2023 Wimbledon betting tips and predictions
The grass is ready, the strawberries have been picked, the ball kids have been drilled, and now is the time for tennis.
Wimbledon is the grand slam that most tennis players dream about lifting. It is the last remaining grass court major and has been since the Australian Open became a hard court event in 1987.
As a result of being the only grass court grand slam, there is actually very little grass court tennis in the calendar these days. Recently the gap between the French Open and Wimbledon was extended by a week to help players prepare on the surface. Some have taken to this, others prefer to keep their focus on clay and hard courts.
There is a rich and glorious history to this event at SW19, and that presents the opportunity of a lifetime to so many in the field. As you would have guessed, we have you covered with Wimbledon betting tips covering on both the men’s and women’s sides of the draw.
Unlock a risk-free £30 bet that can use next week on Wimbledon selections via Paddy Power‘s latest signup offer:
Wimbledon Men’s Singles 2023 Betting Odds
2023 Wimbledon men’s singles betting preview: is the calendar slam on for Novak Djokovic?
Putting together some Wimbledon betting tips for the 2023 Gentlemen’s Singles essentially boils down to: are you with or against Novak Djokovic?
Not only is he the defending champion at SW19 but he has now won the Wimbledon crown seven times, and will be looking to extend his cushion above Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time list of slam champions, currently one slam ahead of the Spaniard on 23.
Djokovic is primed to succeed once again. He is fresh off the back of a third French Open title and he is using his usual preparation of no grass court tournaments, but using an exhibition event, the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at Hurlingham Club, to ease himself into the competition.
At 36 years of age, Djokovic realises that he is able to warm up as the fortnight goes on, especially in best of five sets. Inevitably the Serbian makes it into the second week having not been at his best, but by the time the final matches begin he is ready and can use his elite mentality, grit and problem-solving skills to get the job done. He is deserving to be an odds-on price, the recent form is there, the past form is there, but, most importantly, his mentality edge over the rest of the field is staggering, even with the level of tennis that Carlos Alcaraz has demonstrated in the last 18 months.
If Djokovic can retain his superiority in the mind and his unbelievable ability to hit his absolute peak as and when he needs it, like in every tiebreak he plays of late, the field are highly unlikely to upset the apple cart. Paddy Power price the Serbian at a very prohibitive 4/7 for the title and though we would take Djokovic over the field, that price is unbackable ahead of the tournament.
Carlos Alcaraz is the heir to the throne. Some thought the changing of the guard may happen at the Franch Open, but it was in the semifinal between the pair that many realised how far Alcaraz still has to go from a physical and mental standpoint, at least against Djokovic.
Alcaraz is making strides on grass though, which is a positive for underdog backers. Winning the Queens title is not an easy task, and he visibly improved with each round in the capital. He has spoken about learning from the likes of Andy Murray and Roger Federer and their movement on grass, which is certainly not a bad place to start. Alcaraz will likely win a Wimbledon, but, just like Rafael Nadal, he needs that bit more experience to get to the top level required. 7/2 is a price that can’t be taken on Alcaraz right now, there are too many unknowns with him on this surface.
After the Spaniard though comes a list of players that could compete in the latter stages if they bring their A game. Daniil Medvedev has looked pretty poor recently and his wall-like game doesn’t really suit the grass, but he has the big occasion experience to go deep. Jannik Sinner is doubted more because of his physicality than ability, Nick Kyrgios is a big injury doubt, Alexander Zverev doesn’t look mentally capable of winning a grand slam but has shown promise, Holger Rune has much to learn on the surface at this stage, Andy Murray was batted aside by Alex De Minaur at Queens and Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime are both fitness concerns. So who does that leave as viable, value Wimbledon betting tips?
Korda has never reached a Grand Slam semi-final, has only wonone ATP title (and that being a 250 level event on clay) and his highest ranking is his current one of 25, but grass seems to be bringing the best out of him.
His serve is really strong, he covers the court well, better then on clay and hard, and isn’t afraid to use the forecourt when necessary. His long levers make him a difficult player to beat with a pass and give him point-ending power, a crucial ability in the longer format.
He did make the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2021 as a 20-year-old, and he was a junior semi-finalist in 2017 so there is some pedigree there, showcasing exactly that in a run to the semis at Queen’s. Most importantly of all though, he believes that he is a contender for the title, as he stated in his interview after defeating Cameron Norrie at Queen’s last week.
Tiafoe is on a steady rise through the game and the explosive American reached the top ten in the rankings for the first time last week. He has won two titles already this season, including ATP Stuttgart on the grass and will feed off support from the crowd.
The Maryland native is capable of giving more established slam contenders a very tough time indeed. Tiafoe has one of the highest hold percentages in the game this year and that could pay dividends in SW19.
Last year Tiafoe reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, his best performance at that stage, then went on to reach the US Open semi-final, demonstrating clear progression in all facets of his game.
The final selection pre-draw is yet another American prospect, Ben Shelton. Shelton has all the tools to win Wimbledon one day if he continues on his current trajectory. This year might be a bit too early for him, but the youngster is very dangerous already and is one to keep an eye on.
Indeed, he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year, so he has that experience in the bank and commands respect over five sets. He needs more time on the grass courts, but his huge left-handed serve and his willingness to attack will eventually translate into a very powerful game at Wimbledon, though he remains a slightly raw commodity.
