Serena Williams, three months before her 38th birthday, remains the best hope for an American to win a singles title at Wimbledon this year, assuming the betting odds are a reasonable guide.
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Williams last won Wimbledon in 2016, beating Kerber in the final and setting the mark for the oldest woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish. The last American to win before her was sister Venus Williams in 2008. An American has won the women’s singles 29 times since the event was opened to professionals in 1968.
The U.S. presence in the men’s singles is significantly weaker. Top-ranked American John Isner, ranked No. 12 in the world, is seen as an 80-1 outsider by William Hill. Up-and-coming giant Reilly Opelka, standing 6-foot-11 and aged 21, and Sam Querrey are behind him.
There hasn’t been an American men’s champion at Wimbledon since Pete Sampras won the last of his seven titles in 2000, although Andy Roddick reached the final three times. Americans have won the title 15 times in the open era, with Roger Federer’s eight wins putting Switzerland in second place.
The favorites for the men’s singles are Djokovic, Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the trio who between them have won the vast majority of Grand Slam titles and ATP Tour Masters events since Wimbledon 2003. Djokovic is the clear favorite at 5-4.
Canada is more likely to produce a men’s winner than the U.S., with top players including the 18-year-old prodigy Felix Auger-Aliassime at 25-1 and former finalist Milos Raonic at 33-1. Some young Europeans, including Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, are getting closer to the big three but have so far fallen short in the majors.
Andy Murray, the two-time British singles winner, is set to return to the scene of his greatest triumphs in doubles after hip surgery earlier this year. The club said in January it would pay tribute to Murray with a statue. That could end up being the host nation’s high point come July 14.