The Men’s Draw:
Will win: Novak Djokovic
He’s won four majors in a row, the first man ever to do so since Rod Laver in 1969. No, not even Roger Federer did that. Djokovic has now won 28 grand slam matches in a row, and is the runaway best player in the world. He will win his fifth major in a row, and will likely complete the calendar slam as well.
Could win: Roger Federer or Milos Raonic
Federer? Winning? What? He knows Djokovic is coming to break his record of 17 majors, so Fed needs to add to his tally before it’s too late. Federer withdrew from the French Open to save himself for this very tournament, and although he had a few slip ups against Thiem and Zverev in warm-up tournaments, he has his best chance to add #18 to his trophy case.
Is Federer too old to win his 18th?
Raonic is just weird. He wears an arm sleeve and might be the only person alive to be sponsored by New Balance. It’s too bad he has the best serve on tour and is finally starting to round out his game.
Should make some noise: Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios
The 19 year-old Zverev may be the future of the ATP. He recently beat Federer in 3 sets, which was the Swiss Maestro’s first loss to a teenager since Andy Murray 10 years ago.
Although his own mom has counted him out before, Nick Kyrgios has also taken the tennis world by storm. He has impressive victories under his belt, like his win over Nadal at this very tournament two years ago. That being said, Kyrgios has been a polarizing figure and we’ll never know how he decides to compete until he does.
Won’t win: Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, or Rafael Nadal
Nishikori has never made it out of the fourth round at Wimbledon, and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different. Perhaps the smoothest player on tour, Nishikori just can’t seem to stay healthy. Also dealing with health issues is Rafael Nadal, who has withdrawn from the tournament due to a wrist injury. As for David Ferrer, he lacks height and has to grind out every point, so the quick strike game on grass is his kryptonite.
Ferrer loses to the quick strike.
American to watch: John Isner
Isner always seems to entertain, yet never make it to the second week. The American’s serve is lethal on grass where the ball hardly bounces, and if it’s on, he can beat anyone in the world. Too bad he doesn’t know what to do when the ball comes back.
The Women’s Draw:
Will win: Serena Williams
What a boring pick, right? WRONG. Serena has failed to win any of the past 3 majors, her longest “winless” streak since a blood clot threatened to derail her career. She just lost in the French Open final match to Muguruza, a player many believe to be Serena’s new “rival.” Serena is still sporting a 24-4 record in 2016, with 2 of those losses coming in major finals. The time is ripe for her to finally tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors.
Could win: Agnieszka Radwanska or Petra Kvitova
It seems that almost every year Radwanska makes a run at Wimbledon to come up short in the end. Could this be the year for the Polish native to recapture the magic she displayed while winning the Wimbledon Juniors in 2005?
The “Radwanska” shot
Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, has a great chance to win the tournament. Although seeded 10th, Kvitova has the powerful lefty game and the veteran savvy to beat anyone in the field.
Should make some noise: Samantha Stosur and Simona Halep
Stosur has never made it past the third round. With a favorable seed and an open draw, however, Stosur has room to make a run and build upon her strong French Open performance where she made it to the semifinals. Expectations for her are low, so any improvement might generate buzz.
Halep, a perennial top 5 WTA player, has yet to win her first career major. Although she doesn’t have the powerful game to blow players off grass courts, Halep has the counterpunching ability to keep opponents honest.
Won’t win: Garbine Muguruza and Genie Bouchard
Muguruza had a stellar performance in Paris, winning the French Open for her lone title of 2016. However, since 2001, no woman has won back to back majors besides Serena Williams. Look for that trend to continue.
As for Genie Bouchard, she seems to care more about her Instagram than about tennis.
American to watch: Madison Keys
Keys has quietly passed Sloane Stephens as the American to carry the torch once the Williams sisters retire. She has the weapons, the game, and the heart to be the next great American tennis player.