Wimbledon 2021 Preview: Finding the Favourites

The immaculate grass courts, the world’s top players, and the call of game, set, match. The stage is set for Wimbledon 2021, returning after a two-year gap after the pandemic cancelled the 2020 edition.

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Defending 2019 men’s champion Novak Djokovic and women’s champion Simona Halep stand ready to try to reclaim their titles. But will either of them manage it? And if not, which players might end up holding those trophies this year? We preview the event to find out where the best bets may lie.

Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles: Will Djokovic pull level with Nadal and Federer?

If he wins Wimbledon, it’ll put the Big Three on 20 Slams apiece. Can anyone stop him? Federer is a possibility yet unlikely given his lack of match play. Tsitsipas and Medvedev are more likely, but they’ll need their A+ game on the day if they meet him. Dominic Thiem, US Open winner last year, stands a chance, yet seems to have slipped in performance since his breakthrough. Alexander Zverev can do damage but is unreliable in terms of consistency. With the Olympics taking place this year, we suspect Djokovic will end the tournament one step closer to the Golden Slam.

Our betting tip for the men’s singles

Djokovic is such a huge favourite after winning the Australian and French Opens already this year that he doesn’t give us any real chance of a decent win if we bet on him. There are few players who might just beat him, and we think the best bet comes in the shape of Stefanos Tsitsipas. He’s in fine form this year, and while he lost from two sets up in the French Open final, he’s got reasonable odds for the title at several online bookmakers.

Wimbledon ladies’ singles: Can Serena claim her 24th title?

She loves the grass, having won Wimbledon seven times since 2002. But can she grab one more title to finally equal Margaret Court’s record? We suspect she has a better chance at Wimbledon than anywhere else, but she was beaten in the final two years ago by an inspired Simona Halep, so anything can happen. Barty and Muguruza are dangers in the draw, as is Petra Kvitova, holder of two Wimbledon titles (albeit the last coming in 2014). That said, the women seem more eager to produce surprise winners at the last few Grand Slams, so anything could happen.

Our betting tip for the ladies’ singles

We’re tempted by Serena, but our betting tip here is for Ashleigh Barty. She has an impressive win-loss record for the year to date, with just six losses to 28 wins at the time of writing. Her odds aren’t as long as some other players – she’s the favourite to win, in fact – but given her performance so far and the strength of her record against other players, she looks a promising bet to hold the Venus Rosewater dish for the first time this year.

If you want access to a reliable and trusted operator during Wimbledon 2021, look no further than Betfair. They offer extensive odds for matches throughout the tournament, including competitive odds on the outright winner for the gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles. You can also explore an array of in-play tennis matches at the tournament, keeping you up to date with the latest stats and recommendations. The only thing you won’t find on their site is the traditional strawberries and cream.

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