Wimbledon Betting Offers 2018

wimbledonThe Championships at Wimbledon (as it is formally known) is the third of the four tennis grand slam tournaments of the season and is also the oldest, having first taken place in 1877. After the Australian Open moved to a hardcourt style in 1988 Wimbledon is now the only major tournament still played on grass.

Wimbledon is seen as the pinnacle of style and taste for most tennis fans and not just because of the strawberries and cream. Grass is the fastest of all tennis courts with its slippery surface meaning only the quickest players can keep up. The ball also has a lower and more unpredictable bounce due to the soil and uneven grass surface.

Wimbledon traditionally has no sponsor but can still offer over £31.6 Million in prize money, up 12.5% on 2016. All matches are shown by the BBC and with so much interest there are plenty of great Wimbledon betting promotions for both new and existing customers around. On this page you can also find details of the best deals along with schedules, previous winners, history and more.

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Wimbledon Schedule 2018

Date Day Round / Match
2nd July Monday First Round
3rd July Tuesday First Round
4th July Wednesday Second Round
5th July Thursday Second Round
6th July Friday Third Round
7th July Saturday Third Round
8th July Sunday No Play*
9th July Monday Fourth Round
10th July Tuesday Quarter Finals
11th July Wednesday Quarter Finals
12th July Thursday Semi Finals
13th July Friday Semi Finals
14th July Saturday Ladies Final
15th July Sunday Men’s Final

* Other games may be scheduled on this day if delayed due to weather.

Grounds open at 10:30, play begins at midday on Courts 2-19 and 1pm on Centre Court (2pm for the final). In the second week play begins at 11am on the outer courts for junior matches.

Wimbledon Format

Wimbledon, like all grand slam tournaments, follows a simple knockout format from the first round to the final. The Championships are played over 14 days starting on a Monday and with a rest day on the first Sunday. On three occasions play has been allowed on the Sunday to clear fixture backlog die to weather, this happened in 1991, 1997 and 2004.

Both the male and female draw contains 128 players. The majority of these players are selected based on their ATP and WTA rankings. There are 104 direct male entries, 108 direct female entries, 8 wildcards for both sexes and the rest made up of qualifiers.

Wildcards are selected by the organising committee. There is no set formula but this is based on both previous performance and players likely to peak public interest. The last wildcard to win Wimbledon was Goran Ivanisevic back in 2001.

Players that neither have sufficient rankings or receive a wildcard can enter into qualifying rounds. Qualifying is held in the week prior to the Championships in Roehampton with three rounds for singles and a single round for doubles, no qualifying is held for mixed doubles. John McEnroe still holds the record for the furthest progress of a qualifier, reaching the semi-finals in 1977. All Junior players are admitted by their rankings, by recommendation by their own national associations and through qualification.

The organising committee seeds the top 32 male and female singles players and the top 16 doubles teams. Seeding is based on ATP/WTA rankings as well as previous performance at Wimbledon and on grass courts. The system is ATP points + 100% points earned on grass in the last year + 75% of the points from the best grass performance in the last year. Seeded players are entered into the draw in an order that will keep them apart until the third round (Last 32) at least. This ensures the top players are more likely to make it to later rounds.

Only Goran Ivanisevic as a wildcard (2001) and Boris Becker (1985) have won the men’s singles as an unseeded player and as yet no unseeded woman has won Wimbledon.

