Wimbledon, the biggest tournament on the tennis calendar, takes place July 1-14.
As usual, the big three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal lead the 2019 Wimbledon betting odds. Behind them come a stream of challengers, some with a genuine chance of causing a surprise and others just making up the numbers.
In this article, we go over the top three things to consider when betting on the 2019 Wimbledon championships.
The Big Three Will be Hard to Beat at Wimbledon
There’s a reason Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal are so far ahead in the betting odds. Along with Andy Murray, the old “big four” have combined for the last 16 Wimbledon men’s singles titles. In fact, these big four have been so dominant that eight of the last 16 finals have been derbies featuring two of the big four.
Murray won’t feature in the singles this year, but Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal will. If you’re looking for the latest Wimbledon odds, you can find them here. Bet365 has updated its Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles betting odds, with Djokovic on 11/8, Federer, 11/4, and Nadal, 6/1. It’s daylight to the next contender: Stefanos Tsitsipas, 18/1.
A Few Players Are Eyeing a Wimbledon Upset
The good news for everyone else is that they’re getting closer to breaking the big four’s dominance. Each of the last three Wimbledon finals has featured a runner-up from outside the big four. In 2016, Milos Raonic lost to Andy Murray. In 2017, Marin Cilic lost to Roger Federer. In 2018, Kevin Anderson lost to Novak Djokovic.
Which players are capable of causing an upset in 2019? Raonic, 33/1, Cilic, 33/1, and Anderson, 40/1 will all be bullish about their chances of going one step further than previously.
A few other players have been talked about as natural successors once the big four retire. Nick Kyrgios, 40/1, could be in with a chance if he can keep his temper under control. Alexander Zverev, 28/1, and Dominic Thiem, 33/1, have long been talked about as the up-and-coming stars of men’s tennis.
Thiem has made the French Open Final twice (losing to Rafa Nadal on both occasions). He has defeated all of the big four at least once. Zverev has never made it past the quarter-finals of a grand slam, but he has beaten Federer on grass and he is tracking well for a player aged just 22. At 40/1 odds, he may be worth a punt.
The Andy Murray Factor
Andy Murray will make a long-awaited return to Wimbledon after missing last year’s Championships with a hip injury. The local hero won’t appear in the singles, but he will play in the men’s and mixed doubles – and Serena Williams has even offered to partner him in the mixed tournament.
Obviously, Murray isn’t on the men’s singles title betting list. However, he could have a big impact on the tournament even without being a participant.
Could Murray inspire one of the British players to emulate what he achieved in 2013 and 2016 and win the Wimbledon men’s singles title? Paddy Power has a bunch of specials on all the British men’s and women’s players, including a combo on Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, and Kyle Edmund to all win first up.
Edmund comes into this tournament as 30th seed. He about 30th in Wimbledon betting odds, with bet365 and Paddy Power both paying 150/1 for him to win the title. Edmund is generally considered Britain’s best chance of winning Wimbledon in the coming years.