The Wimbledon Tennis Championship is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events on the calendar and this year’s tournament will begin on the 29th June. This is one week later than usual as competitors are being allowed extra time to get used to the grass surface after the clay season.
The tournament has hosted some memorable matches over the last few years, including a number of high profile finals in both the men’s and women’s events. We take an early look at this year’s event and discuss our thoughts on who may win the two singles tournaments.
Men’s singles tournament
It is difficult to look past Novak Djokovic, and the Serbian is in red hot form this season. The 27-year-old has already won the Australian Open this year, and will head into Wimbledon as one of the outright favourites for the title. He’s won 26 matches out of 28 this season and he will take some beating on the grass court.
Rafael Nadal could also compete in what could be one of his last genuine chances of earning another Wimbledon crown. However, the Spaniard certainly isn’t anywhere near as good as his former self, but possesses the talent required to beat anybody on his day. The 28-year-old is likely to focus on winning his fifth successive French Open title at Roland Garros, but he will still expect to reach the latter stages of the Wimbledon tournament.
Finally, Andy Murray would be an extremely popular winner of the event – and has won the Wimbledon title in the past. He is likely to be well supported throughout each of his matches during the tournament and the Scot, who recently married long-term partner Kim Sears, will be one of the favourites for the crown and could reach the late stages if he plays at his best.
Women’s singles tournament
The world number one Serena Williams will head into the Wimbledon tournament as the overwhelming favourite and her record in 2015 has been phenomenal so far. She has already won the Australian Open this year and will be looking to claim her sixth Wimbledon title. So far, she has a perfect record in the 2015 season, winning 20 consecutive matches.
However, it would be foolish to rule out Russian Maria Sharapova and Czech Petra Kvitova – and both are more than capable of winning the crown. The latter won the title last year, while the former has regained some form in recent months
Bar a major shock, Serena Williams should win the women’s event. However, the men’s competition could go either way and, although Djokovic will head into the tournament as favourite, he will face stiff competition from Murray and Nadal. Although the Serbian has a good record over Murray, the British number one has a 2-0 record against Djokovic in grass court events and would fancy his chances. If you want to place a bet on the tournament, or keep up with tennis news, please visit here.