AUSTRALIAN tennis fans – get the coffee and your sickie excuses ready, Wimbledon has arrived.
Both sides of the draw have short-priced favourites in Novak Djokovic ($1.72) and Serena Williams ($2.50), who are both looking to defend their titles at the All-England club, but there are a few familiar Aussie faces in this year’s tournament who will be looking to cause a big upset.
We took a look at Australia’s best chances for Wimbledon and now deliver our opinion on where we think they will finish in 2016.
Best Australian men title chances
For the first time in years Australia has a realistic title hope at the All-England tennis club.
Both Kyrgios and Tomic are capable of winning Grand Slam titles if they get a good run through to the final stages of the tournament.
Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon betting
Best Wimbledon finish: Quarterfinals, 2014
Canberra firebrand Nick Kyrgios is on the fifth line of betting at Sportsbet for the Wimbledon title and the best-placed Aussie in the market.
The 21-year-old was bundled out of this year’s French Open early in the tournament, but the world number 18 seemed pleased to be out of the running given clay is his worst surface.
We are only two years removed from when the then-teenager shocked the world by beating Rafael Nadal in four sets en route to a career-best quarterfinal finish at the All-England Club.
The divisive Kyrgios also got terrific news heading into London given his seeding of 15, which will give him a far more comfortable draw.
Kyrgios looks like a man who is capable of winning a Grand Slam, and while overcoming Novak Djokovic is nigh on impossible at this point, there is no reason why he cannot progress deep into this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
Bernard Tomic Wimbledon betting
Best Wimbledon finish: Quarterfinals, 2011
Benard Tomic may be ranked just one place behind Nick Kyrgios in the ATP rankings, but according to the market, their Wimbledon chances are worlds apart.
Tomic did not have the favourable draw that his Canberra counterpart did either, getting a seeding of 19, which could see him face one of the top-tier talents as early as the second round.
The Gold Coast product has a career-best quarterfinal finish at the All-England club, but that was back in 2011 and he will need plenty of luck to make an impact this year.
We think Tomic’s triple figure odds are a true reflection of his chances this year and we would be surprised if he made past the third round.
Best Australian women’s title chances
Australian tennis fans are not expected to have too many late nights in 2016 watching Wimbledon, given our best hope is at $67.
Sam Stosur is always a title threat if her head is in the game, but given she has never passed the third round at Wimbledon, we will take a wait and see approach on the former world number 4.
Sam Stosur Wimbledon betting
Best Wimbledon finish: Third round, 2009, 2013, 2015
Former US Open champion Sam Stosur is Australia’s top placed women’s player at Wimbledon this year.
The world number 15 has returned to form in 2016, reaching the French Open semifinal – her first grand slam semifinal finish since 2012.
Unfortunately Stosur has struggled at Wimbledon in the past.
Her best result at the tournament is a third round finish and we are not optimistic she can progress further than that in 2016.
Casey Dellacqua Wimbledon betting
Best Wimbledon finish: Third round, 2008, 2015
World number 128 Casey Dellacqua is Australia’s next best chance on the women’s side at Wimbledon, but given the Perth product is paying over $300, it will take a minor miracle for her to hoist the trophy.
The fan favourite has never gone past the fourth round at any grand slam tournament.
Like Stosur, Dellacqua’s best finish at Wimbledon is a third round finish back in 2008 and 2015, and we cannot see her surpassing that mark in 2016.No tags for this post.