Wimbledon 2019 - Tournament Preview

Wimbledon 2019 Spread Betting Preview: The World’s Finest Players Prepare for SW19

Tennis fans are stocking up on strawberries and cream, dusting off the perfect Pimm’s recipes and gearing up for two weeks of thrilling action at Wimbledon. The greatest players in the world are preparing to descend upon southwest London to battle it out for fame and fortune, and it promises to be a thrilling tournament. Defending champion Novak Djokovic heads into the fray as the clear favourite, but Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal will provide fierce competition. It will also be interesting to see if the younger men can respond to Boris Becker’s rallying cry and finally show up for a big tournament.

The women’s game looks wildly unpredictable right now and dozens of players will fancy their chances of success. Serena Williams is yet to secure a Grand Slam since giving birth, and that has blown the competition wide open. Several different champions have been crowned over the past couple of years, tournaments have been riddled with upsets galore and the scene remains wonderfully open.

Home favourite Andy Murray will miss the men’s singles event due to his recent hip surgery. Brits will have to focus their applause upon the likes of Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund instead. In the absence of Murray Mound, could we see home fans gather on Konta Cliff or Kyle EdMound to cheer on their hero’s?

There may be a scarcity of homegrown talent right now, but you can find a wealth of fantastic tennis spread betting options that will really boost the excitement you experience when watching the action unfold at SW19. Wimbledon is the greatest tennis tournament of the year, as it is steeped in history, tradition and grandeur, and it always serves up a heady cocktail of excitement, drama and heroism.

Who Holds the Record for Most Wimbledon Championship Wins?

Martina Navratilova holds the record for the most Wimbledon victories as she lifted the famous trophy nine times between 1978 and 1990. American star Helen Wills Moody won eight titles in the amateur era, but in the Open era the next most successful players are Williams and Steffi Graf, with seven wins apiece. Williams is now 37 years old and running out of time to equal Navratilova’s record. She is the second favourite to win Wimbledon this year, behind French Open champion Ashleigh Barty.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer is the most successful male player in Wimbledon history as he has seized eight titles. He won it for the first time in 2003, when he vanquished Australia’s Mark Philippoussis in straight sets, and then he embarked on a period of sustained dominance. Federer clinched the trophy in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Then came a five-year drought but he roared back to form in 2017, playing with a newfound aggression and dominating his opponents once more to secure an eighth title. He needs just one more to match Navratilova’s record, but the great man is not the favourite in the tennis spread betting this year, as that honour goes to Djokovic.

Is Anyone Close to Catching Roger Federer’s Sterling Wimbledon Record?

None of the current players are close to catching up with Federer as the most decorated male player in Wimbledon history. Djokovic leads the way, as the Serb swept Kevin Anderson aside in last year’s final to clinch a fourth Wimbledon title. He is now 32 and he could secure four more victories there, but that would take a heroic effort. Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray have won two apiece, but the former is much more of a clay court specialist and the latter is ravaged by injury.

Yet there is another intriguing situation developing in the men’s game. Federer is the most successful Grand Slam player of all time, as he has 20 to his name. Yet Nadal is just two behind him on 18 after he clinched a 12th French Open title last month. The Spaniard is likely to win a few more French Opens before he retires, so the responsibility rests on 37-year-old Federer to secure more silverware in order to protect his GOAT status. Since winning the 2018 Australian Open, he has not been past the semi-final stage of a Grand Slam.

Djokovic shrugged off a long-term injury last year and quickly recovered his mantle as the world number one. He won Wimbledon, the US Open and the 2019 Australian Open to take his overall tally to 15 Grand Slams. The Serb is the clear favourite to win Wimbledon and the US Open this year and he also has a strong chance of ending up as the most successful men’s player in history, so the battle for Wimbledon will be fascinating this year.

Who is Close to Catching Martina Navratilova’s 9 Wimbledon Championship Record?

Williams first won Wimbledon in 2002, she successfully defended her title the following year and she also stormed to victory in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 to take her total to seven. In 2017, she pulled off a sensational feat in winning the Australian Open while pregnant. That took her overall tally to 23 Grand Slam titles, just one behind Margaret Court in the all-time stakes. Williams then took a year out and since her return she has displayed flashes of her old brilliance, but she has not yet clinched a 24th Grand Slam. She finished as runner-up at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, and she will now bid to go one better in pursuit of an eighth title at the All-England Tennis Club.

Her sister Venus is the next most successful of the players still plying their trade. She has five Wimbledon wins to her name, but she has not triumphed here since 2008 and she is now 39. Next in the list is Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014. Those are her only Grand Slam titles and it could mark her out as a grass court specialist, but she has not been past the third round since 2014. She is 29-years-old now and would need to win seven more titles before she retires in order to match Navratilova.

Who Will be the Surprise of Wimbledon 2019?

Boris Becker recently laid down the gauntlet to men aged under 28 due to their lack of success in big tournaments. Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic are the only players from the younger guard to reach a Grand Slam final – and they both lost. It is time for the younger men to step up and mount a stronger challenge for glory at this year’s Wimbledon.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov all look capable of winning Grand Slams in the future and it will be interesting to see if they can do so while Federer and Djokovic are still dominating the courts. One real surprise this year could be 18-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime, who toppled Tsitsipas at Queen’s last week. He is yet to win a title and he has never appeared at Wimbledon before, but he is the youngest player in the ATP top 100 and he has a great career ahead of him.

