Wimbledon 2019 Preview
Ever since the first championship in 1877, Wimbledon has been serving up world-class sport to tennis fans from around the world. 450,000+ spectators came through the turnstiles last year and a staggering 54,000+ balls will be used during the two weeks. As fans feast on everything the All England Club has to offer, it is not just tennis that is consumed in large amounts - 300,000+ glasses of Pimms, 29,000+ bottles of champagne, 30,000kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of fresh cream will also be polished-off during the week.
As usual, there are numerous storylines to follow this year and every competition across Wimbledon has many lines of intrigue. In the men’s singles, the usual dominance of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal looks set to continue again this year. Those three players and Andy Murray have won the last 16 editions of the men’s competition and with Murray swerving the singles, it is down to the three of them to continue that amazing record. Reigning champion Djokovic holds the precious number one seed and he kicked things off on centre-court with a straight sets win against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal find themselves on potentially the more difficult side of the draw and not only will they have to get past each other, but also the likes of Thiem, Nishikori, Isner and Čilić just to reach the final. Some youngsters to watch and challenge the triopoly this year will be Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger Aliassime, who are all making major waves in the game.
In the ladies’ singles, Ashleigh Barty is top-seeded, on the back of her impressive wins in the French Open and at the Nature Valley Classic in Nottingham. She has won three WTA titles this year and that record has only been matched by Karolína Plíšková. The WTA Tour has been very volatile this season and lots of players will see this as a huge chance to claim the pinnacle slam of the season. There have been nine different winners of WTA events this season, highlighting the present array of talent in the ladies’ game. A match of particular intrigue in Round One will be between Venus Williams and 15-year-old Cori Gauff. Cori is the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon. Gauff is also part of Roger Federer’s management group and he is expecting the teenager to put up a very strong showing against her idol and 10-time grand-slam champion Venus. Other youngsters who are likely to make their mark are 20-year-old Markéta Vondroušová (French Open finalist) and 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova (French Open semi-finalist). Both players were defeated by eventual champion Barty and will be looking to exact their revenge this time around. Last year’s winner, Angelique Kerber, is looking to double her Wimbledon tally and the early signs from her grass-court campaign are that she could be coming into form at just the right time.
There is plenty of excitement from the doubles draws too, most notably Andy Murray who delighted crowds at Queen’s when he was victorious in his comeback to the court. It was an incredible achievement and now partnered with Pierre-Hugues Herbert he holds a very good chance of adding to his two Wimbledon singles titles. Judy Murray has already stated she will not be watching due to the tension if Andy happens to meet brother Jamie in the tournament - they could possibly meet in the third-round should results go the right way. Three-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will make their 20th appearance at The All England Club and they are as short as 8/1 to make it four. Lleyton Hewitt, 2002 singles champion, also competes in the doubles and he plays alongside compatriot Jordan Thompson.
It looks set to be an amazing two-weeks of tennis and we can’t wait to see the drama unfold. Below is a selection from us in each competition.
Gentlemen’s Singles – Novak Djokovic 11/8
Ladies’ Singles – Angelique Kerber 10/1
Gentlemen’s Doubles – Murray/Herbert 10/1
Ladies’ Doubles – Mertens/Sabalenka 8/1
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