The Wimbledon tournament features 128 players in the single draw of both men and women single events. The seeding is provided by the ATP for the men and the WTA for the women, adhering the rankings provided. Wimbledon preserves the right to make slight adjustments, privileging players who have historically played well on grass court. This happened for instance when Roger Federer lost his no.1 spot to Nadal on the ATP ranking, but Wimbledon organisation still rewarded him with the top seed. Historically the top 16 players were seeded, but in 2001 the grand slams expanded and the seeding expanded with it to 32.
The meaning of seeding
So what is this seeding and what is the point of seeding anyway? The answer is quite simple. The goal of the seeding system is to keep the best (read most popular and commercially interesting) players in the tournament in the tournament for as long as possible. A top 4 player can thus not face another top player until the semi-finals, a top 8 player in the quarter finals and so on. This might sound unfair, but it makes for the best climax of the tournament. Also, if an unknown player manages to break through to the finals it is just that much more exciting!
What is half of 128? Exactly, 64. This means that there are 64 pairs in men’s, women’s and mixed in the draw. The doubles have the same amount of players, but they play one round less. Also here there is a seeding for the top 16 double pairs. There isn’t as much prestige or covering for doubles as there is for the singles, but the entertainment value is just great! Who remembers the Bryan Twin brothers Bob and Mike? Three Wimbledon wins and 16 majors in total. And how often do you get to see the brother of Andy Murray on the field? He is a great double player!
Why Wimbledon Betting can be so profitable!
Prior to the event, the Wimbledon organisation committee has in their mind their perfect tournament. That is why there are seedings, to make sure you don’t have the big names eliminate each other in the first round. Wimbledon is however a tournament of many upsets, especially during the first week. Look out especially for Court 2, that has been named the Graveyard of Champions as Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Virginia Wade, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash, Richard Krajicek, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe all lost their hope on prolonging a title in the first week here. Gravel Specialist Rafael Nadal has similarity suffered some humiliating defeats in the first rounds, like his loss against Lucas Rosol in the second round of 2012.
At that time ranked nr 100 of the world. Two years later, Rafa faced and lost against a youngster of nineteen in Nick Kyrgios in round four. At that time the number 144 in the world ranking. Though Nick proved in latter years that his won over Nadal had nothing to do with luck as he became a top twenty player. Upon close inspection, you can see that Both Kytgios and Rosol are tall players with big serves; typical for players who create upsets at Wimbledon.
It takes special players to win a Grand Slam and especially Wimbledon. Only eleven players have managed between 1990 and 2016 to win the title. That is an average of 2,4 wins per player, a higher average than any other grand slam. Former winners rarely lose in the early rounds of the tournament and make for safe bets, though exceptions to the rule will always exist.
are they grass players?
Except for players that master all, like Djokovic, the grass requires a distinctive player or playstyle. If we look at the great champions of Wimbledon, we notice a pattern in player qualities. Rod Laver, John Newcombe, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer all possess brilliant serves and excellent volleys. A grass court is relatively fast and irregular on the surface, it thus favours fast servers and players that have a good volley. That doesn’t mean baselines can’t win on grass, but it does give certain players an edge.
Looking at seeds that are clay-court specialists is a good way of approaching possible bets, as these players rarely transmute their skill to the grass. There are clay-court players who adapted, like Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg, but more often players clay specialists failed to make an impact on Wimbledon.
Tennis Grand Slam betting
Though the Challenger Circuit can be just as interesting to bet on, Grand Slams are simply the icing on the cake for tennis. The interesting thing about these tournaments is that they use seedings and draws to determine who will face who in the tournament. Right after the draw is a perfect timing to bet on the outright winner for the tournament. Sometimes a player that isn’t considered favourite in the first place simply has a lucky draw that can make him atleast a candidate for the finals!
ATP Tour Betting
The ATP Tour is a collection of tournaments hosted by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Think of Grand Slams like the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, Master Series such as Miami, Monte Carlo and Cincinnati and ATP 500 Series and ATP 250 series. Last but not least there is the ATP Finals or the so called London World Tour Finals. All these events give points that add up to the worldwide ranking. An ATP 500 gives 500 points, an ATP 250 gives 250 points and a Grand Slam gives as much as 2000 points!
WTA Tour Betting
What the PTA is for men’s tennis, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is for women. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973, a tennis star who remains one of the most influential for women’s tennis, though many stars would rise in the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova Monica Seles, Steffi Graff and Anna Kournikova. Just like the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour consists of various tournaments that add value to the ranking of the players. The Grand Slams take place simultaneously with that of the men.
Davis Cup Wager
The Davis Cup has been transformed by it’s new owner, Barcelona player Gerard Pique. This cup is slowly gaining the status of World Cup in Tennis and it’s increasing in popularity. After 2020 it will be a traveling event, with players from all over the world participating. Hosted ‘off-season’, the Davis Cup gives tennis gamblers a reason to come back to their favourite sport at the end of the year. The Davis Cup is also a tournament where new talent reveals itself, so it serves as a good preparation for next season tennis betting!