Serena Williams Accepts 2022 Wimbledon Wildcard; Eyes 24th Major

Written By Nicole Russo on June 27, 2022
Wimbledon odds

Women’s Wimbledon odds got a big-time infusion of excitement. Serena Williams will appear at Wimbledon in her first tournament of 2022 as a wildcard. Some players question her ability to compete at this level while others hope she doesn’t end up in their draw.

Current 2022 Wimbledon Odds predict Iga Swiatek will continue her hot streak and win her second major of the year and first Wimbledon title.

Wimbledon Odds To Win Tournament

Choose the tab below to view men’s or women’s outright odds for Wimbledon. Serena Williams is the fifth choice on the board around +1400 and +1600 to win, already with a record 23 women’s Grand Slam singles titles.

Wimbledon Odds: Men's
Wimbledon Odds: Women's

Novak Djokovic
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-175
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-155
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-225
Rafael Nadal
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+500
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+400
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+400
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
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+1400
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+1200
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+1000
Stefanos Tsitsipas
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+1500
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+1400
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+1100
Nick Kyrgios
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+2000
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+1800
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+1600
Taylor Fritz
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+4000
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+3300
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+3500
John Isner
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+5000
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+5000
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+5000
Cameron Norrie
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+5000
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+6600
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+4000
Ugo Humbert
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+6500
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+10000
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+8000
Alex de Minaur
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+6500
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+5000
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+5000

Iga Swiatek
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+140
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+135
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+125
Ons Jabeur
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+500
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+450
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+450
Jelena Ostapenko
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+1100
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+900
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+1000
Cori Gauff
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+1100
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+1200
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+1000
Simona Halep
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+1100
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+1000
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+900
Petra Kvitova
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+1100
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+1100
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+1100
Maria Sakkari
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+1600
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+1600
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+1600
Angelique Kerber
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+2000
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+2000
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+1600
Elena Rybakina
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+3500
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Caroline Garcia
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2022 Wimbledon Men’s Bracket Preview

Some Players Anxious Over Return Of Serena Williams

Serena Williams hasn’t played a tennis tournament since she retired during the first round of the 2021 Championships.

She might be toward the end of her career and coming off of a leg injury, but seeing her name in the draw still causes anxiety, even amongst the top players.

When asked about her return, Badosa commented that it was great for tennis but not so great for the Wimbledon field.

“It is a great inspiration. It is nice to have her back and I hope she can be back for much more time because I think she does very good for tennis. But the other side, of course I don’t want to play against her! I hope the draw goes for another player because no one wants to play against Serena and less on grass. Let’s pray for that!”

On the other end of the spectrum, players question her ability to compete at this level after such a long time away. Karolina Pliskova acknowledged how difficult it will be for Williams to secure her 24th major title in England under these circumstances.

“I think it will be difficult, super difficult for her no matter which kind of player she is because this is a thing where you still need some time. But of course, she is an amazing player, she achieved so much and still a number of players will be super scared to play her. This is her advantage but let’s see the level. I cannot really say.”

2022 Wimbledon Draw

The Wimbledon draw will take place on June 24, just three days before Round 1 action kicks off. This is when Serena Williams, Swiatek, and all the other contenders will find out who they will face.

Because Williams is a wildcard, there’s no guarantee anyone can avoid her early on. A seeded player will likely face her in the opening rounds.

Although it is not her best surface, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is a favorite to win at the All England Club. Ons Jabeur, Serena’s Wimbledon doubles partner, is also high up on the women’s Wimbledon odds boards.

She is currently world No. 3 and won her first grasscourt title last week in Berlin.

Wimbledon Schedule

Organizers have announced Wimbledon will be a 14-day competition.

Normally, the middle Sunday of the tournament is used as a rest day and a day to work on the condition of the courts. Last year, the tournament faced a lot of scrutiny over court conditions due to players slipping during matches and injuring themselves.

Serena Williams was one of those players.

Planners are confident the surfaces will hold up this year, despite the schedule change.

DatesRound
June 27-28First Round
June 29-30Second Round
July 1-2Third Round
July 3-4Fourth Round
July 5-6Quarterfinals
July 7Women's Semifinals
July 8Men's semifinals
July 9Women's Final
July 10Men's Final

No Points Awarded During Wimbledon

Wimbledon made the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer. The decision stems from the events happening in Ukraine.

The ATP stated that this decision undermined the integrity of the ATP Ranking system, which allows players to enter tournaments based on merit and without discrimination.

Therefore, the ATP removed ranking points from the 2022 Wimbledon tournament.

It is for this reason that you will not see some of the top players on the men’s side in the tournament. Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, who publicly spoke out against the war in Ukraine, are not eligible to compete at Wimbledon.

On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka are also banned.

The decision garnered some harsh reactions from other players. Osaka (out with Achilles injury) said the tournament feels more like an exhibition without points, and Djokovic also publicly spoke out against Wimbledon’s decision.

With Ashleigh Barty retired, Osaka sitting out, and other top players banned from the tournament, could this be Williams’ opportunity to make a deep run?

Keep an eye on women’s Wimbledon odds shifting as the draw gets released later in the week.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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