Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the oldest out of the four Grand Slam­ tournaments. The tournament is played during June­ and July on grass courts in London. Prior to the tournament, betting companies always have odds on which woman/man will win the title. But a lot can happen once the odds are set and the tournament has started.

Betting companies offer the classic odds for tennis where the player bets usually land on match­ or set winner. In addition to this, even though betting companies usually have fairly similar betting options, odds can vary greatly between the different companies. 

It’s impossible to ignore the rich history that this tournament has. Wimbledon opened with a men’s singles championship back in 1877, with only about a hundred spectators. The first Wimbledon­tournament for women was held a few years after in 1884. Since then the tournament has grown significantly and the number of spectators is now over half a million every year. And an additional million people follow the tournament on television.

Tennis has become more and more popular and grown over the years and Wimbledon has grown with it. The tournament is played every year since it started with the only exception being the war­years during the first and second world war. Up until 1922 Wimbledon was played on grass courts, that belonged to the All England Club, but was later moved to Church Road.

Up until 1922, the system; All Corners Round and Challenge Round was used. That meant that the reigning champion only had to play one match where he defended his title. Other players had to earn their right to play against the champion by making their way through the qualifying rounds.

Wimbledon has the same rules as the Australian Open and the French Open. There is no tiebreak in the final set, matches are settled with a long set where the winning margin must be a two­game lead. This means that a match can go on for several hours, and in some cases even days, since there is no set time limit for a match. The longest match in the history of Wimbledon was the match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010. The match went on for for over eleven hours over three days. Isner managed to win in the end, over a very disappointed Mahut.

In recent years, Serena Williams has dominated the tournament on the women’s side. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic have been very successful with victories in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Andy Murray managed to win in 2013, and the years prior to that, with 2011 being the only exception; Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took turns in winning the tournament. Other prominent players include; Björn Borg, Laurie Doherty and Suzanne Lenglen. 

Published: 2015-12-28

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