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British hopes at Wimbledon

Wimbledon begins on Monday 3rd July and the patriotic crowd will be out in full force to cheer on the British hopefuls in the opening rounds and potentially further into the tournament.

Andy Murray has thrilled the Centre Court crowd on a number of occasions, no more so than when winning the Wimbledon title in 2013 and 2016, and he's among a number of men who will be eyeing a deep run at the All England Club.  

As for the women, recent success has been harder to come by with Virginia Wade the last of the home winners of the Venus Rosewater Dish in 1977. 

Below, we run through the chances of the British contingent at SW19.

What2023 Wimbledon
WhereAll England Club, Wimbledon, London, UK
WhenMonday 3rd July 2023 - Sunday 16th July 2023
How to watchBBC, Eurosport and Bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsMen's outright: Novak Djokovic 8/11, Carlos Alcaraz 7/2, Daniil Medvedev 16/1, Jannik Sinner 18/1, Taylor Fritz 28/1 
Women's outright: Iga Swiatek 4/1, Aryna Sabalenka 4/1, Elena Rybakina 4/1, Ons Jabeur 10/1, Karolina Muchova 14/1

Men's Contenders

Cameron Norrie

The highest ranked British men's player at 13th in the world, Cameron Norrie wowed the Wimbledon crowd last season when reaching the semi-final, where despite winning the first set, he lost out to Novak Djokovic.

That represented Norrie's best Wimbledon run by some distance - he had previously failed to progress beyond the third round - and he'll be hopeful of an even better performance 12 months later.

The 27-year-old has been typically consistent this season, winning a title in Rio and reaching the quarter-final in Indian Wells, while a run to the same stage at Queen's was not without promise. Odds of 60/1 are a fair reflection on his chances.

Dan Evans

Fiery Brummie Dan Evans remains one of the top British male players but his recent results will be a concern as he bids to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.

The 33-year-old has won just one match at any level since reaching the semi-final of the Barcelona Open in April, but he insists he's happy with the state of his game and he has the ability to go deep in the tournament if his draw opens up.

At 150/1, however, it's unlikely that Evans will be following Murray and Emma Raducanu in becoming a British Grand Slam champion.

Andy Murray

Murray has achieved something that no other British man has in the Open era and the Scot will be hopeful of one last Wimbledon hurrah following Challenger Tour titles in Surbiton and Nottingham in recent weeks.

Murray's heart and desire will never be in question. However, his ailing 36-year-old body could catch up with him over a gruelling two-week best-of-five tournament but there is every chance that he makes an impact on his beloved grass.

Murray, who is the shortest priced British contender at 40/1, suffered a first-round defeat at Queen's and will not be seeded for Wimbledon, so all eyes will be on Friday's draw.

Men's wildcards

Jack Draper is injured but Liam Broady, Jan Choinski, Arthur Fery, George Loffhagen and Ryan Peniston have all been handed wildcards for the men's singles tournament.

World number 147 Broady is the highest ranked member of the quintet and reached the third round last season while Peniston also made the second round in 2022, having previously made it to the Queen's quarter-finals.

Choinski, Fery and Loffhagen will make their main-draw debuts.

Women's Contenders

Katie Boulter

Katie Boulter is the highest ranked of the six British women to receive wildcards but she's likely to receive more Grand Slam opportunities in the future after her Nottingham Open victory took her into the world's top 80 for the first time.

Blessed with a big serve and forehand, Boulter has a great game for grass tennis and she has previous at Wimbledon, seeing off Clara Burel and sixth seed Karolina Pliskova when reaching the third round last season.

With Raducanu out with injury, British number one Boulter is now the main hope for success from the women's draw. She is 150/1 to win Wimbledon, which looks a big ask for a player who has never been beyond the third round of a Slam.

Jodie Burrage

Boulter and Jodie Burrage went head-to-head in the Nottingham final and while the latter would've been disappointed with the result, it still marked a watershed moment in her career as she reached a WTA final for the first time.

At 128th in the world, Burrage will need to continue her improvement but she beat some big names in Nottingham such as Alize Cornet and Magda Linette and she looks up to winning a Wimbledon main-draw match for the first time. She is 150/1 to win the title.

Heather Watson

Once a member of the world's top 40, Heather Watson enters Wimbledon ranked outside the top 140 but the Guernsey native, who came so close to beating the great Serena Williams in a third-round epic in 2015, remains one to watch on grass.

Watson's best days might well be behind her but she reached the fourth round for the first time last season, losing out to Jule Niemeier. Like Boulter and Burrage, she is 150/1 to emulate Wade by winning the women's title. 

Other women's wildcards

Women's wildcards have also been handed to Harriet Dart, Sonay Kartal and Katie Swan and, of the three, it's probably Dart who is most likely to make an impact having reached the quarter-finals in both Nottingham and Birmingham.

Dart produced her best Wimbledon performance when making it to the third round in 2019 while Surbiton finalist Swan has won just one main-draw match, beating Irina-Camelia Begu in the 2018 championships. 

Kartal, the lowest ranked of the three, lost on her main-draw debut in 2022. 

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