The Outsiders: Who Can Spring A Surprise At Wimbledon?

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STARNBERG, June 27, 2022 (Guest Post)

Wimbledon is due to start shortly, and many of the same names are being touted as potential champs. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic is the strong favorite, and Rafa Nadal, fresh from French Open triumph, is also among the big favorites.

In the women’s competition, Iga Swiatek is hugely fancied to continue her stellar season and win yet another tournament. However, other than Swiatek, the women’s competition is wide open, with several players having a decent chance of winning the tennis world’s most prestigious prize.

However, anyone looking to bet on Wimbledon will undoubtedly be considering some of the players with longer odds – players who aren’t necessarily fancied by the bookies, but who could still come through and take the title ahead of the bigger names. We’ve looked at the odds being offered over at Cloudbet, the world’s first cryptocurrency sportsbook, to see the prices they’re currently offering on the winner of Wimbledon.

Women’s Draw Wide Open

The women’s draw is more open than it’s been for years, meaning it’s a fantastic place to look for those intent on finding potential winners with long prices. In fact, outside of Swiatek, who has odds of 2.21, everyone in the draw has got pretty high odds.

Ons Jabeur is a player being fancied by many experts, and comes into the tournament in great form, having won her most recent tournament, the Grass Court Championships in Berlin. However, the Tunisian did suffer an injury recently at Eastbourne, and this casts some doubt on her ability to perform optimally at SW19. Still, odds of around 7.5 are certainly attractive.

Coco Gauff, the young American, is also highly rated by many, and herself reached the semi-finals in Berlin – where she was beaten by Jabeur. Confidence is certainly high with the American, who reached her first Grand Slam final in Paris, losing to Iga Swiatek. You’ll be able to bet on Gauff at odds of around 10.7.

Further down the draw, there’s the small matter of Serena Williams, who will be playing singles tennis for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon, where she retired in the first round with injury. Odds of 17.0 show that bookies don’t think Serena will come back and obliterate the field, but you should never write off the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, there are also some other great prices. US Open champion and crowd favorite Emma Raducanu has odds of 32.2, while Petra Kvitova, fresh from winning the Eastbourne International, has odds of 13.0.

Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia is also attracting some attention, recently reaching the semi-finals at Eastbourne, and she has odds of around 16.1. Finally, there’s world number two Anett Kontaveit, a serial underachiever at Grand Slams, but with odds of 42.7, many feel she’s worth a bet.

Djokovic, Berrettini and Nadal Lead Men’s Charge

In the men’s tournament, there’s a huge favourite, with Novak Djokovic having odds of just 1.75 to raise the famous trophy. Next in the betting is Matteo Berrettini, the recent winner at Queen’s Club, and he has odds of approximately 6.0. Then there’s Rafa, who has exceptionally attractive odds of around 7.5.

The odds then get significantly longer. One player with seemingly great odds is Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, who comes into the tournament having won the Madrid Open, plus he also performed well in Paris. It might be too soon for the 19-year-old to win a Grand Slam, but odds of 12.0 are very appealing.

Many are also considering a punt on is Denis Shapovalov, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament last year. He’s not been in great form in 2022 and has dropped to 16th in the world, but his odds of 88.3 seem huge for a man who did so well at the tournament last year. However, a bet on him reaching the latter stages, instead of winning the entire tournament, might be a better choice.

Jannik Sinner is another name fancied by many for a decent run in the tournament. Just 20, the Italian has had a strong year, which has seen him climb to 13th in the world. He reached the quarter-finals in Australia and also had a reasonable run in Paris. His odds of 86.0 are certainly very attractive, but like Shapovalov, it might be too early for him to win a Grand Slam.

Other names in the men’s tournament being considered by some include Andy Murray, with odds of 38.3, Cameron Norrie, who has odds of 93.6, and Casper Ruud, who has huge odds of 97.3. However, can anyone beat the imperious Djokovic to the title?