Wimbledon is just around the corner as the third men's Grand Slam tournament of 2022 will get underway at the end of June. Wimbledon is one of the all time great tennis tournaments. It is the only Grand Slam played on grass and its traditions are unique to the world of top level tennis.
In 2021, Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon for the sixth time in his illustrious career. Djokovic will aim to lift the famous trophy once more, but he will have a strong field of players gunning for him.
Wimbledon's men's tournament winner will earn a cool £2 million. It is a healthy chunk of cash, making Wimbledon one of the world's richest tennis competitions. This year's edition of Wimbledon will be the 135th. Like the previous tournaments, the world's tennis fans and players will be watching the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at the end of June.
Wimbledon Odds - Outright Winner
Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon for the sixth time in 2021. He will fancy his chances of picking up a seventh trophy in London. However, after losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinals, Djokovic could run into trouble once more, if he comes up against a top rival.
Since the Australia Open and issues over being vaccinated against COVID-19, many tennis fans have been against Djokovic. The Serbian will hope to win Wimbledon and win the fans over once more. Djokovic is at the best betting odds of 5/6 to win Wimbledon again.
Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the French Open in the fourth round. He has won just one Grand Slam tournament previously but goes into London as one of the favourites according to bookies. Medvedev is at the best betting odds of 6/1 to win. Although Medvedev is currently listed as the bookies' second favourite to win Wimbledon and is ranked No. 1 in the world, he is banned from the tournament. All Russian and Belarussian players are banned from the competition. This ban could change in the lead-up to the tournament's start, however.
Carlos Alcaraz surprised onlookers in Paris with strong performances. His excellent play has led to raised expectations. Alcaraz is at the best betting odds of 13/2 to win at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
French Open winner Rafael Nadal has not done well historically at Wimbledon. He has won the tournament just two times. Along with the Australian Open, Nadal has won Wimbledon the fewest number of times compared to the other Grand Slams. Nadal has battled injuries recently, but fitness didn't stop him at Roland Garros. Bookies have Nadal at the best betting odds of 7/1 to win in London.
One player to watch out for is Matteo Berrettini. The Italian is coming off of a win at the Stuttgart Open in June. He defeated Andy Murray in the final and is in good form ahead of London. Berrettini lost the Wimbledon final a year ago to Djokovic. He will be back in London with high expectations. Berrettini is 11/1 to win Wimbledon this year and continue his strong play.
Unfortunately for tennis fans, German Alexander Zverev will miss the tournament. The German was up and down at Roland Garros, but reached the semifinals. He was forced to return against Rafael Nadal after suffering a painful ankle injury. Since then, Zverev has undergone surgery to repair the ankle.
Here are the top 10 Wimbledon odds for this year's tournament:
- Novak Djokovic 5/6
- Daniil Medvedev 6/1 (currently banned from competing)
- Carlos Alcaraz 13/2
- Rafael Nadal 7/1
- Alexander Zverev 10/1 (injured)
- Matteo Berrettini 11/1
- Felix Auger Aliassime 12/1
- Stefanos Tsitsipas 18/1
- Nick Kyrgios 25/1
- Marin Cilic 25/1
Who Is the Favourite to Win Wimbledon This Year?
Novak Djokovic is the bookies' favourite to win Wimbledon. He has won the competition on six previous occasions, including in 2021. Djokovic has not had a great 2022 season, however. Issues over COVID-19 vaccines caused him to be deported from Australia and miss the Aussie Open. Fans at tournaments have been vocal about their disapproval of Djokovic, booing him on the court.
Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open against Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6(4)-7(7). He looked rattled against Djokovic and struggled to keep up with the Spaniard's pace. The grass courts of Wimbledon have benefitted Djokovic throughout his career. He will saviour playing on the surface where he has been a serial winner.
The Serbian is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the world. He entered the French Open as No. 1, but thanks to a loss to Nadal in the quarterfinals, he dropped two places. Djokovic has a record of 16-5 this season and one tournament title. He won the Italian Open defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas. Surprisingly, in April, Djokovic lost the Serbia Open to Andrey Rublev. Those are the only two finals he has reached in 2022.
With the banning of Daniil Medvedev and the injury to Alexander Zverev, Djokovic could face an easy route to the final. He enjoyed a relatively easy route to the trophy in 2021.
Who Won Wimbledon in 2021?
Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the final of the 2021 Wimbledon tournament. Djokovic claimed the victory 6(4)-7(7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. The Serbian's path to the final wasn't the most difficult in the tennis world.
He played just two ranked players on the way to Berrettini. In the fourth round, Djokovic defeated No. 17, Cristian Garin, before a semifinal clash with No. 10, Denis Shapovalov. The 2022 Wimbledon competition may be slightly more difficult for the world No. 3.
