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Wimbledon bettingAS the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is renowned for its hallowed traditions: the all-white dress code for players, patrons scoffing on strawberries and cream, the Royal Box on Centre Court.

Since the Australian Open switched to synthetic surfaces in 1988, it is also the only Grand Slam which still uses grass courts.

Above all, however, Wimbledon is the most prestigious event on the international tennis circuit.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July each year at the All England Club in London, which has hosted every staging of the tourney since its inauguration in 1877.

Back then it was only a men’s amateur competition, but now there are five annual Wimbledon titles up for grabs: the Gentlemen’s Singles, the Ladies’ Singles, the Gentlemen’s Doubles, the Ladies’ Doubles and the Mixed Doubles.

Who will ascend to glory at the All England Club this year?

Wimbledon 2017 futures betting

After heavy favourite Novak Djokovic bowed out earlier in the tournament, local champ Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title over Canadian Milos Raonic in an epic 2016 final.

Novak DjokovicDespite Murray’s victory, online bookmaker Crownbet has the Djoker as favourite at $2.25 to bounce back and win his third Wimbledon crown in four years.

Next in line is Murray at $2.88 to defend his title.

Milos Raonic is $11 to go one better in 2017, ahead of 2015 finalist and seven-time winner Roger Federer ($15).

For the women, Serena Williams – aiming at her eighth Ladies’ Singles title at the All England Club – leads the pack at $2.50.

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2017 Wimbledon Men’s Singles outright markets

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Odds from Crownbet.com.au

2017 Wimbledon Women’s Singles outright markets

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How to bet on Wimbledon tennis matches

The Grand Slams offer endless opportunities for keen punters. Check out the most popular tennis futures and match markets at our top-ranked Wimbledon betting sites:

CrownBet
William Hill
Sportsbet
Bet365
Luxbet

Outrights/futures
Wimbledon futures markets are available all year round, allowing you to put money on the outright winner (as per above) when the odds are at their juiciest. You can also bet on who will reach the final and a number of other player specials in the months leading up to the tourney.

Match betting
Also called a head-to-head wager, this is your bread-and-butter tennis bet. Simply pick which of the two players (or teams, in doubles) you think will win the match – easy peasy.

Set and game markets
Who will win the first set? What will the final score be? Will there be more than 25 games in the match, or fewer? You can also place handicap bets for each player (e.g. if Jack Sock has a set handicap of -1.5, he needs to beat his opponent by at least two sets).

Tennis exotics
Grand Slam matches come with a wealth of players props and specials markets. You might bet on so-and-so to smash home a certain number of aces, or on such-and-such to go through the match without serving any double faults, and so on.

Open-era Wimbledon records (1968-present)

Like the French Open and the US Open, the Wimbledon Championships were amateur-only events up until 1968 (the Australian Open followed suit in 1969). As such, sports historians tend to discount many of the records set prior to the ‘open era’, as the world’s best professional players were not eligible to compete.

The singles events at the first open Wimbledon tournament were won by two former champions of the amateur era: Australia’s Rod Laver (1961, 1962) and the USA’s Billie Jean King (1966, 1967). The prize pool then was £26,150, with £2000 going to Mr. Laver, £750 to Ms. King and another £1750 spread among the winners of the doubles events.

Fast forward to 2015, where players who exited at the first round of the singles earned £29,000 each – that is, more than the entire prize pool of Wimbledon 1968. The men’s and women’s champions, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams respectively, each pocketed £1.89 million out of £26.75 million in total prize money.

Gentlemen’s Singles records

Most career titles

Seven – Pete Sampras (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and Roger Federer (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)

Most consecutive titles

Five – Bjorn Borg (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) and Roger Federer (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Highest match-winning percentage
Bjorn Borg – 92.72% (51 wins, four losses)

Youngest winner
Boris Becker – 17 years and 227 days (1985)

Oldest winner
Arthur Ashe – 31 years and 359 days (1975)

Lowest-ranked winner
Goran Ivanisevic – 125th (2001)

Ladies’ Singles records

Most career titles
Nine – Martina Navratilova (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)

Martina HingisMost consecutive titles
Six – Martina Navratilova (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)

Highest match-winning percentage
Steffi Graf – 90.36% (75 wins, eight losses)

Youngest winner
Martina Hingis – 16 years and 278 days (1997)

Oldest winner
Serena Williams – 33 years and 289 days (2015)

Lowest-ranked winner
Venus Williams – 31st (2007)

Doubles records

Most career titles
Nine – Todd Woodbridge (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005)

Most consecutive titles
Five – Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)

Most mixed doubles titles
Four – Leander Paes (1999, 2003, 2010, 2015) and Martina Navratilova (1985, 1993, 1995, 2003)

Most overall doubles titles
11 – Martina Navratilova (seven Ladies’, four Mixed)

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