Top Contenders for Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship

While the football World Cup rumbles on in Russia, one of sports other great tournaments is preparing to get underway in southwest London. The 2018 Wimbledon Championships promises to be one of the most open in years with a host of potential contenders in both the men’s and women’s events.

Last year’s Ladies’ champions Garbine Muguruza will bebackk to defend her title but who else has a shot at the title. We look at the top contenders.

Simona Halep

The world number one arrives here on the back of a debut Grand Slam victory in the French Open. The Romanian had been knocking on the door of a major title but finally got over the line beating Sloane Stephens in three sets.

Halep prefers the clay but has reached a semi-final and two quarter-finals at Wimbledon in the last four years. Can she go all the way this time? Continue reading

Alexander Zverev could be tennis’ next star

There’s something that’s very easy to identify in young sportsmen or sportswomen that leads you to believe they will be a champion that dominates at some stage over their career. What it is exactly is harder to say; it could be the way they saunter around a court or field, the manner in which they speak to the press or it could be based purely on what they have achieved so far in their respective sports.

For Alexander Zverev, it is all of the above and anyone who has seen this young man in action will know they are witnessing the birth of a star. The German is only 21 years old but you wouldn’t know it by the way he conducts himself. Zverev gives off an impression that he has been in the game a long time and could be mistaken for a seasoned pro.

At almost two metres tall, Zverev is an athletic specimen that glides over the court with spectacular ease. Given his height, he will always have a booming serve to boot but looks a bit more agile than a man of similar height like Kevin Anderson. There’s only so far a big serve will take you and fortunately for Zverev, he has other strings to his bow. Continue reading

Most prestigious sporting event in tennis history

Spending your hard earned cash on the wimbledon odds 2018 this year? Perhaps you’re watching the most prestigious sporting event in tennis history for the first time? Well make sure to let us take the stress off your shoulders with this fantastic guide to the weekend! This covers all the things you could ever hope to know about the tournament including activities, rules, changes and a little info on the history as well as the rules and regulations of the fortnight long event. Let us know if your favourite player won! And be sure to share it with your friends so you can all enjoy Wimbledon in style! Continue reading

Roland Garros Excitement Builds!

Excitement is building in the tennis world as one of the big tournaments of the year; the French Open is coming up and there are a lot of big names that may or may not be taking part as they have injuries or are not fully fit. Even if they do take part they may not do as well as expected and therefore it could mean that there will be some unexpected winners.

Take the Brits for example. Johanna Konta has shown a lot of promise in the women’s game, but she can be rather inconsistent. It always looks like she is capable of winning a big tournament, but it never quite seems to go her way. It will be interesting to see whether the clay is kind to her this year. Kyle Edmund has just broken into the world’s top 20 which is a fantastic achievement and also seems to be on good form on the clay. Obviously he will have to beat a lot of good players to progress but his quarter final result in the Madrid Open last week will give him a taste for this as he beat Novak Djokovic  in that tournament.  Heather Watson will also be playing, but her form has not been so good lately, but she is still likely to be fun to watch and to see whether she can do well and get through a few rounds. Continue reading

Should Novak Djokovic be an underdog in the 2018 Australian Open?

The first Grand Slam of the year is upon us, with this year’s Australian Open set to be a hotly contested affair. There is a plethora of dark horse contenders who will be looking to upset, such as 2018 Hopman Cup finalist Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Martin Del Potro, and even Australia-native Nick Kyrgios is in the running make waves at the 2018 Aussie Open.

Next, we turn to the headline contenders. With Andy Murray still suffering from injury troubles, the elite class of the Australian Open this year is boiled down to three star players – two of which are returning from injuries. After an almighty 2017 campaign which saw him win the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the ever-youthful Roger Federer kicked off 2018 by winning the Hopman Cup on the 4th January. Then comes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have recently recovered from a knee injury and an elbow surgery, respectively.

Having won so many Australian Opens in recent years, you would be forgiven for thinking that Djokovic would be the shoe-in favourite to win this year’s Grand Slam, but that is not the case. Having missed the majority of 2017 after finally having elbow surgery, the Serbian superstar competes in the Kooyong Classic prior to the start of the Aussie Open to test his fitness. Despite winning the Grand Slam in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016, Djokovic comes in as the third-favourite to win it this year, sitting at 5/1 in the tennis betting, behind the 9/2 Nadal and 7/4 Federer.

It appears as though experts in the field are doubting Djokovic’s ability to return to his trademark intensity and elite-level of play so quickly after such major surgery, but he may prove them wrong, and come back stronger than ever. Without an injured elbow to play through and having had plenty of time to recover, once Djokovic has shed the rust, he should be one of the favourites to win any given Grand Slam in 2018.

