Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic Look To Make History At Wimbledon

Written By Ian St. Clair on 06/25/2021
2021 Wimbledon betting preview

Colorado’s affinity for table tennis is no secret.

But a second passion may have sprouted out of this weird and awesome quirk. Bettors here seem to have taken to wagering on real tennis.

To wit: Since the start of the year, tennis betting in Colorado has generated $31.4 million in handle. In fact, real tennis actually beat table tennis in handle for both February and March and was really close in April.

So clearly Colorado likes to wager on all forms of tennis.

Now comes the first opportunity to bet on Wimbledon. When play starts on Monday at the All England Club, it’s the first time Colorado sports betting will get to wager on the event. Wimbledon was cancelled last year for the first time since 1945 because of COVID-19.

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Women’s Wimbledon odds

Wimbledon 2021 women's odds BetMGMDraftKingsFanDuel
Favorites to win (top five)Serena Williams +600
Ashleigh Barty +700
Aryna Sabalenka +1,100
Petra Kvitova +1,400
Iga Swiatek +1,400
Garbiñe Muguruza +1,400
Cori Gauff +1,800
Ashleigh Barty +650
Serena Williams +650
Aryna Sabalenka +1,000
Petra Kvitova +1,200
Garbiñe Muguruza +1,200
Iga Swiatek +1,200
Cori Gauff +2,000
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu +2,500
Elena Rybakina +2,500
Ashleigh Barty +750
Serena Williams +750
Aryna Sabalenka +1,400
Garbiñe Muguruza +1,400
Petra Kvitova +1,400
Iga Swiatek +1,400
Bianca Andreescu +1,800
Elena Rybakina +1,800
Cori Gauff +2,100
Barbora Krejcikova +2,500

Let’s start with the women first.

Top-ranked and top-seeded Ashleigh Barty is the current favorite to win. At DraftKings Colorado Sportsbook, the Aussie is at +650. But keep in mind, Barty had to retire from her second-round match at the French Open due to an upper leg injury.

That’s definitely a factor in how people may look at who to place a bet on.

Obviously another one of the favorites is Serena Williams. The 39-year-old will look to win her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. Williams is looking to tie current record holder Margaret Court. And while Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2017, the last time Wimbledon was played, she was in the final. So Williams obviously loves to play on the grass courts. She has seven Wimbledon titles in her career.

Despite being the seventh-seed in the tournament, Williams is tied with Barty at DratKings at +650.

The woman who beat Williams in 2019 might be the best bet on the women’s side. Simona Halep is the second seed but currently has +1,800 odds to win. If you’re looking for value, this is where you can find it on the women’s side.

Men’s Wimbledon odds

Wimbledon 2021 men's oddsBetMGMDraftKingsFanDuel
Favorites to win (top five)Novak Djokovic -125
Daniil Medvedev +600
Stefanos Tsitsipas +800
Roger Federer +900
Matteo Berrettini +1,100
Novak Djokovic -118
Daniil Medvedev +600
Stefanos Tsitsipas +700
Roger Federer +1,000
Matteo Berrettini +1,200
Novak Djokovic -140
Daniil Medvedev +750
Stefanos Tsistsipas +800
Matteo Berrettini +1,4000
Roger Federer +1,4000

The clear favorite on the men’s side is Novak Djokovic. The top-seed in the field sits at -118 at DraftKings.

One of the all-time greats is on the heels of just winning the French Open. It was his 19th Grand Slam title, and is now one Grand Slam victory away from tying Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with 20 major trophies.

The last time players took to the grass courts in England, Djokovic and Federer played an all-time classic final. Djokvic won the fifth set tie-breaker 13-12 to claim the trophy.
Here’s hoping we get a rematch this year.

The man Djokovic just defeated in the French Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas, is a distant second at +500.

Speaking of Federer, he comes at decent odds of +1,000. The key with another all-time great is how his knee responds. Federer had to withdraw from the French Open, saying he didn’t want to push his body too far following the double knee surgery he had in 2020. That forced him to miss most of the season.

However, Federer is the best to ever step on the grass, at least based on the number of titles. Federer has won Wimbledon a record eight times. Djokovic has won the tournament five times, including two straight.

If you’re looking for a longshot to win Wimbledon, you could always go with two-time champion Andy Murray.

While he’s only played a handful matches this season, and hasn’t played his “home” courts since 2017, Murray is an intriguing option.

He missed the French Open to put his focus on the grass court season. As is the case with Federer, it’s how Murray responds to a groin injury and lack of play.

But he’s had success at Wimbledon in the past, and the fact he currently sits at +12,000 at DraftKings, makes him a player to at least take a flyer on.

More ways to bet Wimbledon

For both the women and men, there are other ways to bet on Wimbledon aside from the tournament winner.

You can bet on the individual matches as well as tournament progress. In terms of the individual matches, DraftKings has a correct match score prop market. This is similar to predicting a series finish for the NBA or NHL. Will the player win the match in straight sets and so on.

There are also spread bets on games and sets, total number of games and sets, and even total number of tiebreakers.

The affinity that Colorado has for table tennis betting has left most in the industry bewildered. But an interest in real tennis is less of a jolt. And now the market has its first crack at Wimbledon.

Photo by AP / Thibault Camus
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Ian St. Clair is an award-winning sports journalist. He is a University of Northern Colorado graduate, Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. Ian does a weekly Broncos segment each Saturday on Klahr and Kompany on Denver radio station ESPN 1600 AM.

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