Wimbledon is the third of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and follows the Australian Open and French Open Majors. The fourth Grand Slam Major is the US Open. Held in London at the all England Club and also known as The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
Played on grass courts, a much faster surface than the red clay courts of the French Open, the Wimbledon Championships were first contested in 1877 and as of 2016 there has been 130 editions of this time-honoured classic. Over £28,100,000 (AUS$48.7 million) in prize money is shared between the Wimbledon winners each season, which runs over two weeks from the last Monday in June in the UK, which is the last Sunday in June Australian time. The tournament always ends on a Sunday in July culminating with the Men’s and Women’s Singles Finals.
The only remaining Grand Slam played on a grass surface after the Australian Open was switched to a hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon on-court advertising is non-existent but betting on the tournament is still big business! It’s not all strawberries and cream and Royal patronage however. Players used wooden rackets up until 1987, and in 1995 Tim Henman made Wimbledon history for all the wrong reasons becoming the first player ever to disqualified from the tournament after striking a ball girl on the head.
As with all the other tennis Grand Slam tournaments the major divisions of Wimbledon are the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The competition is steeped in history and tradition and all Wimbledon players are required to wear white.
Wimbledon 2018 The Championships
- Date: July 2 – July 9, 2018
- Edition: 132nd
- Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
- Grand Slam: 3rd of 2018
- 2017 Men’s Singles Champion: Roger Federer
- 2017 Women’s Singles Champion: Garbiñe Muguruza
2017 Wimbledon Results
2017 Wimbledon Results: Men’s Singles Final
- Champion: Roger Federer
- Runner-Up: Marin Čilić
- Final Score: 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
The Wimbledon 2017 Men’s Singles Final saw Swiss superstar Roger Federer claim his record eighth All England Club title win, his seventh victory from his eight most recent matches against Čilić who he defeated in straight sets. The 35-year-old became the oldest champion in over 40 years and broke a Wimbledon drought going back to 2012. He is now a 19-time Grand Slam champion and took just one hour and 41 minutes to get the job done in the 2017 final at Wimbledon.
2017 Wimbledon Results: Ladies’ Singles Final
- Champion: Garbiñe Muguruza
- Runner-Up: Venus Williams
- Final Score: 7-5, 6-0
Venus Williams was the slight underdog in the 2017 Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship odds as she prepared to take on Garbiñe Muguruza in the title decider . Williams was ultra-impressive knocking out Johanna Konta to make it to her ninth Wimbledon final, eight years on from her latest victory here, the 37-year-old becoming the oldest player to make the All England Club decider. Her opponent meanwhile chased a second Grand Slam title to add to her 2016 French Open win, Muguruza facing her second Wimbledon final after her loss in 2015. Muguruza was ruthless in her semi-final annihilation of Magdalena Rybarikova, the 14th seeded Spaniard enjoying another emphatic victory with a 7-5 , 6-0 win over Williams to become the first woman tennis player in history to defeat both Williams sisters in a major final. She is also now just the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon joining her coach Conchita Martinez (1994).
Major Wimbledon Titles & Current Champions
- Gentlemen’s Singles: Roger Federer (2017)
- Ladies’ Singles: Garbiñe Muguruza (2017)
- Gentlemen’s Doubles: Łukasz Kubot / Marcelo Melo (2017)
- Ladies’ Doubles: Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina (2017)
- Mixed Doubles: Jamie Murray / Martina Hingis (2017)
There are also a number of Invitation Events held during The Championships, Wimbledon contested over a Round Robin format, unlike the Main Events that are single-elimination tournaments contested as best-of-five sets for Men’s and best-of-three sets for Women’s and Mixed Doubles.
Wimbledon players often warm-up in earlier European competitions with the men contesting events like the Queen’s Club Championships and the Gerry Weber Open. Women Wimbledon hopefuls traditionally warm-up in Eastbourne and Birmingham in England, and Rosmalen in the Netherlands.
The Gentlemen’s Singles Wimbledon Winner is awarded with a silver gilt cup.
The Ladies’ Singles Wimbledon Winner is awarded with a sterling silver salver known as the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Wimbledon Odds & Betting
Wimbledon betting is very popular over the 14 days of play during June – July every year. The most popular Wimbledon odds are those on the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles winners. Early Outright Wimbled Winners odds are open months in advance of the tournament with all-in prices quoted for headline players in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
There are multiple markets open on all Wimbledon matches across the Main Events and popular exotic bet types include set-by-set tennis predictions, correct score betting odds, whether there will be a tie-break in the first set, Player 1 and Player 2 markets, the first player to serve a game to love, second set winner betting and who will break first serve.
A notable Wimbledon betting tip is to look at form lines outside of World Rankings as in the Open Era (from 1968) six of the 18 Women’s Singles Wimbledon winners never reached World No. 1.
The Wimbledon Championships of 2018 will be underway from late June and early betting markets will be released early in the year on the Men’s and Women’s Singles Winners.
Past Winners of Wimbledon
Wimbledon history dates right back to 1877, but what is known as the Open Era didn’t begin until 1968. Plenty of past Wimbledon Winners have etched their name in the tennis record books during that time at the coveted English tournament.
Men’s Wimbledon Champions
World No. 1 ranked players have a strong strike rate looking at the Men’s Singles Wimbledon winners list. Over half of the Open Era Men’s Singles winners reached the pinnacle of the tennis rakings.
During the Open Era of Wimbledon, Roger Federer holds the record of most Men’s Singles titles with eight thanks to his 2017 success. Federer also shares a record five consecutive Open Era Wimbledon titles from 2003 – 2007 along with Björn Borg from Sweden.
