Holding aloft the Wimbledon trophy is every professional tennis player’s dream. Arguably the most prestigious international tennis tournament and certainly one of the best supported, Wimbledon holds an aura of esteem and historical notoriety that is unsurpassed, and therefore is a firm favourite in the Tennis betting fans calendar.
The Centre Court will once again take centre stage as Wimbledon 2016 gets going on 27 June and there are a number of contenders for the top male and female spots that tennis betting experts have their eyes on. Below are five potential Wimbledon 2016 winners plus our Wildcard pick:
1. Novak Djokovic
For the last few years, the tennis arena has been dominated by the Serbian force that is Djokovic. Currently the number one seed, and number one in the world, Wimbledon 2016 means more to Djokovic than most. With a Wimbledon win, as well as taking the title at US Open later this year, Djokovic could become only the second player in history to win all four grand slam titles in one calendar year, after Rod Laver. He has already made history this year, becoming the eighth player ever to achieve a Career Grand Slam by winning all four majors in a career. With his 2016 French Open win, he became the third man to hold all four major titles at once.
In his career, Djokovic has only lost 149 matches and won an impressive 743, placing him as a top contender to take the hardware at this year’s Wimbledon.
With his only known weakness being clay courts, this ‘street fighter’ tennis champion – who seems to get better as the going gets tougher – looks set to make history.
Not only are there tennis betting markets on whether he will win Wimbledon but also whether he will become the first tennis player since Rod Laver to win all 4 Tennis Grandslams in a calendar year.
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Djokovic is most certainly this years Wimbledon betting favourite.
Current Betting odds of 7/10 to win
2. Andy Murray
Britain’s golden boy, Andy Murray – ranked 2nd in the world – has been under the microscope for most of his 11-year tennis career, with relentless analyses of his mental and physical strengths and Wimbledon always just out of reach. However, in 2013, the Scot proved the naysayers wrong, ending Britain’s 76-year Wimbledon drought through sheer tenacity.
The 29-year-old also has US Open and Davis Cup wins, as well as an Olympic Gold. He is astute at reading his opponent’s weaknesses but has been described as ‘desperately emotional’ on court, which seems to be his failing when he comes up against the mentally strong, Djokovic.
Wimbledon betting predictions stack Murray as the second favourite to win.
Current Betting odds of 3/1 to win
3. Stan Wawrinka
The Swiss player, ranked 4th in the world, won the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, and has certainly proved himself over his 11-year career but has somehow always played second fiddle in Swiss tennis to his national counterpart, the legendary Roger Federer.
A physically strong athlete who credits extra work on his back, abs and core, Wawrinka has always been considered an outsider to the ‘big four’ – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray – yet he owns majors and his career has recently blossomed.
His powerful serve, percussive forehand and one-handed backhand stand him in good stead to go all the way to the Wimbledon finals.
Our Wimbledon betting predictions are that Wawrinka will at least reach the semi-final if not further.
Current Betting odds of 18/1 to win
4. Serena Williams
The world’s best female tennis player – arguably the best in history – this number 1-seeded American competitor has 21 grand slam titles to her name and is a top contender in this years Wimbledon betting predictions. Williams is one grand slam win away from matching Stefi Graf’s open-era record of 22 major singles titles, making Wimbledon that much more tantalising.
Physically she is incredibly strong – although there are reports of an adductor strain – with an ability to hit the ball from difficult areas on the court and a serve to be reckoned with. In fact, she is believed to be the greatest women’s server in tennis history. The 34-year-old’s physical prowess is matched by her mental strength and when focused, she is a very tough competitor to beat. Although prone to emotional outbursts on the court, she often manages to channel that emotion into her game, hitting a perfect shot.
Current Betting odds of 16/10 to win
5. Garbine Muguruza
The 22-year-old Spaniard showed her class at the recent French Open when she snatched the title from the favourite, Serena Williams, in a watershed achievement. Renowned for flakiness, Muguruza seems to have drawn from her 2015 experience where she lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final. Admittedly very nervous competing against the world’s best female player, she has become more focused and in control of her nerves, allowing her to take her first grand slam title.
A definite contender and second on our Wimbledon betting predictions to win, Muguruza does claim clay as her favourite surface, although her road to last year’s final shows she’s a tough contender on grass as well.
Current Betting odds of 11/2 to win
Wildcard Bet: Samantha Stosur
Haunted by years of underperformance, the 32-year-old Australian is out to prove herself as more than just the winner of the 2011 US Open. However, the 14th ranked player feels she has improved over the past five years – making it to the French Open semi-finals this year – and has adapted to be able to win. Stosur has recently taken on a new coach, Andrew Roberts, head coach at the national academy of Perth. Roberts will accompany her to Wimbledon where she will be competing on her least favourite surface, aiming to prove her tennis worth despite never having passed the single’s third round in 13 attempts. However, Stosur comes with a big serve, heavy topspin forehand and great physical strength allows her to manoeuvre in wet conditions. Although far from the best player Stosur is our wildcard Wimbledon betting prediction.
Current Betting odds of 150/1 to win
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