2014 Wimbledon Championships

The 2014 Wimbledon Championships are a tennis tournament that will take place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England, between 23/06/14 and 06/07/14. It will be the 128th edition of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam event of the year after the completion of the French and Australian Opens.

The event features singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, and the current reigning champions are Andy Murray of Great Britain for the men’s singles, Marion Bartoli of France for the women’s singles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the men’s doubles, and Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai for the women’s doubles.


The Top 10 ranked male’s singles players this year are:

1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia

2 Rafael Nadal of Spain

3 Andy Murray of the United Kingdom

4 Roger Federer of Switzerland

5 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland

6 Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic

7 David Ferrer of Spain

8 Milos Raonic of Canada

9 John Isner of United States

10 Kei Nishikori


England’s Andy Murray will be looking to successfully defend his 2013 crown and will no doubt be much relieved now the pressure for a native born player to win the championship has been released. He faces some very formidable opponents though in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Betting Markets: Novak Djokovic 9/5, Andy Murray 4/1, Rafael Nadal 11/2, Roger Federer 6/1, Grigor Dimitrov 22/1.


The Top 10 ranked women’s singles players this year are:

1 Serena Williams of United States

2 Li Na of China

3 Simona Halep of Romania

4 Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland

5 Maria Sharapova of Russia

6 Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic

7 Jelena Janković of Serbia

8 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus

9 Angelique Kerber of Germany

10 Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia


Previous winner of 5 women’s singles at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, will go in the tournament as a firm favourite. This year’s Australian Open winner Li Na and previous winner Maria Sharapova will also threaten.

Betting Markets: Serena Williams 6/4, Maria Sharipova 11/2, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Simona Halep 16/1, Eugenie Bouchard 16/1.


The Top 10 ranked male’s doubles players this year are:

1 Bob Bryan (United States) & Mike Bryan (United States)

2 Alexander Peya (Austria) & Bruno Soares (Brazil)

3 Daniel Nestor (Canada) & Nenad Zimonjić (Serbia)

4 Julien Benneteau (France) & Édouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

5 Leander Paes (India) & Radek Štepánek (Czech Republic)

6 Łukasz Kubot (Poland) & Robert Lindstedt (Sweden)

7 Marcel Granollers (Spain) & Marc López (Spain)

8 Rohan Bopanna (India) & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan)

9 Julian Knowle (Austria) & Marcelo Melo (Brazil)

10 Treat Huey (Philippines) & Dominic Inglot (United Kingdom)


The legendary Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, will enter this year’s championships rated as the number doubles pair. With 3 previous Wimbledon’s already in the bag, including 2013, they will be the team to watch.


The Top 10 ranked women’s doubles players this year are:

1 Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) & Peng Shuai (China)

2 Sara Errani (Italy) & Roberta Vinci (Italy)

3 Květa Peschke (Czech Republic) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia)

4 Cara Black (Zimbabwe) & Sania Mirza (India)

5 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) & Elena Vesnina (Russia)

6 Ashleigh Barty (Australia) & Casey Dellacqua (Australia)

7 Raquel Kops-Jones (United States) & Abigail Spears (United States)

8 Serena Williams (United States) & Venus Williams (United States)

9 Andrea Hlaváčková (Czech Republic) & Zheng Jie (China)

10 Julia Görges (Germany) &  Anna-Lena Grönefeld (Germany)


Fast rising duo Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai will be the pair to watch here, and appear to be the standout favourites in the women’s doubles. The Italian pairing of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will be their main opposition here.



Spread Betting for Newbies

Spread trading,  if you have not heard of it before, is a potentially rewarding and certainly exciting way to bet on the financial markets.  It is considerably different to other forms of betting in that the spread betting company does not want you to lose – they want you to win!

Each time you place a bet you are charged a spread and this how the firm makes a profit – therefore the more you win, the more you bet and the more money they make!

