The month of July brings with it strawberries, cream, champagne and some of the world’s greatest grass court tennis action in the form of Wimbledon. Offering an incredible £31.6 million total prize money for the contest running from 3 to 16 July, this year’s championship will prove to be another exciting one for the books. Here’s a look at the top men and women to consider betting on this year,
1. Andy Murray
Looking to match Fred Perry’s of three Wimbledon wins by a British player, Andy Murray is determined to do all he can to claim this year’s title while he still has age on his side. At 30 years old, Murray said he feels he only has a couple of years left to compete for the majors. The Scotsman played a lot last year, and missed his shot at the French Open again this year – falling out at the semi-final stage when he lost to Stan Wawrinka – but he’s definitely getting back on form and is very comfortable on the grass courts. In 2016, he made the final in three of the four slams, missing out badly in the Australian Open when he was knocked out in round 16, and with no major titles this year, Murray is hungry for the win.
Current Betting odds of 7/2 to win
2. Roger Federer
At 35 years old, the Swiss tennis tornado is looking to clock up as many major wins before hanging up his racquet. And he has his eyes set on Wimbledon 2017. Federer sat out the French Open, resting up, then gearing up for the grass courts. He has even requested balls set to be used at the championship to familiarise himself with the bounce. And, so far, 2017 is going Federer’s way. He already has the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open titles to his name, now he’s looking to take his eighth SW19 win. Although Federer hasn’t won at Wimbledon in five years, he’s tied with Pete Sampras on the seven Wimbledon wins and is playing an incredible game. Having started 17th in the rankings at the beginning of the year, he’s smashed his way back to the top four and looks set to take the number one spot again.
Current Betting odds of 16/10 to win
3. Gilles Müller
In a shock victory against Rafael Nadal, Gilles Müller put the Spaniard to the test beating him 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 in the fourth round. Mullers sensational on Monday win ended a 22-match losing streak against top-five players. It also came four years after his ranking nosedived to 366 in the world as he battled a potentially career-ending elbow injury. Needless to say the 16th seed from Luxembourg is eager for a Wimbledon win, but can he do it.
Current Betting odds of 40/1 to win
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1. Venus Williams
When it comes to Wimbledon, the Williams sisters always deserve a mention, and with top contender, Serena, unable to play because of pregnancy, older sister Venus will certainly put up a fight. At 36, most players are looking towards retirement but neither of the Williams seem to consider age a factor. Venus is a five-time Wimbledon champion and three-time runner-up, and has never lost a Wimbledon final to anyone other than Serena. She also has six Wimbledon doubles titles to her name. However, her last Wimbledon singles win was in 2008, and she can only claim two other Grand Slam titles – the US Open in 2000 and 2001. She just missed out on the Australian Open, losing to her pregnant sister, but with Serena out of this year’s contest, Venus stands a good chance.
Current Betting odds of 28/10 to win
2. Garbine Muguruza
Another player benefitting from the side-lining of Serena Williams is Garbine Muguruza. Beaten in the 2015 Wimbledon final by the powerhouse, Muguruza has a golden opportunity to win the Wimbeldon Women’s final for the first time while Serena prepares for the birth of her first child. She landed a place in the semi-finals after beating Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday. She will face ill face Coco Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday for a place in this year’s final.
Current Betting odds of 15/10 to win
3. Johanna Konta
The first British female tennis player to reach the Wimbeldon finals since Wade in 1977 and will have all of England behind her as she takes on Venus Williams, five times a champion, in Thursday’s semi-finals. Konta beat Simona Halep in the quarter-final 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. A stunning performance from the Briton. Will it be enough to win the title?
Current Betting odds of 2/1 to win
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