The oldest tennis tournament in the world begins its 2022 edition on June 27 from the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. There are several intriguing stories heading into Wimbledon 2022, particularly in the men’s draw where Rafael Nadal, tennis French Open odds winner, is looking to win three consecutive Grand Slams to begin the season.
Novak Djokovic should present quite the challenge to Nadal, however, as the Serbian star has won each of the last three Wimbledons (the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). He’s also two Grand Slams behind Nadal for the all-time record and will certainly be looking to win both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before next year’s Australian Open, where he has nine titles.
Roger Federer, the third of the Big 3 stars on the ATP Tour, is still recovering from knee surgery. He hasn’t played since Wimbledon 2021 and will miss Wimbledon this year for the first time since 1998.
Another notable storyline heading into the tournament will be the absence of Russian and Belarussian players. World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev surely would have been a favorite to win his second Grand Slam, but the Russian won’t be allowed to compete. The U.S. Open recently announced it would allow Russians and Belarussians to play.
2022 Wimbledon Men’s Winner Contenders Odds
Novak Djokovic (-120)
Djokovic has had a relatively light schedule this year due in part to being unable to play at the Australian Open (or other events in Australia) due to his vaccination status. Still, he hasn’t been as dominant as he usually is and has a 16-5 record this season.
Djokovic lost to Nadal in four sets at the French Open but is better than the Spaniard on grass and is the overwhelming favorite.
Rafael Nadal (+650)
Despite recently turning 36, Nadal is having one of the best seasons of his career and has overtaken both Djokovic and Federer for the all-time lead in Grand Slam victories with 22. He hasn’t played since Roland Garros and should be well-rested for Wimbledon, where he last won in 2010.
Carlos Alcaraz (+650)
Just as Nadal is enjoying one of the best years of his career, a fellow (but much younger) Spaniard has quickly risen to become one of the top players in the world and a potential threat to Nadal’s chances at winning a third Grand Slam this season.
The 19-year-old has won four of his five career titles this season and owns an impressive 32-4 record. He scored impressive wins over Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov before losing to Alex Zverev in the quarter-finals of the French Open.
2022 Wimbledon Men’s Picks and Predictions
This tournament is Djokovic’s to lose, but the younger players on tour do finally seem to be gaining ground on the Big 3, and there’s several under-25 stars who could get their big break at this year’s Wimbledon.
Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime (+1100) and Denis Shapovalov (+2000) are two of those players.
Auger-Aliassime has reached nine ATP Tour finals but has only one title. He reached the quarter-finals at last year’s Wimbledon and is coming off of an impressive performance at the French Open in which he became one of only three players to take Nadal to five sets. Shapovalov reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year.
Other potentially interesting players with attractive tennis betting odds include Nick Kyrgios (+2000), Andy Murray (+2500), and Casper Ruud (+6600).
Kyrgios is an enigmatic performer but one of the best grass players on tour. He’s 15-7 all-time at Wimbledon, which is his best record among all four Grand Slams.
Murray has played well as of late but is dealing with an injury, so keep an eye on his status. Ruud, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing first-round loss at the Queen’s Club Championship but reached the final of the French Open.
How to Bet on Wimbledon?
When betting on tennis, whether Wimbledon or any other ATP/WTA tournament, be sure to look for reputable sportsbooks and check the lines for each match to find the most attractive tennis betting odds.
Some sportsbooks have slightly different lines than others, so if you favor a player in a particular match-up, look around to see where you can get the most value.
If betting on the tennis betting outright winner, you’ll need to place your wager before the start of the tournament to get the best odds.