Wimbledon 2019: When, how to watch, odds & predictions
Stock up on strawberries and cream and get the caffeine flowing, its time for tennis’ most prestigious tournament: Wimbledon.
This year’s edition is arguably the most open in both mens and ladies in years, meaning value aplenty for punters. Oddschecker has your guide to Wimbledon to have you ready from the first serve.
What is Wimbledon?
Officially known as The Championships, Wimbledon, this Grand Slam is the world’s oldest tennis tournament having first been held in 1877 and the only Major to be played on grass. The reigning men’s winner is Novak Djokovic while Angelique Kerber is the defending ladies champ.
When is Wimbledon?
The tournament commences Monday 1st July with the ladies final held Sunday July 13th and men’s Monday July 14th (all AEST time).
How can I watch the Cup?
Foxtel and Kayo will have extensive live coverage while Seven have free-to-air rights.
What are the biggest storylines for this year?
For the men’s side, will this finally be the year the big three’s stranglehold on Wimbledon finally ends? With Andy Murray essentially out of the picture, what was once a group of four now sees the veterans Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic look to extend an unprecedented run of domination.
The last time somebody outside of these four stars won Wimbledon was Australia’s own Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. It’s going to take a huge effort for a new winner to be crowned but sooner or later their reign will end – will it be in 2019?
For the ladies, the rise of Ash Barty has been inspirational and the French Open winner has an unmatched momentum to take her into the All England Club, where she will get a chance to play on her preferred surface.
But it’s a crowded group vying with Barty to usurp Kerber – Serena Williams will be out to avenge her straight sets Final loss last year, Karolina Pliskova knows what it’s like to win a Grand Slam and is well-overdue for a strong Wimbledon campaign and Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta will be desperate to be Britain’s first ladies Wimbledon winner since 1977.
Who are the Aussies to keep an eye out for?
Nick Kyrgios remains as enigmatic as ever – capable of beating any opponent on his day as he is of imploding spectacularly. His form at Wimbledon’s traditional warmup tournament Queen’s Club Championships was mixed, being competitive against World No. 21 Félix Auger-Aliassime losing in three sets but also having a meltdown and threatening to walk off due to officiating calls.
Alex de Minaur is the future of Australian men’s tennis but has endured an injury-riddled 2019 campaign. De Minaur will hope to go on a run at Wimbledon – any experience he gains well serve him well for future campaigns.
Ash Barty is a Wimbledon favourite and nearing the WTA number one ranking, the French Open winner excelled on clay but believes grass is her preferred surface. This hasn’t reflected in the Queenslander’s Wimbledon history though – her best result is only a third-round finish last year.
Ajla Tomljanovic (ranked 47) and Daria Gavrilova (72) look for their own best Wimbledon campaigns while veteran Sam Stosur will look to improve on her 2018 campaign where she was eliminated in the second round by Gavrilova.
What’s our pre-tournament prediction?
For the men’s, it remains hard to look past Djokovic. The Serb is physically in the best shape of the remaining big three and as seen in the Australia Open he’s showing no signs of slowing down in Majors. For the women’s, there’s never been a better time to join the Barty Party. She’s in career-best form, now knows she can be a Major winner and will be hungry to add to her growing trophy cabinet.
What are the odds?
Novak Djokovic - $2.60*
Roger Federer - $4.33*
Rafael Nadal - $6.50*
Stefanos Tsitsipas - $21
Alexander Zverev - $28*
Alex Kyrgios - $41*
Ash Barty - $7*
Serena Williams - $7*
Petra Kvitova - $11*
Naomi Osaka - $11*
Angelique Kerber - $15*
Karolina Pliskova - $15*
* Odds correct at time of posting