimbledon title. Margaret Court claimed three ladies’ singles titles between 1963 and 1970, while Evonne Goolagong Cawley defeated Court in the 1971 final and then got her revenge on Chris Evert Lloyd in 1980.
Australia still holds the third-most Wimbledon singles titles for a nation with 26, behind only the United States (90) and the United Kingdom (69). While the Land Down Under has always punched above its weight on the international scene, it is now almost two decades since we last had a Wimbledon champion. Ash Barty, winner of the 2019 French Open, looks the best bet to end that drought.
List of recent Wimbledon champions
|2020||No tournament due to COVID-19|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12|
|2018||Novak Djokovic||Kevin Anderson||6-2, 6-2, 7-6|
|2017||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic||6-3, 6-1, 6-4|
|2016||Andy Murray||Milos Raonic||6-4, 7-6, 7-6|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|2014||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||6-4, 7-5, 6-4|
|2012||Roger Federer||Andy Murray||4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4||2011||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal||6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3|
|2020||No tournament due to COVID-19|
|2019||Simona Halep||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-2|
|2018||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams||6-3, 6-3|
|2017||Garbine Muguruza||Venus Williams||7-5, 6-0|
|2016||Serena Williams||Angelique Kerber||7–5, 6–3|
|2015||Serena Williams||Garbine Muguruza||6–4, 6–4|
|2014||Petra Kvitova||Eugenie Bouchard||6–3, 6–0|
|2013||Marion Bartoli||Sabine Lisicki||6–1, 6–4|
|2012||Serena Williams||Agnieszka Radwanska||6–1, 5–7, 6–2||2011||Petra Kvitova||Maria Sharapova||6–3, 6–4|