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While tennis betting is still a tier below the major sports as far as overall handle, it’s gaining a lot of momentum across sportsbooks in the United States. And unlike most sports, tennis has a year-round schedule. This means endless action for avid tennis bettors.
Live tennis betting has also been a major contributing factor to the sport’s popularity. Things change quickly on the court, which means you can make plays on the constant momentum swings and odds shifts. Since tennis is statistically measurable, sportbooks are comfortable putting up a variety of live odds on many different bet types.
Of all the majors in professional tennis, Wimbledon attracts the most attention. It’s widely regarded as the “Mecca of Tennis,” and most of the prestige comes from its tradition and longevity. It’s the longest-running Grand Slam tourney, with the first edition dating all the way back to 1877.
Wimbledon is an entirely different ball game compared to other Slams. After all, it’s the only Major still played on a grass court, the sport’s original surface. Lawn tennis suits powerful groundstrokes, big serves, and a willingness to charge the net, which makes Wimbledon super fun to watch and bet on.
Below you’ll find all you need to bet on Wimbledon in Maryland including the latest Wimbledon odds for the men’s and women’s fields, the types of bets you can place, how the tournament is structured, date, time, streaming details, and more.
How to bet on Wimbledon online in Maryland
As such a high-profile event, Wimbledon enjoys superb coverage by the books on both the men’s and women’s sides. On top of the mainstream options, sportsbooks provide a few unique bets worth exploring.
Let’s go over the standard Wimbledon odds markets you’ll come across at Maryland sports betting sites:
- Moneyline: A moneyline bet revolves around predicting the winning side, much like with other sports. The underdog in each match will be listed with a plus (+) sign, while the favorite will have a minus sign (-) in front of his/her odds. Since there are no draws in tennis, this is displayed as a two-way market.
- Totals (over/under): With totals betting, your goal is to predict whether the total number of sets or games in a specific Wimbledon match will be over or under what the sportsbook sets beforehand.
- Spread betting: A spread bet in tennis is a wager on the winning margin. There are essentially two different types of spreads in tennis. One is a bet on the set line, and the other is a bet on the game line. To cover the spread, the favorite must win by more games (or sets) than the margin indicates, while the underdog will have to stay within it. For instance, if Roger Federer is a -2.5 favorite on the spread in a hypothetical third-round matchup against Taylor Fritz, he has to win in straight sets for a set spread bet on him to be successful. If Fritz manages to take a set off Federer before bowing down or wins the match outright, he would have covered the set spread. Anyone who bet on the California native would score a payout.
- Tournament winners: Picking the outright winner is the most straightforward futures bet you can make at Wimbledon. Betting operators typically post Wimbledon outright odds at the beginning of the tennis calendar year, although the prices may shift dramatically throughout the season depending on the players’ current form, injury updates, and other factors.
- Props: Some of the more popular Wimbledon prop bets include wagering on how many aces a specific player will serve in a given match, if there be a tiebreak in a certain set, and the exact score.
Wimbledon live betting
Once you get schooled in pre-match Wimbledon tennis betting, take it up a notch with live betting. Tennis provides some of the most exciting in-game betting opportunities because the scores change quickly with every serve, game, and set. And, with the matches often lasting several hours, you have a large window to get your bets in.
Given momentum and price swings, be on constant alert for an opportunity presenting itself. Even the most lopsided matches at Wimbledon can turn into an exciting live betting venture. You can wager on all kinds of statistical benchmarks and performance metrics. These include ace totals, exact set score, and game score.
Here are the most popular choices:
- Moneylines, spreads, and totals: At any given moment during a Wimbledon match, you can put money on an adjusted in-play moneyline, totals, or spread bet. The sportsbooks will recalibrate their odds or lines in real time to reflect what is happening on the court.
- Race to ‘x’ games: This is an exciting prop bet based on which player will reach a certain game threshold during a set. The key thing to keep an eye on is the serving order.
- Exact set score: As the name suggests, these are bets on the exact score of a specific set. The books will usually pull these bets from the program once the first couple of games play out.