Wimbledon 2023 women’s betting odds
2023 Wimbledon women’s singles betting preview: The Big Three in action in sw19
Iga Swiatek, Elena Rybakina, and Aryna Sabalenka, all sit at the top of the bookmakers’ prices for the forthcoming Ladies’ Singles tournament, as was to be expected.
It is difficult to see beyond them because, in 2023, they have dominated the biggest events, as a new era beckons following on from Ash Barty’s shock retirement last year. Rybakina and Sabalenka contested the Australian Open final, the same pair contested the Indian Wells final and Swiatek won the French Open, with Rybakina withdrawing in Paris. Sabalenka beat Swiatek in the Madrid Open final and Rybakina won the Italian Open as well, it has been a great follow. This means that between the three of them, all Grand Slam and WTA 1000 titles, except Miami and Dubai, have been won, a golden era could be emerging.
However, Wimbledon is something of a unique beast, playing typically quicker than other surfaces. Obviously, there is the surface to contend with, only Rybakina could lay any claim to grass being their best surface, although Sabalenka’s game could translate nicely. Both Swiatek and Sabalenka can point to some past form though, while Rybakina’s preparation has not been ideal due to a virus. Swiatek is a former junior Wimbledon champion, and Sabalenka reached the semifinals in 2021.
Where does the market provide value elsewhere?
Kvitova is having her best season for many years and is a threat to all players. The Czech two-time Wimbledon champion was one of the two to break the stranglehold of big titles to the Big Three discussed above, and is suited to faster surfaces.
There were concerns as then she took a lot of time off but she roared back last week in Berlin as she took that prestigious title as well, before pulling out of Eastbourne.
The French Open finalist will be seeded, for the first time in a while, and confidence will not be an issue
Perhaps the Czech will be disappointed that she didn’t take that title in Paris having been a set and a break up, as well as a break up in the third, but Wimbledon offers a platform for redemption.
Beatriz Haddad Maia
Another player with a big French Open run who may turn out to actually have a better chance on grass. The Brazilian had shown little form on grass until 2022, but then went on a great winning streak, including back-to-back titles in Nottingham and Birmingham, endearing herself to the British public.
When does Wimbledon start?
The official main draw beginning of Wimbledon is on Monday 3rd July. Play on the outside courts will commence at 11am.
Where can I watch Wimbledon?
Wimbledon is a protected sporting event in the UK. The coverage will be helped by the BBC in the UK with blanket coverage on the main channels of BBC1 and BBC2. There will also be extensive coverage on the interactive services of the Red Button where multicourt options will be available. In addition, the BBC Sport app and BBC Sounds will offer audio coverage.
Eurosport 1 will also cover the action live and provide highlights. The coverage will also be available via the Discovery+ app and Eurosport’s on-demand streaming platform.
The United States will have coverage via ESPN and The Tennis Channel.
When are the Wimbledon finals?
The timing of the finals rarely changes at Wimbledon. The Ladies’ final is on Saturday 15th July with play commencing at 2pm. The Gentlemen’s Singles final will be on Sunday 16th July at 2pm. All other finals, including the doubles, juniors, U14s, wheelchair, quad, and invitational are all also played over the final weekend.
How can I bet on Wimbledon?
There are early, antepost outright markets on Wimbledon that can be bet on now. Every major, and most minor, bookmakers will have an outright market in their tennis offering. There are also options on the exchanges, including Betfair. More markets will populate after the draw on Friday morning.
Who won the 2022 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Title?
The defending champion at this year’s Wimbledon Men’s Tournament will certainly be used to the feeling of having to defend. Novak Djokovic defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios in four sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. This was the fourth Wimbledon win in a row for Djokovic having beaten Matteo Berrettini, Roger Federer, and Kevin Anderson in the previous three finals.
Who won the 2022 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Title?
The 2022 Women’s Tournament really was wide open and took many twists and turns. In the end, Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the final. It was Rybakina’s first Grand Slam title but she has since gone on to win many more titles, including Miami this season.
Who are the Wimbledon 2023 Favourites?
The men’s Singles tournament has an odds-on favourite. The man to beat is Novak Djokovic, the 23-time Grand Slam Champion. His only realistic fellow favourite is the world #2 Carlos Alcaraz, the Queen’s champion.
The women’s singles sees three co-favourites in the betting, a pretty rare scenario. There is the recent French Open champion and world #1 Iga Swiatek, defending Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, and Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.
Who are the Wimbledon 2023 Contenders?
The list of contenders for the Men’s Singles crown is relatively short. You do not have to go too far down the bookmakers’ odds before questioning whether those players really can win the trophy. The contenders would be Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune, Sebastian Korda, and Alex De Minaur.
The women’s event is slightly more open. The main contenders are: Karolina Muchova, Petra Kvitova, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff, and Barbora Krejcikova. There are a few outsiders as well who would give themselves a chance as well such as Beatriz Haddad Maia, Jelena Ostapenko, Donna Vekic, Veronika Kudermetova, and Ekaterina Alexandrova.
How many times has Djokovic won Wimbledon?
Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful Wimbledon Men’s Singles tennis players of all time. The Serbian has won the title seven times. His first Wimbledon crown was in 2011, he then won in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. This means that he has won the last four Wimbledon titles.