|The storm clouds are gathering over London as I write, which can only mean one thing: Wimbledon is upon us. As Tennis fans stare into their strawberries and cream and wonder what happened to last week’s heat wave, they might want to peruse some of the odds available on the Internet.|
Roger Federer is firm favourite with the bookies for the men’s singles title with Ladbrokes offering even odds and Blue Square 5-4. William Hill thinks the Williams sisters will dominate the ladies’ competition again, favouring Serena at 5/4, followed by Venus at 4/1.
Last year’s defeated finalist Mark Philippousis is an interesting prospect. The Australian, on the basis of recent form, is priced at a tempting 50-1.
UK bookmakers are united in hoping that Henman will, once again, fail to show the necessary mettle to take the title. A spate of patriotic punting means that a Henman win (coupled with an England win at Euro 2004) would be a financial disaster for them. The longest odds you’ll find are 12-1 at Gamebookers, but they’ll only take a maximum £50.