Undoubtedly, Wimbledon presents the elite in the tennis world, so it isn’t odd to see the majority of fans anxiously waiting for the 2021 edition to start. While the courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club patiently await for the players to arrive, the tennis community already passionately debates about the possible winners here.
Tennis betting odds are already set at most top bookmakers, and that only made the discussion even more interesting. Two of the most recent Grand Slam champions, who took the honors at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, top the list in both competitions.
Novak is the No.1 in the men’s part of the draw, with the odds for him to win the 6th title here set at 6/4. The Joker is in fantastic shape, and it seems that after Roger Federer passed his peak, he might be the best player on the grass surface. Behind the Serb, we have Rafael Nadal, his biggest rival, at 7/1. The difference between these two can tell you everything regarding Djokovic’s prospects to win the silverware. Daniil Medvedev, the rising Russian star, is 9/1, the same as the all-time Grand Slam title leader, Roger Federer. Stefanos Tsitsipas is 10/1, Alexander Zverev 14/1, and Dominic Thiem 16/1.
The tennis experts agree upon the hypothesis that it is pretty much all against Novak at the moment, and that the entire tour is playing against the No.1 player who is currently tennis’ undisputed ruler at the moment. Rafa is still in the combination for winning major tournaments, but his chances outside the clay surface are not that big, to be honest. As for other, younger rivals, all of them are under heavy pressure to prove their worth and seem inexperienced.
The situation among the ladies is a bit different. Osaka is the top candidate to win the title, 7/1, but she is slightly ahead of Ashleigh Barty 8/1, Simona Halep, 17/2, and two-time champion in London, Petra Kvitova, 10/1. One of the greatest players of all times, and the seven-time champ, Serena Williams, comes after 11/1, having the same prospects as Bianca Andreescu and Garbine Muguruza, also 11/1.
The Japanese champion is arguably the most dominant player in the recent two years, but she is yet to prove her value on the grass. Osaka never won this championship, while other candidates have. The last lady who lifted the trophy was Simona Halep, defeating Serena Williams in the 2019 finals, 6-2, 6-2. By the way, Serena lost two in a row here (against Angelique Kerber in 2018).
There is a long way up to Wimbledon, with the competition starting on June 28, and ending on July 11. What is also a big factor that might change the entire landscape of this year’s edition are the Olympic Games. The biggest sports event in the world takes place every four years, and we might see some players sacrificing their results at Wimbledon to be in the best possible shape in Tokyo.
Do you also know that before Wimbledon, we have Roland Garros too and that there is a massive activity when it comes to tennis during that period.
Once mentioning French Open, we will quickly run over the biggest candidates for the title. In the men’s competition, Rafael Nadal confidently holds the top sport, 11/10, with Novak coming second, 7/2. Thiem is 5/1, and far behind is Zverev with 22/1. Among the ladies, Iga Swiatek 5/1 has a slight edge compared to Simona Halep, 6/1. Barty is 10/1, the same as Muguruza.
The same applies to Roland Garros, there will be many adjustments because of the Olympic Games, and we might see some unusual results. That especially goes for the ladies’ competition, which is far more interesting than the men’s.