Wimbledon: British men to watch at the 2023 Championships
Wimbledon loves a homegrown hero to cheer on. Henman Hill and Murray Mountain are true testaments to that.
Last year Cam Norrie gave the home crowd a British player to follow all the way to the semi-finals before he ran into Novak Djokovic, and of course Andy Murray has ensured modern fans have memories that last forever.
Which British men will be on show at Wimbledon in 2023, though? Let’s take a look.
Best Wimbledon: R3 (2016, 2019, 2021)
Is it ever really going to happen for Dan Evans? At times it certainly feels like his window has closed on him now.
He is coming into grass season in poor form too, and he has never been past the first week at Wimbledon. For a player of his quality, that is surprising and not in an especially good way.
His backhand slice remains a potent weapon on grass, though, so he does have the game to put together a run. History suggests he won’t though.
Best Wimbledon: Semi-final (2022)
There cannot be any real doubt that Britain’s best chance of a home Wimbledon winner right now is Cameron Norrie.
He is the British number one and the player managing to win most consistently on either of the Tours, as evidenced by his world ranking.
That will bring pressure and whilst the crowd will back him vociferously, he has not yet inspired the kind of love that Tim Henman and Andy Murray did from the SW19 stands. His form is okay, though, and he proved in 2022 when he reached the semi-finals that he can handle the pressure that top British players are subjected to at Wimbledon.
Best Wimbledon: Winner (2013, 2016)
Is there any Andy Murray magic left in the tank? You’d be crazy if you thought there wasn’t.
His Grand Slam-winning days are over, mainly because the idea of him getting through seven matches in two weeks is increasingly inconceivable.
However, his matches against Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis lit up the Australian Open this year, so the magic clearly remains. Whether or not he can produce it at Wimbledon may depend largely on the draw.
Best Wimbledon: Quarter-final (2017)
A cursory glance at the rankings will probably suggest that Britain’s best hope of a British Wimbledon title rests with Neal Skupski.
The 33-year-old has never been beyond the last eight in SW19 but he went into the French Open this year ranked as doubles world number one with partner Wesley Koolhof.
That obviously offers no guarantees, but it certainly can’t hurt his chances either.
Best Wimbledon: Final (2021)
Joe Salisbury may well be Britian’s least heralded multiple Grand Slam champion. He was one three majors – two US Opens and an Australian Open – with long-time partner Rajeev Ram, as well as another US Open and a French Open in the mixed doubles with Desirae Krawczyk.
The one he has never won, though, is Wimbledon. That is not for the want of trying, of course. He has had three near-misses in the men’s, losing the semi-finals each time, and was a losing finalist with Harriet Dart in 2021.
He will be a definite contender again this year, and few would begrudge him it if he was successful.
Best Wimbledon: Winner (2007, 2017)
The lesser-heralded of the Murray brothers actually has more majors in his trophy cabinet. Doubles specialist Jamie has won seven Grand Slam titles during his career with two of them coming at Wimbledon.
Those two Wimbledon titles came in the mixed-doubles with Jelena Janovic and Martina Hingis, and he lost another SW19 final alongside Victoria Azarenka.
Murray has also tasted defeat in the men’s doubles Wimbledon final too. At the age of 37 his best days look behind him, but when you can volley as well as he can, you’re always going to be a doubles threat at majors.
Best Wimbledon: R2 (2022)
Ryan Peniston certainly captured the imagination during the UK grass season last year. He defeated the then world number five Casper Ruud – who had just lost the French Open final – at Queen’s and advanced all the way to the quarter-finals.
He couldn’t follow that up at Wimbledon, but he still got himself into the second round and it will be interesting if he can summon any similar magic this year.
Best Wimbledon: R2 (2021, 2022)
Lloyd Glasspool is not one of Britian’s leading men when it comes to doubles players, but he can certainly hold his own.
He has been in the third round of the Wimbledon men’s doubles twice and, although he is often overshadowed by the likes of Joe Salisbury, Neal Skupski and Jamie Murray, he should not be underestimated either.
Best Wimbledon: R3 (2022)
Liam Broady is never going to worry many people in a Grand Slam draw, but his nuisance value cannot be underestimated either.
He recovered from a humiliating bagel to beat 12th seed Diego Schwartzman in the second round last year to demonstrate how good he can be, although Alex de Minaur was far too good for him after that.
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