It has already been a hectic grass-court swing on the ATP and WTA tours but on Monday it is time for the main event as Wimbledon rolls around.
There is plenty to look forward to in the season’s third Grand Slam at the All England Club, as Novak Djokovic looks to defend his title in the men’s singles competition and a handful of Britons aim to make their mark in a competitive women’s singles draw.
The first round of a Grand Slam is often full of one-sided affairs but there is value to be had on Monday and here is a look at three bets to have on the opening matches.
Wimbledon Betting Tips
- Brandon Nakashima to beat Jordan Thompson @ 4/5
- Katerina Siniakova to beat Qinwen Zheng @ EVS
- Katie Swan to beat Belinda Bencic @ 15/8
Date: Monday 3rd July
Time: From 11:00
Location: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Brandon Nakashima to beat Jordan Thompson @ 4/5
Monday’s clash between Australian Jordan Thompson and American Brandon Nakashima is one of the fiercest betting heats on the opening day of Wimbledon and at 4/5 Nakashima represents value to prevail.
The 21-year-old has not enjoyed the most blistering preparations for Wimbledon, losing his only match at Eastbourne, but he did make it to the last 16 of the Halle Open and it was his performance at the Grand Slam last year which suggests he will be a danger again.
Last season Nakashima made it to the fourth round at the All England Club, beating Nicola Kuhn, Denis Shapovalov and Daniel Galan before meeting eventual runner-up Nick Kyrgios, who he took to five sets.
That remains Nakashima’s best performance at a Grand Slam and he looks at home at Wimbledon, where he can take down Thompson, who won just two matches in total at Queen’s and the Mallorca Open.
Katerina Siniakova to beat Qinwen Zheng @ EVS
Another tight tussle expected on day one at Wimbledon is between Katerina Siniakova and Qinwen Zheng.
Her superior ranking means Zheng is marginal favourite but there is reason to side with Siniakova, who has enjoyed a fine start to the grass-court swing.
After making the final of the women’s doubles at the German Open in Berlin, Siniakova went on to pick up a singles title on the same surface at the Bad Homburg Open.
That title run featured a big win over Liudmila Samsonova in the quarter-finals and Siniakova should be in good spirits heading to London.
Katie Swan to beat Belinda Bencic @ 15/8
A hip injury has limited Belinda Bencic’s game time on the WTA tour this year, forcing the Swiss talent to pull out of events such as the Italian Open and the Madrid Open, and she could be vulnerable in her opener with Briton Katie Swan.
Bencic was last in action at the French Open in May, losing her only match against Elina Avanesyan, and she has had no preparation on the grass-courts ahead of Wimbledon.
Swan, meanwhile, reached the final of the ITF Great Britain 09A recently and was competitive against Alize Cornet in the Nottingham Open, taking a set off the French talent.
She previously reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2018 and looks a value bet to do so again this month.