With the Australian Open now done and dusted, it’s now time to get ready for the next events in the tennis calendar. Roland Garros will be contested over May and June, before all eyes turn to the oldest and most prestigious event in the tennis year: Wimbledon. Scheduled to take place from the 3rd to the 16th of July 2023, the winners of both singles competition will walk away with a cool £2 million in prize money.
Fans can enhance their enjoyment of the event – and potentially even reap some financial rewards – with a few well-placed wagers, too. Although betting on a live tennis match can yield some interesting in-play odds and allow you to take advantage of developments as and when they unfold, backing a winner well in advance of the tournament can also bring its advantages. With that in mind, here are our picks for who will triumph this time round.
After his victory at SW19 last year, Novak Djokovic claimed his seventh title and it would be a brave person who would bet against him repeating the trick in 2023 to move level with the now-retired legend Roger Federer on eight Wimbledon trophies. Djokovic has already won the Australian Open this year, which means he is now tied with Rafael Nadal on 22 Grand Slam victories in the Open era – and he’ll be eager to surpass the Spaniard this year.
Of course, Nadal himself can’t be ruled out – but it’s his compatriot (and heir apparent, according to some sources) Carlos Alcaraz who is probably the most likely to pose a threat to Djokovic. Number two in the rankings, the 19-year-old claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year and will be looking to add to his haul.
Other strong contenders include the Greek Stepanos Tsitsipas, Italian Matteo Berrettini and Russian Daniel Medvedev (if Russian athletes are permitted to compete this year). Of course, British hero Andy Murray has been enjoying a hugely encouraging return to action after his hip replacement surgery and has been bullish about his hopes, but he must be considered a rank outsider for a deep run in the tournament due to his age and injury woes.
The women’s competition has traditionally been a far more open playing field than the men’s and 2023 is expected to be no different. While Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have dominated Wimbledon for the past 20 years, there have been no fewer than 11 different winners in the women’s singles category in that time.
As such, there is no clear favourite for Wimbledon 2023, but world number one Iga Swiatek is the closest thing to that. The Pole won two Grand Slams last year and will be looking to conquer Wimbledon for the first time, but defending champion Elena Rybakina will have something to say about that.
Elsewhere, it’s a field littered with potential winning candidates. Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka is fresh from glory at the Australian Open, Tunisian Ons Jabeur will be looking to go one better than her final appearance last year and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, Greek Maria Sakkari and the American trio of Cori Gauff, Jessica Pegula and Leyla Fernandez will all be keen to record their maiden Grand Slam triumph. Meanwhile, home favourite Emma Raducanu will be desperate to attain glory again after an underwhelming interim period since her US Open victory two years ago.
Who are you backing this year? Djokovic is a clear favourite in the men’s draw – but it’s all to play for in the women’s.