Bet on the top Americans at Wimbledon
Historically, American tennis players have enjoyed great success at Wimbledon. In fact, Pete Sampras, a Maryland native, is one of the most dominant grass-court players in tennis history, with seven Wimbledon titles.
Since the Sampras era, there hasn’t been a player of such caliber to represent American tennis at the All England Club. Andy Roddick produced amazing performances at Wimbledon, reaching finals in 2004, 2005, and 2009. But he came up short each time. Roddick possessed a devastating serve and strong forehand combo, which is well suited for grass, but was unfortunate to run up against Roger Federer, the greatest grass-court player of all time.
Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz could be the stars American tennis desperately needs at Wimbledon. They’re both hard hitters and big-time servers, which is always tough to deal with on grass courts.
On the women’s side, Coco Gauff is primed to take the torch from Serena Williams. If you want to back American tennis players at Wimbledon, here are ways to do it:
- Head-to-head matchups: You can place a futures head-to-head bet on which player will last the longest in the tournament.
- Outright betting on individual matches: This is a simple moneyline bet in which you’re betting on one particular American player.
- Tournament props: One common style of prop bet involves picking which player will serve the most aces in a tournament. America has a history of producing great tennis servers, though none are much greater than John Isner, who’s been the ATP’s ace leader for almost a decade.
Wimbledon dates and facts
Here’s all the Wimbledon info you should have in your tennis betting arsenal:
- First held: 1877
- Location: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England
- Participants: 128 on both men’s and women’s side
- Prize money: $48.24 million for men’s and women’s tournaments in 2021
- Defending champions: Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty
- Most titles: Roger Federer (8), Martina Navratilova (9)
- Most wins since 2010: Novak Djokovic (6)
- Attendance: 500,397 in 2019; projected 25% capacity in 2021 because of COVID restrictions
- Most aces in 2019: Mateo Berrettini (117), Karolina Pliskova (60)
- Surface: Grass
- Deciding set tiebreak: Yes, at 12:12
- Retractable roof: Yes, at Centre Court
- Seeding: Surface-based system (emphasis on the player’s grass court achievements over the past 24 months)
- Media coverage in the US: ESPN (official partner of Wimbledon)
Favorites at Wimbledon 2021
The dominance of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic at majors has been so long and absolute that it’s hard to imagine anyone outside this “Big 3” winning a title at Wimbledon. However, this may be the year some young guns finally make a Grand Slam breakthrough. That said, standby picks to lift the Wimbledon Championship Trophy usually include:
- Novak Djokovic: It’s hard to look past the defending champ and five-time winner. His speed, laser precision from both wings, and unmatched return make Djokovic the biggest threat at Wimbledon this year.
- Roger Federer: Wimbledon 2021 could have very well be Federer’s last dance. He’s been out of action for the better part of two years but seems to have some gas left in the tank. His offensive game is tailor-made for grass courts, and if he stays fit, the Swiss Maestro will surely make a run at it in 2022.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas: Tsitsipas may still be waiting for his maiden Grand Slam title, but he remains among the frontrunners to break the “Big 3” monopoly at Wimbledon. The Greek superstar has the best-rounded game among next-gen players, plus one of the most dominant serves on the tour, which is always a formidable weapon on grass.
Players that struggle at Wimbledon
There are a couple of top-ranked players that just haven’t produced great results on grass (yet). These are the types of players to look a little closer at when betting on Wimbledon, despite their high standings in the Wimbledon tennis odds charts:
- Alexander Zverev: The German star typically has a solid French Open but falters on Wimbledon grass. His best results came in 2017 when he reached the fourth round.
- Rafael Nadal: As great of a player as Nadal is, he’s had his fair share of struggles at Wimbledon, failing to reach the final since 2011 and suffering a couple of early round knockouts.
- Daniil Medvedev: The Australian Open finalist is getting closer to sealing his first major title, but his game is too passive to be much of a force on grass.
