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Can US players end Wimbledon title wait?

With the grass-court swing underway, attention will soon turn to Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, with a number of intriguing storylines to surface in both the men's and women's singles tournaments.

Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in the men's competition, having won each of the last four runnings of the event, while Elena Rybakina raised eyebrows by winning the women's title in 2022.

Both fields look competitive again this year, but some tennis fans will question whether or not this is the year US players can finally end their title wait at the All England Club.

Not since Serena Williams picked up her seventh Wimbledon title in 2016 has an American woman won the grass-court Grand Slam while the wait is even longer when it comes to American men.

Pete Sampras was the last man from the USA to win Wimbledon way back in the year 2000, when he won the event for the fourth season on the spin.

Both the ATP and WTA tours are lacking Americans who can dominate throughout the year, but a breakthrough at Wimbledon could make all the difference, so here is a look at some of the US players in contention for the Grand Slam title in July this year.

What2023 Wimbledon
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, UK
WhenMonday 3rd July 2023 - Sunday 16th July 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, BBC One & BBC iPlayer

Men's to win outright - Novak Djokovic 8/11, Carlos Alcaraz 9/2, Daniil Medvedev 11/1, Jannik Sinner 14/1, Taylor Fritz 20/1 

Women's to win outright - Iga Swiatek 4/1, Aryna Sabalenka 4/1, Elena Rybakina 4/1, Ons Jabeur 10/1, Coco Gauff 14/1

Fritz looks the USA's best hope in competitive men's draw

At 8/11, Novak Djokovic is red-hot favourite to win his eighth Wimbledon title this summer and it is hard to argue with that given the Serbian has already won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2023.

But below Djokovic in the men's betting, the draw looks pretty open with American Taylor Fritz among those with an outside shot at 20/1 to win the title.

Fritz, 25, is yet to win a Grand Slam but shows plenty of promise on the ATP Tour and is the highest-ranked American in the ATP world rankings in eighth spot.

Last year, he registered his best ever performance at a Grand Slam when he made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, having pushed Rafael Nadal close in defeat across five sets.

Fritz also won the Eastbourne International title last June as part of his warm-up for Wimbledon, beating compatriot Maxime Cressy in the final.

Overall, Fritz won eight of his 11 matches on grass in 2022 and it is fair to say he is at his best on the faster surface.

If anyone is to become the first American man to win Wimbledon in 23 years, it will most likely be Fritz.

Korda and Tiafoe with outside chances

One American in the Wimbledon's men's draw to have gone further at a Grand Slam than Fritz is Frances Tiafoe.

Tiafoe reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2019, but he also made the last four at the US Open last season - losing out in five sets to champion Carlos Alcaraz.

Tiafoe is also only a couple of places below Fritz in the ATP world rankings, but he finds himself priced at 80/1 to go the distance at Wimbledon.

That is because, despite Tiafoe's recent success, he is at his best on the hard courts with his fourth-round appearance at the All England Club last year the furthest he has gone at Wimbledon.

He should, however, be considered as having an outside shot at glory for the USA along with 22-year-old Sebastian Korda, who belongs to a bright next generation and booked his place in the quarter-finals of Queen's this week.

He is 40/1 to pull off a shock and win Wimbledon.

Gauff leads the way for US women

At 14/1, Coco Gauff is the shortest-priced American woman in the Wimbledon betting this year.

Gauff burst onto the scene in 2019 as the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon by qualifying in the Open Era, aged just 15 years and three months.

Even more impressively, she opened with a victory over five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the Grand Slam that year and made it to the fourth round.

There has consequently been a lot of hype around Gauff since and it feels like it is only a matter of time before she goes deep at Wimbledon.

The fourth round remains her best showing at the All England Club in 2019 and 2021, but last year she made the final of the French Open and the quarter-finals of the US Open.

As her early career showed, she is clearly a player suited to the grass courts and she is more than capable of upsetting the likes of Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Rybakina in the main draw.

At 25/1, Jessica Pegula is another to keep an eye on - but the fact Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam in which she has not made the quarter-finals suggests there is work to be done by the American on the grass courts.

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