Wimbledon 2016

June 24, 2016

A preview of the 2016 Men’s Wimbledon Championship

Some things in Britain never change. At the end of an historic week that saw the Brits vote to leave the European Union, and in doing so send global markets into chaos; it’s reassuring to know that everyone can look forward to the purple and green and excitement of the Wimbledon Championships next week.

Wimbledon tennis tournament graphic

In the men’s draw, for many pundits, it’s a case of how far Djokovic. The Serb maestro appears almost unstoppable as he appears set to record a fourth straight grand slam title, after his French Open victory last month. He is now in the conversation of all time tennis greats, and there appears no sign of a slowdown as he continues to notch up grand slam victories almost at will.

Brit Andy Murray has been the most competitive against Djokovic in recent grand slams, however, it’s now a long time since he has defeated his arch nemesis in a major championship. In a noteworthy move, Murray has partnered with his former coach, Czech great, Ivan Lendl. Murray has undoubtedly played his best tennis under Lendl, with victories in the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon championships, where he defeated Djokovic on both occasions. Interestingly, Murray also boasts a 2-0 record against Djokovic on grass. However, to put things in perspective, since the 2013 Wimbledon final, the Serb has won 13 of 15 matches against Murray. Nonetheless, Lendl is likely to provide the Scot with a much-needed injection of steel and confidence ahead of this years Wimbledon.

With Rafael Nadal on the sidelines with yet another injury, the next favoured player in the Men’s draw is 7-time champion Roger Federer. The Swiss great has only recently returned to action after experiencing injury troubles, however his record at SW19 cannot be discounted. Looking further afield, perhaps it is time for one of the younger brigade to breakthrough at Wimbledon. It’s long been thought Canadian Milos Raonic has the game to win a major on grass. Having recently partnered with the enigmatic John McEnroe, the giant serve volleyer is well placed to make a push at this years championship, he impressed in the traditional lead up event at Queens, where he led Murray in the final before going down in three sets.

Nick Kyrgios represents Australia’s best chance at the 2016 Wimbledon championships. The confident Aussie is rated a $26 chance with Ladbrokes. Also at $26 is Swiss stalwart Stan Wawrinka. Perhaps not best suited on grass, he nonetheless deserves respect, having won more majors in the past 3 years than anyone other than Djokovic. Play gets underway on Monday 27th June. More details on Ladbrokes can be found here.