Wimbledon Preview – With Tips

It’s that time of year again, when the strawberries and cream suddenly take a sharp increase in price, as the best of the best gather in SW19 for Wimbledon.

But here we will hopefully be able to earn some pennies back, to pay for our Pimm’s and Strawberries! (Just kidding, I’m Northern, I don’t drink Pimm’s..)

First up is the men’s singles, and Britain’s hopes lie on the broad shoulders of Andy Murray, who enters the tournament with arguably his best chance yet.

He managed to break his major voodoo when landing the US Open in September last year, and has since gone from strength to strength.

He sat out of the French Open, due to a back injury and this could prove sensible, as it allows him to arrive in peak condition.

He has reached the final of the last three Grand Slam events he has appeared in, and he looks set to make it a fourth next month.

He has importantly avoided the warm favourite Novak Djokovic, and should be able to navigate his way through to meet the Serbian and aim to become to first Briton to land the prize since Fred Perry.

However the nation’s hope cautiously raise each year, with bitter disappointment seeming inevitable, and this year it could happen once more, as Djokovic looks an extremely strong favourite to regain the Wimbledon crown he won in 2011.

Although Novak arrives at the tournament on the back of a roller-coaster five-set defeat by Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros, in the semi-final of the one major that has eluded the 26 year-old his entire career, he has enough mental fortitude to put it behind him.

His mental resilience has always been a major positive, and there is no real need for punters to put much emphasis on his recent clay form.

He is more than 3000 points clear than the second placed Andy Murray, and should be able to prove his class once more, back on grass.

His side of the draw is relatively simple compared to Murray, Federer and Nadal who are all drawn on the same side.

Djokovic will hypothetically meet Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final, and then David Ferrer in the semi-final. Both great players in their own right, but a much simpler task than either Murray, Federer or Nadal.

At odds of 5/4, he is a little on the skinny side, however if you take a chance on Andy Murray to reach the final, alongside Novak Djokovic, the price is currently 7/3 on Betfair.

Nadal and Federer both warrant big respect, yet I feel they will feel slightly short against Murray, and they are both short odds to land their quarter’s.

So if we look elsewhere, we can find extreme value in the shape of Juan Martin del Potro.

The 6 foot 6 giant, is the only other man apart from the big four (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Federer), to land a Grand Slam title since 2005, when he landed the 2009 US Open.

del potro

Persistent injury troubles had initially brought a halt to del Potro’s blossoming career, but he bounced back last year when pushing Federer all the way in the Olympic semi-final, at SW19.

He has form at Wimbledon, and arrives in high hopes of a big performance. He has the ability to worry the big quartet on his day, and if he turns up, his current 55/1 will look massive.

Yet to ensure we have a better chance of making a profit, take a chance of del Potro to win his quarter at 100/30 with Coral.

His main competitor is David Ferrer, who is the current favourite, but if the Argentine’s troublesome wrist holds up, he has more than enough in the locker than to take down Ferrer.

Ladies Championship:

Serena Williams looks nailed on to land the Ladies prize at SW19, but at odds of 4/9, there is no value in having a single on her.

So we look elsewhere, and number two seed Victoria Azarenka fits the bill as a decent value bet to reach the final.


The Belarusian is extremely consistent at Wimbledon, and has reached the semi-final in the last two years.

She lost to the eventual winner both times, yet she doesn’t meet Serena Williams until the final this year, so if she is to continue her trait, the 9/4 for her without Serena Williams looks much better value than the 5/4 for Sharapova.


2 points win double: Djokovic & S.Williams (Outright) @ 2.25/1 (youwin)

1 point: Djokovic v Murray final @ 7/3 (Betfair)

0.5 points e.w: Del Potro @ 55/1 (youwin)

2 points: del Potro to win his quarter @ 100/30 (Coral)

2 points: Victoria Azarenka (w/o Serena) @ 9/4 (youwin)

Olympics – Tennis.

With Andy Murray’s Wimbledon final defeat still seemingly fresh in the memory, he has another chance to grace the home crowd and try and bag himself a Gold Medal in the process.

Murray’s task has gotten a little easier, with the withdrawal of reigning Men’s Olympic Champion, Rafa Nadal. The Spaniard won’t be back to defend his Olympic Crown after struggling with a knee injury since winning the French Open. He was due to be Spain’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, and this would have given him an added boost to go out and win back-to-back Gold Medal’s.

