Wimbledon is back!

This entry was posted on Friday, June 25th, 2010

The end of June, Strawberries and the sudden re-emergence of Sir Cliff Richard can only signal one thing. Yes, you guessed it; the Wimbledon Championships are here again, and for once, the weather is so glorious in the UK that they might not need the famous sliding roof at all this year!

Whilst all eyes have been on the football World Cup for the last couple of weeks, tennis will now share the spotlight as the Wimbledon Championships got underway this week. It is already shaping up to be another cracking tournament as the longest match in Grand Slam history caught everyone’s imagination and dominated the early headlines. John Isner of the USA and Nicolas Mahut of France played for a gruelling eleven hours and five minutes, with Isner eventually winning the match 70-68. If you think that there is room for another epic match in this year’s tournament you can get 500/1 for that, not likely then but you never know! Isner himself, is a whopping 125/1 to win Wimbledon, but with this victory spurring him on, and the elevation of his profile this could just be his year.

As you would expect the betting on the men’s championship is dominated by Federer and Nadal. Federer is 7/4 and Nadal is 23/10, a Federer and Nadal final is around 9/4 with the bookmakers. Not much value to be had there, however a little further down the betting and there are some great names with some fantastic odds. You can get 6/1 for Great Britain’s Andy Murray to win (and if he does he will be the first British man to lift the men’s trophy since 1936), 10/1 for American Andy Roddick and 22/1 for Austrailian Leyton Hewitt. You can also bet on a player simply reaching the final, here you will get 3/1 for Andy Murray, and 12/1 for Leyton Hewitt.

As in the men’s tournament, the two biggest names in the ladies game dominate the betting. Serena Williams is the outright favourite with odds of just 13/8, her sister; Venus Williams looks like a great bet with odds of 3/1. If you fancy a Williams Sisters final, then you are not alone as the bookmakers obviously do to, offering odds of just 2/1. Other notable names present a much better chance of a substantial return, without a massive outlay. Kim Clijsters is 6/1, Maria Sharapova is 8/1 and Jelena Jankovic is 25/1.

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