Federer also holds his own unique page in the Wimbledon history books as the only player in both the Amateur and Open Era to reach the finals 11 times for eight wins and three losses. Andy Murray’s 2013 Men’s Singles win at Wimbledon broke a lengthy drought for the local British players and was the first for England since Fred Perry (1934, 1935, 1936) giving the UK a total of 36 All-Time titles in this division. This is the most of any country followed by the USA (33) and Australia (21).
The last Australian Gentlemen’s Men’s Singles winner at Wimbledon was Lleyton Hewitt (2002). The Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000 are listed below.
|2000||USA||Pete Sampras||AUS||Patrick Rafter||6–7(10–12), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 6–2|
|2001||CRO||Goran Ivanišević||AUS||Patrick Rafter||6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7|
|2002||AUS||Lleyton Hewitt||ARG||David Nalbandian||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
|2003||SUI||Roger Federer||AUS||Mark Philippoussis||7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–6(7–3)|
|2004||SUI||Roger Federer||USA||Andy Roddick||4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4|
|2005||SUI||Roger Federer||USA||Andy Roddick||6–2, 7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|2006||SUI||Roger Federer||ESP||Rafael Nadal||6–0, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7), 6–3|
|2007||SUI||Roger Federer||ESP||Rafael Nadal||7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2|
|2008||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7|
|2009||SUI||Roger Federer||USA||Andy Roddick||5–7, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 16–14|
|2010||ESP||Rafael Nadal||CZE||Tomáš Berdych||6–3, 7–5, 6–4|
|2011||SRB||Novak Djokovic||ESP||Rafael Nadal||6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3|
|2012||SUI||Roger Federer||GBR||Andy Murray||4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4|
|2013||GBR||Andy Murray||SRB||Novak Djokovic||6–4, 7–5, 6–4|
|2014||SRB||Novak Djokovic||SUI||Roger Federer||6–7(7–9), 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 6–4|
|2015||SRB||Novak Djokovic||SUI||Roger Federer||7–6(7–1), 6–7(10–12), 6–4, 6–3|
|2016||GBR||Andy Murray||CAN||Milos Raonic||6–4, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–2)|
|2017||TBD||Roger Federer||ESP||Marin Čilić||6-3, 6-1, 6-4|
Women’s Wimbledon Champions
At Wimbledon the Women’s Singles are referred to as the Ladies’ Singles and during the Open Era (from 1968) Czech-born Martina Navratilova who also played for the USA boasts a record nine championship victories. Six of those were consecutively, another Wimbledon Women’s Singles record she holds.
Pre-Open Era the youngest ever Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles winner was Lottie Dod (15 years and 285 days) who five times (1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1893). The oldest winner of All-Time was Charlotte Cooper Sterry (37 and 282 days) who also won five titles during the Amateur Era (1895, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1908).
The USA hold the record of most Ladies’ Wimbledon Singles Titles of All-Time (56) with the last American champion being Serena Williams (2015), her sixth victory. Australia have won the division five times, but not since Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1980). The Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Past Winners dating back to 2000 are listed below.
|2000||USA||Venus Williams||USA||Lindsay Davenport||6–3, 7–6(7–3)|
|2001||USA||Venus Williams||BEL||Justine Henin||6–1, 3–6, 6–0|
|2002||USA||Serena Williams||USA||Venus Williams||7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|2003||USA||Serena Williams||USA||Venus Williams||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|2004||RUS||Maria Sharapova||USA||Serena Williams||6–1, 6–4|
|2005||USA||Venus Williams||USA||Lindsay Davenport||4–6, 7–6(7–4), 9–7|
|2006||FRA||Amélie Mauresmo||BEL||Justine Henin||2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|2007||USA||Venus Williams||FRA||Marion Bartoli||6–4, 6–1|
|2008||USA||Venus Williams||USA||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–4|
|2009||USA||Serena Williams||USA||Venus Williams||7–6(7–3), 6–2|
|2010||USA||Serena Williams||RUS||Vera Zvonareva||6–3, 6–2|
|2011||CZE||Petra Kvitová||RUS||Maria Sharapova||6–3, 6–4|
|2012||USA||Serena Williams||POL||Agnieszka Radwańska||6–1, 5–7, 6–2|
|2013||FRA||Marion Bartoli||GER||Sabine Lisicki||6–1, 6–4|
|2014||CZE||Petra Kvitová||CAN||Eugenie Bouchard||6–3, 6–0|
|2015||USA||Serena Williams||ESP||Garbiñe Muguruza||6–4, 6–4|
|2016||USA||Serena Williams||GER||Angelique Kerber||7–5, 6–3|
|2017||ESP||Garbiñe Muguruza||USA||Venus Williams||7-5, 6-0|
The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest of all tennis tournaments world-wide and Wimbledon records have been getting smashed since 1877. Three men share the record of most singles titles (7): English gentlemen William Renshaw way before the Open Era, American Pete Sampras who is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time and Swiss champion Roger Federer. The Ladies’ Singles Wimbledon record of most titles is two higher and held by Martina Navratilova.
Gentlemen’s Wimbledon Records
- Most Singles Titles: Roger Federer (8)
- Most Doubles Titles: Todd Woodbridge (9)
Ladies Wimbledon Records
- Most Singles Titles: Martina Navratilova (9)
- Most Doubles Titles: Elizabeth Ryan (12)
Mixed Doubles Wimbledon Records
- Most Titles (Male): Ken Fletcher (4), Vic Seixas (4), Owen Davidson (4), Leander Paes (4)
- Most Titles (Female): Elizabeth Ryan (7)
Most Consecutive Wimbledon Titles
- Men’s Singles: Bjorn Borg (5), Roger Federer (5)
- Women’s Singles: Martina Navratilova (6)
- Men’s Doubles: Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (5)
- Women’s Doubles Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver (4), Natasha Zvereva (4)