Wimbledon 2019 is right around the corner and this year the competition looks tougher than ever! We're going to take a look at who Paddy Power thinks has the best chance of winning tennis' biggest tournament.
The first day starts on July 1st and runs through to July 14th. 128 players will enter the competition aiming to win the oldest tournament tennis has to offer. Last years winner Novak Djokovic is the favourite with Wimbledon's most successful player Rodger Federer just behind.
The final preparations are being made for the tournament and in particular the preparation of the strawberries and cream. Last year reportedly 28,000 kg of strawberries were eaten, along with 7,000 litres of cream!
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 14 June 2019
Starting off with the tournaments most decorated player, we'll look at Roger Federer. Not the bookmakers favourite this year but always a fan favourite. He has eight Wimbledon titles to his name and is 10/3 on Paddy Power to add another one. The Swiss' last win came in 2017 and since then has won two more Grand Slam tournaments. He didn't get off to the best start in 2019, going out in the fourth round of the Australian Open. But Roland Garros was a big improvement, getting to the semis. He'll be hoping to go one better in this one and get to the final and you wouldn't bet against it!
The bookmakers favourite is Novak Djokovic. He won the competition last year and has five years on Federer meaning his body will be better equipped for so many games in two weeks. Djokovic has four Wimbledon wins as well so is no stranger to the pressure of Centre Court. 2019 has been brilliant for the Serbian so far. He won the Australian Open and then got to the semi-finals of Roland Garros. Currently ranked as the worlds number one you can see why Paddy Power have priced him at 6/4.
Just behind Federer in the odds is the two-time winner Rafa Nadal. You can get Nadal at 5/1 to win the competition for the first time since 2010! Last year he managed to reach the semi-finals, the furthest he has gotten since 2011. Like Djokovic though, Nadal has also had a good year. He came runner up in the Australian Open but then went one better at Roland Garros, a tournament he has a huge 12 times! The Spaniard has shown he is in good form and at the higher odds out of the top three he could definitely be worth a punt!
A huge outsider in Andy Murray. Many thought the two-time Wimbledon champion wouldn't play tennis again after an emotional press conference in January. This came after he had to pull out of a tournament due to an ongoing hip injury. Since then he has had surgery and is making his comeback in a doubles competition at Queens. Due to lack of playing time this year, he is priced at 100/1 to win. It would be a massive shock if he were to win but it would surely be one of the greatest wins if he were too!
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) 20 June 2019
Paddy Power isn't just offering odds on who is going to win, they have Wimbledon Specials too. Renowned for having a strict dress code, where everyone must be in all white and that only a single trim of colour is allowed that must be no greater than 1cm. You can get any player to be asked to change as clothing doesn't comply with rules at 4/1.
Another Wimbledon tradition is strawberries and cream. Wimbledon sells around 9000 a day and if not accounted for properly in the morning they could easily sell out. For the official caterers to run out of Champagne or Strawberries is 50/1 on Paddy Power.