The wait is over, Wimbledon 2019 is underway for its 133rd edition. The third and penultimate of the year’s major tennis tournaments is set to be full of drama and expectation. In Wimbledon odds, the usual players are favourites in both the men’s and women’s singles titles. For the men, four-time Wimbledon winner, Novak Djokovic is the outright favourite, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also up there for the championship.
But what about the British representation? It’s been a long three years since Andy Murray defeated Canadian Milos Raonic and being honest, it looks like the wait for another British winner at Wimbledon will continue, but here we will run through all the entrants for the men’s singles title.
Kyle Edmund (30)
Best Wimbledon finish: round 3 (201
Best Grand Slam finish: Australian Open, semi-final (2018)
Last year, Kyle Edmund enjoyed his best run to date at SW19, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic; while he enters this year’s tournament as the British number 1. The 30th seed recently made the semi-finals of Eastbourne in the lead-up to the pinnacle of the grass season. He became the first British men’s single player through to the second round, beating Spaniard Jaume Munar in straight sets: 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 – and will face Fernando Verdasco next.
Paul Jubb (WC)
Best Wimbledon finish: N/A
Best Grand Slam finish: N/A
Paul Jubb will be making his debut appearance at a tennis Grand Slam, after receiving a wildcard for the first round of the men’s singles. The 19-year-old, who is ranked 431st in the world, recently also made his debut on the ATP Tour at Eastbourne. After winning two qualifying matches, he lost out in the first round to American Taylor Fritz. João Sousa of Portugal poses the first test to the young tennis star in the first round at SW19.
Dan Evans (unseeded)
Best Wimbledon finish: round 3 (2016)
Best Grand Slam finish: Australian Open, round 4 (2017)
Former British number 2 Dan Evans returned to tennis last year, following a one-year ban. He received a wildcard for the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon last year, losing out in the second round of qualifiers and this year has already gone one better, making round one. Here, he faces fellow seeded player, Federico Delbonis. Evans recently gave us a glimpse of his previous grass-court form, losing out in the quarter-finals of Eastbourne to compatriot, Edmund.
James Ward (WC)
Best Wimbledon finish: round 3 (2015)
Best Grand Slam finish: Wimbledon, round 3 (2015)
Another former British number 2 and winner of the Davis Cup in 2015, James Ward has the toughest of the opening round matches, when he faces the 18th seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. At 32-years-old, Ward is the oldest of the British contingent, who has seen injuries ravage his career and it’ll no doubt be an emotional return to SW19 with Ward not only thinking “what if?” but also out to prove a point in front of a home crowd.
Cameron Norrie (unseeded)
Best Wimbledon finish: round 1 (2017/2018)
Best Grand Slam finish: French Open, round 2 (2018); US Open, round 2 (2017/2018)
Cameron Norrie switched allegiances from New Zealand to Great Britain in 2013 and only turned professional in 2017. He’s currently the British number 2 and qualified for Wimbledon, due to this world ranking (number 49). Norrie’s best performance at Wimbledon has been the first round and this year, he will be looking to go one better when he takes on fellow-unseeded player, Denis Istomin. He also recently criticised the announcement of the wildcards for Wimbledon.
Jay Clarke (WC)
Best Wimbledon finish: round 1 (2018/2019)
Best Grand Slam finish: Wimbledon round 1 (2018/2019)
Jay Clarke is no stranger to a Wimbledon wildcard, having received one last year and one for the qualifying rounds in 2017. It will be only the second time that the 20-year-old has made a Grand Slam final draw and will face Noah Rubin of USA in the first round.
Our best chance?
We can’t look beyond Kyle Edmund (150/1). He will need to avoid the seventh seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas (20/1) for as long as possible – it’s likely the two could well meet in the fourth round. He’s also said that “it’s an honour” to return to Centre Court at Wimbledon, also believing he could prove the surprise package to win the prestigious tournament. When asked the all-important question, he responded: “I believe that. I know I have the game for it. There’s a point where you really have to start believing it if you want to do it and I’ve really started to believe it over the last few years.”