Statistics & Previous Winners

Statistic Player Country Number Year(s)
Men’s Titles Roger Federer Switzerland 8 2003-2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 (Federer)
Men’s Consecutive Titles Bjorn Borg & Roger Federer Sweden / Switzerland 5 1976-80 (Borg), 2003-07 (Federer)
Women’s Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 9 1978-79, 1982-87, 1990
Women’s Consecutive Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 5 1982-87
Men’s Doubles Titles Todd Woodbridge Australia 9 1993-97, 2000, 2002-04
Men’s Doubles Consecutive Titles Todd & Mark Woodbridge Australia 5 1993-97
Women’s Doubles Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 7 1976, 1979, 1981-84, 1986
Women’s Doubles Consecutive Titles Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver Czech / USA 4 1981-84
Mixed Doubles Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 4 1985, 1993, 1995, 2003
Men’s Youngest Winner Boris Becker Germany 17yrs 227d 1985
Women’s Youngest Winner Lottie Dod Great Britain 15yrs 285d 1987
Men’s Oldest Winner Roger Federer Switzerland 35y 11m 2017
Women’s Oldest Winner Serena Williams USA 33yrs 289d 2015
Last Men’s Winner Roger Federer Switzerland 2017
Last Women’s Winner Garbiñe Muguruza Spain 2017
Last Men’s Doubles Winner Ł Kubot / M Melo Poland / Brazil 2017
Last Women’s Doubles Winner E Makarova / E Vesnina Russia / Russia 2017
Last Mixed Doubles Winner J Murray / M Hingis GBR / Switzerland 2017

All records from the professional Open Era, 1968 onwards.

About The Championships, Wimbledon

History of Lawn Tennis and the All England Club

The All England Club was founded as a private member’s club in 1868 on Worple Road in Wimbledon, London. Major Walter Clopton Wingfield is credited as a pioneer of the game devising the game in 1875 and in 1876 it was added to the list of games played at the club.

The following year lawn tennis was added to the name of the club to give it its full name, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and a new list of rules and laws drawn up.

History of the Wimbledon

In 1877 the first Wimbledon Championship was held. The event was male only with 22 entrants. The championship was won by Spencer Gore, a British ex-cricketer who had played for Surrey, he was raised in Wimbledon within a mile of the All England Club. Around 200 people paid one shilling each to watch the first final.

There were several tennis ‘lawns’ set around the main court in the centre, known to this day as centre court. By 1882 the All England Club was almost exclusively for tennis with little croquet being played, despite dropping the name croquet from the club title it was restored in 1899 for sentimental reasons and is still in place today.

By 1884 Ladies tennis and men’s doubles were been added to the Championships, ladies doubles and mixed doubles were added later in 1913. Up until 1922 the reigning champion received a bye straight to the final.

The All England Club moved sites in 1922 to the new site on Church Road, the court layout was kept the same based around the centre court. The event, like the French Open, remained an amateur game with professionals banned until the Open era began in 1968.

Wimbledon was one of the first televised tennis event, first aired in 1937, the year after Fred Perry became the last Brit to win until Andy Murray in 2013.

These days Wimbledon is the worlds leading grass tennis tournament and for most people the premier tennis event overall. This has been helped through modernisation in the mid 1990’s that culminated in the building of the new Court 1 in Aorangi Park (also colloquially known as Henman Hill and Murray Mound).

Other courts have also been added, including a 4000 seater Court 2 and a 2000 seater court 3 as well as state of the art facilities for player and press in the Millennium Building.

Weather and Centre Court

Wimbledon is the most Northern of all tennis majors and based in Britain is susceptible to changing weather even in July. To ensure top tennis matches could be played at all times a new retractable roof was added to centre court in 2009, first used in a 4th round ladies singles match between Dinara Safina and Amélie Mauresmo. Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka played the first match from start to finish under the new roof.

The artificial lighting available under the new roof also lead to the latest match in history between Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis in the 2012 3rd round. The game won by Murray ended at 11:02pm. The centre court roof takes around 20 minutes to close.

Prize Money

The men’s champion receives a half meter high silver trophy first awarded in 1887. The women’s champions receives a silver salver known as the ‘Rosewater Dish’, again around half a meter wide. Doubles winners receive silver cups and the runners up get silver plates.

The first prize money was only awarded in 1968 when the event became a professional tournament in the open era.  Prior to 2007 larger prizes were given to the men but this was changed to give equal payouts to both sexes.

The prize for the 1968 Wimbledon winner was just £2000 for men and £750 for women.  In 2017 the prize pit hit £31.6 Million in total with the winners picking up £2.2 Million each.  The 2018 prize fund is expected to grow further, up to around £35M with £2.3 Million each for the men’s and women’s Champion.