BREAK out the Pimm's and pull up a chair – Wimbledon is here and it's set to be a scorcher on and off court.

We'll find out who can stand the heat when the men's and women's champions are crowned in a fortnight and the first round gets under way today with plenty of superstar appeal including Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all in action.

Title favourite and world No.1 Djokovic may not get it all his own way against German Philipp Kohlschreiber who is 2-1 at William Hill to win a set. That's one of Mr Fixit's picks on his seperate Wimbledon preview post.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 winner, is playing his last Wimbledon and is 3-5 to make it past Jarkko Nieminen (6-4, Boylesports) while there's an intriguing tussle between Donald Young (6-4, Boylesports) and grizzled old campaigner Marcos Baghdatis, a 31-50 shot at Betway.

British women's No.1 Heather Watson faces a tough opener against Caroline Garcia of France and is 5-6 at Coral to progress against the 21-20 underdog at BetVictor.

Let's hear all your tips for Wimbers and today's other sporting action which includes the likes of Australian Open snooker and Major League Baseball.


  1. The wet lettuce 3 years ago

    Andy Murray win Wimbledon
    Rory Mcclroy win British Open

    Double 16/1 bet366

  2. Ad 3 years ago

    Wimbledon 2015

    Men’s singles

    Quarter final predictions:
    Djokovic v Cilic
    Wawrinka v Kyrgios
    Nadal v Murray
    Berdych v Federer

    Djokovic v Wawrinka
    Murray v Federer

    Final: ????

    Federer @ 7/1

    It’s a pretty kind draw for the old master. He really should go largely unopposed till he meets (most likely) Berdych in the quarter finals. Dzumhur, Querrey, sock, Lopez isn’t a route that looks capable of tripping him up, unless something strange happens to his game. Berdych is dangerous on grass, but Fed has taken care of him with something to spare the two times they’ve met this year. It’s Murray and Djokovic that look the real obstacles in his attempt to win what would be a long awaited 18th title, but he’s coming off yet another Halle title and perhaps has a slight mental edge over Murray after winning their last three meetings and having humiliated him at the 2014 Tour Finals when they last met. I would rather side with the most successful grass court player of his generation at nearly three times the price than the admittedly very much in with a chance British number 1.

    Wawrinka @ 17/1 ( previously suggested at 20/1)

    Wawrinka has a nice looking draw, for a while. He really shouldn’t have too much trouble making the quarter finals, with Sousa, Becker, Verdasco, Goffin providing a testing but very manageable projected path.

    Kyrgios/Dimitrov is a challenge after that, but one you’d have to fancy the two time grandslam champ In given his recent successes at the later stages of major tournaments.

    After that…he simply outmuscled and outhit Djokovic on the slow stuff in Paris, so it would be silly to think he can’t do the same on a faster court. He is perhaps historically less comfortable on the surface than any other, but has shown an improvement on it over the last couple of years, and Stan has done a fair bit of history making lately.

    Like Serena, Djokovic is just a bit too short for me. I like more bang for my buck when picking outright slam winners, and Stan certainly has enough bang to give me a run for my money.

    Quarter winners:

    Cilic @ 14/1 ( and a very small stake on outright @ 90/1) just in case the U.S. Open winner goes into beast mode like he did in New York. Very well suited to grass if he can get his serve and forehand going. He’s been working his way back to his best level after a lay off, and has a decent chance to keep that progression going here. Nearly took Novak out here at his last attempt.

    Kyrgios @ 11/1
    Same as above. Well suited to the surface, if Stan doesn’t click he might just take advantage. Better value than Raonic @ 5/2

    First round:

    Tipsarevic d Granollers
    @ 11/8

    A bit rusty after a long time out injured, but Tipsarevic is simply the better singles player. He may not be back at his best yet, but the surface should help him find a way to break Granollers down. I expect his extra grasscourt level to shine through in the end.

    Paire d Youzhny @ 9/5

    Youzhny is just awful these days. He has generally been a good grasscourt player throughout his career, but he just isn’t winning matches this year. Paire is, and with his serve and variety off the ground should have enough to hand Youzhny another defeat.

    Darcis d Lopez @ 11/2

    If Lopez rediscovers his best form on this surface he will win here, but after losses to groth, isner and a very tame exit to Lu in his last match, whether he can is very much up in the air. Darcis isn’t in the best form himself, but has some great previous results on the surface to draw on, having beaten the likes of Berdych, Rafa and Baghdatis on the fast stuff in recent years. This should be an old school serve and volleying contest.