However Nadal’s misfortune is the rest of the players gain, and the odds seem to show it’s a three-horse race between Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Djokovic was well-fancied when crashing out to an imperious Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and will be aiming to prove he has what it takes to re-gain his World Number One spot after losing it to Federer. Djokovic went close in 2008, when winning Bronze, but will be much more confident after winning five grand-slams, and finishing runner-up in two, since he managed to win his Bronze medal. The Serbian has been in magnificent form as of late, and it would be foolish to rule him out of any major tournament, and with the Olympics counting towards the ATP rankings, he will be be throwing everything at trying to bag the maximum points available, to over-take Federer in the rankings. He is the worthy favourite, but at 6/4, he is no value for the average punter.

Federer will be buoyant after his Wimbledon success and will fancy his chances to re-create his magic on the SW19 courts once more. His return to form didn’t shock too many, but the manner in which he blew away Djokovic with great ease suggested he may be somewhere near back to his best, which is enough to scare anyone. It is best of three-set games until the final, so fatigue from Wimbledon shouldn’t be so apparent and the Swiss King has a great chance of grabbing Gold. 23/10 seems a fair reflection, and I think he will start a lot shorter, with the gap between Federer and Djokovic seemingly too big after Wimbledon performances.

Favourite for the Bronze Medal, Britain’s Andy Murray will be hoping to go one better than his Wimbledon runners-up spot, and must be confident after playing some brilliant tennis at SW19. He looked in control after winning the first set, but couldn’t close out the game, and when the roof shut, it was always going to favour Federer’s accuracy. He will have learned a lot from the experience, and he should not be 7/1. If I was pricing it up, he would be more 7/2 than 7/1 and I think the bookmakers have seriously underestimated the Brit’s chances. He has publicly said how pleased he is that the Olympics are so close to Wimbledon, as he feels it is the best remedy to the heartbreaking loss he sufffered. He is a strongly driven young man, and knows how important it is to represent your country. The home support will certainly be an advantage, and with Murray proving he can beat both Federer and Djokovic in three-set matches, he has what it takes to get Gold.

Of the outsiders there are some brilliant value in the prices to win a medal. Tsonga is an obvious choice to win a medal, he is a pacey and powerful sort and he should come more into the tournament once the fresh covering of grass has disintegrated, which is likely with the current heat-wave around England. He is 11/4 to win a medal of any sort, and will be a popular choice. However the value could lie with David Ferrer, Spains main hope in the tournament after the withdrawal of Nadal has had a fine season and managed to get to the final four of the French Open. He went out to Andy Murray in four-sets at Wimbledon, in which there is no shame, and will be hopeful of building on this performance. He is a stand-out 9/2 with BetVictor to win a medal, which looks great value, especially when you take into account he is only 3/1 with Paddy Power.

The Womens Tennis is very open this year, but there are a few bets which looks good value. Serena Williams is a deserved favourite, after her crushing Wimbledon success, but at 7/4, there is little value. So for the average punter, who would like to back a consistent and classy sort, then look no further than Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian has had a great year, and was World Number One for a period of time, after winning the Australian Open. She had a great Wimbledon, before going out in the Semi-Finals to her nemesis and eventual winner Serena. She has been seeded first, and will be hoping for a bold showing, when you consider her price is 6/1 in comparison to Serena’s 7/4, it looks a slight risk worth taking.

For an outside bet, you could do much worse than the seemingly forgotten former World Number One, who has dipped off the radar, Caroline Wozniacki. She hasn’t been in the best of form recently, with two major disappointments at both the French Open, and Wimbledon, but the break will have done her the world of good as she looks set to come back into form at any time. The current 85/1 looks outrageously big and it is worth taking a chance on her to get back to the form which seen her keep the World Number One slot for 67 weeks.

Advised Bets:

1 point win: Andy Murray – 7/1 – Betfair

3 points win: Andy Murray to get a medal – 4/6 – Paddy Power

0.5 points win: David Ferrer to get a medal – 9/2 – BetVictor

1 point e.w: Victoria Azarenka – 6/1 – Ladbrokes

0.25 points win: Caroline Wozniacki – 85/1 – Betfair

0.5 points e.w: Caroline Wozniacki  – 66/1 – BetVictor