The Championships tournament, more commonly known as the Wimbledon Championship, got underway on Monday with opening matches of both the men’s and women’s draws.
Since 1877, this fabled tournament has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. It’s unique not only for its long history, but also for being played exclusively on all-natural grass. The resulting match action is unlike any other surface. For most tennis players, the chance to play Wimbledon is a dream come true, and winning the tournament is the ultimate accomplishment in the sport.
Hopes were high for Canada’s rising tennis stars in 2022, but they were dashed with second-round losses by Bianca Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov on Thursday. Each of the four Canadians in this year’s tournament suffered losses in the opening week, failing to make a deep run on the All England Club. Canada’s top-ranked women’s player, No. 16 Leylah Fernandez, did not enter the tournament due to an injury.
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Canadian Men’s Player Updates and Match Odds
ATP ranking: 16
2022 W-L record: 17-13
All-time Wimbledon record: 6-4
Best Wimbledon finish: Semifinals, 2021
Pre-Tournament Odds to Win Wimbledon: +10000
At the 2022 Australian Open, Shapovalev advanced to the quarters but lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets. He fared far worse at the French, getting bounced in the first round. Which Shapovalev will we see on the grass at Wimbledon? Last year, the Canadian gamely battled Novak Djokovic in the semis (6-7, 5-7, 5-7 on center court). It feels like the lefty with a bold stroke style has a chance to advance to the final weekend again. The oddsmakers have him among the favorites, and he’s worth watching.
Wimbledon update: No. 13 seed Shapovalev has bowed out of Wimbledon in the second round. Shapovalev, a -165 pre-match favorite at DraftKings, lost to 56th-ranked American Brandon Nakashima 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Thursday.
ATP ranking: 9
2022 W-L record: 30-16
All-time Wimbledon record: 6-2
Best Wimbledon finish: Quarterfinals, 2021
Pre-Tournament Odds to Win Wimbledon: +1600
Last year, Auger-Aliassime became the fifth Canadian man to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the same tourney that Denis Shapovalev also accomplished it. The righty with a powerful serve reached the quarters of the Australian Open earlier this year, and at the French Open, he became the third player to take Rafael Nadal to a fifth set at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, though Auger-Aliassime lost. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a fine season and is healthy entering Wimbledon where he is expected to go deep into the bracket.
Wimbledon update: No. 6 seed Auger-Aliassime suffered a defeat in the first round on Tuesday despite winning the opening set. Maxime Cressy rallied for a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) to score the upset and cash a +250 ticket for his bettors. It’s as disappointing a showing as possible for Auger-Aliassime, who had his sights on playing deep into the tournament’s second week.
Canadian Women’s Player Updates and Match Odds
WTA ranking: 64
2022 W-L record: 9-5
All-time Wimbledon record: 2-3
Best Wimbledon finish: Third Round, 2018
Pre-Tournament Odds to Win Wimbledon: +2800
Easily the most popular female tennis player to be born under the Maple flag, Bianca Andreescu is trying to find one word: “consistency.” Since her breakout in 2019, she has struggled to maintain a high-level of success. In that year when she was just 19, Andreescu won the U.S. Open, and also captured the Canadian Open — defeating her idol Serena Williams both times.
Trained in Romania, the Ontario-born Andreescu is the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title, and she was the first player from any country to win a Grand Slam singles title as a teenager since Maria Sharapova in 2006. But now, three years removed from that glory, Andreescu enters Wimbledon looking to advance into the quarters for the first time in that tourney. Some question whether he hard-hitting game translates well to grass.
Wimbledon update: Opening as a -135 favorite for her second-round match, Andreescu lost to No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina 6-4, 7-6 (5).
WTA ranking: 107
2022 W-L record: 30-12
All-time Wimbledon record: 1-1
Best Wimbledon finish: Second Round, 2011
Pre-Tournament Odds to Win Wimbledon: +40000
It’s been more than a decade since Marino reached her highest ranking on the WTA (No. 38 in 2011). That’s also the last season she played Wimbledon as a professional. The Vancouver-native took nearly four years off from competitive tennis but returned in 2017. Since then, she has not cracked the top 100 in the WTA rankings and she has focused much attention on her doubles game. She is a long shot and is seeking her first spot past the first week in the famed tourney.
Wimbledon update: It was a quick tournament for Marino. Although she entered Monday’s first-round match against qualifier Katarzyna Kawa as a -525 favorite, Marino was eliminated in three sets. Kawa bettors cashed a +390 ticket thanks to her 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory on Court 10.
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