Coming in as the second-favourite this year is Rafael Nadal, who will also be competing in the Kooyong Classic to shed some rust, is still a major doubt for the Australian Open. While he’s expected to compete in Melbourne, his coach has claimed that they are very wary of any potential aggravations on his recently recovered knee injury. Nadal shared the glory of 2017 with Federer, with the two splitting the four Grand Slams, but the start of his 2018 campaign looks to be in jeopardy.

                                                                Source: Roger Federer, via Twitter

Finally, the favourite to win the first Grand Slam of 2018, Roger Federer. With two Grand Slam wins in 2017, Federer kicked off 2018 on the right foot. The Swiss maestro alongside Belinda Bencic won all three of their Hopman Cup group stage games 3-0 before emphatically beating German wunderkind Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 2-1 in the final. Unencumbered by injury and in a fine run of form, Federer is certainly the man to beat in the 2018 Australian Open.

It’s set to be a superb tournament to kick of this year of tennis, and while Federer is expected to win it all, if Novak Djokovic returns to form quicker than expected – now injury free – his initial underdog status could be seen as misplaced as he guns for a sixth Aussie Open win in eight years.

France favourites for Davis Cup final

France have been made this year’s favourites by the bookmakers for the 2017 Davis Cup when they take on Belgium in the final later this month.

Yannick Noah’s team have been a step above their opponents in reaching their third final in eight years, defeating Japan 4-1, Great Britain 4-1 and Serbia 3-1 earlier this year.

Opponents Belgium have been very impressive in upstaging Germany in the first round, Italy in the quarter-finals and Australia in the semis to reach only their third-ever final.

This year’s final takes place at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France between 24-26 November.

Noah has a wealth of talented players to pick from in his French side, including Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Belgium on the other hand have current world number 8 David Goffin.  The 26-year-old is having the year of his career and has won all four of his singles rubbers in the Davis Cup this year.

However, Belgium have not won any of their doubles matches to reach the final and it would be a shock if they were to overcome Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final.

Those who bet on tennis will find France as the short favourites with odds generally around 1.25, suggesting that France are going to win their first Davis Cup since back in 2001. Continue reading

Grand Slam Tennis

When we hear the word grand slam in tennis, we are actually hearing reference to winning each of the four major tennis competitions. These events take place in France, Australia, England, and the US. The tournaments themselves bear the titles:

  • French Open
  • Australian Open
  • Wimbledon
  • US Open

Aside from their respective locations, one of the chief differences among these tournaments is actually the surfaces in which matches are played upon. For example, the French Open is played upon a clay court, while its English counterpart, Wimbledon is waged upon grass. Both the Australian and US Open(s) are conducted upon hard courts, which offer a greater uniformity to subsequent ball bounces.

In order to achieve a grand slam a player (or team) must have won top marks at all four tournaments within the same calendar year. This is to say that they must be completed in order with the Australian Open coming up first in January, followed by the French Open and Wimbledon (May –  July), and of course followed up by the US Open in the fall. If for instance, a player was to win Wimbledon, then the US, Australian and French open(s), it would be considered a non-calendar year grand slam, and wouldn’t really count. Continue reading

Exchange Betting Guide

“What is exchange betting?”

Exchange betting is a relatively new phenomenon. It is made possible only by advanced web site technology. Exchange betting web sites, together with some great betting tips and predictions, offer bettors a greater chance of winning than do traditional bookmakers. The reasons are explained in a separate section below.

In brief, exchange betting web sites allow punters to bet against each other, acting as either bettors or bookmakers by making a ‘Back’ bet or a ‘Lay’ bet respectively. The prevailing ‘Lay’ bet odds are always more than the prevailing ‘Back’ bet odds (obviously). The difference, however, can vary greatly, depending on how ambitious (or greedy) the bettors are.

If you want better odds that are available at any given moment, you can request your desired odds and state the amount of money you want to bet at those odds. If, at any time thereafter, another punter accepts your offer, your bet is ‘matched’. You can cancel your request at any time, but as soon as it is matched by another punter you can no longer change your mind. You can do this as many times as you like, both BEFORE and DURING the event, right up until the instant when the final result is known.

To meet the expense of the technology, the web site provider takes a commission on the net winnings of all punters on each event. This means that, if you make a ‘Back’ bet on an event at certain odds and a ‘Lay’ bet on the same event at different odds that enable you to make a net profit from the result, you’ll pay a commission on only the net profit, not on the amount you actually won. This is a very fair arrangement, as your loss mitigates your winnings.

