Watch and bet on Wimbledon tennis live in 2018

The most iconic tournament in tennis is back and you can stream the matches live and enjoy outright and in-play betting as The Championships - best known as simply 'Wimbledon' - takes place from Monday 2 July to Sunday 15 July 2018.

The pristine lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in SW19 will once more play host to men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed, as well as junior tennis, wheelchair tennis and legend's events - all of it broadcast live from the most distinctive sporting venue in the world.

But it's the men's and women's singles which will once again have the breathless interest of fans, observers and pundits around the world fixed on the famous Centre Court and its surroundings for those two weeks in July as Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza return to defend their titles.

Some of the most famous athletes in the world, not just in tennis but across all sports, will be competing once more to lift those iconic men's and women's singles trophies. Will the extraordinary second act of Roger Federer's career see him rise above rivals Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to claim the title once more? Can Serena Williams - or sister Venus - rise above a packed field led by defending champion Garbine Muguruza for yet more glory on Centre Court? 

It's the most magnificent fortnight of the year for tennis fans, whether casual or obsessive, and live-tennis.com's team of analysts and experts will be bringing you coverage of every ball of it, including live streaming links and information, match analysis and the best tips and offers for Wimbledon 2018. 

Betting on Wimbledon 2018

When it comes to betting on tennis, Wimbledon offers opportunities for fun and profit unrivalled in the sport - for one simple reason. 

Unlike the other three majors, the hard-court Australian Open and US Open and the clay-court French Open, Wimbledon is played on a surface - grass - which is rarely seen these days on the regular ATP World Tour and WTA Tour. A fast and slippery surface on which the ball bounces much lower than on gritty hard courts or clay, grass-court tennis requires different footwork and rewards completely different shots and tactics. It's not just for big servers or clever skillful volleyers, either - a mastery of slice, nimble feet and the ability to get low to the ball are just as important as outright power or consistency from the baseline.

And unlike the French Open, which is also a unique tactical challenge, Wimbledon isn't preceded by months of competition on the same surface. Top players have just three weeks to recover from Roland Garros and make the transition from clay to grass - the men taking to the courts of Queen's Club in west London or opting for Federer's favoured Gerry Weber Open in Halle, the top women crowding the field at the historic Edgbaston Classic in Birmingham or the Eastbourne International on the south coast. Add in the fact that one wrong step on a damp grass court can cost a player his or her Wimbledon hopes and you can see how important it is to keep up with the latest scores, stats and form analysis in the run-up to The Championships if you're hoping to win big. Luckily we are here to do it for you!

With such a quick change of surfaces, so little time for the top players to get into shape and so many dangerous floaters who can cause an upset on grass which their particular unique skill-sets, picking out an outright winner becomes an art form - and then there's in-play betting, where you can exploit the fact that everything can change in the blink of an eye on a grass court. Each Wimbledon match will have a huge range of markets available, from most aces served to game handicaps and exact set betting - and with the eyes of the world fixed on the All England Club for two weeks, there are offers galore from bookmakers who are eager to get you betting with them. If only there was a team of tennis experts to help you navigate it all ...

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For many inside and outside the game, Wimbledon simply is tennis. The oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon – also known simply as The Championships – has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in south-west London since 1877.

Of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon is the only one still played on grass courts since the Australian Open shifted to hard courts in 1988.

The Championships take place over two weeks in early July each summer and its retention of traditional elements from tennis’s polite, amateur past make the event iconic. These traditions include a strict dress code for the competitors, who all wear white; Royal patronage; no play on the middle Sunday of the event; the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts; and the conspicuous consumption of strawberries and cream.

That doesn’t mean Wimbledon hasn’t evolved with the times, however. Prize money was first offered to competitors in 1968, the first year that professional players were allowed to compete in The Championships, and men and women have been paid equal prize money since 2007. With the unpredictable British summer often leading to rain, a retractable roof was installed over Centre Court and has been in operation since 2009, with No. 1 Court also to be roofed. The All-England Club also features the Aorangi Terrace, a large outdoor area where fans watch matches on a giant screen, popularly known as ‘Henman Hill’ after British player Tim Henman. It is also known as ‘Murray Mound’ in recent years after Andy Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon in 2013, capturing the title for a second time in 2016 to rapturous acclaim. Virginia Wade was the last British women to win Wimbledon in 1977.

Wimbledon is broadcast by the BBC on every day of The Championships and attracts huge television audiences around the world. New legends are added to the myth of Wimbledon every year, such as the 183-game match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut on Court 18 in 2010, which Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set; and the iconic 2008 men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, widely regarded as the greatest match of all time.

Pete Sampras and Roger Federer jointly hold the record for most men’s titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era with seven each, while Federer (2003-7) and Bjorn Borg (1976-80) are tied for the most consecutive singles titles. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have also claimed the Wimbledon title twice, making it one of the fiercest battlegrounds for modern tennis's titanic quartet.

On the women’s side, Martina Navratilova holds the Open Era record with nine Wimbledon titles and also holds the record for most consecutive women’s titles, winning six between 1982 and 1987. Among active players, Serena Williams leads with seven titles between 2002 and 2016, while Venus Williams won five times and Maria Sharapova (2004) and Petra Kvitova (2011 and 2014) are also active champions. 

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