While the rest of the tennis world is largely oblivious to the desires of British fans, the home crowd enjoys nothing more than to see a local Wimbledon winner. Long periods of drought were briefly lifted by Andy Murray on two occasions, but it’s largely been a forlorn hope.
Could 2022 be different? If we don’t see a home champion in either the men’s or women’s singles then there may, at least, be two players who could go deep into the tournament.
In the Frame
There were many who felt that Emma Raducanu was a ‘one hit wonder’ after she lifted the US Open title and, to be fair, she’s done little to disprove the theory. However, if Raducanu is good enough to win a Grand Slam then she shouldn’t be written off.
In the men’s section, Cameron Norrie is the main hope. Andy Murray has been making a tentative return to the game following a catalogue of injuries, but few observers expect the Scot to ever get back to his best.
Hopes of a home champion rest on these two names but can either deliver?
As far as the neutral verdict is concerned, Emma Raducanu has the better chance of success at Wimbledon in July. According to the sportsbooks, the reigning US Open Champion is the third favourite to win the women’s singles title this year.
Ahead of her in the markets are Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka while other close challenges are expected to come from Paula Badosa, Serena Williams and Simona Halep.
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Those sportsbooks have spoken but Emma Raducanu isn’t the only British tennis player under the Wimbledon spotlight.
Norrie Nearing a Breakthrough
Cameron Norrie has enjoyed some success on the ATP tour and many expect him to start to go deeper into the four Grand Slams. Sadly, the sportsbooks aren’t among those who have a high opinion and Norrie is down among the outsiders for a men’s Wimbledon singles title in 2022.
In fact, he’s ranked alongside Andy Murray in most places. British tennis fans would agree that he is more of a long shot than Emma Raducanu but Cameron Norrie is the younger and fitter of the two main Brits in the men’s section.
It’s worth remembering that Emma Raducanu first came to the attention of the wider public at Wimbledon in 2021. A run to the fourth round ultimately ended in disappointment as she was forced to withdraw from her match with Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
Even though very few tennis fans would have expected her to win in the US, there were signs of a bright future for the teenager. There have been ups and downs since that point but maybe a home crowd could spur Raducanu to go even further in the tournament this year.
Success for Cameron Norrie would be a big surprise and he has yet to go past the third round in any Grand Slam. However, the 26-year-old has four professional titles to his name and is a better player than his record in Slams suggests.
It may be a long shot in both cases, but the future of British tennis is brighter than it’s been for some time. If not this year, both Emma Raducanu and Cameron Norrie offer genuine hopes for Wimbledon success down the road.