THE 2017 CON­TENDERS

BBC pun­dit and for­mer Brit No 1 Tim Hen­man’s top tips...

TV Times - - Interview - Emma Bul­limore

ANDY MUR­RAY

wim­ble­don wins: 2

The world No 1 and de­fend­ing

Wim­ble­don champ had shin­gles ear­lier this year, but fought his way back to the french open semis in June. ‘ill­ness means you can’t prac­tise enough. if he feels healthy, he’s still a favourite.’

ROGER FED­ERER

wim­ble­don wins: 7

roger won this year’s Aus­tralian open af­ter a six-month break re­cov­er­ing from in­jury, but skipped the french open to save him­self for Wim­ble­don. ‘if he can win on the hard court of aus­tralia, he can def­i­nitely win on grass.’

RAFAEL NADAL

wim­ble­don wins: 2

rafael has just won a record-break­ing 10th french open.

‘rafa’s feel­ing good about his game and is a threat for any tour­na­ment. peo­ple for­get that he’s only 30 be­cause he’s been around for so long.’

NO­VAK DJOKOVIC

wim­ble­don wins: 3

No­vak lost his mojo re­cently, crash­ing out of the french open.

‘He was so good 12 months ago, hav­ing won four grand slams in a row. now he’s re­build­ing his ca­reer and has changed his team. it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing that he’s work­ing with an­dre agassi.’

JO­HANNA KONTA

wim­ble­don wins: 0

The Bri­tish fe­male No 1 is on top form, and

Ser­ena Wil­liams’ preg­nancy has left the women’s draw wide open.

‘she’s had an in­cred­i­ble cou­ple of years, but Karolina pliskova has had im­pres­sive re­sults and venus wil­liams is still a great cham­pion.’

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