Wimbledon

Wimbledon

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The third Major is known under various names: The Wimbledon Championships, The British Open or simply Wimbledon. It is highly valued by the specialists and tennis fans as far as it is the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

Besides that, it is considered to be the most prestigious and the biggest event in the world of tennis. The Wimbledon Champions have been held at the famous “All England Club” in the heart of London since 1877. The tournament belongs to the list of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments along with the US Open, French Open and Australian Open. Wimbledon differs from all the other Majors as far as it is still played on grass, the original surface of the game. It is very improbable that there is a bookmaker that doesn’t provide its customers with Wimbledon betting odds.

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The tournament lasts for two weeks and is traditionally held at the end of June – beginning of July. Wimbledon itself is very exciting, especially during its culminating part – Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles Finals. Wimbledon is preceded by the Australian Open (hard court), and the French Open (clay court); it is also followed by the US Open (hard court). There are several other tournaments which may serve as a warm up for the professional tennis players intending to participate at Wimbledon. They are: Queen’s Club Championships, Gerry Weber Open, the AEGON Classic, the UNICEF Open, and the Eastbourne International. As a tennis fan, I can assure you will find a fair share of Wimbledon tips and predictions here!

Historical Review

Wimbledon owes its appearance to the elite and private “All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club“. Initially only croquet was played by the club members, but in 1876 lawn tennis was also added to the primary activities of the club. One year passed, and the first Lawn Tennis Championship was organized. This event required a new set of rules that would regulate the tournament. It is worth noting that the original code of laws is very similar to the modern one, with the only exception of the distance from the service line to the net, and the net’s height.

For several years, the club’s activity focused mainly on lawn tennis, and as a result the word “crocket” was omitted from the title. Until 1968, Wimbledon welcomed only top-ranked professional tennis players, but this year is marked by the advent of the so-called open era. Actually, it is a pivotal date in the history of tennis, because this way amateurs got an opportunity to compete with the best tennis players of the world. Nowadays, Wimbledon occupies the first place among the other tennis tournaments and lots of improvements were made in order to maintain its leadership.

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Peculiar Occurrences

Wimbledon is considered to be the oldest and at the same time the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It has an impressive heritage, and there are lots of amusing and interesting stories linked to this exciting event. If you’re planning to attend Wimbledon, you should get prepared to the idea of eating strawberries and cream, because it is a tradition practiced by all the Wimbledon spectators. All the participants of the tournament are obliged to wear a special uniform, approved by the organizers. Among the other peculiarities of Wimbledon, the absolute absence of sponsor advertising should be noted. You won’t see any annoying banners that would distract you from the game.

As far as Wimbledon has quite a long and impressive history, several interesting historical occurrences should be mentioned. For example, Lili Alvarez was known as the woman who caused quite a stir in 1931, because she was wearing shorts during the game. She was the first woman to change the dress code from a more official to the more comfortable one.

Prize Pool and Trophies

The so-called English Open offers an attractive prize pool and various trophies to the winners. For example, the champion of the Gentlemen’s Singles category gets a beautiful silver gilt cup with the following inscription: “All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World”. As regards the Ladies’ Singles, the champion is awarded with a sterling silver salver, which is also known under the name of the “Venus Rosewater Dish“. It is worth noting that the trophies are usually awarded by the Duke of Kent, the honorable President of the All England Club. Get your own prizes by betting on Wimbledon at Betfair!

The prize pool of Wimbledon is another motivating factor that attracts top tennis players from all over the world. Last year the prize money accounted for 16,060,000 pounds and was distributed in the following way:

 

Singles

Doubles

Mixed Doubles

W
£1,150,000 £260,000 £92,000
F
£575,000 £130,000 £46,000
SF
£287,500 £65,000 £23,000
QF
£145,000 £32,500 £10,500
4R
£75,000 £16,650 £5,200
3R
£38,875 £9,350 £2,600
2R
£23,125 £5,450 £1,300
1R
£14,500 - -
Q3
£8,500 - -
Q2
£4,250 - -
Q1
£2,125 - -

 

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 Ranking Points

Event

Singles

Doubles

Points (M)

Points (F)

Points (M)

Points (F)

W
 2000  2000 2000  2000
F
1200 1400 1200 1400
SF
760 900 760 900
QF
360 500 360 500
4R
180  280 180 280
3R
 90  160  90 160
2R
 45 100 - 5
1R
10  5 -  -
Q
25 60 - -
Q3
 16 50  - -
Q2
 8 40 - -
Q1
 0 2  - -