Friday May 29, 2015
This year the date you need for your diary is 29th June. That’s the day the All England Club will be opening their gates to welcome in thousands of tennis fans looking forward to the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2015. There is nothing quite like grass court tennis, and there is certainly nothing like Wimbledon.
Last year we welcomed Novak Djokovic back as the men’s singles champion and he looks to be among the favourites again this year as well. Petra Kvitova lifted the ladies singles title, also for the second time. Coincidentally their maiden wins occurred in the same year, back in 2011.
Who will lift the trophies this time around though? While Djokovic remains a key contender in the men’s draw, Britain’s Andy Murray, champion in 2013, will also be in with a great chance of regaining the title. You can never write off Roger Federer and this year he’ll be ranked number two, having advanced back up the rankings in recent months.
What of the women’s game though? Well, things are a little more open over there. Serena Williams still leads the rankings, with Maria Sharapova currently in second place. Last year’s Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is ranked fourth, while Simona Halep is just one place above her. Any of these players could be in with a chance of winning the title at SW19. However we would hazard a guess that the champion will be one of those top four players.
If you are thinking of placing a bet or two on the outcome of the Championships this year, you might want to turn your eye towards the other grass court tournaments that are taking place first. The Aegon Championships at Queen’s will take place between 15th and 21st June, followed by the Aegon International at Eastbourne from 22nd to 28th June. These events can provide a clue as to who is doing particularly well on grass before the Wimbledon Championships get underway.
Of course half the fun of betting is looking at the odds for each player and determining which bet might win you a decent amount of money if you did get it right. Who will you be backing this year?