The 2018 Wimbledon tournament is almost here. The big names are ready to descend on SW19 and The All-England Club. Rafael Nadal is fresh from his French Open championship. Andy Murray is not fully healthy but should still take the court. Roger Federer is the defending champion trying to build his legacy to greater heights. Novak Djokovic is steadily improving and trying to break through with a major title which would electrify the tennis world.
The competition in the 128-player main draw begins on Monday, July 2, in suburban London. Betting odds are courtesy of BetDSI Sportsbook.
Category: ITF (International Tennis Federation) Grand Slam
Date: July 2 – 15, 2018
Location: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Wimbledon Village, England
With a prize money allotment of 31.986 million pounds for both women and men (15.982 million British pounds for the men alone), tops in the world, Wimbledon has increased its purse by a few hundred thousand pounds over 2017. The tournament retains its place as the crown jewel of tennis. Lots of players in certain countries and continents revere Roland Garros more than anything else. A lot of players excel on hardcourts and therefore relish playing at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open to a greater degree than they enjoy playing on grass. However, for a lot of players and fans alike, Wimbledon remains the biggest tennis tournament on the planet, the one which is coveted more than any other. Victory at the All England Club creates more of a reputation and leaves a more lasting memory than the rest of the tournaments in tennis.
Champion – 2,000 points
Runner-up – 1,200
Semifinal – 720
Quarterfinal – 360
Round of 16 – 180
Round of 32 – 90
Round of 64 – 45
Former Champions and Results (5 Years)
Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 – Roger Federer def. Marin Cilic – 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
2016 – Andy Murray def. Milos Raonic – 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
2015 – Novak Djokovic def. Roger Federer – 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
2014 – Novak Djokovic def. Roger Federer – 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2013 – Andy Murray def. Novak Djokovic – 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
While Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray will gain all the attention in suburban London, they arrive in different states of being. Djokovic hasn’t made a major final since the U.S. Open in 2016. He has gone through a very rough patch in his game, enduring both coaching changes and injuries. His form has improved in recent months, however, and the idea that he could make the final here is very realistic.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t made the quarterfinals or better at Wimbledon since 2011. Injuries have played a big role in limiting his effectiveness at Wimbledon, but he has also lost in the first week to players (Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis, Dustin Brown) who generally don’t go far at Wimbledon. This tournament will give him a chance for a new start. He has a very good draw without the big servers who can give him problems.
Nadal could play Roger Federer in the final, since the two players are on opposite sides of the draw. Federer and Nadal have been the two most successful men’s players in 2018, winning both of the Grand Slam events. They have combined to win each of the past six Slam singles titles dating back to the start of 2017. The best players of the past 13 years have shown they can still get the job done.
Andy Murray is just beginning to come back from a long injury-based layoff. He played well in a few Wimbledon warm-up events but does not know how his body will hold up in five-set matches. He is not expected to last for more than a few matches. If he can win even one match, that would be a good step for him.
Removed from the Big Four, last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic will try to get back to the final and see if he can win his first Wimbledon. 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic could play Cilic in the fourth round. Juan Martin del Potro could play Nadal in the quarterfinals.
The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The mecca of tennis hosts Wimbledon again. The impressive part of the All-England Club’s existence is that it has modernized and updated itself to provide a convenient and comfortable experience for fans and media, even while preserving Wimbledon’s tradition. The roof over Centre Court and the building of a new No. 1 Court – which has a new roof this year – plus expanded second and third stadium courts have kept Wimbledon’s sterling reputation intact.
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