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Tennishead’s guide to Wimbledon 2022 – 4 British men to watch out for


Every year, for two weeks in late June and early July, the sporting world (not just the tennis world) creates an intense focus on a small group of battle hardened tennis professionals like no other sports stars will ever experience. We look at four British men with the best chance of success at Wimbledon 2022

Being a British tennis player at Wimbledon is not for the faint-hearted and it’s only the professionalism of the individual and solid support from coaches, family and friends that can steer them through unscathed.

But if you can deal with this Wimbledon pressure and perform at your best then the rewards on offer are out of this world. (Just ask Sir Andy’s accountant)

This year, thanks to some good long term planning from the British tennis organisers, there is a strong crop of regulars playing their best tennis in years alongside new names who are starting to make it on the Tour. Here we pick 4 male players that could either turn back the clock and produce performances that we know they are capable or players that might surprise some doubters and perform better than their experience suggests.

Andy Murray

He’s a two time former Wimbledon Champion with a metal hip and a steely resolve to regain his place at the very top table of the game. Imagine growing up with Novak Djokovic and having to watch as your arch rival accumulates trophy after trophy whilst you sit on a Peleton trying to will your body back to how it used to be.

Murray’s recent form is the best it’s been for years and he knows how to win on grass more than nearly any player in the draw. A kind draw and some good recovery between matches is all he needs to cause some serious damage in this year’s tournament.

Current form (Last 12 matches): WWLWWWLWWWWL

Chance of making the Wimbledon quarter finals: 6.5/10

Jack Draper

This youngster from Surrey has been gradually working his way through the tennis ladder for many years without making a fuss and learning his craft at the same time. He already comes from great tennis stock and has the perfect build for a tennis athlete as well as that unquantifiable benefit of being left handed (have you ever seen and untalented lefty?)

So far Draper has taken some huge scalps on the grass and just like Murray, if the draw is kind and he builds some momentum, there will be a lot of experienced players with worried looks on their faces when they see Draper on the other side of the net

Current form (Last 12 matches): WLWLWWWWWWLL

Chance of making the Wimbledon quarter finals: 4/10

Cameron Norrie

The quiet man of British tennis has achieved more this year than any Brit has for a long time. Winning in Indian Wells is close to winning a Slam in that it’s spread over 10 days and you have to learn how to pace yourself throughout the event. Valuable experience for these 2 week grinds.

Ok, Norrie’s game isn’t naturally suited to grass but if the weather is hot, the courts are slow and the balls are big (allegedly they are bigger than normal) then this gritty baseliner, who isn’t scared of anyone, could do well.

Current form (Last 12 matches): WLWWLWWWL

Chance of making the Wimbledon quarter finals: 7/10

Ryan Peniston

Ryan who? you might be saying but this youngster has pulled off some big wins in the past few weeks on grass and as they say, “form is everything”. Peniston came through the US college system which is as tough as it gets so he’s not scared of putting in the hard yards.

Has he got the weapons to reach the top levels of the game? It’s debatable but then you wouldn’t say that someone like Diego Schwartzman has weapons and he’s done ok for himself. Peniston probably needs conditions like Norrie needs if he’s to win many matches but don’t count him out yet.

Current form (Last 12 matches): WLLWWLWWLWWL

Chance of making the Wimbledon quarter finals: 3/10

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