Wimbledon 2016 runs from Monday 27th June to Sunday 10th July and will be played at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE.
Wimbledon betting will be available online, in High Street bookmakers and via your mobile. Any online bookmaker worthy of the name will have Wimbledon free bets available to customers who meet the qualifying criteria. Online Wimbledon betting is particularly convenient when it comes to betting on matches in-running.
Champion of both Wimbledon 2014 and Wimbledon 2015, Novak Djokovic is the men’s title favourite at a best price of 11/8 (at the time of writing), with Andy Murray deemed the most likely to challenge him according to the early Wimbledon betting odds. Patriotic punters will be looking to back the Scot with any Wimbledon free bets available.
The veteran Roger Federer is next at 7/1, but it’s over three years since he last won a Grand Slam tournament. Among the younger generation, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios are all capable of going a long way, especially should they get a favourable Wimbledon draw. It’s always worth studying the draw if looking to make any Wimbledon free bets with regards to winning the tournament.
Serena Williams is the favourite in the women’s singles at 2/1, but age and injuries need to be taken into account if contemplating backing the six-time Wimbledon champion. Petra Kvitova is next on the list at 11/2. A two-time Wimbledon champion herself she warrants serious consideration, although she did suffer with illness in 2015. The ever-popular Maria Sharapova is one of three players at a best price of 12/1 in the Wimbledon betting and will attract plenty of bets.
As the finals near, there will be a multitude of Wimbledon free bets and Wimbledon betting offers available, with options to back a player winning the tournament without dropping a set, the total number of games played in any given match and various others. It’s also worth checking the likes of Oddschecker and Betfinder to get the latest Wimbledon betting odds
It’s difficult to see past Novak Djokovic for the men’s singles, given both his general dominance of the game in recent years and his remarkable levels of fitness and determination. His price of 11/8 with Betfred might look short, but it’s difficult to envisage Djokovic not reaching at least the semi-final stage.
In the ladies’ singles, Petra Kvitova could be a decent bet at 11/2 (available at Ladbrokes). She has both the game and temperament required and with Serena Williams going into 2016 with a knee injury, the Czech girl could be the main beneficiary.
As a major event on the tennis sporting calendar, there are sure to be numerous Wimbledon betting previews across all media outlets in the weeks leading up to the tournament. Wimbledon free bets will also be heavily promoted ahead of one of the world’s most popular summer sporting tournaments.
It’s also worth looking at opposing some of the clay court specialists in the early rounds, particularly if up against players noted for their solid serves and powerful hitting. Keep an eye out for such games when it comes to using Wimbledon free bets.
If you’re unable to secure Wimbledon tickets and don’t fancy queuing on the day, then BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Red Button is the place to watch the Wimbledon 2016 action live in the UK. Online Wimbledon streaming will also be available for those without access to a TV.
Even at this stage it’s difficult to argue against Djokovic for the men’s championship. An Andy Murray bet is the patriotic choice and he is a fully justified second favourite.
Roger Federer seems to defy age, but he will be nearly 35 by the time of the Wimbledon 2016 and it would be a remarkable achievement were he to win a record eighth title in the twilight of his career. His last Grand Slam title was Wimbledon in 2012, so it does suggest those looking for potential Wimbledon champions should look elsewhere.
Serena Williams is a worthy favourite in the ladies’ singles, but she too will be nearing 35 at the time of the finals. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova looks to be the biggest threat, with her game well-suited to grass. Maria Sharapova is prone to shoulder injuries and has a poor head-to-head record against Serena Williams, winning just two of 20 matches and losing the last 17.
When it comes to backing an outright winner for Wimbledon, it could pay to look for bookmakers that offer a Wimbledon free bet when doing so and enjoy a no-risk bet.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis championship in the world, dating back to 1877. It’s also widely considered to be the most prestigious, not least by many of the players themselves. Wimbledon 2016 will be the 130th edition of the event and the 49th in the Open era.
Spencer Gore won the first-ever Gentleman’s championship in 1877, comprehensively beating William Marshall in straight sets before a crowd of around 200. The first player to dominate the event was William Renshaw in the 1880s, who won the title on seven occasions.
The Ladies’ Singles was introduced in 1884, with Maud Watson beating Lilian Watson (Maud’s older sister) in three sets.
Until 1922 the defending champion only had to play the final itself, meeting whoever won through the rest of the competition to challenge them.
Wimbledon is the only remaining Grand Slam event still played on a grass surface. A change in the grass used since 2001 has resulted in the ball now bouncing higher and the speed of the court being slower than previously and negated the advantage of the big servers to a degree.
Today the Wimbledon Tennis Championship is firmly established in the sporting and social calendar.