Since the coronavirus hit, the world of sport has not been at its best, and may not be so for a while. This is especially true for tennis. Tennis was offering prime entertainment with a new generation of players swinging at the old guard in both the men and women circuits, but the sport as an institution had been barely holding together, and that has since spilt unto the courts. As one of the major slams of the season draws close, there is more polarity than ever. Wimbledon kicks off in a few days, and the odds have never been so topsy-turvy, but bet-or.com has it covered and should probably not look too far for some clarity. Here’s a rundown.
Stars that won’t be there
Just a few days after losing to Djokovic in the French Open, Rafael Nadal has decided to pull out of Wimbledon, citing he has to listen to his body. The news will undoubtedly hit hard at fans but particularly at the organisers who will consider the chunk of viewership, attendance, and prestige that his absence will take from the event. Losing at the French Open is a rare occurrence for Nadal, and as age continues to chip away at the former world number one and the record man of the French Open, it is clear that load management will become more important.
Naomi Osaka is another star that has pulled out of Wimbledon after pulling out of the French Open earlier last month. Osaka cited anxiety and a need for mental space, opting to surround herself with family away from the tour. The rising star received praise and support from fellow players while incurring a fine from the organisers and the tour after missing media sessions prior to pulling out.
Roger Federer made his return to competition earlier last month and looked good in the French Open before pulling out before a 4th round match. The Swissman, arguably the best of his generation, also suffered a shock loss on his first grass appearance and will be coming into Wimbledon with question marks about his form and ability to make a deep run. Federer has undeniable talent, and his experience is certainly a big part of how he will approach this twilight stage of his career. Still, his physical form is one of the cons in his push for another slam title.
Djokovic is coming for the records
Novak Djokovic has been atop the men’s circuit for a while now, and looks primed to be there for a minute more. Nole has been one of the most consistent players and a deserving world number one. Coming back from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and win Roland Garros was a huge confidence booster and will add batteries to his back as Wimbledon arrives. Nole has been a figure of a bit of controversy since standing up against the ATP and having some on-court skirmishes, but the Serbian lets his play do the talking.