    Hewitt to win 3-2 @ 11/2

    5-fold :

    Over 31.5 Novak v Kohlschreiber
    Over 40.5 Mayer v Kokkinakis
    Over 38.5 Nieminen v Hewitt
    Over 42.5 Sock v Groth
    Over 41.5 Tsonga v Muller

    Good luck folks. Enjoy the tennis

  3. Ad 3 years ago

    Wimbledon 2015.

    Ladies’ singles

    Quarter final predictions:
    Serena v Bencic
    Sharapova v Stephens
    Kerber v Lisicki
    Keys v Kvitova


    Serena v Sharapova
    Kerber v Kvitova

    Serena v Kvitova


    I had originally gone with Safarova as my favourite pick for Wimbledon, but the more and more I look at the draw the worse and worse hers looks. She starts against very handy grasscourter in Alison Riske. The next round against Hsieh should be much easier, but then Stepens, Pliskova and Maria wait for her before she even gets to Serena. That’s incredibly tough, and while I think she has a decent enough chance in all of those matchups, expecting her to string them all together is another matter. For that reason I’m going to leave her off these tips, but I did suggest her a while ago and backed her at the time, so she is very much still in my thoughts and one to keep an eye on.

    Despite having picked her to make the final above, I am steering clear of Serena. She was my shortest priced outright pick at the French, and she duly won. But 3/1 Serena is a lot better than a 7/4 Serena, and I have enough nagging doubts around her to make me stay away.

    This is the WTA, so all of us tipping this fortnight know we’re probably in for a topsy turvy time. It’s as easy to look like a fool as look like a genius, so let’s all be nice to each other and keep the stakes sensible!

    Kvitova @ 11/2

    I would really like a slightly larger price for someone as volatile as Petra, but she’s so good on this surface and has every chance of at least making the final to defend her title if she can keep her focus. The early rounds look pretty easy for her, and give her a good chance of building up a head of steam before she meets Radwanska. That match will not be a given by any means, and Keys could prove tricky after that if they both progress. Still, you can’t look past her in search of someone well suited to the surface, and her form this year, with the odd (and profitable!) exception, has been good. My shortest priced pick, that doesn’t mean I’ll be putting a huge stake on her by any means.

    Venus Williams

    Looking back on Petra’s second Wimbledon title last year, it’s impossible for me not to think about what might have been if Venus had edged her out in the third round. Both women were superb as she fell 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, and it really could have gone the other way. Venus has proven in Aukland and Melbourne that she still has what it takes to compete with the best when conditions really suit her game. They should do here, and, other than the rather large exception of sister Serena’s presence, has a draw that suits her too. Brengle, Erakovic and Errani will be cannon fodder if Venus brings her very best, and while it may be a bit optimistic to think she can beat Serena after that, there have been enough cracks in the world number 1s armour in recent times for me to want to look beyond her.

    Maria Sharapova

    Talking of looking elsewhere and manageable draws, Maria has an excellent chance here to go well. I think she could be in for al test in her first round match against Joanna Konta, but assuming she gets through that she has a great opportunity to play her way into form while moving deep into the draw. Her title defence in Paris was a letdown, but her form before that was pretty good, and only perpetual bogeyman Serena could stop her Down Under in the Aussie open.

    Strangely, Maria may even consider clay her favourite surface now, but the fast grass of Wimbledon suits her flat, heavy hitting no end, and when Maria starts hitting a groove she takes some stopping. Konta, Wang, Gavrilova and Petkovic is a pretty decent projected route as far as making it to a Grand Slam quarter final goes. This is kind of an illogical pick for me as I find it hard to see her beating Serena, who I’m projecting her to meet in the semis. But I have wild hopes of Serena getting beaten by Cibulkova or Venus, so I’m gambling a bit here.


    If Petra collapses, and Keys catches fire, she could storm into the semi finals. Her game is perfectly suited to the surface, and while she has quite a long way to go to prove she has the mental strength and steadiness to be a realistic pick as a grandslam winner yet, she is capable of beating just about anyone if she finds a consistently high level, and she did make the semis in Melbourne. Her draw is good, with a woefully out of form Bouchard her nearest seed. I can definitely see her getting to the quarters, and when it’s likely to be Petra Kvitova on the other side of the net, you just never know.

