Wimbledon Tennis preview

The oldest tennis tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious, will bring the elite of the sport to Wimbledon, London, July 1-14.

The Big Three should dominate at All England Club

Battling it out for the men’s title will be three tennis icons who’ve commanded nearly every Grand Slam since 2004. Of the Big Three, Novak Djokovic (+150) is the favorite to win his second consecutive Wimbledon championship and fifth overall. The world No. 1 won the Australian Open in January and three of the last four Grand Slams overall.

In the French Open in June, Djokovic got knocked out in the semifinal by Dominic Thiem, who went on to lose in the final to Rafael Nadal. Nadal is the third favorite (+550) to win at Wimbledon but has only won twice in the grass-court event (2008 and 2010).

One person quite familiar with success on grass surface is Roger Federer (+335). The 37-year-old Swede is looking to claim his ninth Wimbledon title and become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Federer already became the oldest player to secure the top prize at Wimbledon when he won in 2017 at 35. He is also just seven short of Jimmy Connors’ 109 tournament wins record.

Serena to reclaim Wimbledon glory?

While the men’s trophy will likely end up in the hands of one of the three men above, the women’s side is a bit more open. Last year’s champion Angelique Kerber is the third favorite to win the event at +1000, though the sixth-ranked player in the world has yet to win a singles title in 2019.

World No. 1 and 2019 Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is listed at +1200 odds to take the women’s crown, but she’s never won more than two matches in a row at the London Grand Slam. This year’s French Open champ Ashleigh Barty comes in the +400 favorite at Wimbledon, but her best performance in previous tries at the All England Club is a third-round appearance.

Other contenders include previous Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova (+1100) and Simona Halep (+1600), who reached the semis of the tournament in 2014.

Serena Williams is back in England to compete for her eighth Wimbledon title. While she hasn’t looked dominant in 2019 and lost early at Roland-Garros last month, Serena is still worth backing at +600 (+700 Super Odds). Before she sat out Wimbledon in 2017 while pregnant with her daughter, she won back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016. Considering she reached the final in her return to the Grand Slam last year, Serena could very well end up the champion in London, leaving her one win away from tying the record for most women’s Wimbledon titles.