Nothing says summer quite like the world-famous Wimbledon Championships.
In the Men’s Singles, no player outside Andy Murray has managed to dislodge the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in over 15 years. Could this be the year one of the young pretenders comes of age?
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles, new World No.1 Ash Barty will want to prove she has staying power as she bids to add to her maiden Grand Slam title.
As the tournament approaches, we assess the top players’ hopes for 2019 and take a look at the Wimbledon outrights market…
Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019 Tournament Preview
NOVAK DJOKOVIC, 31/20
The reigning champion. His unbroken run of three consecutive Grand Slams came to an end at the French Open, although at the hands of the ‘King of Clay’, Rafa Nadal. On any other surface, he remains the player to beat.
ROGER FEDERER, 3/1
Still remarkably consistent even at just three years shy of his 40th birthday. Recent Grand Slam performances suggest even the Swiss great might no longer be superhuman, but Fed will be supremely confident as always after reaching the French Open semi-finals following a three-year absence from Roland Garros.
RAFA NADAL, 6/1
It’s nearly a decade since his last win at SW19, but he looked back to his best on grass in 2018 in reaching the semi-finals. If the draw opens kindly for him with early exits for his strongest rivals, don’t rule the Spaniard out for back-to-back Slam success.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV, 29/2
It’s easy to forget the much-touted Zverev is still only 22. However, his undoubted promise hasn’t quite translated to the Grand Slam stage, with the fourth round the best he has managed at Wimbledon. A second successive French Open quarter-final suggests he is slowly starting to make progress at the top of the game. However, this might still be a year too soon.
MARIN ČILIĆ, 15/1
At 30 years old, the clock is ticking for the powerful Croatian to add to his 2014 US Open title. He’s always been a reliable grass court performer, reaching the Wimbledon Final in 2017. We’ve seen time and again the importance of experience around the Wimbledon courts going into the second week. If this tournament opens up for him, Čilić could be an intriguing left-field pick to lift this year’s trophy.
ASH BARTY, 23/5
The new superstar of women’s tennis after finally converting her consistency into Grand Slam success. The 2019 French Open winner is riding on the crest of the wave after winning in Paris earlier this summer and reaching the Australian Open quarter-final in January. However, grass has not always been her favourite surface. Can momentum propel her towards a second Grand Slam title?
SERENA WILLIAMS, 13/2
Without a Grand Slam win since returning to the tour in 2018, Serena could benefit from lowered expectations at this tournament. It would certainly be foolish to write off a player who still reached last year’s final with relative ease. However, at 37, she may not have many more chances to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles.
ANGELIQUE KERBER, 8/1
One of the most experienced players on the circuit, the counter-punching Kerber was finally rewarded for her consistency with last year’s Wimbledon title. The reigning champion hasn’t quite scaled those heights since, crashing out in the French Open in the first round. However, with the pressure off after last year’s success, Kerber could go all the way again.
KAROLÍNA PLÍŠKOVÁ, 9/1
Surely the one player on the tour more than any other who finally deserves her ‘moment’. The 27-year-old Czech is always there or thereabouts in Grand Slams, reaching at least the quarter-final stage in seven of the last 11 tournaments. A lack of notable progress on grass suggests her wait might go on, at least for this tournament.
NAOMI OSAKA, 21/2
Her rapid rise was checked slightly by a third-round exit at Roland Garros, but Osaka remains one of the most exciting stars in the women’s game. As a multiple Slam winner, she’s now a scalp everyone will want on their CV. That could make her vulnerable in the early rounds, with Osaka still yet to reach the second week at Wimbledon.
PETRA KVITOVÁ, 23/2
The two-time Wimbledon champion can’t be discounted easily. The Czech star made a real statement of intent earlier this year in reaching the Australian Open Final. After her much-documented recovery from career-threatening injury, all neutrals will be firmly on her side if she looks in contention for a hat-trick of titles at SW19.
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Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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