The tennis grass season is by far the shortest, with all relevant tournaments spanning over a bit more than one month. It culminates with the Wimbledon championship and in 2016, the event starts on Monday 27 and concludes two weeks later. All the best players in the world are expected to participate, except for Rafael Nadal who is still mending a nagging injury. There are plenty of lucrative betting opportunities and both amateur and professional bettors are expected to increase their activity. Let's have a look at some of the favorites for this tournament and the odds in their favor at bet365 Sports.
Another Predictable Trophy for Novak Djokovic
The world number one has recently won the French Open of Roland Garros, the only grand slam tournament that was missing from his portfolio. He made short work of Andy Murray in the last act of the competition and it’s very likely for the two players to meet again in the final. Throughout 2016, they met several times and the Scotsman won only once, but he feels great on the Wimbledon grass.
Bookmakers are overly confident in Djokovic’s ability to win and offer odds of 8/11, significantly less than the ones of 3 on Andy Murray. Interesting enough, Novak chose not to participate in any of the grass tournaments after winning Roland Garros. Under normal circumstances, this is a risky thing to do as players need a little time to accommodate with the new surface. However, Djokovic is so good that he can make all the necessary adjustments in the first rounds of Wimbledon 2016.
A Pack of Hopeful Challengers
In terms of odds, the difference between Djokovic and Andy Murray is significant but the Scotsman is way ahead of the pack of challengers. The third favorite to win Wimbledon is Roger Federer, priced at 10 but he failed to even reach the final in back-to-back grass tournaments in Germany. He seems unable to focus against weak opponents and doesn’t concentrate enough when he takes on the best players.
Milos Raonic has a strong game on grass, but he also has a reputation for suffering complete meltdowns. He recently lost a match against Andy Murray despite winning the opening set and having a three-game lead in the second. He is simply not to be trusted by risk-averse punters, who are also likely to frown upon the odds of 18 for Stan Wawrinka or 22 offered on Nick Kyrgios.
Time Is Quickly Running out for Serena Williams
The American champion is trying to overtake Stefi Graff, but time is against her and recent performance is disappointing on many levels. Serena lost twice in the final act of grand slam competitions this year, defeated by Kerber and Muguruza. Even so, she is the main favorite to win Wimbledon 2016 and punters who plan on backing her should act quickly to cash in on odds of 13/8.
Muguruza comes in second with top odds of 11/2, as she has both the physical strength and suitable gameplay for winning a grand slam on grass. Her performance on the clay of Roland Garros proved her ability to maintain her concentration. Problem is that young players have a hard time maintaining the same game level after winning the first grand slam tournament. She was eliminated in the first round in Mallorca and chose not to play in other grass events, which leaves a big question mark.
Splendor in the Grass of London
Petra Kvitova is the third favorite to prevail at Wimbledon, a tournament that she had already won. The problem with the Czech player is that she struggles to win back-to-back games and 2016 has been a mediocre year at best. She hasn’t played a final in a long time and quite often ends up losing games after taking the opening set.
Madison Keys is at the opposite end of spectrum, with the young American player recently winning a tournament on grass. She played flawless tennis throughout the event and that’s why bet365 Sports offers odds of 12/1 on her to prevail. Other juicy odds are offered on Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska, all priced at 25/1.