Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon Odds Remain in Place Following Announcement
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Rafael Nadal announced on Friday that he intends to compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.
Nadal has already won the first two Grand Slam events of the season, but there was severe doubt over whether he’d be able to play at Wimbledon after chronicling the foot problems he’s been dealing with all year.
The 22-time Slam champion is listed at +700 at FanDuel to win his third Slam of the year, the second favorite behind Novak Djokovic. Prior to this announcement, Nadal was a touch behind Carlos Alcaraz on the board.
While not his best event, Nadal has amassed two titles and three finals at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. At his best, he’s still one of the finest grass court players on the planet.
That’s a big if, however. The Spaniard is also prone to big upsets at Wimbledon, as the surface favors big hitters and more parity is created through a lack of break opportunities. Nadal has suffered four losses at Wimbledon either prior to or in the second round of the tournament.
Djokovic, the best grass court player on the planet by some margin right now, is -135 to win yet another Wimbledon title.
Alcaraz has moved down to +850, ahead of Matteo Berrettini (+900), Felix Auger-Aliassime (+1400) and Nick Kyrgios (+2300).
Nadal did note that he still needs to listen to his body, and that may mean not playing Wimbledon if things take a negative turn, but this is a great step for the Australian Open and French Open champion.