As a simple example, if you make a ‘Back’ bet of 10 on player A at odds of 4 (3/1) and offer a ‘Lay’ bet of 20 on the same player at odds of 2 (1/1) which is matched later in the event as the players’ fortunes change, you’ll win 10 (less commission) if either player A or player B wins. If player A shows no sign of threat to player B at all, your ‘Lay’ bet will not be matched, and you’ll lose 10 when player B wins. If you do not offer a “balancing” ‘Lay’ bet, you’ll lose 10 if player B wins, and win 30 (less commission on 20) if player A wins.

“What events are most suitable for exchange betting?”

The greatest chance of winning occurs in events where the scoring is fairly continual and steady, and where there can be small “swings” towards the likely result. Events such as tennis, golf, snooker, martial arts, baseball, cricket, American football, darts, rugby, pelota, volleyball, handball, basketball, etc. are suitable; hockey, boxing less so; soccer is unsuitable, because scoring is so rare, and a single goal creates a huge swing in favour of the scoring team.

Logically the fewer the possible outcomes are, the greater are your chances of winning on the event. This is another reason why soccer is harder to win on than tennis, for example; a soccer match can end in a draw, whereas in tennis there can be only a winner and a loser. Horse-racing is hardest of all because any one of a number of runners can win. Despite this irrefutable logic, horse-racing and soccer are the most popular sports events for exchange betting.

A close third in popularity, however, is tennis. Because there must be plenty of money in the “pot” also, tennis therefore ticks all the boxes for the best chances of winning at exchange betting:

There are only two opponents, and any change in the odds on one has a directly corresponding effect on the other’s;
There can be small swings to one side or the other during the event;
There can be only one winner and one loser, no draw or tie;
There’s plenty of money being bet by punters.

The best summer sport to place your bets on

Unless you’re a football fan, the summer is a fantastic time for sports. While the football season has wound down for a few months, fans of other sports are enjoying the sun while watching their favourite sports and even placing a few bets. If you’re a betting enthusiast that primarily bets on football, then you’re missing out on some exciting summer sports where you have the potential to make a few more quid.

Cricket is probably the first thought of many people when it comes to summer sports. Although the cricket ‘season’ starts at in March, it isn’t until the summer where the majority of games are played. Throughout the summer of 2017, there are numerous competitions and large matches for you to place some bets. In England, fans can look forward to the NatWest t20 Blast. With multiple games a day on almost every day, betting fans can look forward to placing plenty of bets. If 20:20 cricket isn’t your ideal form of cricket, the County Championship is still ongoing throughout the summer for test match betting enthusiasts. If that still isn’t enough cricket for you, the Women’s World Cup is still ongoing for the rest of July. In other summers, cricket fans also have the joys of the Ashes, the ICC Champions Trophy, and even the ICC Cricket World Cup!

Another good ‘summer sport’ to place your bets on is tennis. Although tennis is played all year round, it isn’t until summer where the majority and largest tournaments are played. Between May and July, two of the biggest Grand Slam tournaments are played – The French Open and Wimbledon. In recent years, it has become expected that one of the ‘Big Four’ win the Grand Slams and it doesn’t seem like that dominance will end any time soon. However there have been some major shock in recent years – the most notable being Rafal Nadal’s shock second round exits at Wimbledon in 2012 and 2015. It’s not just the Grand Slams which fans and punters can look forward to. There are tournaments such as the German Open and the Washington Open over the summer to place some more bets. Continue reading

Benefits of Tennis on Old Age

Being physically active throughout life is important in maintaining your overall health, especially as we get older. Taking up a sport and staying fit reduces your risk of both heart disease and diabetes, can help keep your weight under control, strengthen your bones and been known to have a positive effect on mental health across all ages. Keeping active is an easy way to alleviate mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress.

Sports like Tennis increase positive mood enhancers in the brain and have been known to reduce feelings of physical and mental fatigue. Not only does this positively change your body, but can also help you feel less lethargic and low in life. Of course, tennis is a difficult sport to play alone, so the social aspect of tennis can also help you socialize with new people and make friends, which can be uplifting.

Even at amateur level, tennis is a fast spaced sport, requiring plenty of snap decisions, quick movements and lighting fast reflexes. At all times, you need to consider your body movements, the direction of the ball and even your opponent’s movements. If this is kept up regularly, it will help keep you sharp throughout the years and help you make quicker, snappier decisions under pressure.

Although the general vibe at a pro tennis match often seems rather relaxed in comparison to say a football or rugby game, the speed, power and intensity required to play is often underappreciated. The average serve speed for pro tennis players is around the 140mphmark, and even at lower tier levels, the power and speed required is still intense. This helps build strength, overall muscular development and join strength, without having to resort to things like dumbbells or free weights if that’s not your scene!

If you’re looking for an easy sport to take part in to get fit, healthy and active, tennis is perfect with hundreds of clubs across the UK, and millions of players of all levels across the globe.

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