The key therefore is to find the spread trading firm that offers the best price for your chosen market.  Spread can alter dramatically from one business to another and there are often specific markets that companies provide promotional offers on.  Let’s take a look at IG Index, for example, where you can get 0% spreads on many different currency bets.

The concept of spread betting is in fact, very, very straight forward indeed.  Your job is simply to decide on whether the price in a specific market is going to go up or down.  You have a huge number of betting opportunities available to you including the following:

Commodities.  These are typically raw materials including foods, energy (such as oil and gas), metals (such as copper and gold), etc.

Share prices.  You can bet on the price movement of individual shares such as Google, BP and so forth.

Indices.  An Index is a group of shares such as the DAX, FTSE or NASDAQ.  By betting on indices, you are basically betting on the strength of the economy in which the index is based.  If you were to bet on the FTSE 100 improving then you are basically saying that the general market conditions in the UK are going to get better.

Spread betting holds a number of advantages over other types of bet although there are probably an equal number of cons.  It is essential that you are level headed when you embark on it as it can leave those with a fiery temperament with a large hole in their pockets

How to Assess the Spread Betting Market

As with any financial service in life, you will find high numbers of competition and to the novice it can be difficult to decide which one to use.  Well the same goes with the world of spread betting companies where you will find an ever increasing number of companies battling it out to win your business.

There are in fact over twenty main firms offering spread trading services and this number is consistently growing.  When deciding upon which one to use, you might want to consider the following:

-  The speed and quality of their trading platform.  Most trading platforms these days tend to be web based.  In years gone by you had to download software and place trades through it which led to incompatibility issues among other things.  Most online platforms have high speed execution and are highly reliable but some (we won’t name any names) fall way behind the competition.

- Introductory offers and cash back bonuses.  Some spread trading firms offer new clients promotions that entitle them to money back on their losses and in some cases free cash, no questions asked.  A company called Intertrader will in fact give you up to £1000 absolutely free in addition to 10% of the spreads you are charged each month.  This is a highly competitive offer and is certainly worth checking out.

- Spreads.  This is perhaps the most important factor – especially for those of you that are looking to bet long term and open a high number of positions.  The spread is the difference between the buy and the sell price and is how the spread betting firms makes its money.  By finding the company offering the best spreads, you are saving yourself money on each and every trade you place which can build up to be quite a considerable sum of money over a long period of time.

The best bit of advice we can give you is to sign up for trial spread betting accounts with the top ten spread betting companies.  This will allow you to research each one in turn until you find the one you are most happy with.  Demo accounts are free so you literally have nothing to lose.

The Best Free Sports Bets On the Market

There is an abundance of options available for anyone looking to place a sports bet with nearly one hundred reputable bookmakers being on the market.  Due to the high levels of competition, these sports books tend to offer new clients introductory offers to entice them in, hoping that they will continue to bet and lose big money.

Many people that don’t normally bet take advantage of these free offers by signing up with each of the sports books, receiving the free bet and never using them again.

What are the best free sports on the market at the moment?  The first thing we need to look at is what a good free bet is.  Casinos offer high value free bets but as you will probably know, restrict people heavily with what they can do.  Most bookies don’t have these massive wagering requirements although it must be remembered that some do.

Another thing to look out for is the minimum odds the free sports bet must be placed at to qualify.  The typical odds are evens but sometimes you must place the first bet at 2 or 3/1 to be eligible.  Always check the small print because if you are betting on a really short market then it might not qualify for the free money.

Our advice is always to check the small print.  CFD Trading can be quite sneaky by inserting specific rules into their terms and conditions.  For example, up until recently, Titan bet required that its members turned over their deposit 10 times before being allowed to withdraw their money back onto their card. This is of course rather unethical which is why it is sometimes better to stick to the big boys that have huge reputations that need looking after.

Anyway, to answer the question, the best free sports bets at the moment is available through William Hill and is worth up to £100.