Britain’s green grass-court season is heating up, and tennis fans and interested spectators are looking forward to the commencement of Wimbledon 2022. The third grand slam of 2022 will be held at the All-England Club from 27 June to 10 July. This also includes many bookmakers Canada provides, which always brings us the best Wimbledon sports markets and odds.
Following the lifting of the lockdown and certain sports restrictions, the tennis event will return to capacity crowds for the first time in three years. It will also introduce play time on Sunday, which is usually and traditionally a day off at the grand slam.
Welcome back to Wimbledon
Now that the French Open is over for another year, all tennis fans turn their attention to the Wimbledon tournament held in the United Kingdom. Due to political difficulties and Russia declaring war on Ukraine, the forthcoming Wimbledon tournament will do without the Russian and Belarusian tennis players as they are all banned from participating. Due to this ban, The ITF, ATP, and WTA have all removed ranking points from the event. The ban and removal of ranking points will make the coming Wimbledon tournament unique. It ventures into new territory, leaving players to play for prize money, prestige, and not valid ranking points. Notwithstanding the imposition of the ban and removal of ranking points, Wimbledon 2020 will still be very strong and exciting.
Wimbledon 2022 odds and betting markets
The Wimbledon 2022 odds are already available on the top betting platforms and applications, making it a little bit easier to pinpoint and debate the top favourites, leading contenders, and possible outsiders to the title. Top favorites include the usual names like Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger Aliassime. It is worth mentioning that besides the absence of the Russian and Belarusian tennis players, big names are missing from the tournament.
The Swiss superstar, Roger Federer, who is forty-one years old, will probably not be one of the participants in Wimbledon 2022. Unfortunately, Federer has not played a single professional game since last year’s edition of the Wimbledon tournament. His persistent knee injury deprived him of training and kept him off the tennis court for months. Federer’s injury ordeal will probably keep him from making a comeback to the 2022 event. Even if his medical staff can make a miracle and strengthen his knee, the odds of winning Wimbledon 2022 will be too long for him to be on the list of top favourites.
Some notable players will be missing, whilst others will be rising
Another player who will miss the event is Alexander Zverev. The French Open semi-finalist injured his ankle and had surgery, meaning that he will stay away from the tennis courts for several months. In addition to Federer and Zverev, other top tennis stars missing from Wimbledon 2022 include Daniil Medvedev and his fellow Russian Andrey Rublev.
Special focus and attention in the Wimbledon 2022 will be on the British rising star Emma Radacanu. She mesmerised and wowed her Wimbledon followers last year by reaching the fourth round and; winning the United States Open in 2022. Radacanu is currently nursing an injury and hoping to be fully fit to participate in the event after she had to retire from the Nottingham Open with a side injury.
Rafael Nadal, who triumphed in the men’s slams this year and defending champion Novak Djokovic will head the men’s singles draw. The world’s number one Iga Swiatek will accompany the twenty-three grand slam champion, Serena Williams, in the women’s singles. Serena Williams has won the Wimbledon tournament seven times and has been given a wildcard.
Will Novak Djokovic rule the Wimbledon courts again?
Novak Djokovic is the winner of the previous editions of the men’s singles championship of the Wimbledon tournament. Djokovic can boast of having six Wimbledon titles to his record, which put him just two less than all-time leader Federer. If Djokovic wins the forthcoming Wimbledon event, he will equal the record set by Pete Sampras and William Renshaw. Equally important is that winning the tournament/21st Grand Slam will put Djokovic back in the GOAT race, which Nadal leads with twenty-two majors. Djokovic seems determined to win the Grand Slam and his motivation to add to his achievements makes him one of the top favourites at the Wimbledon 2022.
Djokovic is also looking for revenge after getting kicked out of the Australian Open because of vaccination issues. This precluded the tennis star from defending his 2020 title. For the same reason, he had to do away with participating in the Sunshine Double in the United States.
Carlos Alcaraz places Spanish tennis on the map
The Spanish tennis rising star, Carlos Alcaraz, is also considered one of the top favourites to win Wimbledon 2022. He has been brilliant this year and, given his tender age of nineteen years old, has a very bright tennis future ahead of him. The only drawback facing the Spanish tennis player is his lack of experience in big tournaments like Wimbledon. He has only played about twenty games at Grand Slam tournaments thus far, and the best performances got him to the quarter phase of the French Open in 2022. As for the Wimbledon experience, Alcaraz only played once, managing to reach Round two in 2021. Nevertheless, no one can deny the crystal talent that Alcaraz possesses. Many experts opine that it will be a matter of a few years before he will head and surpass the current stalwarts like Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer.
Rafael Nadal, at thirty-six years old, has the opportunity to make a feat no other male player has done so far since 1969. Nadal is in a favourable position with the Grand Slam in 2022. To achieve this objective, he needs to win all four majors. So far, he has managed to win two majors – the Australian Open and the French Open. Two achieved – another two to go. Winning at Wimbledon 2022 will be no easy feat for Nadal. The grass tennis court will probably be the biggest obstacle as he prefers to play on clay based-tennis courts. He is labelled as the King of Clay.
Early predictions indicate that there will be no surprises at Wimbledon 2022, and in all probability, one of the big three will carry the trophy. That said, one would be wise to keep an eye on Maric Cilic, who finished second during Wimbledon 2017 after losing to Roger Federer in the final, and Cilic could be a strong outsider who could upset the cart.