Wimbledon 2017: Who are the favorites?
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wimbledon will take place in the coming weeks, which is one of the four big tennis grand slam events of the year (along with the U.S., French and Australian Opens) and generally regarded as the most prestigious. It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has taken place since 1877, making this the 140th edition.

Here we look ahead and consider who might be the most likely to take the Gentleman’s Singles title and walk away with the £2.2 million prize , which is £200,000 more than last year and double the amount awarded only six years ago.

Home hero Andy Murray is of course going to be one of the favourites for the Men’s title, along with, of course, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Murray is currently the world’s Number #1 player and took his third Grand Slam title twelve months ago when he won Wimbledon for a second time.
However, he has struggled for form of late, with illness and injury plaguing him earlier this year, although more recently he did make it into the semi-finals in the French Open (perhaps a good sign for Wimbledon).

It will also be interesting to see how he performs at the Queen's Club Championship and if he can add to his record five wins there. That would set him up very nicely for his home event.
Federer, commonly regarded as the greatest player of all time, is also very likely to be in contention and a real threat.

Yes, Federer skipped the French Open and crashed out in the second round of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart when he suffered that surprise defeat to Tommy Haas , but anyone writing off the Swiss ace would be foolish, to say the least. Eighteen Grand Slams – including seven at Wimbledon – says it all.

Nadal is another of the top stars and is very much in form, having won the recent French Open for a record tenth time (his 15th Grand Slam). However, that was on his preferred surface (the red clay), and he already pulled out of Queen’s due to fitness worries.
Also, remember that he now hasn’t won at Wimbledon since 2010 and hasn’t made it past the fourth round since 2011.

Rewind twelve months ago and Djokovic would have been right at the top of most people’s lists to win, having taken four Grand Slams in succession. However, since Wimbledon 2016, for whatever reason (lack of motivation, personal problems, etc.) he has struggled, and the way he lost in the quarter finals in Paris earlier this month was branded by some as a humiliation. It is clear that the Serbian is not in the best of places, and the new partnership with Andre Agassi hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts either.

There is also a chance we might get a new winner. Among Murray, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, one of them has won every single Wimbledon Men’s title since 2003. That run has to end soon, right?
World number #3 Stan Wawrinka is one possibility, and he was recently runner-up to Nadal at the French Open. Can he win his fourth

Grand Slam and his first at Wimbledon?

There are also others whom we could throw into the mix– think Milos Raonic, runner-up last year to Murray at Wimbledon, as well as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, all three up-and-coming stars who are predicted to shine in the coming years.
It’s going to be exciting to watch and also profitable for the winner — that £2.2 million prize is a lot, by pretty much anyone’s standards.

 




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