Wimbledon betting tips and trends
Betting on Wimbledon could appear slightly intimidating at first, especially to a novice. There are plenty of variables you should take into account to put yourself in the best position to win. Here are the most important ones:
- Style of play: The fast-paced grass court benefits big servers and players who like to play close to the net. Flat ball and slice hitters also tend to perform well on grass since the ball stays low to the ground. With fast conditions, points are shorter; thus, player fitness and stamina are less important on grass than on clay or hard courts.
- Head-to-head: It’s important to consider how players have matched up in the past at Wimbledon or any other tournament played on grass.
- Crowd support: A slightly-less-easy factor to determine, yet equally as significant in big matches, is whether crowd support could play a motivating factor in a match. Local players get a lot of crowd support as well as losing underdogs.
Recent Wimbledon winners
Some of the recent finals at Wimbledon were a sight for sore eyes, with particular regard to the 2019 all-timer between Djokovic and Federer.
Let’s take a short walk down memory lane and check out the most-recent winners of the Wimbledon men’s singles event:
|2021||Novak Djokovic||Matteo Berrettini||6-7(4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||7-6(7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3)|
|2018||Novak Djokovic||Kevin Anderson||6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)|
|2017||Roger Federer||Marin Cilic||6-3, 6-1, 6-4|
|2016||Andy Murray||Milos Raonic||6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2)|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-3|
|2014||Novak Djokovic||Roger Federer||6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4|
|2013||Andy Murray||Novak Djokovic||6-4, 7-5, 6-4|
The women’s side of the competition has been one-sided over the past few years at Wimbledon:
|2021||Ash Barty||Karolina Pliskova||6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3|
|2019||Simona Halep||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-2|
|2018||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams||6-3, 6-3|
|2017||Garbine Muguruza||Venus Williams||7-5, 6-0|
|2016||Serena Williams||Angelique Kerber||7-5, 6-3|
|2015||Serena Williams||Garbine Muguruza||6-4, 6-4|
|2014||Petra Kvitova||Eugenie Bouchard||6-3, 6-0|
Watch Wimbledon streams free online
An increasing number of sportsbooks in the US are providing live streaming coverage of Wimbledon matches, which lends itself well to researched bettors. Being able to watch the action as it unfolds means you can analyze body language and momentum swings closely. Both are important factors when assessing your Wimbledon live betting picks.
Alternatively, you can tune in to the live streaming channels of media giants like ESPN, FOX Sports, or Tennis TV, the official streaming service of the ATP.
Wimbledon draw 2021
To stay on top of any further developments and follow the draw, make sure to visit Wimbledon’s official website.
Why do players have to wear white at Wimbledon?
It’s in the tournament’s dress code that dates back to the 1800s, when sweat patches were considered improper.
Why are strawberries and cream Wimbledon’s signature dish?
Strawberries and cream is a classic Wimbledon dessert that was served at the first tournament in 1877. Researchers believe the tradition traces roots to 16th century England, where the combination was served to spectators on a tennis court.
When is the Wimbledon final?
Traditionally, Wimbledon begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, lasting 14 days in total. This year’s men’s final will take place on July 11. The women’s final is scheduled for Saturday, July 10.
What time is the Wimbledon final played on the East Coast?
The final is slated for a 9 a.m. ET start, according to the unofficial schedule.
Why is Wimbledon played on grass?
Grass courts were the original tennis surface of the nobility when the sport was invented centuries ago.
Who has the most Wimbledon singles championships?
On the men’s side, Roger Federer holds the record for most Wimbledon titles in the Open Era with eight. Martina Navratilova won nine titles at Wimbledon, more than any woman in tennis history.
How much does the winner of Wimbledon get paid?
Singles winners in both gender brackets received $2,983,748 for the 2019 edition.
How much are Wimbledon tickets?
Wimbledon Centre Court tickets cost from $80 for the first day of the event to $270 for the final.
Where does the Royal Family sit at Wimbledon?
The members of the Royal Family and other distinguished guests sit at the Royal Box, which has been used for the entertainment of A-list guests at Wimbledon since 1922.