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Wimbledon 2022 tennis guide: British hopes, predictions, odds, TV

Britain’s grass-court season is in full swing and tennis fans are counting down the days to the start of The Championships at Wimbledon. The third grand slam of 2022 takes place at the All England Club from Monday 27 June to Sunday 10 July.

The tournament will see “a return to capacity crowds” for the first time in three years, said The Telegraph. And for the first time play will be scheduled on the middle Sunday, which is “traditionally a day off at the grand slam”.

Much of the focus on the build-up will be on British star Emma Radacanu, who wowed the SW19 crowds last year by reaching the fourth round. The 19-year-old, who won the US Open in 2021, is battling to be fit for Wimbledon after retiring from the Nottingham Open with a side injury.

Rafael Nadal, who has won both men’s slams so far this year, and defending champion Novak Djokovic will headline the men’s singles draw. World No.1 Iga Swiatek will be joined by 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams in the women’s singles. Seven-time Wimbledon winner Williams, 40, has been given a wildcard.

Kyrgios: everyone wants to win Wimbledon

Another major talking point has been the stripping of ranking points. This year Wimbledon will “essentially be rendered an exhibition event in the tennis ecosystem”, said The Guardian. It has been penalized by the ATP and WTA for banning Russian and Belarusian players and rankings points have been stripped. Men’s world No.1 Daniil Medvedev is one of the players affected by the ban.

Despite the lack of ranking points, Australian Nick Kyrgios believes it will have very little impact on player participation, Tennis365.com reported. “You want to win Wimbledon, you want to play Wimbledon,” he said. “Everyone that follows tennis knows what Wimbledon is, and people that even don’t follow tennis know what Wimbledon is.”

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British hopes at Wimbledon

The grass-court season has opened with an unusual sense of “general optimism” over British tennis, says Stuart Fraser in The Times. Britain is likely to have at least three seeds at Wimbledon: Cameron Norrie, Daniel Evans and Emma Raducanu. And after a largely frustrating year, Andy Murray has also hit his stride.

Last week, the two-time Wimbledon champion beat both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios in straight sets en route to the final of the Stuttgart Open, which he narrowly lost to last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon, Matteo Berrettini. Murray withdrew from the ATP event at Queen’s Club due to an “abdominal problem”, said Tennis.com. But he still aims to play at SW19.

A number of wildcards have been handed to British players, The Telegraph reported. Liam Broady, Jay Clarke, Alastair Gray, Paul Jubb and Ryan Peniston will be in the men’s singles, while Katie Coulter, Jodie Burrage, Sonay Kartal, Yuriko Miyazaki and Katie Swan will be in the women’s singles.

Sue Barker will be at the helm for the last time as host of BBC’s Wimbledon TV coverage. Barker, who is retiring after 30 years, will be joined at the All England Club by a host of former champions, including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash. Other pundits include Tracy Austin, Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, Tim Henman and Annabel Croft.

The broadcaster will show live TV coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 11am daily. BBC Radio 5 Live will bring daily coverage from the grounds including a new Wimbledon Daily podcast with Jonathan Overend.

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Novak Djokovic is a six-time Wimbledon champion

Early predictions: who will win Wimbledon?

At the start of the year tennis writers from the Daily Express put together their predictions for the 2022 season. For Wimbledon, tennis trends writer Yasmin Syed said Novak Djokovic and Ajla Tomljanovic would be crowned men’s and women’s singles champions respectively, while senior sports reporter Stuart Ballard tipped Djokovic and Emma Raducanu. Sports writer Neil McLeman said Andy Murray could “make a run” at Wimbledon – “as long as he does not draw Djokovic in the first round”.

TennisProGuru has been running a readers’ poll for the winners of Wimbledon. In the men’s, Djokovic has 48% of the vote, ahead of Rafel Nadal (29%) and Matteo Berrettini (6%). In the women’s Iag Swiatek has 52% of the votes, ahead of Naomi Osaka (14%) and Simona Halep (7%).

Former player Todd Woodbridge believes fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios could be a serious threat this year. “He is a legitimate force” and has the chance to “go deep” at Wimbledon, he said on Nine’s Sports Sunday. “It’ll depend on his draw from him. That’s significant.”

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Wimbledon betting odds

According to Oddschecker, as of 17 June

Men’s singles winner
  • Novak Djokovic: 5/6
  • Rafael Nadal: 2/15
  • Matteo Berrettini:7/1
  • Carlos Alcaraz: 7/1
  • Felix Auger Aliassime: 12/1
  • Marin Cilic: 1/25
  • Nick Kyrgios: 1/22
  • See the full price list at Oddschecker.com
Women’s singles winner
  • Iga Swiatek: 6/4
  • Cori Gauff: 12/1
  • Simona Halep: 1/16
  • Naomi Osaka: 1/16
  • Serena Williams: 1/20
  • Ons Jabeur: 20/1
  • Karolina Pliskova: 25/1
  • Belinda Bencic: 25/1
  • Emma Raducanu: 1/27
  • See the full price list at Oddschecker.com

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