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Wimbledon Day 2 Picks & Predictions For Alcaraz, Rybakina & More

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Wimbledon Day 2 Picks & Predictions For Alcaraz, Rybakina & More

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Wimbledon Day 2 action gets underway on Tuesday, July 4 and, as ever, we’re on top of all the action here at Bookies.com, bringing you daily predictions and tennis picks from the world’s oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam. 

The day’s tennis-betting card features Elena Rybakina, the ladies’ singles defending champion, as she opens proceedings on Centre Court against American Shelby Rogers. 

The men’s action will be headlined by World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who is slated to kick off play on Court No. 1 against veteran Jeremy Chardy.

After these headliners, we’re spotting plenty of first-round action from the All England Club for our Wimbledon Day 2 Predictions and picks, complete with tennis odds from a stable of trusted betting apps.

So, without further ado, let’s dive straight into the Wimbledon Day 2 Predictions…

Wimbledon Day 2 Best Bets

Carlos Alcaraz vs Jeremy Chardy 

Though Chardy, 36, returned in January of this year after missing almost 16 months of play, the veteran Frenchman is clearly winding down his career.  He will be appearing in only his sixth singles match of the 2023 season. 

That doesn’t bode well for a date with Alcaraz, as evinced by the lopsided tennis odds. The 20-year-old Spaniard has taken the ATP Tour by storm over the last year and a half, winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2022 US Open.

Arguably, grass was considered to be Alcaraz’ least favorite surface. But that’s a moot point now as he’s coming off his first-ever title on grass in Queens over a week ago, moving back up to the No. 1 ranking spot in the process. (It marked his fifth title of the season and 11th overall.)

Yes, Chardy can lean on his experience and tennis nous, which he’s already begun leveraging into a coaching career. For that reason, he should be competitive early on. However, Alcaraz’s electric movement, ferocious groundstrokes, and ability to serve and volley should prove overwhelming in the end.

Wimbledon Best Bet: Alcaraz -9.5 -105 at BetMGM

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Ben Shelton vs Taro Daniel

Ben Shelton burst onto the international stage when he reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, in both his Grand Slam debut and first-ever foray outside of the US. 

The 20-year-old American will be hoping to make a similar splash at Wimbledon when he opens his bid against Japan’s Taro Daniel. Indeed, the markets are optimistic about his chances here, with Caesars tipping the American hopeful at -230 to beat Daniel.

While Shelton’s form stands in stark contrast to his favorable odds. He is 4-13 since his run Down Under, including 1-2 on grass. The 30-year-old Japanese vet has never advanced beyond the first round in six appearances at the All England Club. What’s more, he’s only won three sets in six matches. 

Wimbledon Best Bet: Under 39.5 -112 at FanDuel

Daniil Medvedev vs Arthur Fery

Britain’s wildcard Arthur Fery faces an uphill battle against Daniil Medvedev, though the Russian arrives in London behind a subpar (by his standards) run of form. He’s 2-3 since winning the ATP Masters in Rome in May and just 2-2 on grass. 

For the 20-year-old Brit, who ranks at No. 391 and stands just 5’8* tall, this is the biggest match of his fledgling career. He’s never played a player of Medvedev’s quality and talent. Though the partisan crowd will be behind him, but its doubtful to make much of a difference in what is a mismatch in every sense. 

Wimbledon Best Bet: Medvedev -9.5 -125 at Caesars

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Trances Tiafoe vs Yibing Wu

Frances Tiafoe will be buoyed by his title-winning run in Stuttgart, but dangerous floater Yibing Wu could give him a run for his money in this fascinating first-round match. The Chinese upset Kyrgios in his Stuttgart opener before losing in three sets to Marton Fucsovics in the R16. Then, in Halle, he pushed Andrey Rublev to three sets in a losing effort. 

All told, Tiafoe should come through as the oddsmakers’ favorite. But don’t be surprised if this match extends to four or more sets.

Wimbledon Best Bet: Tiafoe in four sets +240 at bet365

Elena Rybakina vs Shelby Rogers

Rybakina’s much-anticipated return to Wimbledon, the scene of her maiden Grand Slam title, is shrouded in doubt. She’s been limited since withdrawing from the third round of the French Open last month with a virus, playing just two matches during the grass-court swing in Berlin. 

Shelby Rogers, courtesy of a win over Rybakina in their last meeting on the grass in 2022, might fancy her chances. However, the 30-year-old American is dealing with her own confidence and form issues as she arrives in London on the back of a four-match-losing run. 

Wimbledon Best Bet: Over 19.5 -120 at BetMGM

Karolina Muchova vs Julia Niemeier

Karolina Muchova captivated the imagination of tennis fans in Paris, where she reached her maiden major final and gave eventual champion Iga Swiatek a serious title challenge in the three-set thriller. 

The 26-year-old Czech is making her first appearance since Roland Garros. Previous success at SW19 (twice reaching the quarterfinals) is something Muchova can lean on here, but the absence of any grass court preparation might pose a problem in what is a tough first-round draw against Julie Neimeier. The German reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year and arrives in London on the back of a fourth-round appearance in Berlin.

Wimbledon Best Bet: Niemeier +4.5 -118 at FanDuel

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Madison Keys vs Sonay Kartal

American Madison Keys is coming off a title-winning run in Eastbourne, beating Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6(5) in the final on Saturday. She faces a quick turnaround as a result with a first-round match against British wildcard Sonay Kartal on Tuesday. 

The raucous home crowd is sure to spur the 21-year-old Brit, but Keys’ experience and quality should see her through. 

Wimbledon Best Bet: Keys in straight sets -150 at bet365

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Isla Knightley for Bookies.com
Isla Knightley
Isla, a sports journalist and betting expert, covers several sports, including the NFL, as well politics. She joined Bookies.com in 2021 after contributing to other betting sites.