Who Will Claim The Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Championships This Year?

Next week, the Wimbledon fortnight begins on Monday with 128 competitors in both the men’s and women’s championships battling it out to earn the lion’s share of a huge £31.6 million prize pool. The tournament has moved a week later in the schedule, to give a longer break between the French Open and Wimbledon, as well as extending the grass court season by a week.

Last year, Roger Federer claimed his record ninth men’s title, with Garbine Muguruza earning her second Grand Slam win of her career, following on from her victory at the French Open in 2016.

British hopes of success this year seem to be slim with Andy Murray still recovering from injury (and not even sure to take his place at the tournament) and while Kyle Edmund has risen up the rankings, he is not considered a big contender in the men’s tournament.

Johanna Konta had a superb run to the semifinals last year but has struggled for form this season but can the British crowds inspire her or her closest domestic rival Heather Watson to produce the first women’s Wimbledon champion since Virginia Wade’s victory in 1977?

We’ll give you our tips for the titles later in the article, and remember you can enjoy plenty of great betting on the tournament at bet365, but first let’s take a quick look at Wimbledon with a potted history of the tournament.

Wimbledon History

  • First held at the All England Club in 1877
  • This year’s tournament will be the 132nd in the tournament’s history
  • It is the only Major title competed for on grass
  • Players must wear white for their matches
  • Players must also bow/curtsy should the Queen or the Prince of Wales be in the Royal Box
  • Centre court has a capacity of 15,000 and a retractable roof

Wimbledon Factfile

  • 34,000 Kilograms of Strawberries were consumed at Wimbledon in 2017, washed down with 10,000 litres of cream.
  • 54,250 tennis balls are used throughout the tournament. The original White balls were replaced by the newer-style yellow balls in 1986.
  • 250 Ball Boys and Girls will be used throughout the tournament
  • The longest ever match at Wimbledon was a game between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (France) in 2010, which lasted 11 hours and five minutes in total and was played out over the course of three days. Isner ended up as the winner of that mammoth contest.

Women’s Tournament

  • Current Holder – Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
  • Record Number of Wins – Martina Navratilova (USA) – 9 wins (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 195, 1986, 1987, 1990)
  • 2018 Winner’s Prize Money – £2,200,000

Women’s WTA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Simone Halep (Romania)
  2. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
  3. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
  4. Sloane Stephens (USA)
  5. Elena Svitolina (Ukraine)
  6. Caroline Garcia (France)
  7. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
  8. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
  9. Venus Williams (USA)
  10. Madison Keys (USA)

Highest ranked GB female player – Johanna Konta (22)

Who will be in with a shout of winning Wimbledon 2018?

Rather like the French Open, although that was eventually won by the top seed Simone Halep, the women’s championship at Wimbledon this year promises to be a very open event. Having said that, the fact that Wimbledon is the only grass court Grand Slam, and that this format of the game does benefit players with a certain set of skills.

While the advantage for serve and volley specialists isn’t as pronounced in the women’s game compared to the mens, there is no doubt that players who can mix up strong baseline play with snatching a few easy points with strong serves and clever volleys at the net, do have an advantage at Wimbledon. Over the years, Serena Williams has been about the best exponent of that although she is still finding her way back to top form after taking time off to give birth over the last half of 2017 and into 2018.

Traditional baseliners, especially those that can’t vary their game, do tend to struggle in the latter rounds at Wimbledon as they come up against players more suited to the grass court. That is why the likes of Wozniacki, Pliskova and Kerber are yet to win at Wimbledon, while the likes of the Williams sisters, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova have all earned at least one Wimbledon title, in some cases several.

In truth, you could make a case for almost any woman in the top 32 of having a realistic chance of success at Wimbledon and while it doesn’t tend to suit Halep’s game, I think she’ll be very dangerous after her superb victory at the French Open back in June. However, I can’t see her being the one lifting the title.

For me, I think Petra Kvitova is the one to watch. She’s getting stronger after coming back from a horrendous injury and her particular skill set is very well suited to Wimbledon. There are question marks about her fitness levels, especially later in the tournament but she is a two-time winner of the tournament and I think is a good option here.

For an each-way bet, I am going to suggest a punt on Johanna Konta. The Brit has had a miserable year so far on tour, but will be inspired playing in front of her home crowd. She reached the semi-finals last year and could be a decent each way bet here.

Our Tip to Win – Petra Kvitova (4-1 with bet365)

Our Each Way Tip – Johanna Konta (22/1 with bet365)

Men’s Tournament

  • Current Holder – Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  • Record Number of Wins – Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 8 wins (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)
  • 2018 Winner’s Prize Money – £2,200,000

Men’s ATP Top 10 Rankings

  1. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
  2. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  3. Alexander Zverev (Germany)
  4. Juan del Potro (Argentina)
  5. Georgi Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
  6. Marin Cilic (Croatia)
  7. Dominic Thiem (Austria)
  8. Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
  9. David Goffin (Belgium)
  10. John Isner (USA)

Highest ranked GB male player – Kyle Edmund (17)

Who will be in with a shout of winning Wimbledon 2018?

Rafael Nadal didn’t disappoint us when we said that he would romp away with the French Open title earlier in the month, but Wimbledon is a different beast. Firstly, grass is not Nadal’s preferred surface (though he is still excellent on it) and secondly, Roger Federer will be back to try and increase his number of Wimbledon wins into double figures.

It’s also generally a good tournament for serve and volley players. The likes of Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic (who reached the final last year) have tended to do well at Wimbledon. With Novak Djokovic’s form still up and down and Andy Murray absent, it looks likely it will be Federer, Nadal plus a couple of big serving players that are most likely to contest the semi-finals.

As such, I think my each way tip here will be Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentinean has been in great form this season, rising up to fourth in the World Rankings and his massive serve and volley game has seen him reach the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013, when he wasn’t playing nearly as well as he is at the moment.

However, for the winner, I don’t think you can look past Roger Federer. The Swiss legend shows no signs of slowing down and his ability to return serves that seemingly look impossible to get back, and not only that to produce a winner from the shot, makes him a freak of nature and a true sporting genius. It may be an unimaginative pick and at 6/4 not the best price, but he is the class act on grass.

Our Tip to Win – Roger Federer (6/4 with bet365)

Our Each Way Tip – Juan Martin del Potro (18/1 with bet365)