Wimbledon preview: Novak Djokovic eyes historic calendar Grand Slam

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Our tennis expert previews Wimbledon and shares betting tips for the pinnacle of world tennis. Will Novak Djokovic win his eighth title in England, or will World number one Carlos Alcaraz claim his second Grand Slam?

 

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The world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament is drawing ever closed. With qualifying already underway, the draw will take place June 30th before the main draw kicks off July 3rd.

Prize money on offer has increased considerably by 10.9% this year. Both Men and Women singles champions will take home £2.35 million a piece. Not a bad payday!

Men’s

In the tennis calendar year, Wimbledon is the third major of the year. And there’s one man who has his eyes on the first calendar grand slam since Steffi Graff in 1988 – World number 2, Novak Djokovic.

Looking ahead to this year’s potential Wimbledon champions, it’s hard to look past 36-year-old Djokovic for the Men’s singles. The Serbian is the red-hot favourite (1.699) to take his 5th Wimbledon title in a row.

The veteran hasn’t slowed down in recent years, winning the first two grand slams (French and Australian Open) this year, and has no plans to stop anytime soon. Speaking to the press after claiming the 2023 French Open title, a historic 23rd grand slam, Novak stated “Of course, the journey is not over, I feel you know, if I’m winning grand slams, why even think about it?”

 

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As Well as a potential calendar grand slam on the line, there’s more history Novak could make by taking his 24th Grand slam at Wimbledon. Long-time rival Roger Federer currently holds the record for the most Wimbledon titles with eight, with Djokovic just behind with seven.

He’s not the only player capable of clinching the Wimbledon title though, with a whole host of young stars vying to knock the old guard off his perch. New World number 1 Carlos Alcaraz arrives at Wimbledon after taking the Queen’s title with relative ease. Queen’s Club title is a Men’s tournament played on grass (same as Wimbledon). So, it’s a good indication of how a player takes to the surface before Wimbledon.

Alcaraz isn’t short on confidence, and he certainly shouldn’t be after taking five ATP titles this year and claiming back the number 1 spot after Queen’s success. The World number one spoke about his Wimbledon chances after clinching the Queen’s title in straight sets, “It’s a tournament I really want to win one day, and I have confidence I can do that this year.”

It makes for a very interesting Wimbledon. No player has won the Men’s Wimbledon title outside of the ‘big four’ of Andy Murray, Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer since 2003. Could this be the year we see a new star on the block?

Latest Outright Odds:

Novak Djokovic – 1.699

Carlos Alcaraz – 4.850

Daniil Medvedev – 7.990

Jannik Sinner – 16.660

Alexander Zverev – 17.790

Taylor Fritz – 21.490

Nick Kyrgios – 22.100

Stefan Tsitsipas – 27.730

Holger Rune – 27.730

Matteo Berrettini – 32.190

Women’s

The Women’s championship looks a lot more open to the Men’s – with no clear favourite. World No.1 Iga Swiatek is joined by Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina at the top of the outright betting market, but who will triumph?

22-year-old Swiatek has been tipped to win ‘multiple’ Wimbledons by former No.1 Mats Wilander but does admit she may not have felt too comfortable playing on grass. She has already claimed four majors at the young age of 22, but has a poor record on grass. Her record doesn’t look convincing on grass, and was knocked out in the 3rd round of last year’s Wimbledon – only reaching the 4th round at Wimbledon in 2021. However, she has changed her preparation ahead of this year’s Wimbledon, playing a grass event in Hamburg in between Paris and Wimbledon. She is currently in the semi-final of Bad Hamburg 2023 after defeating 2022 Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatjana Maria.

The Polish Number 1 will be hoping to improve on her 58% win rate on grass, beginning to prove herself as a real force on all surfaces.

The WTA Wimbledon title looks extremely open and it’s hard to make a confident pick. The likes of Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff aren’t out of the equation either, after solid seasons, especially Jabeur reaching the semi-final of last season’s Wimbledon. Don’t rule out two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova either, who’s more than capable of Wimbledon triumph.

Latest Outright Odds:

Iga Swiatek – 4.410

Aryna Sabalenka – 4.660

Elena Rybakina – 5.080

Ons Jabeur – 11.620

Coco Gauff – 14.280

Karolina Muchova – 16.070

Petra Kvitova – 18.420

Barbora Krejcikova – 23.260

Caroline Garcia – 27.710

Jessica Pegula – 27.710

**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 16:00 UTC Wednesday 28th June**

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