By Nick Georgandis
Want to take a flyer on a potentially amazing short-term investment? Bet on somebody besides Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon.
With the field decimated by injuries and upsets, Djokovic, the 2011 champion, is now an almost-even money bet to win the Slam, currently at 11:10 odds.
Murray, who reached the final last year, won the gold medal at the same court a month later and also won the 2012 US Open, is close behind at 7:5 odds.
Past those two, it's a field full of longshots that would make a bookie blush. Juan Martin Del Potro, No. 8 in the world and the only other man in the field with a Grand Slam title to his credit, has the next-lowest odds at 20-1. Jerzy Janowicz is now an amazing fourth at 25-1 and 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych is 33-1.
The defeat of Maria Sharapova and the withdrawal of Victoria Azarenka, not to mention a bevy of other upsets, has Serena Williams now a ridiculous 3:10 favorite to win the women's bracket. To the uninitiated, that means if you wanted to win $100 betting on Williams, you'd need to put down $300.
Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, is the second favorite at 28:1, followed by American teenager Sloane Stephens at 29:1. Last year's finalist, Agnieszka Radwanska, is 33:1.
Posted: 6/28/2013 10:18:03 PM