The 2016 tennis season has been a tale of two outcomes – The men’s majors have played out as-expected twice, and Serena Williams has shockingly lost twice in the finals on the women’s side. No. 1 Novak Djokovic has defeated No. 2 Andy Murray in both the Australian and French Open finals. Serena fell to Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the finals of the Australian Open, then lost to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at Roland Garros. Both Djokovic and Serena are strong favorites in their brackets for next month’s Wimbledon tournament. How will Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer bounce back from their withdrawls at the French Open? Will Maria Sharapova learn her suspension fate by the start of Wimbledon? After losing the first two finals of the year, will Murray be able to overtake Djokovic in his home tournament? Updated odds below are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook…
Raise your hand if you saw these results coming from the first week at Roland Garros: Maria Sharapova didn’t participate. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all had to withdraw. Australian Open champion and third-seed Angelique Kerber lost in the first round. It’s been a wild first week in Paris, but Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams remain strong favorites to capture the crown. Updated odds below are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook…
The Australian Open feels like it was a really, really long time ago, doesn’t it? Does anyone remember when Germany’s Angelique Kerber shocked Serena Williams in the women’s final?! Golf’s four major championships take place within the span of four months during the spring and summer. Tennis has a five month break between the first major of the year in January, and the next one in May. Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets on the men’s side, for those of you that have a fuzzy memory like I do.
The 2015 Wimbledon final was a rematch of the 2014 grass court event, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer taking center court in the last match of the tournament. Last year’s event saw Djokovic and Federer, the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the world, respectively, compete in the finals for the second straight While the 2014 event was a classic match, the 2015 contest was one sided. They’ve had one of the sport’s most competitive long-running rivalries in professional tennis each defeating the other in all four majors.
The tennis world, albeit in a smaller dose, is still trying to shake off the match fixing allegations that were media driven this past winter, most notably during the Australian Open. An Italian prosecutor has called for more than two dozen top tennis players to be investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for possible links to betting rings. The Italian government attorney hasn’t asked for the lower ranked, or medium rated players to speak out, just the top ATP and WTA personnel that wield rackets for a living.
The 2016 Australian Open rang in the New Year without any surprises or noise, at least in the “who is going to win what” container. The national tennis scene was shaken by allegations of match fixing — but as projected — Novak Kjokovic reasserted himself on the men’s side as the most dominant player in the world easily winning the Aussie affair.
Wimbledon is the oldest, biggest, and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and easily the most watched of the four professional tennis majors. The tourney has been held annually at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. The Championships – Wimbledon — is played on grass which was tennis’ original playing surface and gave way to the early name of “lawn tennis.”