Wimbledon. Place your bets!

Wimbledon is just around the corner (June 22) and here at Tennis Warehouse, we are getting in the mood by making picks on who’s going to be the last one standing. The office mates make 2 picks, their favorite and a dark horse. So, what’s at stake here? A trophy? Money? No, what’s a stake is more valuable than all of that, it is intangible and priceless: pride and office bragging rights. (Maybe a beer or two)

The rules are simple: pick 2 players, a favorite and a dark horse. The dark horse needs to be seeded out of the top 10. As I reveal each pick, I will share with you my thoughts on the player and give odds on them winning the championship. (Note: these odds are completely made up in my head; there is absolutely no scientific research behind this. Zip. Zero. None.)

MEN’S PICKS

Chris
Fav: Novak Djokovic. I think he has a damn good shot at winning. He has all the shots and he moves well. Plus, since it’s in England, heat shouldn’t be an issue. Odds: 8-1
DH: Mardy Fish. Made it to the QF at the Queens Club, so that’s a plus. But he gets minus points for beating my dark horse earlier this year. Odds: 93-1

Spencer
Fav: Juan Martin Del Potro. A big man with a big game. He’s the youngest player in the top 10, so he’s got age on his side. Odds: 11-1
DH: Ivan Lubijic. The man speaks 3 languages: Croatian, Italian and English. Odds: 95-1

Tiffani
Fav: Andy Murray. Coming off a win at the Queens Club, this guy is hot. The switch to the Head Youtek Radical racquet  might just give him the advantage he needs. Odds: 9-1
DH: Marin Cilic. He claims grass is one of his favorite surfaces, lucky for him, Wimbledon is on grass! Odds: 84-1

Jason
Fav: Rafael Nadal. Sure he has tendonitis in both knees, but after watching that epic Finals match in 2008, I’m not putting anything past him. He’s gotta be hungry after that French Open loss. Odds: 1-2 (Come on, he’s my pick, I had to give him the best odds)
DH: James Blake. OK, so I don’t really think he can win this, but he’s my favorite player. Big forehand, speed, shot making ability BUT so frustrating to watch. Odds: 90-1

Kana
Fav: Roger Federer. What grace, what elegance. Fred Astaire with a racquet. This guy’s not bad at tennis, huh? Odds: 4-1
DH: Tommy Robredo. Off to a great start in ’09 (32-11), but most of that was on clay. Let’s see what he can do on the lawn. Odds: 124-1

Next time, I’ll unveil the women’s picks. Here’s a small hint at my pick; it’s Venus Williams.

Jason, TW