With the World’s most famous tennis tournament just around the corner, here is how the big stars will fare and which unknown figures will surprise the nation.
The Big Guns
The Men’s draw is pretty open, apart from one man. Novak Djokovic completed the Career Grand Slam a few weeks ago in France and seems streets ahead of the rest. Once again the Brits will be hopeful of a Murray success but judging by the French Open Final, Djockovic will again be too strong. In the Women’s side of the draw, there’s normally only one contender. A certain Serena Williams. However, the 21 time Champion has faltered since last years’ Wimbledon in her attempt to draw level with Steffi Graf’s 22 and is not a certain winner by any stretch of the imagination. If the big hitting American fails to deliver the winner is likely to be one of Garbine Muguruza, World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska or double Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova.
A total of 15 Brits will enter the first round of Wimbledon, 7 more than last year. On the Women’s side, Johanna Conta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady all qualified with Laura Robson, Kate Swan and Tara Moore getting wild cards. For the Men, Andy Murray, Alijaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans all qualified with Liam Broady, Alex Ward, James Ward, Brydan Klein and Marcus Willis getting into the draw with wild cards.
The Surprise Packages
Expect big serving Kevin Anderson to go far into the first week, and maybe even into the second. The South African very nearly beat Djockovic in the Quarter-Finals last year and looks in good form coming into the tournament. Also the young German Alexander Zverev could be a surprise Quarter Finalist as he has an easy run to the last 8 and has shot up the rankings in the last year. On the Women’s side CoCo Vandeweghe has a favourable draw and with a bigger serve and better shot selection than last year’s Quarter Final surge, the American could go all the way.
Now, what’s the chances of a rain free Monday morning…