2016 Wimbledon Preview With Odds and Pick
The third major tennis tournament of 2016 gets started later this month, when the 48th Wimbledon tournament in the Open Era sounds off. The great ones always come out for Wimbledon, and tennis fans could be in for another great run when the action gets started on June 27th.
French Open Recap
Odds and history could tell us a great deal as we gear up for Wimbledon, but so could the most recent major tourney – the French Open.
We were graced with two epic battles to close out the last big tournament, with world #1 Novak Djokovic and #2 Andy Murray duking it out on the men’s side and the women’s side produced a rare upset, with new #2 Garbine Muguruza taking down Serena Williams.
The favorite rarely changes on the men’s side, as the top-ranked Djokovic has dominated overall in recent years and has won the last two Wimbledon titles.
He’ll enter June’s tournament chasing a third straight Wimbledon championship, but he’ll still have some stiff competition. Here’s how the 2016 Wimbledon odds round out for the top contenders on the men’s side:
- Novak Djokovic -140
- Andy Murray +300
- Roger Federer +800
- Milos Raonic +1600
- Stan Wawrinka +1600
Djokovic doesn’t return a big payday if you bet on him successfully, but it’s tough to go hard against him. He’s won the last two times out at Wimbledon and has won all three of his Wimbledon titles in the last five years.
The only two other winners during that time span? Murray and Federer. Federer is aging and has had some injury issues, but if in the fold this month, he’ll yet again pose a solid threat to the crown. He was the runner-up to Novak the past two years, after all, and has largely owned the Wimbledon scene, appearing in or winning 10 Wimbledon tournaments since 2003.
We could also get a repeat of the French Open with Murray going up against Djokovic, and that’d fittingly also be a repeat of a 2013 Wimbledon final that saw Murray get the upper-hand in a rivalry he rarely manages to do so.
Raonic and Wawrinka are probably not realistic threats, as neither have claimed a Wimbledon title yet in their careers. That being said, Bovada gives them a decent chance at making a run this month.
For the women’s side, the top favorite is far from a shock, as Serena Williams won the event in 2015 and has claimed first place four times since 2009. Here’s a look at the top contenders at Wimbledon for the ladies’ side:
- Serena Williams +150
- Garbine Muguruza +500
- Petra Kvitova +600
- Victoria Azarenka +800
Williams is the clear favorite and remains quite dominant despite her age, but she has been made out to be quite human at times as her career has started to wind down.
Muguruza is one big reason why thanks to a huge French Open upset. Bovada likes her as the second best bet beyond Serena, but it’s not overly likely she takes down Williams a second time in a row if they indeed meet up in the Wimbledon final. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t face off, however, as they did exactly that in this very tournament in last year’s finale.
Kvitova is a smart choice by Vegas as the third contender, as he’s had some strong runs at Wimbledon (winner in 2012 and 2014). Azarenka is another viable threat, but it’s worth noting that she hasn’t won a Wimbledon title or even made it to the final yet.
2016 Wimbledon Predictions
The more we look at it, the more the women’s side seems laid out for us all to see. The reality is Serena Williams is without a doubt the top women’s player in tennis still and mental lapses are largely responsible for her failures.
After coming up short in her last big tournament, she’ll be dialed in at Wimbledon, while her many past successes and opponent familiarity will work to her advantage. A rematch with Garbine looks like a fitting showdown, and we like Williams to take home the title for the second year in a row.
On the men’s side, it’s down to the obvious three: Djokovic, Murray and Federer. The easy call would be yet another #1 vs. #2 meeting in the final, but Federer has been working himself back into shape lately in preparation for making a deep run again at Wimbledon.
His end is coming eventually, but this is an event that Federer has dominated and he specifically crushes on grass. Odds are he gets Djokovic in the final and thanks to exiting the French Open early, it’s possible the aging Federer could be a little more fresh. We like the world’s #3 men’s tennis player to get one last big win at Wimbledon.
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