    Giorgi to win her quarter @ 16/1 (and a spare pound on her to win overall @ 150/1!)
    Electric when shes switched on, lethal on a slick grass court. The steadier Kerber may be too solid for her, but she certainly has a chance in that one. A much better price in my opinion than Lisicki at 3/1

    Keys to win her quarter @ 7/1.
    Getting the better of the winner of Radwanksa v Kvitova is a tall order, but not an impossible one by any means. Radwanaka can be outhit and Kvitova can beat herself. And the good news for Keys is that getting to that point looks very doable indeed.

    Safarova and Stephens are also all on my radar, with Kerber another one to look out for. I really am more just looking forward to seeing what happens on the women’s side of things than anything else, I don’t really have much of a clue what’s going to happen!

    First round picks:

    Tomljanovic d Koukalova @ 6/4

    Tomljanovic has the weapons to be a menace on grass. Koukalova is possibly the most combustible player on tour. She does have the better form, but it won’t take much for her to come undone here if Tomljanovic comes out firing.

    Sharapova v Konta 2-1 @ 4-1


    Pays 11/1

    A lot to digest here, and probably more of it than not will have made me look a little stupid come this time next week. But hopefully helpful in some way to someone.

    I wish everyone luck with their selections.

    • minilegs 3 years ago

      great write ups on both mens and womens, i for one will be following your tips with interest so fingers crossed

  4. Finchy 3 years ago

    Murray v Wawrinka finalists @ 12/1 bet365
    Federer v Wawrinka finalists @ 20/1 bet365

    Wawrinka outright @ 14/1 bet365
    Timea Bacsinszky to make final @ 25/1 bet365

    I only use one account so I know there shall be better odds out there, just what I have gone for. Made some nice money off Bubba at the weekend (made me sweat a bit) to pay for all these! Good luck, I prefer leaving the Womens draw alone but Timea had a great run at the french open so felt like going for it.

  5. Harry 3 years ago

    Two tennis bets for me today to accompany my one football pick on the other thread.

    Tomic to beat Struff
    S. Johnson to beat Lacko
    Mladenovic to beat Dulgheru

    Treble pays 23/20 williamhill

    Value single

    Nieminen to beat Hewitt

    6/4 betvictor

    All 4 add

    Schiavone to beat Errani
    Zverev to beat Gabashvili

    Acca pays 22/1 skybet

  6. Stubhoy 3 years ago

    WIMBLEDON 2015 29/6/15


    Flavia Pannetta WIN 4/7
    Kirsten Flipkins WIN 4/7
    Lucie Safarova WIN 2/5
    Sara Erani WIN 2/5
    Victoria Azarenka 2-0 WIN 2/5
    Ana Ivanovic WIN 2-0 2/9
    Carla Suarez Novaro 2-0 WIN 8/15

    Accumulator returns 11.7/1

    Good luck guys

  7. Felix 3 years ago

    Okay, Thiem is clearly an idiot. Not the best on grass but 4-0 first set.

  8. Harry 3 years ago

    Stubhoy those aren’t yours haha

  9. Felix 3 years ago

    wta acca. You’re mad.

  10. Dazzler 3 years ago

    White Sox @ Tigers
    Tigers over 8.5 hits @ 1.76 *lost*

    Red Sox @ Rays
    Rays @ 1.55

    Double @ 2.75 *lost*

    Apologies, awful tips!

  11. Dazzler 3 years ago

    My MLB bets tonight
    Yankees @ Angels
    Angels over 8.5 hits @ 1.95

    Red Sox @ Blue Jays
    Blue Jays over 8.5 hits @ 2.05

    Brewers @ Phillies
    Team to score first wins @ 1.38
    Dodgers @ D’backs
    Team to score first wins @ 1.4

    Double @ 1.93

  12. Jack 3 years ago

    Anyone agree that the Brown, Paire double @ 5/1 is ridiculous value, I’d have been tempted at 3/1

  13. Phil 3 years ago

    Well done Harry, unlucky on the 6fold

  14. eastcoaster 3 years ago

    Jack I’m always one who bets against Brown. I just don’t think he cuts it enough for me from what I have seen over last few years .Hope I’m wrong though if you go with him. have seen myself always going with whoever he us up against if they are above evens

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