Nothing says summer quite like the world-famous Wimbledon Championships.
The most prestigious Grand Slam of them all is back after a two-year absence.
In the Men’s Singles, Novak Djokovic will be looking to build on his superlative French Open win by claiming a sixth Wimbledon title – a feat that would also see him draw level with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on 20 career slams.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Singles tournament looks anybody’s for the taking, given only Serena Williams has managed to mount a successful defence of her SW19 title over the last decade.
As the tournament approaches, here’s our look at the ante-post Wimbledon betting, with plenty of intriguing Grand Slam contenders in both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles draws.
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Wimbledon Men’s Singles Betting
After a fine fortnight in Paris over probably his least favoured surface, unsurprisingly it’s Djokovic who leads the way in the Men’s Singles betting. His path to victory has become a whole lot smoother with the news old nemesis Rafa Nadal will be skipping the grass court season.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC – 57/50
The reigning champion, albeit with a year’s hiatus thrown into the mix. The Serbian was in slick form at the French Open, vanquishing ‘King of Clay’ Rafa Nadal en-route to an epic five-set final win over Greek rival Stefanos Tsitsipas. The dominant force in recent times in South West London, it’s hard to see past Novak not at least making the final here.
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS – 7/1
The heir apparent once the ‘Big Three’ finally lose their bite. The 22-year-old Greek has stepped up his game in recent seasons but a first Grand Slam remains elusive. Wimbledon has so far been an Achilles’ heel having never progressed beyond the fourth round, but he’s now reached at least the semi-finals in three of the past four slams. His time will come.
ROGER FEDERER – 41/4
The fairytale. The head says time might have finally caught up with possibly the greatest player of all time, given his ultra-light schedule in recent times. However, the heart says this is the environment where he feels most comfortable with his gameplan. The Swiss great has also been channelling all his efforts into ensuring his fitness holds for a potential swansong at the scene of his greatest career triumphs.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV – 15/2
Mr Reliable on the tour of late. The 6ft 6in baseliner has the patient gameplan to grind down most of his major rivals if they turn up in the wrong mood. The Russian has also been in handy form in the Slams since late 2019, reaching two finals and a semi-final. He’s yet to show his best work on the grass but has some London success to lean on now, as the 2020 winner at the hard court 2020 ATP Finals.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV – 59/4
The nearly man. Another previous ATP Finals open winner at London, it’s been a story of near-misses so far in the Grand Slams for the German, with the 24-year-old’s best return a 2020 final appearance at the US Open. Zverev will be looking to get beyond the fourth round here for the first time in his career.
Wimbledon Women’s Singles Betting
Naomi Osaka has arguably been the one player threatening true dominance on the women’s tour in recent seasons. For well-publicised reasons, the Japanese star has opted to skip this summer’s tournament.
Her withdrawal leaves Serena Williams one of the favourites in the early Wimbledon outright betting…
SERENA WILLIAMS – 31/5
So near, yet so far. It’s now almost four years since Williams’ last slam success at the 2017 Australian Open – a victory that took her to within one Slam of levelling Margaret Court’s record for Grand Slam wins (24). The 39-year-old has gone closest to securing that joint-record at SW19, having reached the final in 2018 and 2019. With no consistent challenger on the grass in recent seasons, she once again starts amongst the favourites here.
ASH BARTY – 111/20
2019 French Open winner has enjoyed a mixed campaign this year, reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open before a disappointing second-round exit in Paris. The Aussie has taken something of a gamble in the run-up to this tournament, opting for a light training schedule instead of sharpening up her grass-court game as she fights back from injury.
IGA ŚWIĄTEK – 19/2
The 2020 French Open champion failed to rescale those heights in Paris last month as she crashed out at the quarter-final stage, but at 20 years old, a little inconsistency is only to be expected at this stage of her burgeoning career. The Pole remains something of an unknown quantity on grass, with a first-round exit at the 2019 championships her only taste of Wimbledon to date.
PETRA KVITOVÁ – 10/1
Experience can often count for something on Centre Court – probably the most nerve-inducing venue in world tennis. If the wily Kvitová can shake off any injury concerns to battle her way through to the latter stages, the two-time winner could have the calm and knowhow required to see off more inexperienced rivals given only Serena Williams can only really beat her for Wimbledon pedigree.
GARBIÑE MUGURUZA – 10/1
The 27-year-old Spaniard already has a Wimbledon title to her name after her stylish 2017 win and ended a lean run in the slams by reaching the final at the 2020 Australian Open. The Spaniard is also showing some impressive tournament resilience so far in 2021, reaching finals in Melbourne, Dubai and Doha. That staying power suggests she could be ready to tough things out over the testing Wimbledon fortnight.
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