There is a lot of hype around Wimbledon 2022 for various reasons. Fans, including tennis players, are disappointed with the exclusion of Russian and Belarussian athletes. They have expressed it publicly, but nothing can be done now. First time in Wimbledon’s 135 years of history, first and second-ranked players are not participating in the men’s category. This leaves Novak Djokovic #1 seed coming into the tournament. World No 2 Alexander Zverev had a horrific ankle injury in the semi-finals of the French Open and has just undergone surgery, so he is certainly out. As for Rafa, the current situation tells that this week he has started practicing a little. With less than 10 days for the tournament to begin, we hope he makes it in time.
Roger Federer, not participating in the Wimbledon is always a major setback for the tournament. Talking about veterans, Serena Williams is making her comeback in this tournament. A piece of big news for all tennis lovers. Recently, he stated that he will be back to full fitness by September. On the other hand, there are a number of young players along with the veterans participating this time. There is a big responsibility on their shoulders to perform and prove themselves.
In this article, we will talk about the players to watch out for in Wimbledon 2022.
Wimbledon 2022- Players To Watch Out For
Out of 128 players participating in both Men and Women’s categories, a lot of players have reasons to believe in themselves. The competition is wide open and is anybody’s to win. Let’s have a look at the players who can make this tournament theirs.
Serena Williams For Wimbledon 2022
There are never questions whenever Serena is in the cards. The 40-year-old will be back on the grass after a long time. One must appreciate her commitment and love for the game. After achieving almost everything in her career, she is still willing to give more. Such a great thing for the tennis community, and fans can’t wait to see her back in action. She is still a threat, especially on the grass court, and it will be a tough fight for the young guns to take her out.
World No 5 and the recent French Open runner-up, Casper Rudd, has all the support from his Norwegian crowd. Rudd has been in scintillating form the past few months. His most recent loss at the Queens must not stop him from believing in himself. He is an exciting prospect and a player to look forward to in the future. Wimbledon 2022 might be his biggest challenge so far in his career.
Recurring injuries for the biggy have always been a big concern in his career. Though his recent performances have shown what he is capable of. On his day, he has beaten almost all the top tennis players. His performance in the French Open was also brilliant, as he made it to the semis. He is a decent grass court player, and his current form can be a threat to others, not to be taken lightly. Big serves and big forehands will certainly play a big part.
The Estonian sensation can pose a big threat to Iga Swaitek’s title chances in Wimbledon 2022. She is ranked #2 in the world and is looking confident coming into the tournament. With Serena Williams’s entry after a long time, the women’s category looks even more exciting. Both Anett and I will have to work their socks off. They are the present and future of women’s tennis. Hope they develop a wonderful rivalry to keep fans glued to their seats and screens.
World No 6 has been in disappointing form lately, adding his latest loss to Nick Kyrgios in the Queens. Still 23, Tsitsipas has still a long way to go, and Wimbledon can be a resurgence. He has all the qualities to be a Grand Slam winner but what he is lacking is his Mojo. Once he gets that back, he can be unstoppable. Many people might not like him, but his talent is something no one can neglect. Hopefully, Stefanos comes out of his shell and plays fearless tennis in Wimbledon.
The notorious Aussie often talked about his bad behavior compared to tennis is not someone to ignore. The unorthodox player has temper issues, but his talent is a fact. If he focuses in the right direction and shows the obsession to win every time he steps on the court, he can be a top player. Playing on grass suits him, and he can upset any player on his day. He genuinely has that capability to reach the top. He needs to work on his inside-the-court demeanor and be more committed to his game. Only the sky is the limit, then.
His recent performance against Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the French Open earned him praises. He took a real test of Rafa’s clay-court capabilities, the only player to take him to five sets in that tournament. Though he lost, he certainly looked very strong. Now coached by Tony Nadal, uncle and former coach of Nadal, he sure knows how to make a player into a winner. Now only 21, Felix has a bright future, and we wish him the best for Wimbledon 2022.
The Spanish no 1 and world no 3, Paula Badosa, is coming into Wimbledon with high expectations. Her 2022 has been a mixed year so far, and the entire Spanish crowd will be behind her and Rafa to bring home the grasscourt title. The 24-year-old has a massive career in front of her, and it should only go higher. She will be facing tough competition from Iga, Anett, and of course, Serena. Wishing her best wishes for the Wimbledon campaign.