Ontario’s Shapovalov Has Serious Shot To Win Wide-Open Wimbledon

Written By Jose Colorado on June 21, 2022 - Last Updated on June 22, 2022
Canadian Denis Shapovalov is set to compete at tennis’s most prestigious tournament. He has made the cut for Wimbledon alongside some of the sport’s biggest names, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Canadians, Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) and Denis Shapovalov (above, Vaughan, ON), are set to compete at tennis’ most prestigious tournament. The pair have made the cut for Wimbledon alongside some of the sport’s biggest names, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

But unlike in years past, this season’s edition remains wide open with numerous top-ranked players unable to participate. That makes Wimbledon the PlayOntario Sports Betting Event of the Week.

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Is it possible a Canadian could claim the top prize for only the second time ever? PlayOntario takes a look at what Ontario sportsbooks are thinking.

#1 and #2 ranked players sidelined

Ontario sports bettors alert: This year’s Wimbledon will be like a few others. For the first time in over 20 years, the world’s #1 and #2-ranked players will not compete at a major tournament.

Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev won’t attend due to Russian players being banned from the event in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, an ankle injury will sideline #2 Alexander Zverev from Germany. Finally, tennis great Roger Federer is out as he continues to rehab from a third knee surgery.

Ontario’s Shapovalov could present legit threat

That means the tournament is for the taking for Canadians Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov and Ontario sports gamblers might want to check their favourite sports apps.

Though, only once has a Canuck actually won a major event. That came in 2019 when Bianca Andreescu from Mississauga, ON won the US Open.

This year could be different though. Both Shapovalov (#16) and Auger-Aliassime (#9) have experience and are ranked in the world’s Top 20.

Shapovalov memorably made it all the way to the semifinals of last year’s Wimbledon before bowing out in straight sets to Djokovic. Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime made it to the quarterfinals last season.

Wimbledon odds a Canadian will win

The odds a Canadian will win this year’s Wimbledon are as follows:

Auger-Aliassime:

Shapovalov:

  • BetMGM Canada: 26, +2500 (eighth-best odds)
  • BetRivers Canada: 51, +5000 (10th-best odds)
  • Caesars Canada: 17, +1600 (seventh-best odds)
  • bet365 Canada: 34, +3300 (10th-best odds)

Djokovic looks for four-peat at Wimbledon

Wimbledon’s singles draw will be revealed on Friday. That makes wagering a bit trickier. While no match will be easy at such a high-level event, drawing a tennis titan early on such as Nadal or Djokovic could prove fatal. But catch them later on in the tournament and younger legs could prevail.

Regardless, while the likes of Nadal (#4) and Matteo Berrettini (#11) are certainly major threats, the man everyone is chasing is clearly Djokovic.

He has won three consecutive Wimbledon titles, is the top-ranked player in the tournament and has won the English event six times.

Sportsbooks agree that the Serbian is the overwhelming odds-on favourite.

Djokovic outright winner odds:

  • BetMGM Canada: 80 , -125
  • BetRivers Canada: 80, -125
  • Caesars Canada: 83, -120
  • bet365 Canada: 80, -125

Serena Williams set to make return after year-long hiatus

On the women’s side, it is an old face who has stolen the show. Serena Williams took the tennis world by storm earlier this month when she announced she would be returning to the sport for the major tournament.

The tennis legend is just one win away from tying Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam singles record of 24 championships. But Williams, 40, hasn’t played in a competitive match in nearly 12 months. Much like Federer (#96) on the men’s side, the American seems to be on the last legs of her career.

One thing working in the superstar’s favour will be the grass element at Wimbledon.

Alongside the US Open (hard court), Williams has been most successful when playing on grass – having won seven titles in the environment.

She will also have a tune-up prior to the event. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is participating in the Eastbourne International – slotted for June 20 – 25.

Sportsbooks peg Williams’ chances

All things considered, Williams’ Wimbledon odds aren’t too shabby given the circumstances.

Despite the layoff, she remains in contention with the fourth-best odds at some major operators:

  • BetMGM Canada: 15, +1400 (fourth-best odds)
  • BetRivers Canada: 19, +1800 (fourth-best odds)
  • Caesars Canada: 17 , +1600 (fourth-best odds)
  • bet365 Canada: 17, +1600 (fifth-best odds)

Iga Swiatek favoured to go back-to-back in Grand Slams

However, women’s tennis has a new wonder kid. And she’s nearly half William’s age (21). Her name is Iga Swiatek. The native of Poland is already the top-ranked player in the sport. And sportsbooks have her as the favourite to win Wimbledon. Swiatek enters the draw on a 35-game winning streak (tied for 16th longest-streak in open era) including a French Open title.

At the major operators, her odds are unanimously set at 2.5, +150. The next closest is #12 ranked American Cori Gauff at 11, +1000.

There are no Canadians competing on the female side of the draw.

Wimbledon starts Monday, June 27 and concludes July 10.

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