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2021 Wimbledon Preview

After dominating the French Open for roughly 15 years, Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, fell to Novak Djokovic for the second time, this time in the semifinals match of the tournament. That set up Djokovic for a competitive final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Djokovic in the first two sets, but lost the following three. The end result was Djokovic becoming just the third player in history to win all four Grand Slam single tournaments at least twice in their career. 

The women’s side of the French Open was much less predictable than the betting odds on men’s tennis final. Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova completely upset the tennis odds by winning her first Grand Slam title, which was just her fifth time competing in a major for singles.

With the French Open behind us, we’ll turn our attention to the grass courts of Wimbledon, which is looking to host 50% capacity for the early stages of the event and 100% capacity for the finals. The event is scheduled to take place between June 28 and July 11. Although last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, Djokovic won the two years prior, making him the top competitor on the 2021 Wimbledon tennis betting lines

2021 Wimbledon Men’s Contenders

Novak Djokovic (+120) 

Since winning his first Wimbledon tournament in 2011, Djokovic has gone on to win four more times; he has 19 Grand Slam singles titles to date, which puts him just one title short of Nadal and Federer. Pressure is mounting for the Serb, who is halfway to his first Grand Slam, having won both the French Open and Australian Open this year. Defending his Wimbledon title against grass court specialist Roger Federer will be a challenge, but he was able to do it in the final in 2019.

Roger Federer (+650)

Grass courts are Federer’s surface of choice; he has 19 titles on grass and has won Wimbledon eight times. There’s a bit of uncertainty regarding Federer’s declining game as he approaches 40. The last Grand Slam singles tournament he won was the Australian Open in 2018. He should be fresh, though, having opted out of the French Open to focus his efforts on Wimbledon.

Daniil Medvedev (+650)

A new face in the world of men’s tennis, Medvedev is a 25-year-old Russian competitor who is hunting for his first Grand Slam singles title. Making it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, where he lost to Tsitsipas, who he beat in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, was a big accomplishment. But perhaps more impressive was his performance in the Final of the Australian Open, where he lost to Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal (+700)

It may not be Nadal’s preferred surface, but the world’s No. 3-ranked tennis player has won four titles on the grass before, and two of them were from Wimbledon. This season, he’s made it to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo; he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Barcelona and beat Djokovic in the Finals at the 1000 Rome. The Spaniard has yet to confirm that he will compete in London after an emotional and physically taxing upset at the French Open.  

2021 Wimbledon Women’s Contenders

Naomi Osaka (+500)

The No. 2-ranked women’s tennis player has yet to win a Wimbledon title, although she has reached the third round in 2017 and 2018. But she has proven herself in other major tournaments, having won two US Opens and two Australian Opens. She’s made headlines for the wrong reasons as of late, after deciding to skip a mandatory press conference, which stirred some controversy and led to her withdrawing from the French Open.

Ashleigh Barty (+650)

Barty has reached the final of every Grand Slam singles tournament throughout her career and won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open. She had to retire early in her Round of 64 matchup against Magda Linette at the French Open due to a hip injury. Earlier this year, she made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and won the Yarra Valley Classic.  

Serena Williams (+700)

The last Grand Slam singles title that Williams won was the Australian Open in 2017, but she is still a top contender on grass courts, having reached the final at the last two Wimbledon singles tournaments in 2018 and 2019. 

 

*Odds a of June 28, 2021

 

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How to Bet on Tennis

As summer approaches and the hockey and basketball seasons come to a close, bettors are rapidly turning their attention to the action on the tennis court. In addition to the sport's four Grand Slam events, tennis tournaments are taking place on a weekly basis, featuring the best men's and women's players in the world. And along with it, a growing number of tennis betting options are becoming available to both experienced and novice sports bettors alike.

Tennis Moneyline Betting

Like so many other sports, moneyline betting is the most popular form of wagering on tennis. With moneyline betting the objective is simple, as you place a wager on which player will win a match, with the amount of your winnings determined by moneyline tennis odds.

  • Rafael Nadal -200
  • Roger Federer +160

In the example illustrated above, Rafael Nadal is listed as the betting favorite to defeat Roger Federer with -200 odds. That means a successful $200 bet will win you $100. Conversely, Federer is pegged as a +160 underdog, which means a successful $100 bet on the Swiss star will win you $160.

