Betting On Wimbledon Specials
Looking to bet on Wimbledon specials? Today on the blog Tim Poole takes a look away from the more conventional bet types and considers some of the special betting markets available for Wimbledon this year.
Heroism, determination and that beautiful trophy. Yes, over the years, Wimbledon has treated fans to the very best tennis has had to offer. But the biggest tournament in the game also has a considerable light-hearted side. Indeed, since its inception in 1877, fans at SW19 have taken pleasure in broken rackets, heated arguments and the occasional Cliff Richard performance.
As such, the Wimbledon Specials markets are bursting with energy going into the showpiece event. From betting on the Championships’ longest match to the small but loud matter of excessive grunting (ahem, Victoria Azarenka), it is all covered.
So from the wonderful to the very weird, here is the best Wimbledon has to offer both on and off the shiny green courts.
Who Will Serve The Most Aces?
With the biggest serves in tennis, Milos Raonic and John Isner are solid bets to hit the most aces at SW19. Canadian Raonic has already made 346 this year, while Isner, standing at 6’9, has hit 362. Neither man has ever gone beyond the second round, however – which means Jo Wilfried-Tsonga could be your man. The Frenchman is a previous semi-finalist at Wimbledon and reached his first ever French Open semi earlier this month. He has served 287 aces so far this season.
At longer odds, Sam Querrey and Andy Murray offer good outside bets, while there is also sense in backing Roger Federer. The Swiss is the defending Champion and hit 50 aces in a single match in the 2009 final. The overall Wimbledon record is unlikely to be beaten, though. That stands at 212 – scored by Goran Ivanisevic en route to the 2001 title. Incredible.
Verdict: Tsonga to ace it.
The Odds: Tsonga is favourite with a best price of 7.00 with Skybet on offer while Andy Murray is at odds of 8.00 also with Skybet. Raonic is at odds of 8.00 with Bwin while Paddy Power are offering a best price on Isner at odds of 9.50.
Who Will Deliver The Fastest Serve?
Here is a similar market but with less pressure on it. All it takes is one moment of magic, with progress in the tournament no longer a factor. Raonic is thus the man to back. The 22-year-old holds the third fastest serve on record – a stunning 155.3mph.
Isner is not too far down the all-time list, however, and offers slightly longer odds. Once again, Querrey too could be worth a punt, while Murray and Thomas Berdych have the longest price available if you feel like backing a true underdog.
The best outside bet may just be Ivo Karlovic, though. The Croatian has fallen to 151 in the rankings but at 6’10, with the second fastest serve in history, he will always be a threat.
Verdict: Raonic to cause a racket.
The Odds: Both Isner and Raonic are favourites with a best price of 4.50 with Bwin while Tsonga is at odds of 6.00 with Skybet and Janowicz best odds of 6.00 with Ladbrokes. Any other player? Odds of 5.00 with Bwin.
Serena vs the Field
As the Sultan’s Wimbledon preview detailed, Serena Williams is undoubtedly the woman to back this year. The American has won three of the last four Grand Slams and also strolled to Olympic gold. So if you are confident she will keep racking up majors, you could win £4 for every 9 you put on her to beat the field.
But with the likes of Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and a host of solid grass court players challenging her reign, Serena is not infallible. She unexpectedly lost to upcoming starlet Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open and was on the brink of defeat against Svetlana Kuznetsova at Roland Garros.
Still, back against the 31-year-old at your peril.
Serena Not To Lose A Set
Ah, an even braver bet. Here is all you need to know: Williams lost just one set during the French. And clay is not even her favoured surface. So with a serve that consistently hits 120mph, it is not beyond her.
If she is going to take the trophy, there is nothing to say she will not do it in style.
The Odds: YouWin are offering odds of 4.00 for Serena to power her way to another Wimbledon title without losing a set.
Duration Of Longest Match
As many of you will remember, Isner and Nicolas Mahut played out a record-breaking three-day match at Wimbledon in 2011. And the American has been at it ever since, first with a five-hour duel at Roland Garros last year and then losing in four hours and 36 minutes at this year’s French. Indeed, Isner might just be a gambler’s dream.
Couple his presence with marathon finals at both the Australian and US Opens and it makes perfect sense to back Wimbledon’s longest match to last more than four and a half hours.
The Odds: Ladbrokes are offering a best price of 1.83 for the longest match at Wimbledon to last 4 hours 30 minutes or longer, while Betfred are offering odds of 2.00 for the longest match not to exceed 4 hours 29 minutes 59 seconds.
And now for the weird...
Will The Official Caterers Run Out Of Champagne Or Strawberries?
This one is simple enough: If you are a big fan of either, it may well be worth placing a small wager with some rewarding odds.
The Odds: William Hill are offering odds of 34.00 for a champagne or strawberry shortage.
Will Any Player Be Cautioned For Excessive Grunting On Court?
Another Special with William Hill – and one there is merit in backing at 9.00. If you happened to catch the recent French Open semi-final between Azarenka and Sharapova (whose 101-decibel scream is the equivalent of an aeroplane landing), you may have reached for the remote to turn down the volume. And with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Williams and Francesca Schiavone, the Eastern European pair are not the only ones.
As such, there is no reason why at least one player will not be cautioned for making too much noise.
The Odds: William Hill are offering odds of 9.00 for an excessive grunting caution.
Will Andy Murray Win And Propose To Girlfriend Kim In His Winner's Speech?
Admittedly, there are a number of factors in play here. For starters, Muzza will actually need to win the tournament. And with news that he may have to do it the hard way against Federer or Nadal and then Novak Djokovic, it is already looking a tough ask. But the Scot did exactly that at the Olympics last year and flourished.
What’s more, just look at Kim – Murray would be wise to put a ring on it as soon as possible.
The Odds: William Hill are offering odds of 51.00 for the double.
Will A Streaker Interrupt The Gentlemen’s Or Ladies Final?
Finally, we have the mother of crazy bets, with 888 Sport offering odds on a streaker to interrupt the gentlemen’s or ladies final. Will anyone be mad enough to do it? Stranger things have happened. But if you want to stay on the safe side, it’s 1.09 to bet against.
The Odds: 888 Sport are offering odds of 7.00 for a streaker to try their luck during either the men's or ladies finals, 1.09 not to.
All odds as at 23rd June 2013.
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