Wimbledon at Mr Green
Silence on court! Get your neck muscles tuned because Wimbledon is back!
It’s going to be impressive tournament complete with the possibility of Novak Djokovic reaching a new title and a Golden Slam, a new Women’s champion and some interesting new faces on the grass courts.
Check out our brief lowdown on who’s competing and check out Mr Green Sports to check out the odds we’ve got on the contest.
Who is the favourite?
Fresh of his Grand Slam win at Roland Garros, the World Number 1, Novak Djokovic, is seen as the favourite to snap up another trophy win at this year’s Wimbledon.
The 2019 winner is set to open the 2021 contest on the Centre Court, against the 19-year-old British hopeful, Jack Draper.
Could the Serbian round out this Grand Slam with a 6th Wimbledon title? That’ll also mean his 20th Grand Slam and put him in a three-way tie with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Mr Green has Outright Winner odds of 1.75 on Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2021.
The Return of the Swiss
Hold on though… let’s not discount the Grand Master of the grass courts, Roger Federer. The Swiss player will be looking to add a ninth title to his resume, extending his record.
There are some fitness concerns surrounding the World Number 8 though. While it may just be pundits being overcautious about Federer’s performance, the Swiss did make the decision to pull out of the recent French Open, to protect his recovering knee and prepare for Wimbledon.
Federer’s right knee has long been giving him gib. The past few years have seen him undergo surgeries and a period of recuperation, to prepare him for a return to the courts. His coach Pierre Paganini said in February that Federer’s recuperation was going well and he would ready.
Can Federer win his ninth title and thus extend his Wimbledon record?
The 34 year old Scot and two time Wimbledon winner returns with renewed vigour after being riddled with injuries and two hip surgeries.
In an interview, Andy Murray explained that his priority for Wimbledon was to remain healthy. While optimistic of his ability to compete, his body wasn’t quite there.
The sad thing is that Murray has confirmed that he will not be competing in mixed-doubles with Serena Williams this year.
Serena’s back too (UPDATED)
Serena has retired early from the contest after slipping during her opening match on Tuesday, UK media reports have said.
Her game against Aliaksandra Sasnovich was cut short after collapsing in agony after suffering an injury in her right leg. It is unclear what was sustained but it forced her to retire from the match.
In an eerily similar incident that happened just before William’s fall, French player Adrian Mannarino all slipped and fell on the court during his game against Roger Federer. Mannarino also retired early from his game.
Concerns are now being raised about the safety of the courts during play.
Williams currently holds 23 Open titles and could’ve been set to win her 8th at Wimbledon. Pundits had put her in a favourable position to win the Women’s game against younger players.
While Williams left the clay courts of Roland Garros in the fourth round, she was optimistic of her return to grass and for showing off her years of experience.
With Williams retired, the British number one, Johanna Konta and the defending Women’s Champion, Simona Halep, both withdrawn before the contest, things now get more exciting for the Women’s game.
Who to watch out for?
Humble or a bit overwhelmed? In a press conference ahead of Wimbledon, 22-year-old Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that he doesn’t have enough matches on grass courts to feel comfortable enough to beat the favourite.
He said on Sunday that he would do what he could to prevent Djokovic reaching a Golden Slam (winning the big four Grand Slams of the year), but he was going to be an incredible challenge.
Tsitsipas plays the American Frances Tiafoe on Court One on Monday.
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Talk about an exciting and daunting for a 19 year old professional tennis player! Jack Draper takes on the World Number One in the opening match of this year’s contest.
This is Draper’s main-draw debut at Wimbledon and follows amazing wins against the Italian seed Yannick Sinner and the Kazakh Alexander Bublik.
He’s one of the youngest players to compete in Wimbledon and had told the media that he was prepared to show the Number One, was he’s got.