The grass court season is well upon us with Wimbledon less than three weeks away, and we could not be more excited! As the tournament of the serve and volley and white attire is so close, let’s discuss who the top contenders of 2019 might be.
Men’s Champion (in no particular order)
1. Roger Federer
We all know age is just a number with Federer as he still remains a top contender in any tournament he enters. Federer has had the most success at Wimbledon with six titles to his name. He is coming off a great clay court season and will be hard to stop on grass.
2. Novak Djokovic
Djokovic is the defending champion and favorite heading into Wimbledon 2019. He has had a great season winning two titles including the Australian Open and making it to the Semi-finals of Roland Garros. The current world number one is in great form and is looking dangerous heading into the grass court season.
3. Rafael Nadal
The king of clay does not have the best record at Wimbledon but he did make the semi-finals in 2018 in a five-set war against Djokovic. Nadal is also in peak form as shown in his recent Roland Garros campaign, which saw him earn his 12th French Open title.
I just don’t see anyone beating the big 3 to the title at this stage.
Dustin Brown who I think will be devastating to whoever he faces in the draw. Dustin first announced himself to the tennis world when he beat Rafel Nadal in the first round back in 2015 as a qualifier – you can watch the highlights here Nadal Vs. Brown (Wimbledon 2015). More recently he beat Alexander Zverev in the Mercedes Cup, which you can see some highlights here Zverev Vs. Brown (Stuttgart 2019). Unfortunately, I don’t think Dustin will go deep into the draw, but he will be electrifying to watch and capable of coursing the upset of the tournament.
Unfortunately, Zverev recently hasn’t really found the form that got him to number 5 in the world. Although he is not playing his best tennis at the moment, Zverev still has some time to prepare and potentially go deep into the draw
At 20 years of age, Tsitisipas is definitely a talent and future top 5 players for years to come. He kicked off his grass court season with a win but suffered a shock loss in the second round. Tsitisipas still has time to find form and potentially go deep into the draw.
Thiem is in dazzling form heading into Wimbledon. With his one-handed backhand weapon, he can potentially go deep into the draw, consolidating on his efforts in France.
The controversial Kyrgios has the ability to beat anyone should he feel like playing tennis. If he is up for it, I believe he can go deep into the draw.
Women’s Champion (in no particular order)
1. Naomi Osaka
The current world number one has the ability to beat anyone. Osaka has had a great 2019 season and continues to go deep in the tournaments she enters. She will be hard to beat.
2. Ash Barty
Barty has had a terrific 2019 season winning both Miami Open and Roland Garros. If Barty continues her form she will be hard to stop at Wimbledon, as she is an all-round player with a great net game.
3. Petra Kvitova
Kvitova was the first female of 2019 to win two WTA titles, so she has had a great season so far. Kvitova is coming off a first-round loss at the Roland Garros but is a devastating player who is a top contender for the title.
The defending champion knows what it takes to win a Wimbledon title but she is coming off a first-round loss at Roland Garros. But I’m sure Kerber will be determined to find the form that allowed her to win Wimbledon in 2018.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion can never be ruled out of winning a grand slam. Although Williams suffered an upset at Roland Garros she still has the ability and mindset to bounce back and go deep into the tournament.
There’s no doubt Pliskova has found some great form throughout her 2019 campaign. Pliskova definitely has the ability to go all the way, and she will be tough to beat no matter the moment.
There’s still plenty of time for players to find form and prepare for Wimbledon 2019. For us spectators, there’s still plenty of great tennis to watch leading up to the historic tournament.
With the official draw to be announced on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 am
Who do you think will win Wimbledon 2019?