Andy Murray finished 2016 as the number-one ranked tennis player in the world. Last summer Murray earned his second Wimbledon and Olympic championships and did so with Novak Djokovic as the world number-one. The Scotsman finished the 2016 season with five straight tournament trophies, including a final-round win over Djokovic at the World Tour Finals. That victory made him the year-end No #1.
The finale of the 2016 tennis majors is approaching and there is very little question as to who the favorites are going into the event and whom the racket experts are picking to earn the title.
Can Andy Murray turn his historic Olympic gold medal into a US Open title? In Rio, Murray became the first men’s singles player to win back-to-back Olympic golds by beating Juan Martin del Potro in the finals. Japan’s Kei Nishikori captured the bronze. On the women’s side, Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber for the gold medal. Serena Williams was bounced from the tournament in the third round by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. Fortunately for Williams, she’s returning to Flushing Meadows where she’s won six times.
It will be a surprise, to say the least, if defending golf medalist Serena Williams doesn’t claim her fifth Olympic Games title. While the draw that Williams sits in isn’t the poshest of positions the Team USA top ranked player has the experience and the game management to travel deep into the Rio tournament stages.
The London lawn prepares for the Women’s round-of-16 with Serena and Venus Williams and the 11 singles titles between them this fourth of July weekend. The women’s side also sports a match between No #9 Seed Madison Keys versus Romania’s No.5 seed Simona Halep on the Number-One Court.
Delays due to wet weather have created typical disarray on the lawn in London. The 2016 Wimbledon tennis tournament event is back on its traditional track and we are only one day away from Manic Monday, the day when all 16 fourth round singles matches are played.
Several of the round-of-16 matches in the men’s and women’s singles draw on the London lawn will take place in their entirety today, while a handful of men’s singles contests that were delayed due to rain or suspended because of darkness will be completed as well.
The World number two in tennis, Andy Murray, is the local favorite to win Wimbledon 2016. Murray will play fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round of grass championship.