The very short grass court season culminates every year with the Wimbledon Championship, the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season and the event with highest tradition and its unique charm. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious.It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. Players wearing almost all-white clothing, strawberries and cream but also many rain interruptions are some of key characteristics of this event.
But who are the main title contenders this year?
This could be a very interesting tournament as unlike French Open there is no clear favourite in the draw and all of the Top4 players have good chance to take the trophy. Visit www.bwin.com to check the current odds for the top players.
The World Nr.1 Novak Djokovic from Serbia and also the Nr.1 seed this year took the trophy in 2011 but was eliminated in the semifinal by Roger Federer last year. The current odds 2.77 offered by Pinnacle Sports make him the biggest title contender this year but he will face a serious challenge en route to the title.
Some would say that this is a bad season for Roger Federer and that his best days are already over, especially after his disappointing performance in Paris but one should never understimate this Swiss player. In the end he has already won the title on seven occassions and with Lleyton Hewitt is the only active player with over 100 wins on the ATP level on grass and the two also won the most titles on this surface (12 for Roger Federer, 7 for Lleyton Hewitt). He also comes here as a defending champion and with a title from Halle in the bag. The current odds of 7.10 at Pinnacle Sports on the Swiss legend may very well be worth a tennis bet.
The Brits will surely like the chances of their favourite Andy Murray who could become the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray was defeated by Roger Federer in the final last year but took the revange only a few weeks later, winning the Olympics Gold Medal. The pressure will be extremelly high once again but Murray made a solid progress since his final loss last year and finally became a Grand Slam champion, winning the US Open last year. The Pinnacle Sports odds make Murray a second-biggest title contender as he is currently priced at 4.50.
The last one who should stand a solid chance to make a really deep run this year and who is never to be understimated is Spanish fighter Rafael Nadal, who suffered a shocking second round loss to Lukas Rosol last year. But that was Nadal's last match for more than 7 months as he returned to tennis courts only this February and one really has to admire his comeback as Nadal made it to the finals on all occassions and even added his eight French Open title. Nadal often has problems in early rounds of Wimbledon but usually finds his best in the final rounds and is hard to beat then. Also his early loss last year will surely increase his motivation and we would not be affraid of placing a tennis bet on him at odds 4.89.
Some of the most dangerous players outside the Top4 are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who has a perfect game for grass court and has already shown that he is not affraid of the big names but also the so called grasscourt specialists like Llodra, Lopez or Mahut and we should definitelly not forget the best players of the young generation such as Dimitrov, Nishikori or Raonic.