We’re not going to sit here and tell you tennis players garner the same amount of love — at least in the United States — as the superstars of the National Football League. That would be disingenuous, and we’d like to think we’re better than that. And yet, there are times of the year when the sport of tennis becomes the talk of the town. Wimbledon happens to be one of those times.
Right now, the top players in the world have converged on the All England Club, all with a singular goal in mind: Wimbledon glory. Considering this is the most prestigious tournament in all of tennis, you better believe Vegas oddsmakers have something to say — particularly when it comes to which players have the best odds of hoisting the 2018 trophy. See for yourself.
4. Alexander Zverev (+800)
Casual tennis fans may not be familiar with Alexander Zverev, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a serious contender. The 21-year-old from Germany stands at 6-foot-6, has a 34-10 record in 2018, and is currently the world’s No.3-ranked player. Zverev is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
3. Novak Djokovic (+650)
We hardly recognize the Novak Djokovic of 2018. A few years ago, the Djoker was dominating men’s tennis and collecting one Grand Slam after another. Now, the Serbian is the No. 21-ranked player on tour. Of course, if the 12-time Grand Slam champion — and three-time Wimbledon winner — returns to his old form, he is plenty capable of taking down the rest of the field.
2. Rafael Nadal (+500)
Rafael Nadal’s best surface is clay, however, the world’s No. 1 player isn’t exactly a slouch on grass. Sure, 11 of Rafa’s 17 career Grand Slams have come at the French Open, but the Spanish stud has two Wimbledon titles to his name as well. Nadal might not be the favorite, but it’s hard not to like his chances.
1. Roger Federer (+150)
Roger Federer is the king of the grass court. His eight Wimbledon titles are more than any other male player in history, and he stands alone at the top of the men’s Grand Slam mountain with 20. Simply put, as has been the case for most of his career, Federer is the man to beat at the All England Club.
Other names to watch:
- Marin Cilic (+1200)
- Juan Martin del Potro (+1200)
- Nick Kyrgios (+1600)
- Milos Raonic (+2000)
- Grigor Dimitrov (+2000)
- Dominic Thiem (+2500)
Statistics courtesy of ATP World Tour.
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