The age of Williams and Federer will soon be coming to an end and the sport will miss these huge personalities. The young men may be struggling to take up Federer’s mantle, but the women’s game is teeming with budding superstars. Barty is just 23, but she is already ranked number one in the world after winning the French Open.

Naomi Osaka is only 21, she is already a multiple Grand Slam winner and she has spent time atop the world rankings too. Yet the women’s game is alive with unpredictability, and there will surely be plenty of surprise packages at Wimbledon this year.

A couple of interesting starlets to look out for are Dayana Yastremska and Magdalena Rybarikova. The former is a 19-year-old Ukrainian who went to the third round of the Australian Open this year, while the latter is a 30-year-old Slovakian who has flown somewhat under the radar during her career. She has never ranked higher than 17th in the world, but she has been consistent and she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014. Her record there is 9-7 overall and she could upset some bigger names at this year’s tournament.

Which British Players Have the Best Chance at Wimbledon?

Murray won the doubles tournament at Queen’s last week, but he said he will not rush his return to singles action following major hip surgery. That leaves Edmund as the main hope among the British men. His first-round loss against Tsitsipas at Queen’s does not inspire much confidence, nor does his 3-6 overall record at Wimbledon. His best Grand Slam finish came at last year’s Australian Open, where he reached the semi-final. British fans will hope to see him improve his grass court prowess, his stamina and his movement, as he is blessed with a terrific forehand. Youngsters Cameron Norrie, Paul Jubb and Jack Draper also show plenty of promise.

But Britain’s greatest hope is surely Konta, who was in sensational form at the French Open last month. She looked likely to claim a maiden Grand Slam triumph, but mental fragility let her down again as she committed unforced errors at key moments in her semi-final clash, and she crashed out. She has also reached the semis at Wimbledon in the past and she has a chance of going even deeper this year. At last year’s Wimbledon, all of the top 10 seeds were eliminated before the quarter-finals. If Konta can keep her cool at crunch moments then she could become the first female British Wimbledon champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Who Enters Wimbledon on a Run of Strong Form?

Nadal will be full of confidence after swatting aside his rivals once again at the French Open, but he is not as dangerous on grass as he is on the red dirt. Federer won a 100th career title at the Dubai Tennis Championship in March, and he added to his tally by clinching a 10th Halle Open title in Germany last week. Djokovic, Federer and Zverev were the most successful players before the clay court season began and they will expect to resume that form now that we move onto grass.

Barty is leading the way among the women right now after that emphatic French Open victory. She carried her strong form into June as she landed the Birmingham Classic last week, and all eyes will be on the Australian at Wimbledon. Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens were in strong form on clay, while Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys, Amanda Anisimova, Elise Mertens, Belinda Bencic, Naomi Osaka, Julia Gorges and Aryna Sabalenka have all won hardcourt titles this year, further illustrating how open and competitive the women’s game is right now.

Which Two Players Have Met in Wimbledon Finals the Most Times?

Federer and Nadal have met in three Wimbledon finals and that is a record in the Open era. The Swiss won in four sets when they met in 2006 and they played out a five-set epic the following year. Federer needed to prevail in two tie-breaks to leave the match delicately poised at two sets all, but he eventually ground Nadal down in the deciding set. Yet the Spaniard gained sweet revenge the following year when he beat Federer in five sets, taking the decider 9-7 after an epic 4 hours and 48 minutes on court.

Martina Navratilova faced Chris Evert five times in Wimbledon finals and won every single match. Evert was a three-time Wimbledon champion, but her victories came over Olga Morozova, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Hana Mandlikova. The Williams sisters met in four Wimbledon finals, with Serena securing victory in three of them.

What Are the Top Rivalries in Wimbledon History?

Wimbledon is famous for showcasing some of the fiercest rivalries in the history of tennis. Clashes between the ice-cool Bjorn Borg and the fiery John McEnroe were the stuff of legend, while Borg also had a captivating rivalry with Jimmy Connors. The elegant Stefan Edberg and the aggressive, controversial Boris Becker also clashed many times at Wimbledon, resulting in plenty of fireworks. Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi engaged in titanic clashes here, while the greats of the modern game – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and to a lesser extent Murray – have been involved in many blockbuster matches under the Wimbledon sun.

Navratilova and Evert shared a thrilling rivalry and it was extremely close throughout their illustrious careers –Navratilova led 43-37 in the head-to-heads – but in Wimbledon finals Navratilova was dominant. Steffi Graf and Monica Seles looked poised for a long and healthy competition after their meeting in the 1992 Wimbledon final, but that was cut short after a crazed-fan attacked the German on court and she never fully recovered.

There is no love lost between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, but that rivalry is also pretty lopsided. It might be great for the women’s game for a couple of genuine superstars to emerge, display consistency and battle hammer at tongs in big tournaments, but right now the unpredictable nature of the scene is just as exciting and Wimbledon 2019 is sure to serve up plenty of drama.

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