Wimbledon starts on Monday 3rd July and finishes two weeks later on the 15th July.
The outright favourite is Federer, and with his seeding, he has got a good draw that should enable him to reach the semi-final without facing serious competition.
Ahead of the tournament starting, it is quite difficult to see who will challenge him once he does reach the semi-finals. Nadal, Djokovic and Murray all have their individual challenges.
Nadal has been on excellent form on clay this year, however his form on grass in this short season is less known. He recently lost an exhibition match against Berdych, and has a long record of struggling with injuries on grass. Indeed, he believes he can have a good Wimbledon if his “knees hold up well” but having only won five matches here since 2011, and that loss in the exhibition match, it’s not clear that they will. Despite this, it’s really testament to how out of form Djokovic and Murray are that Nadal can still be priced second favourite.
Djokovic has now had the opportunity to spend time with his new coach Agassi, who is attempting to reboot the Serbian’s career after a string of disappointing tournament performances. He accepted late an opportunity to participate in the Aegon International, hosted in Eastbourne, which he was successful in winning. Although the opposition was much weaker, with no other player inside the top 15 participating, it was great to see a more relaxed Djokovic enjoying his tennis. He is very focused on positive energy and well-being, so hopefully he can carry that momentum into Wimbledon.
That brings us onto Murray. He too had an exhibition match but he had to pull out of that due to a hip injury. Last year he beat Raonic in the final to win the Wimbledon crown, however, even priced at 6.50 we think that is a little optimistic of his chances (based on form rather than ability). He has had numerous injury problems, and his form at the French Open, Rome and in Spain has been very disappointing. This would be a great time to change that, and eyes will be on Murray to at least progress to the quarter finals.
Outside of the top four, there are no obvious candidates for a challenger to Federer. It’s debatable how much different form is on grass versus clay, but there are some obvious players who have a track record of struggling on grass. Wawrinka who did well in the French Open has a poor record here, and the draw that he has been given will only make it harder for him. Raonic reached the final last year, but citing being impacted by nerves. With a final under his belt, if he can build upon that experience and learn from it, it will be him who faces the biggest potential threat to the big four.
This should be a really interesting Wimbledon for spectators and punters.
How to Watch Wimbledon Live
Fortunately Wimbledon is one of the sports which available on terrestrial. Coverage is on a mixture of BBC one and two.
You can stream Wimbledon via BBC iPlayer. If you don’t have a TV licence, then some of the betting companies have Wimbledon within their streaming services.
Wimbledon 2017 Betting Odds
Here are the odds for the outright winner ahead of the tournament starting. They are provided by 10Bet and are accurate as of the time of writing:
- Roger Federer – 3.10
- Rafael Nadal – 5.50
- Novak Djokovic – 6.00
- Andy Murray – 6.50
- Milos Raonic – 19.00
- Marin Cilic – 19.00
- Nick Kyrgios – 26.00
- Alexander Zverev – 26.00
- Stan Wawrinka – 29.00
- Grigor Dimitrov – 34.00
Wimbledon Betting Offers
If you’re planning to bet on Wimbledon there are loads of offers and extra value you can take advantage of for both new and existing customers.
- Money back if your player loses the first set but goes on to win – Boylesports will give you double winnings if you back a player to win a match at Wimbledon, and they lose the first set but go on to win the match. The extra winnings are paid as a free bet. This offer applies to bets with a max stake of £20, and there is a cap of £500 on the bonus
- Money back if your player loses in five sets – Bet at least £5 pre-match on a player to win any match during Wimbledon, and should your player lose in five sets, then 10Bet will refund your losing stake up to £20.
- Get paid out early if your player goes two sets up – For all mens matches, back a player to win and if they go two sets up, Paddy Power will pay you out as a winner straight away.
- Loyalty free bets – Also with Paddy Power, place 50 bets in a given week, and they will give you a free bet equal your average stake.
- Accumulators – We’ve written an entire article on where the best place to place your tennis accumulators are. You can read it here.