Betting the Spread in Tennis

Betting the spread adds a layer of complexity to your tennis betting experience. As in other sports, most notably NFL football and NBA basketball, betting the spread enables you to wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. The same principle applies to tennis.

  • Rafael Nadal -3.5 (-135)
  • Roger Federer +3.5 (+110)

In this example, Nadal is favored to win at least 3.5 more games in the match than Federer, with the spread supported by moneyline odds. That means if Nadal wins 16 games in the match, and Federer wins fewer than 13, a $135 wager on the Spanish superstar will win you $100. However, if Federer stays within three game wins of Nadal, a $100 bet on him will win you $110, even if he fails to win the match.

 

Totals Betting in Tennis

While moneyline betting and betting the spread are focused on the outcome of a match, totals betting is focused on the number of total games played over the course of a match.

  • Rafael Nadal O 23.5 (-130)
  • Roger Federer U 23.5 (+100)

An example of a totals betting line is illustrated above, with the total number of games in the match set at 23.5. The O and U on the betting line denote OVER and UNDER, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout on a winning bet.

In this case, if the total number of games played in the match is OVER 23.5, a successful $130 wager will win you $100. Conversely, should the match between Nadal and Federer feature UNDER 23.5 total games, then a $100 bet on even odds of +100 will win you $100.

Tennis Parlay Betting

Parlay betting enables you to combine multiple bets on a single wager, with the payout determined by enhanced moneyline odds. For example, you can combine a moneyline wager on Nadal to win his match with a bet on the total for another match. However, while a wide variety of combinations can be used to create parlay bets, limitations also exist. For example, with a parlay bet you cannot combine a moneyline bet and a totals bet from the same match on the same ticket.

Tennis Props Betting

With props betting, the power to wager on an array of additional aspects of a tennis match is at your disposal, with an emphasis on individual player performance. Here are a few examples of typical tennis prop bets:

Odd/even games betting enables you to wager on whether the total games played in a match will be an even number or an odd number, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout to a winner. Player to win a set betting is just how it sounds, as you can bet on whether an individual player will win at least one set in a match, with moneyline odds once again determining the size of the payout.Tennis player totals betting props work on the same principle as totals betting discussed above, but instead of wagering on the total number of games played in a match, tennis player totals betting enables you to wager on whether a player will win OVER or UNDER the established total, with moneyline odds determining your payout.

Tennis Futures Betting

Futures betting has steadily gained in popularity among bettors in recent years. Unlike the array of wagering options discussed in this article that focus on a specific match, futures betting enables you to wager on which player will emerge as the winner of a tournament well in advance of the tournament taking place, and is extremely popular among bettors wagering on Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the US Open.

In fact, for bettors looking to get in on the Wimbledon odds and the US Open odds, futures betting is where they are likely to start.

  • Novak Djokovic +150
  • Rafael Nadal +350
  • Roger Federer +550
  • Milos Raonic +1500
  • Richard Gasquet +20000

Illustrated above is an abbreviated example of what to expect when surveying the futures odds of an upcoming tournament. In this example, Novak Djokovic is listed as a +150 favorite to emerge as the Wimbledon men's champion. That means if the Serbian tennis legend goes on to win the annual event at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a $100 bet will win you $150. Of course, the odds lengthen the further down the list you go. In this case, Nadal is a +350 second favorite, with the potential to pay out $350 in winnings on a $100 bet, while Canadian Milos Raonic is pegged at a lengthy +1500. Typically all players expected to compete in the tournament will be included on the futures, providing you with dozens of futures betting options, with the tournament longshots offering dramatically long odds. In this example, Richard Gasquet is pegged as a lengthy +20000 longshot, meaning a stunning Wimbledon victory from the French veteran would win you $20000 on a $100 bet.

Tennis Live Betting and Set Lines

Set line betting features moneyline betting and betting against the spread, but with an important difference. Instead of wagering on the results over the course of an entire match, set lines enable you to wager on the results of an individual set. And while set lines are usually published for the first set well ahead of when the match is played, set lines for subsequent sets are often available as part of a live betting option. With live betting, the spread and moneyline odds are dynamically updated while the match is being played, allowing you to bet on the fly during the match, and adding an additional layer of excitement to your tennis betting experience.

 

 

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