Who’s Set to Win Wimbledon 2022?

The tennis world was rocked in March when current Wimbledon champion and World number 1 ranked player, Ashleigh Barty, declared on Instagram that she would be retiring from the sport, at the grand old age of just 25. With Barty also playing cricket and golf to a professional level, it’s clear that the Aussie has other goals on her mind that don’t involve tennis. Her absence at the tournament has flung the odds wide open and fans scramble to find out who they should be backing up with free bets on this upcoming Wimbledon edition. Meanwhile, on the men’s side of the draw, Novak Djokovic continues to cast himself as a downtrodden pariah, despite being one of the richest sportsmen on the planet, a move that could see him take his eye off the ball and allow a betting underdog to come through and deliver for those who back his long odds. All things considered, who will win the men’s and women’s Wimbledon titles in 2022?

Wimbledon is a tough tournament to call this year with lots of big names no longer being in the mix and youngsters battling to establish themselves on the world stage

Matteo Berrettini

Everything was going to plan at Wimbledon 2021 for this Italian big hitter. Having made it to the final to face Novak Djokovic, he took the first set on a tie break. It was then that everything went wrong, as the Serbian world number 1 went up through the gears and ran away with the following three sets.

All in all, it was a humbling experience for the 25-year-old but showed that – at least in bursts – he could hang with one of the best players to have ever picked up a racket. The big man will be back with a vengeance in 2022 and will like the fact that Djokovic is seemingly distracted by issues off the court.

Aryna Sabalenka

All the smart money is going on this Belarusian powerhouse to get the job done in 2022. She made steady progress at the slams in 2021, reaching the semis of Wimbledon and the US Open and now looks set to deliver when it matters the most. The only thing that could hold her back is off-court issues.

Another obvious thing in her favour is the decline of Serena Williams, the inability of Emma Raducanu to build on her US Open triumph, and Barty’s aforementioned retirement. It’s famously difficult to predict what will happen in women’s grand slam draws at the moment, but Sabalenka should be there or there abouts when the dust settles at SW19.

Djokovic will once again be the man to beat this summer and it will be interesting to see the sort of reception he receives at the All-England Club

Iga Świątek

Having come from nowhere to win the French Open in 2020, there were those who worried that Świątek’s game would not transfer well from clay to speedy hard courts and grass. A fourth round Wimbledon run in 2021 followed by a semi-final at the 2022 Australian Open appear to have allayed those doubts, with the Pole’s all-court game propelling her to number 2 in the world rankings.

With Barty out of her way, the young 20-year-old will be seen by many as the natural successor to the Australian’s throne.

Rafael Nadal

With Djokovic and Daniil Medvédev likely to be embroiled in separate media frenzies, that have nothing to do with little yellow balls flying about on lawns, the once almighty Rafael Nadal can continue to quietly go about his business, racking up Masters event final appearances and going deep in almost every tournament he takes part in.

Still desperately trying to prevent Djokovic from becoming the undisputed GOAT of men’s tennis, Nadal will be hungrier than ever to upset the apple cart at Wimbledon 2022. There will be large sections of the home crowd who would only be too happy to see him pull of the feat.

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