Wimbledon dark horse – Frances Tiafoe
It’s weird to have a second American on this list because the last American to win Wimbledon was Pete Sampras in 2000. So, you know, 23 years ago. And American tennis has struggled a bunch since then, but lately, there’s been a bit of a resurgence. This has mostly been led by Taylor Fritz, but Tiafoe entered the top 10 of the ATP at the beginning of last week.
Tiafoe has the game to win on grass. He won the Stuttgart Open just last weekend and has the athleticism to run balls down and the touch to hit at angles. He isn’t likely going to get 20 aces in a match at Wimbledon, but he does place his serve well and can play off any returns. With Tiafoe it’s just a matter of staying consistent from match to match and staying ahead.
But how great would it be if Tiafoe won Wimbledon? He played with unbridled joy and an infectious exuberance. Fans like him because he seems as if he is a very likable person. He plays a bit like he is one of us as well. He’s surprised sometimes when he hits a shot that even he doesn’t expect to land in and when he does lose he does so with class.
But really, Novak Djokovic is such a runaway favorite that even Carlos Alcaraz seems like a dark horse. He isn’t, of course; He’s the top-ranked player on the ATP circuit. And since Swiatek is so awful at Wimbledon, even though she will the top seed she seems like a dark horse.