Berrettini will be one player to watch out for this year. He has one title in 2022 and a record of 13-6. Berrettini is currently ranked No. 10 in the world. If he comes up against Djokovic once more, he could have the key to defeating the six time champion. So far, Berrettini has faced Djokovic on four occasions, losing all four times. Could a fifth meeting be the key to victory for Berrettini?
What Dates Are Wimbledon On?
Wimbledon will once again be played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The tournament will start on Monday, June 27, 2022.
When Is the Wimbledon Men's Final?
The Wimbledon men's final will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2022.
The 2022 edition of the tournament will be the first in Wimbledon history to play out over 14 days. It will be the first time that the competition is played on "the Middle Sunday". The fourth round of matches will be spread across two days.
Matches on Wimbledon's outside courts will begin daily at 11:00 a.m. There will be a staggered start time for games on Centre Court and Court No. 1. Matches at Centre Court will begin at 1:30 p.m. The matches on Court No. 1 will start at 1:00 p.m. On finals weekend, Centre Court play will begin at 2:00 p.m.
The tentative Wimbledon schedule is as follows:
- Monday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 28: Men's first round
- Wednesday, June 29 - Thursday, June 30: Men's second round
- Friday, July 1 - Saturday, July 2: Men's third round
- Sunday, July 3 - Monday, July 4: Men's fourth round
- Tuesday, July 5 - Wednesday, July 6; Men's quarterfinals
- Friday, July 8: Men's semifinals
- Sunday, July 10: Men's final
Wimbledon - The Field
The big news heading into the 135th edition of Wimbledon is the ban of men's world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev. All Russian and Belarussian players have been banned from the tournament in London due to the war in Ukraine. Unlike the French Open, Wimbledon won't allow players from Russia or Belarus to play.
It has recently been announced that world No. 2, Alexander Zverev of Germany won't play Wimbledon either. Zverev tore ligaments in his ankle during the French Open semifinals. He had to retire against Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros final four. Since the French Open ended, Zverev has undergone ankle surgery to repair the damage.
Along with Medvedev and Zverev missing the tournament, world No. 8 Andrey Rublev will be absent. Rublev is Russian as well and is banned from competing. Although Nadal is expected to play, he has not officially confirmed his participation at the time of writing. It is believed Nadal will play the competition after his uncle, Toni, claimed the French Open winner is "on track to play". Nadal is still nursing chronic foot injury issues.
World No. 3 and reigning champion Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The Serbian is seeking to add to his collection of Grand Slam trophies at Wimbledon 2022.
This month marks the first time since 2003 that none of the combinations of Nadal, Djokovic, or Roger Federer is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the tennis world. Some tennis experts believe Djokovic will retain the title at Wimbledon 2022 and go on to win the fourth Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. Roger Federer won't play the tournament either.
In total, the men's singles tournament field at Wimbledon 2022 will feature 128 players. The build-up to the competition and potential lifting of the ban on players could alter the list of players in the field.
Who Has The Most Wimbledon Titles?
No player has won more Wimbledon titles than Roger Federer. Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles in his illustrious career. Unfortunately, Federer won't play in the Wimbledon 2022 event.
All eight Wimbledon titles have come in the open era. Despite not being officially retired, Federer is now 40 years old and may only play certain tournaments throughout the year.
Novak Djokovic has the opportunity to catch Federer's Wimbledon win record. Djokovic has won six titles at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. He is just two titles away from equalling Federer's record.
If Djokovic wins the Wimbledon 2022 tournament, he will be tied in second place with the most wins in the event's history. Great Britain tennis player William Renshaw won seven Wimbledon titles. However, Renshaw won those titles between 1881 and 1889 during the amateur era of Wimbledon.
Between 1993 and 2000, American tennis great Pete Sampras won seven Wimbledon trophies in an eight year span. Sampras's only defeat at Wimbledon was in 1996 against Netherlands player Richard Krajicek in the quarterfinals. The defeat was a shock as Sampras lost in three sets. It was the only hiccup for Pete Sampras at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in an incredible eight year period.
Will Rafael Nadal Play Wimbledon?
The French Open 2022 winner has had time off since winning at Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal has had foot injury issues and has been working to get fully fit for Wimbledon 2022. As of this writing, Nadal has not confirmed his participation in the tournament. However, his uncle has informed the media that Nadal is "on track to play".
Nadal would have to have serious reservations about playing the competition to withdraw from it now. The Spaniard looked in excellent fitness at Roland Garros in early June. His win at the French Open will have likely reignited the fire to play on, despite Nadal speaking about possible retirement in Paris.
