Who are the favourites for The Wimbledon Championships 2024?

11 June 2024

As the anticipation builds for the prestigious Wimbledon Championships of 2024, tennis enthusiasts around the globe eagerly speculate on who will emerge as the favourites to claim victory on the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club. With a storied history and an unparalleled atmosphere, Wimbledon always attracts the world’s top players.

From seasoned champions to rising stars, the field promises fierce competition and thrilling matches that will captivate audiences worldwide. So, who are the favourites for Wimbledon 2024? Let’s delve into the intriguing narratives, rivalries, and talents that will undoubtedly shape this year’s championship.

Novak Djokovic is a titan of the tennis world and having cemented himself amongst the greatest to play the sport, he now turns his attention towards more grand slams and more history-making.

Djokovic incredibly won 3 of the 4 slams in 2023 and only narrowly missed out on all 4, losing to Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the fifth and final set of a thrilling Wimbledon final. Unfortunately, Djokovic suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee during his five-set fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo at the French Open.

Djokovic is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks and is doubtful for Wimbledon, but could potentially return for the Paris Olympics starting July 27.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz, has taken the tennis world by storm, winning both the US Open and Wimbledon in 2022 and 2023 respectively. His victory in the Wimbledon final last July will leave a lasting impact on all those who witnessed it, and signified a potential handing over of the baton as the future of tennis starts to move away from the era of greats such as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.

Alcaraz started his 2024 slam campaign at the Australia Open, reaching the quarter-final before being beaten by Alexander Zverev. Alcaraz will be keen to impress again at Wimbledon this year and will have to beat the likes of Djokovic and Sinner once again if he is to win back-to-back Wimbledon Championships.

Jannik Sinner is a 22-year-old Italian tennis star who is fresh off the back of his first slam title, the Australian Open, a huge step for Sinner after narrowly missing out on a place in the Wimbledon final last year. His victory over Djokovic en route to glory in Australia was Djokovic’s first loss in the event since 2018, proving to the tennis world that he really is part of the future of the game.

Like Alcaraz, Sinner will be hungry to impress at Wimbledon this year and with the confidence clearly flowing through his game, he is certainly one to watch when the Championships start in July.

The 28-year-old Russian currently finds himself number 4 in the men’s rankings after reaching the final in the Australian Open before losing to the aforementioned Sinner, his third Australian Open final. He had previously won the event in 2022 when he climbed to the illustrious spot of world number one and is amongst the favourites for any event he goes into.

After a semi-final loss in the Wimbledon Championships last year, Medvedev will be keen to go one step further this year and reach yet another slam final. To do so, he will have to beat the fresh talent he will face, with the competition for grand slams greater than ever.

Nick Kyrgios is a player that needs no real introduction. A maverick of tennis that has the ability to win any tournament he plays in, but so far in his career has lacked the mental focus needed to win a grand slam. However, the Aussie won the doubles 2022 Australian Open and reached the Wimbledon final later that year, showing that he is on the right path to finally winning the major that the tennis world knows he has the natural talent to win.

Kyrgios currently faces further injury worries and hence it is difficult to predict how Kyrgios will fare when the Wimbledon Championships take place in July.

The current world number one is the defending French Open champion and has won 4 major titles so far, despite only being 22 years old. The Pole is the best player in the world right now and is the red-hot favourite to add a Wimbledon title to her ever-growing resume.

Her best finish at Wimbledon so far was her quarter-final appearance in 2023 and she will be hoping to improve on what is a poor record compared to her success in other major competitions, demonstrating the difficulty in winning at Wimbledon, even for the best player in the world.

After defending her title at the Australian Open to win the first grand slam of the year, the second of her career, 2024 looks to be a promising year for the 25-year-old from Belarus. Having reached the semi-finals in her last two Wimbledon appearances, she will be keen to carry on her electric start to the year and add to her two slams, possibly overtaking her competitor Swiatek as world number one in the process.

Swiatek lost to Ons Jabeur in the 2023 Wimbledon semi-final, one of many other incredibly talented female tennis players gunning for the major silver wear on offer this year, all of whom she will have to beat to achieve the Wimbledon title she is after.

The 24-year-old from Kazakhstan goes to Wimbledon in 2024 hoping for a repeat of her performances in 2022, which led to a first major title and kickstarted her career, putting her in the conversation as one of the best female players on the planet.

Currently world number 4, Rybanika has had a poor start to the calendar year, failing to make it pass the second round of the Australian Open. However, Wimbledon might be the place where she kickstarts her year, particularly with past success to fall back on, which is often crucial in a gruelling and hotly contested two weeks.

Only 19 years old, but already with huge experience on the biggest stages in tennis, Coco Gauff is the world number three and the defending US Open champion. She has already reached a quarter-final this year at the Australian Open and will need to continue that form in order to improve on her first-round exit in the Wimbledon Championships last year.

Interestingly, Gauff has already reached the world number one spot in doubles, currently sitting at number 7, another aspect of the young American’s game to look out for at Wimbledon this July. Her chances are as good as anyone’s, with a fifth appearance at Wimbledon fast approaching, the competition for the women’s singles is really heating up.

The Tunisian is one of the fiercest competitors in tennis and is desperately chasing her first major title. At 29 years of age, she is at the peak of her powers and has a real opportunity to clinch that first grand slam win at Wimbledon this year, having finished as runner up in the last two Championships.

She is hugely popular and has grown an even wider following as a result of the popular Netflix show ‘Break Point’, with a point to prove this year to show she can win against a field full of young and immensely talented players.

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