Marathonbet is gearing up for perhaps the best tennis tournament in the world – Wimbledon.
Strawberries and cream will be in abundance at SW19 as the world’s best tennis players do battle on grass – but predicting this year’s winner looks a little harder than before.
Two-time winner Andy Murray has been seeded first at the All England Club while Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are second, third and fourth respectively.
And this is particularly important in terms of the betting. Since 2003, when Federer won his first Wimledon title, there have been just two editions of the competition where the men’s single title didn’t go to one of the top two ranked seeds.
No player from outside the top four seeds has won the championship since Goran Ivanisevic’s wildcard victory in 2001.
So if it wasn’t obvious already, that means the safe money is probably on Murray, Federer, Djokovic or Nadal.
German Angelique Kerber is the top women’s seed with Britain’s Johanna Konta further down the pack in sixth. Defending ladies champion Serena Williams misses out because she’s pregnant.
As ever at Marathonbet, we’ve got a huge range of pre-match and in-play tennis markets ready for punters to try their luck on from day one on Tuesday July 4.
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Here’s our assessment of the big-hitters and a couple of potential outsiders who we reckon could do some damage in south London this year.
ANDY MURRAY (1) – 69/20
The Brilliant Brit is Wimbledon’s defending champion and without doubt now the UK’s best-ever tennis talent. Things haven’t been so rosy for the Scot since becoming world number one at the end of last year – he’s only won one title this season – but he looked to be clawing his way back to form when making the French Open semi-final last month. As he has done in recent years, he aimed to warm up for Wimbledon with a victorious stint at Queen’s but he was a shock loser in the first round to Australian outsider Jordan Thompson. That has now cast serious doubt over his credentials in SW19 but supporters will be hoping the stature of the grand old competition will be just the remedy Murray needs to make it a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC (2) – 6/1
Super-serb Novak is a four-time Wimbledon winner with a point to prove this year. His only title so far in 2017 came at Doha but he did reach the quarter-finals of the French Open. It’s hard to grasp that Djokovic was taking tennis by the scruff of the neck just 12 months ago when becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at the same time. At 30, he’s now in probably the worst form of his career and has dropped out of the world’s top three for the first time since 2009. He heads into Wimbledon having opted to warm-up and win at Eastbourne – a break in tradition to his normal route into SW19. We reckon there’s plenty of other contenders who could pip Djokovic to the crown this year as he struggles with his severe slump.
ROGER FEDERER (3) 2/1
At the ripe old age of 35, Federer is without doubt tennis’ comeback king. It’s a gracious title to go with his absolute haul of other crowns including an incredible 18 Grand Slams – seven of them at Wimbledon. His storming season thus far has seen the Swiss bag the Australian Open alongside titles at Indian Wells and Miami. His grass game looks to be right on point heading into this tournament if his latest victory at Halle in Germany is anything to go by. The world number five looks full of beans having missed the 2016 season through a knee injury suffered at last year’s Wimbledon. He also dodged the French Open – and the entire clay court season entirely – in pursuit of a record eight title at SW19. Big chance.
RAFAEL NADAL (4) – 43/10
Rafa Nadal has been tussling with Roger Federer for his entire tennis career, so it’s no surprise to see the Spaniard trying to emulate his rival’s renaissance in recent months. Rafa, a two-time Wimbledon winner, has suffered terribly with injuries over the years including a wrist problem that saw him withdraw from Roland Garros mid-tournament and swerve Wimbledon entirely in 2016. This year though, he’s back. The King of Clay cemented his crown again at the French Open last month and he arrives at the All England Club having not dropped a single set in Paris. The last time he did that? Right before his previous two Wimbledon titles in 2008 and 2010. Nadal loves the tournament and the bustling crowd in SW19 adore him too.
MILOS RAONIC (6) – 27/2
History books suggest it will be hard for any player outside the top four to really catch a break at Wimbledon. But if anyone’s going to do it, it could be this big-serving Canadian. Armed with 140mph bullets, Raonic was a runner-up to Andy Murray in last year’s tournament but preparation heading into next week’s battle hasn’t gone so well. He suffered an early exit at Queen’s and his entire 2017 thus far has been disrupted by injuries. But it’s long been mooted across the tennis fraternity that this young lad – a world number six – has a big and bright future. It’s only a matter of time before he lands his first Grand Slam and where better than a competition he’s found most success in?
NICK KYRGIOS (20) – 13/1
This Australian hot-head isn’t even in the world top ten but you can be sure even the most half-baked of tennis fans know who he is. Often described as a modern-day John McEnroe, Kyrgios has a bunch of talent but also a lot of documented attitude problems on the court too. Like Milos Raonic, experts reckon it’s only a waiting game until Kyrgios lands a Grand Slam title but it’s a matter of when he wants to, not whether he’s capable. Kyrgrios has adopted help from a sports psychologist in recent months and looks more focused for it – notably beating Novak Djokovic earlier in the season. He’s also beaten Nadal on grass in the past. At the prices, he looks a worthy each-way shout but like the fine British weather at Wimbledon, don’t count on it.
LADIES TO WATCH
Angelique Kerber (1)
Hard hitting Kerber was runner-up at Wimbledon last year but 2017 has been lacklustre to say the least. She became the first world number one in sixteen years to be dumped out of a major tournament in the first round when exiting Roland Garros and only kept the top spot when Simona Halep was beaten in the final by Jelena Ostapenko. Kerber and Halep went head-to-head at Eastbourne but it’s the German who might fancy her chances back on grass at SW19 this time around with the absence of last year’s winner Serena Williams. She will most likely lose her world number one crown if she is dumped out the tournament early like she was in Paris.
Simona Halep (2)
A Ronald Garros finalist last month, Halep left France feeling bitterly disappointed after blowing her big chance of lifting her first Grand Slam title by losing to Jelena Ostapenko. She won the first set and even had three chances to break her opponent in the second set, but blew all opportunities and floundered from there on. How that mega-choke will affect her performances at Wimbledon remains to be seen but she’s only ever reached the semi-finals at the All England Club before and might struggle to get beyond that point again this time around.
Karolina Pliskova (3)
This fast-improving 25-year-old kicked off 2017 in style by winning titles at Brisbane and Doha. Those successes came as she reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time. The only doubt is her Wimbledon record – her best success coming in 2013 when she reached just the second round. It’s a trait she’s repeated in each of the past four years however, she did win at the Nottingham Open last year so her credentials on turf aren’t entirely blown out the water. Won this year’s Eastbourne International.