It’s that time of year again when the tennis elite takes to the grass of London. Yes, Wimbledon 2019 starts for real later today. With the qualifiers done, we’re into the serious end of the tournament.
In this article, we’ll preview the championship and take a look at some of the hopefuls and ones to keep your eyes on. We’ll also check out the latest betting odds and find out who the favourites are.
Before we get started, I couldn’t write this article without mentioning the brilliant Andy Murray.
Andy Murray returns
Great news for British fans, Andy Murray has made a full recovery from his recent hip surgery and will be looking to get back to winning ways at Wimbledon this year.
However, Murray will not be taking part in the men’s singles tournament. He will instead focus on the doubles tournament with a potential return to singles at the US Open later this year.
Whilst it may be a stretch too far to predict Murray will win the doubles tournament with his partner Pierre Hugues-Herbert, it will be great to see the Brit back in action at Wimbledon and after winning Queens just over a week ago, anything is possible.
Right then, onto the men’s singles:
Novak Djokovic – 11/8
Note: all prices are based on Bet365 odds at the time of writing.
The defending champion, Novak Djokovic is again the favourite to win the tournament in 2019. At odds of 11/8, you’d be a brave man not to back Djokovic.
He completely outplayed Nadal in last year’s final and the defending champion will be looking to pick up from where he left off at Wimbledon.
Djokovic arguably has the easier run to the latter stages of the tournament with Federer and Nadal both in the other half of the draw.
At odds of 11/8, he’s a pretty good bet for the tournament and it would take a massive upset for him not to reach the last 8 in my view.
However, let’s not count out Roger Federer.
Roger Federer – 11/4
Sitting just behind Djokovic, Federer has odds of 11/4.
It’s fair to say, you can’t write an article about a Tennis tournament without mentioning the brilliant Roger Federer. Having won 20 grand slams, 8 of which at Wimbledon, he’s always right there when it counts.
Federer is also closing in on a historic 100th win at Wimbledon. If he makes it to the semi-finals he’ll be the first player to achieve this remarkable feat.
The world no. 3 will surely need to find another level if he’s to add to his existing 20 grand slam titles. But let’s not rule anything out.
Having reached the Quarter Finals last year, Federer will be looking to win back the top spot.
What about Rafael Nadal?
Rafael Nadal – 6/1
Another brilliant player, and one that we cannot rule out, Nadal will be looking to continue his brilliant form onto the grass. Having just won the French Open for a record 12th time, Nadal is arguably in the best form heading into the tournament.
Historically, Nadal has struggled to find the same form on grass as he does on clay but we’ll wait to see what happens.
As I mentioned earlier, Nadal made it to the final last year but was beaten comfortably at the hands of Djokovic. It would be great to see a rematch with these two players in the final.
At odds of 6/1, Nadal is arguably a slight outsider but could certainly be worth a bet.
Right then, that’s the men’s singles. What about the women?
Ashleigh Barty – 9/2
A name you may not have heard before, Ashleigh Barty is an Australian tennis player who has fairly recently shot to fame. She won the French Open earlier this year and is currently ranked world no. 1.
She heads into Wimbledon as the favourite, however, the odds are all fairly tight for the women’s tournament.
Karolina Pliskova – 5/1
With odds of 5/1, Karolina Pliskova is the 2nd favourite heading into the tournament. Having yet to win a major grand slam, the pressure is on.
However, she’s no stranger to winning tournaments and is currently ranked world no. 3. Could it be a first grand slam for the Czech? We’ll have to wait and see.
Serena Williams – 15/2
At odds of 15/2, Bet365 are pricing Serena Williams as the 3rd favourite. Since her return to tennis after becoming a mother, Serena Williams has reached a number of finals but not converted any of them into wins.
Serena made it to the Wimbledon final last year but was comfortably beaten by Angelique Kerber. It would be great to see Williams reaching the same dizzy heights she did before taking time out of the sport.
Betting on Wimbledon 2019
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Where are my bets going?
This one’s fairly easy… My bets are going on a Djokovic win.
I don’t think there’s a better player than Djokovic when it comes to grass. Let’s not forget, Federer and Nadal are set to meet each other before the final, meaning Djokovic certainly has the easier side of the draw.
However, this is the world of sport and literally, anything can happen.
Let me know where your bets are going for Wimbledon 2019 by leaving a comment below.