Wimbledon 2023 is less than a week away, so here at Wimbledon Debenture Tickets, we give you a run-down of the form of the world’s top players ahead of tennis’ most prestigious Grand Slam.
The following piece attempts to outline the form of the current favourites and outsiders for the upcoming Wimbledon championships.
Djokovic is the obvious favourite as he attempts to equal Federer’s record eight titles, while also looking to go one step further to completing the Grand Slam (winning all four Majors in a calendar year).
Players marked with an * are the ones I believe possess the best chances of a deep run.
But what chance do the other players have of causing an upset against the seemingly unbeatable Serb?
Novak Djokovic – 4/6
There is only one place to start when talking about Wimbledon 2023, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic will be looking for his eighth title and fifth in a row when he takes to the court this year. Once again, he has declined to participate in any grass court tennis before Wimbledon, but this has not hampered him in the past.
Whist Djokovic has never possessed the electric serve or punishing volleys that used to make a player successful on grass, his court coverage and relentless consistency have seen him become the undisputed king of Wimbledon over the years.
Since winning his first title in 2011, Federer and Murray are the only other players to win Wimbledon. Having already won the Australian and French Open this year, it looks like it may well be a challenge for other players to stop Novak’s charge.
Carlos Alcaraz 4/1
Before this year’s grass court season, the surface was always considered a weakness of the current world number 1. But after Alcaraz won his first title on grass at Queen’s last week, people are starting to believe that he may be capable of beating Djokovic.
Djokovic has highlighted that good movement and an all-round game is key to Wimbledon success. Alcaraz’s movement may well be his best feature on the surface, and the power he generates off his forehand will be of great use to the would-be champion.
Jannik Sinner* 20/1
One of the factors that has become most prominent in Wimbledon champions over the years has been the consistency of their all-round play. Due to the pace of the surface, Wimbledon doesn’t allow for any gaps in a player’s technique, and Jannik Sinner is one player who ticks every box.
Despite struggling to win anything this year, Sinner has still shown consistency, making it to the semi-finals of five tournaments this year. The strength of Sinner’s game lies in the proficiency of his all-round play, which should suit Wimbledon.
Sinner’s loss to Djokovic in five sets at last year’s tournament proved that the Italian is a very capable candidate for Wimbledon champion this year.
Daniil Medvedev 22/1
Following the removal of the ban on Russian players, Medvedev will be playing in his first Wimbledon for two years. Medvedev has had a poor grass court season, losing to Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Hertogenbosch and Roberto Bautista Agut in the Quarter-Final of Halle.
Medvedev is more of a hard-court specialist, but the speed of Wimbledon should suit his game. It has been two years since he last played at Wimbledon and the Russian has never made it past the fourth round. But will this be his year?
Taylor Fritz* 50/1
American players have always had success on the grass at Wimbledon. John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, and Pete Sampras have all enjoyed the thrill of being crowned Wimbledon champion. However, since Sampras won his seventh Wimbledon in 2000, no American man has won the title.
Could Taylor Fritz be the man to break the duck?
Fritz is a two-time Eastbourne champion, and was unlucky to come up against an inspired Rafael Nadal in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-final, where he fell in five.
Fritz has shown huge potential on grass, with his big serving and fantastic volleying reminiscent of Wimbledon of old. Fritz also possesses a fantastic forehand and an adequate backhand, and he will be a strong contender to stop Djokovic this year.
The Outsiders to keep an eye on
Frances Tiafoe* 80/1
The champion at this year’s Stuttgart Open, Tiafoe’s experience playing doubles has meant that, much like Fritz, he is fantastic at the net.
Tiafoe also possesses fantastic court coverage and a great slice backhand; he has all the weapons to pose a major threat at this year’s tournament.
Hubert Hurkacz* 100/1
The 2021 semi-finalist at Wimbledon, Hurkacz was one of the surprise causalities of the early rounds of last year’s tournament, but will be hoping to produce another deep run this year.
A proven grass court specialist, Hurkacz has had a quiet year on tour, dropping to world #18, but I still expect the Polish star to pose a problem at this year’s Wimbledon.
Alexander Bublik 120/1
One of the most erratic players on tour, Bublik has a huge amount of potential when he dedicates his mind to the sport. He recently won his first ATP 500 tournament, when he defeated a host of fantastic players including Coric, Struff, Sinner, Zverev and Rublev, en route to winning Halle.
With this victory, Bublik proved that he can be a handful for anyone at Wimbledon. He may well cause some upsets, but I think a run to the final would be a step too far.
Alex De Minaur 80/1
De Minaur has always been a very talented member of the ATP circuit. His game has no identifiable weaknesses and he recently made the Queen’s final, falling short to Carlos Alcaraz.
I don’t believe he possesses the power to trouble the top players like Djokovic, but he may still produce a deep run depending on his draw.
Andy Murray 60/1
A lot of people will be hoping that Andy Murray can produce a fairy-tale end to his Wimbledon career by producing a deep run, and maybe even winning Wimbledon.
Those hopes looked to have been damaged by Murray’s early exit at Queen’s, where he was comprehensively beaten by De Minaur in straight sets.
Murray will now not be seeded at Wimbledon, and will have to hope that the draw opens up for him if he is to have his fairy-tale Wimbledon conclusion.
Cameron Norrie 80/1
Norrie’s run to the semi-finals in 2022 gained him a number of fans at Wimbledon, and he will be a favourite amongst the Wimbledon crowd this year; with the crowd behind him he will be a handful for anyone he plays.
Norrie matches the style that seems to have suited Wimbledon in recent years, with exceptional court coverage and consistency off both sides. However, much like De Minaur, it seems that Norrie lacks the power to trouble the likes of Djokovic and Alcaraz.
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