We usually have three tips on Monday’s as you know, but considering the fact that Wimbledon is starting today and we previewed Tour de France last week it is only right we dedicate a whole preview to the greatest Grand Slam of all time instead.
Wimbledon will be hoping for the weather to stay like it has been for the whole tournament as heatwaves have made England into a tropical paradise. This, of course, is a big wish, but thanks to the roof on centre court most of the major matches will be safe.
In terms of the men Andy Murray has the toughest side of the draw with Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfired Tsonga and Nick Kyrgios. His injury has also complicated things further and made it seem that his defence of the Wimbledon title has been taken out of his hands somewhat.
Federer finds himself in the bottom half with the likes of Raonic and Djokovic. This would have been a much tougher half a year ago but Djokovic is waning this year and has not had a chance to get any competitive sets on the grass under his belt in 2017. He was knocked out early in his debut appearance at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.
Roger Federer’s renaissance has been impressive considering his age and is also being mirrored by Rafael Nadal. The potential to have a replay of the epic finals of the past between the two Legends is mouthwatering. I have Federer to win overall and get a record number of Wimbledon. He is at 9/4 .
In my many years of Wimbledon’s Ladies winners, I have learnt one thing. It is not wise to bet on the favourites. They more often than not sip up when they are supposed to be at their est. This worry is, even more, the case this year with the absence of Serena in the field. It has left a wide berth of players to choose from and two stand out favourites.
British hopes lie with Johanna Konta who has seen a rise well above her station to the point that you might have to admit maybe she is a contender. At 14/1 she is good value but she had a nasty fall in Eastbourne and may have caused quite a lot of damage on her hopes. Expect these odds to widen.
French Open winner and fresh-faced Jelena Ostapenko is at 16/1 but did not fare well on grass in the warm-up tournaments. Perhaps she has realised she should stick to clay after this summer!
If we have to take a look at the favourites then it is between Petra Kvitova, who returns from her horrific knife attack, and Karolina Pliskova. Both of these two’s games perfectly match the Wimbledon style. They are tall big servers and with Serena out of the picture are easily the best players in the seeded positions.
The storybook win and one of the favourites Kvitova is my call for women’s singles championship. She is the favourite alongside Pliskova at 9/2.