The Spaniard has won Wimbledon just two times previously. It is one of two Grand Slams that Nadal has not played particularly well at. Of course, that is when Nadal's wins at the French Open and US Open are considered.
Will Novak Djokovic Play Wimbledon?
Novak Djokovic will play at Wimbledon. Djokovic is the current Wimbledon odds leader ahead of the tournament's start. The Serbian is the world's No. 3 ranked player. However, due to a ban to world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and injury to No. 2 Alexander Zverev, Djokovic will be the highest ranked player at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Djokovic has the chance to equal William Renshaw and Pete Sampras's Wimbledon win totals. The Serbian has won six titles at Wimbledon, including claiming last year's trophy in a final win against Matteo Berrettini. As it stands, Djokovic is the Wimbledon odds leader according to top sportsbooks. If he has another easy route to the final, as he did last year, then Djokovic should claim a seventh title in London.
Will Roger Federer Play Wimbledon?
Roger Federer is desperate to return to tennis. The Swiss superstar wants to retire from the sport on his "own terms" rather than being forced to stop due to injuries. Federer is now 40 years old, five years older than Novak Djokovic and four years older than Rafael Nadal.
As John McEnroe said during the French Open, tennis is a "young man's game". It will be difficult for Federer to make a quality comeback, although he is training.
Federer is recovering from knee surgery. According to the tennis legend, things are "moving slowly" at the moment. Federer last played tennis competitively at the 2021 Wimbledon tournament. He reached the quarterfinals of last year's event. A remarkable feat considering Federer's recent injury record.
After the tournament in London a year ago, Federer had a third surgery on his knee. The Swiss player is now ranked No. 50 in the world. It is his lowest ranking since 2000. Federer won't play at Wimbledon this year, unfortunately. However, Federer fans recently got some good news.
The 20 time Grand Slam winner plans to play in September 2022 at the Laver Cup in London. If Federer plays the tournament, he will be 41 years old by the time it begins. Following the Laver Cup, Federer expects to play in Basel in October.
Will Andy Murray Play Wimbledon?
Two time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray was all set to play this year's tournament. However, Murray's plans to play at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club took a hit June 13 when he had to pull out of the Queen's Club Championships, one of the traditional warm up tournaments for Wimbledon, with an abdominal muscle injury.
Murray hadn't even started the tournament before suffering the injury. The former Wimbledon winner now has around two weeks to get fit for the Grand Slam. The 35 year old tennis player sustained the injury at the Stuttgart Open against Matteo Berrettini.
Murray reached the Stuttgart final before being beaten by Berretini. Following the injury, Murray's movement was difficult and serving nearly impossible. As of this writing, Murray is a doubt to play at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Are Russian Tennis Players At Wimbledon?
Russian and Belarussian players won't be allowed to play at Wimbledon this year. The move comes on the heels of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Wimbledon is not the only sports competition to ban competitors from Russia and/or Belarus. UEFA has banned Russian teams from competing in international club and national team competitions this year as well.
Despite Wimbledon's stance on Russian tennis players, the French Open welcomed players from Russia and Belarus to Roland Garros. According to the USTA, there is no decision at the moment whether players from Russia or Belarus will be banned from the US Open in August.
Russian and Belarussian players on the WTA, ATP, and ITF tours have been allowed to continue competing as long as they do so under a neutral flag. If the ban is not overturned before the start of Wimbledon, it will be the first time Russian players have been banned from a major tennis tournament.
The ban on players from Russia and Belarus means men's world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev will miss the tournament. In addition, world No. 8, Andrey Rublev will also miss the event.
Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Club, said: "We recognise this is hard on the individuals affected, and it is with sadness they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime."
Why Are There No ATP Points Awarded at Wimbledon This Year?
There will be no ATP points awarded at Wimbledon 2022. The ATP and WTA announced the absence of points being handed out at the tournament due to the omission of Russian and Belarussian players. Due to the All England Club's ban, the ATP and WTA have retorted by not handing out ranking points.
The reactions from players over the absence of ATP and WTA points have been mixed. Women's player Naomi Osaka stated Wimbledon 2022 will be more like an exhibition tournament than a Grand Slam. Osaka also eluded to the tournament being pointless without WTA and ATP points being given out for performance.
Novak Djokovic has shown his disappointment with the tournament's decision to ban players. He stated the ban is a "lose, lose situation". Benoit Paire also had some stinging words for Wimbledon. He complained that the tournament wasn't cancelled for COVID-19, but some of the world's top players have been omitted due to something out of their control. According to Paire, players have rallied behind those tennis stars that have been banned.