Wimbledon Mens Singles
We take a look at the mens singles competition, providing background and chances of the players for the 2011 tournament at the All England Club.
Many Tennis fans would argue that Wimbledon is the toughest of the four majors to win as it is the only one played on a grass surface. The winner must therefore be versatile in handling the different challenges that playing on grass poses. Please check here for details of the 2010 Wimbledon mens seedings.
The 2011 Men’s singles at Wimbledon promises yet again to be as exciting as ever with Roger Federer favourite in the Wimbledon mens singles betting to win the crown once again afre beating Andy Roddick last year. Nadal’s victory in 2008 prevented Federer from becoming the first man in Wimbledon history to record six straight wins, he will be back at SW19 for the first time since and desperate to regain his crown.
In some media circles Federer was being written off last year, but he came back to the top when he won the US Open Tennis for the fifth straight year, defeating Britain's Andy Murray in the final. He then lost to Nadal in the Australian Open final in another five set epic, before achieving his greatest moment in tennis, when he won the French Open title for the first time. That win gave him a record equalling fourteen Grand Slams a record he shares with, Sampras and he also became the first man since Andre Agassi to win all four Grand Slam titles.
We think that Federer should win once more this year but the following players all have chances
- Rafael Nadal
- Andy Murray
- Novak Djokovic
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Juan Martin Del Potro
- Tommy Haas
- Andy Roddick
- Robin Soderling
Fred Perry - The last British Mens Single Champion
Fred Perry was the last British mens single champion at Wimbledon when he won the title for the third and final time in 1936. Perry, had won the previous two mens singles titles at the 1934 and 1935 Championship and despite being some years ago reports suggest that he was one of the greatest ever Wimbledon champions. Can Scot, Andy Murray emulate the great man this year? Murray has been in outstanding form this year and won the the title at Queens Club last week. He has shot up to number three in the world rankings and is third favourite to win in the mens singles betting. He reached the quarter finals last year where he was beaten by Rafa Nadal. Tim Henman remains the only British player to get to the semi finals in recent years, he achieved this four times in total.
Modern Era Mens Wimbledon Champions
In recent years, some of the biggest names in mens Tennis have lifted the famous Mens Singles trophy. Four times champion Rod Laver was the first male to claim the title in the open era in 1968 and 1969. Fellow Australian John Newcombe won back to back championships in 1970 and 1971 before Bjorn Borg won four consecutive titles between 1976 - 79.
During the 80s, the Wimbledon mens singles title was won by great names such as John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, all who won the title on more than one occasion during the decade.
American great Pete Sampras dominated the title in the 90s winning the mens singles crown a total of seven times between 1993 and 2000, only Richard Krajicek stopped him from winning a Wimbledon record eight straight titles. In recent years, the mens singles game has been all about Roger Federer who has won the last four Wimbledon mens singles championships and the Swiss star shows no signs of slowing down his dominance of the mens game.
Past Wimbledon Mens Singles Winners
- 1980 B. Borg (Sweeden)
- 1981 J. McEnroe (USA)
- 1982 J. Connors (USA)
- 1983 J. McEnroe (USA)
- 1984 J. McEnroe (USA)
- 1985 B. Becker (Germany)
- 1986 B. Becker (Germany)
- 1987 P. Cash (Australia)
- 1988 S. Edberg (Sweeden)
- 1989 B. Becker (Germany)
- 1990 S. Edberg (Sweeden)
- 1991 M. Stich (Germany)
- 1992 A. Agassi (USA)
- 1993 P. Sampras (USA)
- 1994 P. Sampras (USA)
- 1995 P. Sampras (USA)
- 1996 R. Krajicek (Netherlands)
- 1997 P. Sampras (USA)
- 1998 P. Sampras (USA)
- 1999 P. Sampras (USA)
- 2000 P. Sampras (USA)
- 2001 G. Ivanisevic (Croatia)
- 2002 L. Hewitt (Australia)
- 2003 R. Federer (Switzerland)
- 2004 R. Federer (Switzerland)
- 2005 R. Federer (Switzerland)
- 2006 R. Federer (Switzerland)
- 2007 R. Federer (Switzerland)
- 2008 R. Nadal (Spain)
- 2009 R Federer (Switzerland)
- 2010 R Nadal (Spain)