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All four of the tennis Grand Slam events are special in their own right but there is nothing quite like Wimbledon. The Championships have been an essential part of the English summer sporting calendar since 1877 when the best players in tennis began competing in what is now the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The grass courts in SW19 have all been perfectly manicured and the players in both the men’s and women’s draws have now made the trip to London. The action begins on Monday with almost two weeks required before the winners are crowned. So, let’s have a look at which players we should be betting on.
Novak Djokovic 5/6 (Paddy Power)
Andy Murray 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Roger Federer 16/1 (888Sport)
Milos Raonic 20/1 (Sky Bet)
Nick Kyrgios 33/1 (Sportingbet)
Stan Wawrinka 33/1 (William Hill)
Novak Djokovic was always going to be the bookies’ favourite in the men’s tournament but you may be a little surprised that he is only available at odds on with the 5/6 that Paddy Power are offering the biggest price around. Clearly the Serb has all the ability to go on and dominate Wimbledon in the way that he has dominated men’s tennis for the past few years but there are other players who will feel they’ve got a real chance of stopping the world number one.
Djokovic’s main threat comes from Andy Murray. The home favourite is the number two seed and so cannot meet the man he beat to win Wimbledon in 2013 until the final. Murray comes into the tournament in good form. Having lost the final of the French Open against Djokovic he won Queen’s for a record fifth time and the reintroduction of Ivan Lendl into his corner is sure to have a positive boost. Murray faded badly in the final of the French, possibly as a result of playing too much tennis in the buildup. He’s developed a worrying habit of throwing away sets in the early stages which just wastes energy but if he starts out with a real ruthless mentality, Murray could just win Wimbledon for the second time at 7/2 with Sky Bet.
If Murray doesn’t win, the second most popular outcome would be a Roger Federer victory. The Swiss genius has won Wimbledon an incredible seven times but this would be the most unlikely tournament victory of his wonderful career. Federer is now 34 and returning from a back injury plus he has a poor recent record against Djokovic so anybody backing him at 16/1 with 888Sport will be following their heart rather than their head.
Serena Williams 6/4 (Ladbrokes)
Garbine Muguruza 11/2 (BetVictor)
Madison Keys 14/1 (Paddy Power)
Petra Kvitova 14/1 (888Sport)
Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1 (Bet365)
Simona Halep 28/1 (Coral)
While the men’s tournament looks like a two horse race, it is much more open in the women’s tournament. Serena William and Garbine Muguruza are the two front runners but there are multiple players below them in the betting who have genuine chances of winning the title on Centre Court.
This time last year tennis punters would have snapped your hand off if you offered 6/4 on Serena Williams like Ladbrokes are but that now looks potentially a little short. There is not a player in women’s tennis who has the combination of power and touch that Serena possesses but she’s been stopped in each of the three Grand Slam events since winning the 2015 Wimbledon Championship. There are vulnerabilities in Serena’s game at the moment and the value looks to be elsewhere.
Garbine Muguruza is one of those who has beaten Williams (en route to her win at Roland Garros) and last year’s runner-up will has a real chance of going one better this time at SW19. The 22-year-old Spaniard will have plenty of backers at 11/2 with BetVictor but the women’s game is so competitive at the moment that it is hard to see her winning back-to-back Grand Slams.
With the winner very possibly coming from outside of the top two seeds there are some tasty odds to be had, but who to back?
Petra Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion but will need to improve on her recent sketch form quickly. Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep will take some beating but the player to get onside is Madison Keys. The 21-year-old American has been widely tipped to have a great future in the game and could be about to make her real breakthrough. She won the AEGON Classic in Birmingham in her grass court warm up where she displayed the powerful ground strokes and big serving ability that will stand her in good stead at Wimbledon. The odds of 14/1 that Paddy Power are offering look more than tempting about Keys’ chances.
Andy Murray to win at 7/2 with Sky Bet
Madison Keys to win at 14/1 with Paddy Power