The Attraction of Wimbledon
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet club was founded in 1868, and its first grounds were situated at Wimbledon in London. In 1876 the club added lawn tennis to the activities available at the club, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known and referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Wimbledon is still considered to be the most prestigious, and is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The other major tournaments on the annual professional tennis circuit are the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
In 1988, the Australian Open changed their surface from grass to the hard court, which has left Wimbledon as the only major tournament still played on a grass surface. The tournament takes place over a two week period, the Wimbledon fortnight, during late June and early July each year. The event concludes with the crowning of the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Champions.
A Place of Legends and Traditions
Wimbledon has generated an entire assortment of traditions that includes a dress code for all competitors, the serving of strawberries and cream by the food outlets at the tournament, Royal patronage, celebrity attendance and fashion statements. The tournament allows no advertising on the courts, and the ball boys and girls are drafted from local schools in the London district. These children are on average fifteen years old and need to undergo quite a rigorous school selection process before being allowed to service the esteemed courts.
The 2016 Wimbledon Championships were held from 27 June 2016 to 10 July 2016. This, the 130th edition of the championships saw the champion, Novak Djokovic, lose in the third round and be denied the golden calendar slam. The Gentlemen’s Singles title was eventually won by Britain’s’ own Andy Murray. Serena Williams from the USA successfully defended her Ladies’ Singles title and in so doing equalled Open Era record of 22 major singles titles that was held by Germany’s Steffi Graf.
The men’s players with the most wins at Wimbledon over the years have been Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. For the ladies, Martina Navratilova is the most-crowned champion, but Serena Williams is on the way to breaking all existing records. In 2007 Wimbledon introduced the same amount of prize money for both men and women, and in 2013 become officially the richest tournament in tennis.
Wagering on This Tennis Tournament
Tennis sports online betting on Wimbledon is extremely popular and is featured at all the top sports books. The primary wagers placed are on the winners of the various categories, although a number of additional bets can also be placed, such as players reaching the finals, the outcome of individual matches, and even the number of sets played in any particular match.
The odds on players for the 2017 Wimbledon tournament have already been quoted, and Novak Djokovic is again the favourite at 11/10. Andy Murray is quoted at 2/1, the same as the odds on him for 2016 when he won. For the women, Serena Williams is offered at 3/2 and Angelique Kerber is the second favourite at 6/1.
Tennis betting is a highly intense activity and extremely popular. With Wimbledon being perhaps the top tournament of the year, bookmakers see a large spike in this activity every year. As always, good knowledge of the game, the players involved and the conditions is absolutely essential, but then there is certainly some good money to be made.