The summer starts tomorrow with the first day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Novak Djokovic goes into tomorrow as an 11/8 favourite for a second Men’s singles title at Wimbledon. The world number 1 has had a shaky year but a favourable draw looks to have given him a clear path to the Final.
Defending champion Roger Federer has been given a nightmare draw in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal. Federer last week won his first tournament in 10 months at ATP Halle, the longest he has ever gone without winning a title.
Nadal has looked unstoppable since returning from injury, winning a remarkable 8th Roland Garros title last month. He will certainly fancy his chances against an out-of-form Roger Federer as the pair look set to meet in the Quarter-Finals.
Andy Murray has also avoided a catastrophic draw as he launches his latest bid to become Britain’s first Wimbledon Champion since Fred Perry. Although drawn in the same half as Nadal and Federer, the Scotsman would be disappointed with less then a Semi-Final appearance looking at his draw. His closest challenger in his quarter looks to be 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Murray defeated the Frenchman only last week in the Semi-Final at Queen’s Club.
With the mixed form amongst the top 4 in the world, this looks to be an intriguing Wimbledon competition.
In the Women’s tournament, Serena Williams is an odds-on favourite to retain her Wimbledon crown. The American looks unstoppable after a dominant performance at the French Open last month.
Any slip-up by the American and the tournament would be wide open. Maria
Sharapova and Viktoria Azarenka will be looking to mount a serious challenge this year with the hard-hitting Petra Kvitova looking a good outside bet at 25/1.
As I said yesterday, last night’s fight wouldn’t be as easy as some thought it to be for Adrien Broner.
The 23 year old extended his unbeaten record with a split decision victory over Paulie Malignaggi, winning the WBC Welterweight title in the process.
It was the first time in his career that “The Problem” had been taken beyond the 10 round mark and the Judge’s decision left Malignaggi enraged, branding it “a disgrace.”
Sad news coming from the Le Mans 24 regarding the death of Danish driver Allan Simonsen .
The 34 year-old spun his Aston Martin Vantage into the crash barriers on only the 3rd lap of the endurance race.
He was reportedly conscious when he was extracted from his car but later died from his injuries.
Tears of joy turned into tears of sadness for Sir Richard Ogden yesterday when his horse, Thomas Chippendale, collapsed following a heart attack seconds after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The horse’s jockey, Johnny Murtagh, said ‘It’s just devastating the way it’s finished.’
The Chicago Blackhawks have broken the tie in the Stanley Cup Finals and lead the Bruins 3-2 following a 3-1 win in Chicago last night.
2 goals from Patrick Kane and 1 from Dave Bolland have put the Blackhawks in the driving seat and just 1 win away from a 5th Stanley Cup.
The series heads back to Boston on Monday night with the Bruins needing a win to keep their dreams alive.