We’re less than a week from the 2016 Wimbledon and while I’ll cover a ton of the matches, it’s time to take a look at some of the future odds and picking a possible champion. Of course, I tend to go where the value is at and side with players who may have larger odds than expected. Novak Djokovic at -134 isn’t valuable considering the competition he’s going to face.
Well, here goes.
Here are some 2016 Wimbledon futures to consider before the tournament.
Andy Murray - Andy Murray is playing some of his best tennis in years and has already reached five finals this season. Murray is coming off a title at the Queen's Club Championships and has seven victories over top-10 players in 2016. He’s hitting the ball well, not racking up unforced errors and is as confident as he was when he was 25 years old. Murray has also reached at least the quarterfinals in his last eight appearances at the Wimbledon and won the title back in 2013. Odds of +330 and Murray is a solid bet given his current form.
Roger Federer - Again, I’m a believer that Roger Federer has at least one more grand slam title in his soon to be 35-year-old body. Federer was sharp all of last season but has been dealing with injuries as of late. Assuming he’s healthy, Federer is a great bet at +1400. Federer has won the Wimbledon seven times in his career and reached the final each of the last two seasons. He still moves very well for a guy his age and really makes his opponent work for points. Federer will make a serious run if he’s put his recent injury issues in the past.
Marin Cilic - Marin Cilic has been very solid since the Miami Masters after taking some time off to regroup. Cilic just made the final of the Geneva Open and took Murray to three long sets in the Queen's Club Championships. Cilic is back to serving extremely well, and he’s a tough out when he’s getting his first serve in play and dropping aces down the hatch. Cilic has also made the quarterfinals in each of his last two appearances at the Wimbledon, making it his second most successful grand slam next to the US Open. In Cilic’s current form, +6600 odds holds value and provides room for hedging.
Stan Wawrinka - Stan Wawrinka is always a guy to keep an eye on given his improvement in grand slams and the fact he’s still treated like a long shot to win. Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals in seven of his last eight grand slam appearances, which includes his last two appearances in the Wimbledon. Wawrinka has been hit or miss this season overall, but we all know when he’s on, he’s on and a run is certainly capable of taking place. Wawrinka and odds of +2600 is a nice play.
David Ferrer - I always wager on David Ferrer in future grand slams. Not because he’s going to win, but because his crazy odds provide plenty of room to hedge. Ferrer has made at least the quarterfinals in 12 of his 17 grand slam appearances and has made the quarterfinals in two of his last three trips to the Wimbledon. Ferrer isn’t the most talented guy and probably will never win a grand slam, but he competes hard and finds himself making deep runs. You can make money betting on +30000 and then heading as we can deeper in the tournament.