What: 2015 Wimbledon Championships
Where: London, UK
When: 29 June to 12 July 2015
Watch on TV: Local listings here
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will be hosting the 129th Wimbledon Championships starting one week from today. Last year’s winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitová return to defend their titles against a long lineup of hungry competitors.
On the men’s side, Djokovic is paying about 5/4 or 11/8 depending on where you look. As the returning champion, he’s paying the least but looks to be the most prepared. On the women’s side, Serena William comes in as the favourite even over last year’s women’s champion. Williams is always a tall order, but she doesn’t look as unbeatable as she did in years past. The top tennis betting sites have William listed at around 13/8 and defending champion Kvitová at around 7/2.
Latest Betting Odds
The three best Wimbledon betting sites have posted the odds for the 2015 and as usual, I’m here to compare them. All you need to do is choose your player, see which site is paying the most and then use that bookmaker to place your bet. All three of these books are quality and safe places to bet on the Wimbledon or any other event.
A Look at the Big Four
The big four are all healthy at the same time and will surely provide us with some fireworks. There are many other opportunities of course, but Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal are always reliable to at least do some damage through the course of any tournament.
Even if you do plan on backing a longer-shot underdog, it’s good to know how the big names are looking. Nobody you back to take the title will make it through without toppling one of these lurking monsters.
Returning champion Novak Djokovic is heading in as this year’s favourite. With two Wimbledon titles to his name and grass victories over the best competition in the world, a bet on Djokovic is about as “safe” as you can get in any tennis Major. He’s coming in strong with a win in the 2015 Australian Open and a victor over Nadal in the French Open before falling to Stan Wawrinka in the final.
Djokovic seems to be in the right mental place to make a serious run for the title despite his tough loss in Paris. After falling to Wawrinka a few weeks back, Novak had this to say:
“In life some things are more important than victories on the tennis court, like character and respect, and you deserve your win today because of the respect everyone has for you.”
- Odds at BetVictor: 11/8 (best value)
- Odds at William Hill: 5/4
Andy Murray is no stranger to success on grass with a Wimbledon Championship two years ago and a win more recently at the Aegon Championship on June 21st. He’s coming in strong and could have easily been the favourite were it not for returning champion Djokovic already occupying that position according to the oddsmakers.
Informed punters already realize that the last time Murray won the Queen’s Club Championships, he also went on to take the Wimbledon title. However, he seems to have his head on straight as he recently said “that means nothing, really. There are no guarantees that winning here gives you a Wimbledon title. I need to go out there and earn it. I need to train well for the next five, six days.”
- Odds at BetVictor: 5/2
- Odds at William Hill: 5/2
Federer always poses a threat on grass and he looks just as dangerous this year as always. The No. 2 ranked Federer already has 7 Wimbledon titles to his name and just this past weekend took his eight title at the Gerry Weber Open on grass. Federer came up short to Djokovic at last year’s Wimbledon finals and the odds reflect that.
Federer looks to be in good form so far this year with a perfect record of 5-0 on grass matches so far in 2015. Out of the four big names in tennis, Federer has the most attractive odds. He’s not as loopy as Nadal and not as much an underdog as the odds would indicate. I’m liking these possible 6/1 payouts for a strong contender.
- Odds at BetVictor: 6/1
- Odds at William Hill: 6/1
Don’t count Rafael Nadal out just yet. He’s had his problems on grass in recent years (5-5 in 10 total grass matches since 2012), but his trainers are saying that he’s 100% healthy for the first time at Wimbledon in years. It’s not often you can get someone like Nadal for 12-1, which is where all three of the main tennis bookmakers have him right now.
One other piece of good news from Nadal’s side is the fact that he’ll be getting an extra week of practice on grass this year with SW19 being pushed back a week compared to previous years. If he gets a decent draw and can build some momentum with early matches, Nadal could very well surprise everyone.
The greatest risk in backing Nadal is the difficulty in predicting how he’ll look in any particular tournament. He failed to take the French Open on clay this year, won a week later on grass at the Stuttgart Open and then fell to No.79 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round on grass at the Aegon Championship just last week.
Personally, I think the bookmakers are playing off Nadal’s name recognition and don’t see much value even at 12/1. Djokovic, Murray and Federer look to be so much more prepared to win this one that I don’t like putting anything on Nadal.
- Odds at BetVictor: 12/1
- Odds at William Hill: 12/1