It’s approaching seven years since a British player last won a singles title at Wimbledon. But with the 2023 edition nearly upon us, what are the chances of this year’s crop of British player’s lifting the most coveted trophy in tennis?
The pinnacle of the tennis season is fast approaching: with the 3rd July the date that should be in every sports fan’s calendar.
Wimbledon has always been a special tournament, but perhaps the factor that gives the tournament that feeling is the interactions between the crowd and the home players.
So, with the tournament right around the corner, we take a look at some of the British players most likely to produce a deep run at Wimbledon, and maybe lift the trophy come the tournament’s conclusion…
Andy Murray (ATP #38)
After he ruled himself out of the French Open earlier this month, everybody’s minds immediately shot forward to Wimbledon, and Andy Murray’s preparation for the grass court season.
It is fair to say that the two-time Wimbledon champion has had an exceptional start to his grass court season, winning two challenger events at Surbiton and Nottingham, only dropping one set in the process.
It is clear that Murray is aiming to get himself seeded at this year’s Wimbledon, and with his ranking shooting up to 38, it is not out of the question that he can get himself into the top 32 come the start of Wimbledon.
Murray had good results against Nuno Borgess (#77) and Jordan Thompson (#76) in his two grass court tournaments, but the real identifier of Murray’s form will be his performance at Queen’s.
Murray will play Alex De Minaur in his first-round match at Queen’s in what will be a tough start for the British #3. However, it will stand as a good marker of Murray’s form if he is able to beat some top-20 players in the tournament.
Overall, it seems that Murray has a decent chance of producing a good run at Wimbledon. He has played more grass court tennis than any other player so far in preparation, and if he can get some big scalps at Queen’s he could be in with a chance of a fairy-tale win at Wimbledon.
Katie Boulter (WTA #77)
A fantastic string of performances at the Nottingham Open, saw Katie Boulter win her maiden ATP title. Boulter saw off challenges from fellow Brits, Harriet Dart, Heather Watson, and Jodie Burrage to win the title in Nottingham.
Boulter, who has now gone up 49 places in the world rankings to #77, enters the Birmingham Open where she plans to continue her impressive start to the grass court season.
At last year’s Wimbledon, Boulter made the third round, beating Karolina Pliskova in the process.
With Emma Raducanu set to miss both Wimbledon and the US Open this year, perhaps Katie Boulter will step into her shoes and produce a good run at Wimbledon.
Cameron Norrie (ATP #13)
One of the breakthrough players of last year’s Wimbledon, Norrie quickly became a crowd favourite en route to the semi-finals, where he lost out in four sets to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Norrie’s performances last year demonstrate that he is more than capable of winning on the grass at Wimbledon. His movement and consistency will be his greatest aid at the tournament, similar to the factors that allowed Murray such success on grass.
One of Norrie’s biggest obstacles will be his serve which could do with improvement, as a strong serve is a route for many players to win games with relative ease on grass.
Much like with Murray, Queen’s will be a good indicator of Norrie’s form, as this is his first tournament since Roland Garros, and his first on grass since last year’s Wimbledon.
Jodie Burrage (WTA #108)
Despite losing out to Boulter in the final at Nottingham, Burrage beat the higher level of opposition to get there.
Burrage beat world #21 Magda Linette in the first round, as well as Alize Cornet in the semi-finals, who made the fourth round at last year’s Wimbledon.
Burrage will be looking for her first victory at Wimbledon, but will have crowd support against the majority of opponents she plays.
Dan Evans (ATP #25)
The British #2 hasn’t been in great form recently, losing out to world #139 Gabriel Diallo at Surbiton, as well as losing in the first round in Madrid, Rome, and Roland Garros.
Evans enters Queen’s hoping to change his fortunes in the run up to his home Grand Slam. He has a tough match against Sebastian Korda in his first match of the tournament.
The likelihood is that Evans will start Wimbledon as a seed, but the main chances of British glory for the men, will lie with Murray and Norrie.
Heather Watson (WTA #145)
One of Britain’s best female players of the last few years, Watson produced her best performance at Wimbledon in 2022, getting to the fourth round.
After a good run to the semi-finals at Nottingham, Watson finds herself the #145th player in the world as she hopes to make another dent in Wimbledon this season.
However, Watson’s form has suffered over the last year, and she may struggle to produce the same quality she did last year.
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