We’re a week away from the 2014 Wimbledon, which means it’s time to throw out some future picks. Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the favorite along with Andy Murray, but of course, we’re looking for the guys who can put big time cash in your pocket.
Here’s four players you should give some attention and include on your card.
Tomas Berdych – Berdych has always been a dangerous player due to his overwhelming serve and extreme power, but he would usually fizzle out against the top tier opponents. Well, now it appears Berdych is turning the corner, as he’s reached at least the quarterfinals in five of his last seven Grand Slam events. It’s also important to note that Berdych’s only final appearance in a Grand Slam came in the 2010 Wimbledon. Berdych was always considered mentally weak, but it’s safe to say he’s come a long way the past couple of years and is one of the most dangerous players on tour with his skill set. I’ll throw a few dollars his way with odds of +5000.
Rafael Nadal – I usually use my futures on players with extreme odds who can put a ton of money in your pocket, but you can’t ignore the fact Nadal is getting more than five times your money in this tournament. The reason Nadal is +550 at most sites is because he’s been bounced in the second round or earlier in his last two Wimbledon appearances. However, it’s still Nadal, a player who has appeared in or won the final in four of his last five Grand Slams. Yes, grass isn’t his best surface and he may be a little exhausted after just winning the French Open. Still, it’s Nadal, and when you get juicy lines with him, you take them.
Stanislas Wawrinka – Wawrinka has never gotten past the fourth round of the Wimbledon and has been eliminated in the first round the last two years. But Wawrinka has had a lot of time off since his early exit in the French Open, and you can bet your bottom dollar he will be eager to bounce back in a big way. Wawrinka has been up-and-down throughout his career, but there’s no telling he’s started to put things together with the win in the Australian Open and semifinal appearance in last year’s U.S. Open. At the very least, there’s a possible hedging opportunity with odds of +2500.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - It’s about time Tsonga breaks out his funk and actually plays to his ability. I’ll take a risk on the Wimbledon being that opportunity with odds of +10000. Yup, you read that right. You can get a Top 15 player in the world and somebody who has reached the Wimbledon semifinals twice in the last three years for 100 times your money at some locations. Tsonga hasn’t been himself for quite some time and was just upset by Marinko Matosevic at Queen’s Club. However, we do know what he’s capable of when he’s in the zone and there’s no reason why he can’t find his groove at a tournament he’s had success at.