Apart from his confidence in the abilities of defending champion and British No. 1 Andy Murray, 7-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe believes there are a couple of young guns who could do some “serious damage” at this year’s Championships.
McEnroe, who won four title at the All England Club, endorsed two rising star on the ATP World tour, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov as potential dark horses at the 2014 edition of the prestigious event.
“(T)wo guys that I think have made the biggest advances, who we’ve been waiting on the longest to potentially do some serious damage at a major event, and they’re starting to show that. That would be Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov. Two guys, if they had a little bit of luck, things fell their way, they could make a real run in this tournament.”
When Chris Everts was asked a similar question regarding the women’s draw, she took aim at Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard, who she considered to be one of the most consistent players on the tour this season.
“I think Bouchard has shown a lot of positives in the last six months as far as stepping up, not being afraid to play the top players, not to be afraid to play on a stadium court, dealing with the pressure so well. Especially after the French, she almost beat Maria Sharapova. She likes grass. She likes to step in and take the ball early. She has power. I think she’s one to watch.”
The Wimbledon Championships begin Monday, June 23rd.