Sports Betting 101: Wimbledon Betting Strategy And Odds

Written By Martin Derbyshire on July 1, 2019 - Last Updated on January 13, 2023
Wimbledon betting

The 2019 Wimbledon Championships begins Monday, July 1 in the United Kingdom and right here in the US, you can now bet on the only Grand Slam tennis tournament played on a grass surface.

Wimbledon will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England from now through Sunday, July 14.

There will be a couple of changes to the illustrious Grand Slam event this year. The 2019 Wimbledon Championships will be the first to go to a tie break in the final set when it is knotted at 12 games each.

Plus, the club has installed a retractable roof over the No. 1 Court, making both it and Centre Court weatherproof.

Wimbledon betting in the US

What hasn’t changed is the basic ways you can bet on tennis tournaments inside any one of eight US states with legal sports betting.

This includes sportsbooks in:

Wimbledon betting starts with Wimbledon futures bets where you can wager on who you think will win the men’s or women’s singles draw outright.

Novak Djokovic is the defending men’s singles champion. Angelique Kerber won the women’s singles in 2018.

Wimbledon odds

Below is a look at the opening Wimbledon futures odds for the top four men and women at four of the top sportsbooks in the country.

This includes NJ sports betting operators FOX Bet Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Plus, new PA sports betting apps like SugarHouse Sportsbook and Parx Sportsbook.

Wimbledon 2019SugarHouse (PA)FanDuel (NJ)Parx (PA)BetStars (NJ)
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer+333+300+333+300
Rafael Nadal+550+750+550+600
Stefanos Tsitsipas+1900+2300+1900+1700
Serena Williams+500+900+500+650
Ashleigh Barty+550+500+550+500
Karolina Pliskova+600+700+600+550
Angelique Kerber+900+1000+900+750

Of course, these and other sportsbooks will adjust the odds as the tournament moves ahead.

As you can see, no player is currently a moneyline favorite to win either draw. That should change closer to the finals, which means prices on the favorites will likely never be better than they are right now.

Most legal US sportsbooks also offer futures markets on things like who will win each quarter of the draw. Plus, individual player props allowing you to bet on where a specific player will finish.

Wimbledon match betting and live betting

You can also bet on each individual match throughout the two-week tournament.

Most legal US sportsbooks will post moneyline odds on each match.

However, it’s a little tricky in the early rounds as the favorites to win it all are posted as massive moneyline favorites to win these matches. For example, Djokovic opened at -3000 on FanDuel Sportsbook to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round.

Similarly, Serena Williams opened at -5000 on SugarHouse Sportsbook to beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Round 1 match.

Also, if you want to bet during match, DraftKings Sportsbook has a new product called Flash Bet; check that out here.

Sound Wimbledon betting strategy

With a full two weeks of Wimbledon action ahead, it might be best to avoid betting on big favorites in early round matches.

In fact, most sound Wimbledon betting strategies involve that and:

  • Betting favorites early on in the futures markets while the price is right.
  • Watching matches to determine emerging favorites.
  • Paying attention to the odds adjustments made by sportsbooks in search of value.
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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.

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