The grass season is upon us as the world’s top tennis stars descend upon the All England Lawn Club in London for the 133rd edition of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday (AEDT).
Compared to years past, the field remains wide open in both the men’s and women’s tournaments, while Australia’s hopes remain firmly on the shoulders of Ash Barty as she hopes to replicate her French Open success.
Betting on this year’s tournament looks a little tricky, but if one thing is for sure, it’s worth taking a flyer on a few wild cards. Be sure to read all of our top tips in our 2019 Wimbledon Preview below.
2019 Wimbledon Men's Singles Best Bet
Novak Djokovic – $2.50
Novak Djokovic will open as the No. 1 seed this year, but there’s been a shakeup at the two and three spots with Roger Federer seeded ahead of last year’s Semi-Finalist, Rafael Nadal.
How that affects the later stages of the tournament remains to be seen, but all signs still point towards Djokovic defending his title in a fortnight’s time.
The World No. 1 fell short to Dominic Thiem in the Semi-Final stages of the French Open last month, so right off the bat, you know he’s hungry for revenge.
Digging a little deeper, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is always a threat, but now at age 37, his best years on the grass look to be behind him.
That leaves only Rafael Nadal, who will have to fight from the three seed if he hopes to win his third Wimbledon title.
Despite losing to Thiem at Roland Garros, Djokovic still played some strong tennis disposing of Alexander Zverez in straight sets in the Quarter-Finals. This is the most beatable Federer and Nadal have looked going into Wimbledon and considering Djokovic is in the shape of his life, it’s hard to back against the favourite.
2019 Wimbledon Men's Singles Best Value
Rafael Nadal – $6.50
Very difficult to see anyone winning this year’s tournament outside of the big three, but if you fancy backing anyone other than Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is your man.
The Spaniard is now playing with a chip on his shoulder from the third seed and he looks relatively healthy after some early season injury clouds leading up to the French Open.
It’s been nine years since we last saw Nadal win at Wimbledon, and while the grass is far from his favourite surface, he probably stands the best chance at winning the final if Djokovic suffers an upset early.
2019 Wimbledon Men's Singles Best Roughie
Stefanos Tsitsipas – $17.00
The Greek Freak has only ever made it as far as the fourth round at Wimbledon, although his form of late suggests he might make a deep run this year.
Tsitsipas lost the final of the Madrid Open to Djokovic back in May before losing in the Semi’s to Nadal in Rome a week later.
Tsitsipas has taken a step forward in his game since losing the Semi-Final of the Australian Open, so he might be worth a small wager at longer odds.
2019 Wimbledon Women's Singles Best Bet
Ash Barty – $5.00
The new World No. 1 looks to make it three wins in a row after claiming the French Open and the Birmingham Classic.
Barty appears to be one of the safest bets this year as she tends to save her best performances for the grass. She’s somewhat struggled at Wimbledon in the past, but as Barty has shown all year, she continues to learn from her previous mistakes.
It will take plenty of mental toughness to win the tournament this year and Barty continues to prove her doubters wrong. She lacks the experience others have in this year’s field, but with Serena Williams showing signs of age and Naomi Osaka looking out of form, this is by far Barty’s best chance yet.
2019 Wimbledon Women's Singles Best Value
Simona Halep – $17.00
It’s a wide-open race between the women this year and while Ash Barty has the credentials to get the job done, it’s worth keeping in mind the World No. 1 has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.
Naomi Osaka falls into the same category, having made it only as far as the third round last year. The Japanese sensation failed to fire at Roland Garros losing in the Round of 32, right before losing in the Round of 16 to World No. 39 Yulia Putintseva in Birmingham last week.
Osaka’s troubles can be chalked up to a breakup with her long-time coach and a handful of injuries. Serena Williams, meanwhile, looked a shell of her former self at the French Open last month as she struggled to find her usual power with the serve.
That leaves Simona Halep, who looks to be a dark horse in this year’s tournament. The 27-year-old lost in the quarter-finals at the French Open to Amanda Anisimova but has enjoyed success at the Eastbourne Invitational making the quarter-final against Angelique Kerber.
Halep has made the semi-finals at Wimbledon back in 2014 and should be hungry to return to the form that saw her win the French Open last year.
Hedging your Barty bet with a small play on Halep could be a worthwhile strategy.
2019 Wimbledon Women's Singles Best Roughie
Johanna Konta – $21.00
Despite losing in the Round of 16 in Birmingham last week, Johanna Konta caught the eye of tennis fans at the French Open after making it as far as the semi-finals.
The 28-year-old is now ranked No. 19 in the world and although she was born in Sydney, should have plenty of support from the London crowd. Konta has typically played her best tennis on grass and looks a nice price to cause an upset.