Wimbledon starts in a week! On the men’s side, at least, there appears to be a clear favorite. The women’s side is a bit more open, but some dark horses lurk.
Let’s assume that Novak Djokovic, even though he oddly will be the second seed at Wimbledon with the top seed going to number 1 ranked Carlos Alcaraz, will be the favorite to win the tournament and everyone else is a distant second. But on the women’s side, top-ranked Iga Swiatek hasn’t shown she can come anywhere close to winning Wimbledon.
To win on grass it helps to have a big serve but the surface requires a player to move extremely well, too. Even though racket composition has changed a lot since John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg played at Wimbledon, the philosophy of how to win remains the same. Hit your serve well and win points at times coming to the net. So which three players can do that and might surprise people by being victorious in 2023?
Three dark horses that have a decent chance of winning Wimbledon in 2023
Wimbledon dark horse – Sebastian Korda
Korda is currently ranked 25th in the world, but his game has been improving of late. He made it to the semifinals at the Queen’s Club last week before losing to Carlos Alcaraz 3-6 4-6. Up until that point, Korda’s thunderous serve had helped him dominate matches and build quite a bit of confidence.
He even said he thinks he should be “one of the favorites at Wimbledon” and said so without any hint of irony. Korda is just 22 years old with probably his best tennis in front of him. If he can land his first serve in and dictate the pace of play, he has a puncher’s chance against anyone.
If the 6’5″ Korda does have a chance, he will need to get through the first few rounds fairly quickly. Majors can be exhausting and that takes a toll on one’s serve and ability to move. But if he stays fresh, by the time the finals come around, he could shock the world.