We are deep into June and that can only mean one thing, Wimbledon is just around the corner and the Championships get underway next week.
The green grass courts, the strawberries and cream and incredible athletes are set to return this summer after Covid-19 cancelled last year’s Championship. Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is set to take to the hallowed grass at the All England Club in the men’s singles for the first time since 2017, his last tournament appearance came in 2019 when he played in the mixed doubles with 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.
Murray’s return to Queen’s earlier this month was an emotional affair and it is expected his return to Wimbledon could be just as overwhelming. Murray’s return has been highly anticipated and fans cannot wait to see him back in action.
This year marks a piece of history at Wimbledon as Britain has three seeds in the singles draws for the first time in 43 years. Here is a look at Britain’s biggest hopes of glory at Wimbledon 2021…
As already mentioned, Britain’s former number one, who needed a wildcard to part in this year's men’s event, will be taking to the men’s singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017.
His hip has always caused him serious pain and has hindered him from playing to his full potential and he had an operation in the hope of sorting his ‘achilles heel’. His mixed doubles campaign with Williams two years ago was a way of the Scotsman getting back into routine in recovering from the operation.
Without Rafeal Nadal, Andy Murray’s chances seem higher but he still has to contend with two other greats of the sport in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Betfred Odds: 40/1
Following his impressive run to the final at Queen’s last weekend, Norrie was seeded for Wimbledon for the first time in his career. The Brit was hoping to become only the second Briton after Andy Murray to win the Queen’s title in the Open era but he was defeated 6-4 -6-7 6-3 by Matteo Berrettini in his first grass-court final on Sunday.
Norrie, also a runner-up in Estoril and Lyon last month, will be looking to make an impact at Wimbledon having been seeded for the draw and he will hope to carry the momentum that got him all the way to the final at Queen’s into this Championship.
Betfred Odds: 150/1
The current British number one was selected by 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer to be his sparring partner in preparation for Wimbledon.
After exiting Queen’s at the quarter-finals stage, Evans insisted he was happy with his Wimbledon preparation. His best results at the Championships came in 2016 and 2019 when he reached the third round and he will be eager to progress further this year. His preparation with a great like Federer will only boost his chances.
Betfred Odds: 100/1
The British women’s number one will be fighting hard to reach the Wimbledon final for the first time in her career.
The 30-year-old has reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals in two of her last three appearances at the All England Club but the second half of 2019 saw her sidelined with a problem in her right knee, and she has struggled for a good run of form since.
She will be coming into the tournament positive, though. This is because she won her first tournament in four years a couple of weeks ago in Nottingham, albeit in a relatively weak field.
Betfred Odds: 33/1