Last year, the entire grass court season was cancelled around the globe, which meant that the Wimbledon Championships never took place in 2020. A year later, and the tournament is back for the delayed 134th event and the signs are that the oldest tennis tournament in the world is set to come back with a bang.

The five major tournaments, the men’s and women’s championships, plus the three doubles events, men’s, women’s and mixed, make up the main focus for many punters, but the tournament also runs other tournaments for juniors, senior players and for those with disabilities.

UK fans have had some mixed news in the past 24-hours after it emerged that the top UK seed in the women’s tournament, Johanna Konta, had to withdraw after one of her team tested positive, but the good news is that Andy Murray is set to make his long-awaited return to the tournament after a lengthy spell out with injury.

However, Cameron Norrie, a finalist at Queens Club, may offer UK fans their best chance of home success in this tournament.

In this article, we are going to focus on the players we are going to back to win the men’s and women’s championships and we will also explain in detail why they are our tips to win the tournament.

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Before we focus in on our picks for the men’s and women’s tournaments, let’s first quickly recap what it is about Wimbledon that makes it such a special event in the tennis calendar every year, and why it was missed so deeply by everybody last year.

The Quirks And History Of Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and was first contested back in 1877. It is famous for a number of reasons, one of them being that the players must wear all white when competing in the tournament. In addition, umpires and ball boys and girls also have their own specific uniform.

In the open era, Martina Navratilova became the most successful singles player of all time when she landed nine singles title wins. In the men’s tournament, Roger Federer holds the record with eight wins.

This year’s men’s and women’s champions will take home £2,350,000 in prize money each, while reaching the final will result in you picking up a cheque for £1,175,000 even if you were to lose.

The Championships are also famous for their strawberries and cream, over 30,000 tonnes of which were sold in the 2017 tournament.

128 players will start in the first round of both the men’s and women’s tournament, so who are the players that will likely come to the fore in each?

Wimbledon Men’s Champion 2021 Tip

Novak Djokovic. Next!

There are a huge number of factors as to why this year looks set up for the Serbian world number one to win his record-equalling 20th Grand Slam (joining Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on that mark) and his sixth Wimbledon title.

First up, Rafa Nadal, arguably likely to be his toughest opponent in the tournament, has withdrawn from the event. Roger Federer, whom Djokovic beat in a sensational final back in 2019, is now 40 years of age and not the force he once was and Andy Murray is on his way back from a lengthy spell out with injury. Dominic Thiem will also not compete in the event.

Add to that the next generation of tennis stars, like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov haven’t been able to match the quality of the veterans, and you have a tournament that looks primed for Djokovic to win.

Little wonder then that bet365 Sport have Djokovic as their 8/11 favourite to win the tournament and even at that very short price, which is almost unheard of in the futures market for a Wimbledon event, Djokovic is the only sensible player to back to win the event.

If you are looking for someone who Djokovic could play in the final as an each way bet then Manuel Berrettini (12/1) is arguably the pick of the bottom half of the draw after reaching the final of Queens and beating Cameron Norrie to claim the title.

However, I do feel there are better odds options available in the women’s tournament.

Wimbledon Women’s Champion 2021 Tip

If the men’s tournament looks primed for one player to win it, the women’s event is a complete contrast. Almost any of the 128 players starting in this tournament will feel they could win it, and at least the top 32 seeds will feel that if they have a good fortnight, they could at least go deep in the tournament and maybe even lift the famous trophy.

The top seed Ashleigh Barty and the most successful player of the modern era, Serena Williams are the joint favourites for the tournament at 11/2, especially after the news that defending champion Simona Halep will miss out due to an ankle injury sustained in the Italian Open.

With Johanna Konta also ruled out, this does open up the draw considerably, with a number of top players rated at 50/1 or shorter to win the event.

This includes the likes of Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Kvitova (both 10/1), Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza (both 16/1), Cori Gauff (20/1), Elana Rybakina (22/1), Jelena Ostapenko (28/1), Maria Sakkari, Karolina Muchova, Barbora Krejcikova, Anett Kontaveit, Angelique Kerber, Ons Jabeur and Bianca Andreescu (all 33/1).

You can make a case for any player at odds of 50/1 or less of having a great chance in this tournament, but I do feel experience is a very big factor in the tournament, especially in that second week.

Serena Williams would be the pick here, but she has ran out of steam late on in tournaments of late, so my pick is the 16/1 shot Garbine Muguruza, a former champion here who has the game capable of beating anybody on the grass courts.