THE Wimbledon tennis championships is in the early throes of the competition and as a result there has not been too many changes at the top of the respective outright markets.

Novak Djokovic is a warm order at 21/20 (Unibet), with only Roger Federer at 100/30 (Skybet) and Rafael Nadal 7/1 seen as realistic opponents to the Serb. Kevin Anderson and Marin Cilic are 33/1, with Milos Raonic and Felix Auger Aliassime next on the list at 40/1. Kyle Edmund is the leading British fancy at 150/1.

Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova are 9/2 joint favourites in the ladies' event, Serena Williams is 8/1 (Skybet), Angelique Kerber 10/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1 (Betvictor), Simona Halep 16/1, Madison Keys 20/1 and both leading British hope Johanna Konta and Kiki Bertens are at 22/1.

The BBC will continue the coverage and all the games tomorrow (Thursday) have been priced up. According to the bookies, the three British male players involved have widely differing chances of success. Jay Clarke will be trying to overcome Roger Federer and Paddy Power’s 40/1 illustrates what a mammoth task that is; the Irish firm also provide a games handicap where Clarke is 4/6 off +10.5 and Federer 11/10. Kei Nishikori is 1/7 (Bet365/Hills) against Cameron Norrie at 6/1 (Paddy Power) but Dan Evans is 3/10 to dispose of Georgian opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is an 11/4 shot. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal is 3/10 (Bet365) to defeat Nick Kyrgios. The Australian is at 3/1 (Betfair Sportsbook).

Johanna Konta is a 1/3 chance to see off Katerina Siniakova, of the Czech Republic, in her second round match; Siniakova being 12/5. Harriet Dart has a tougher clash against Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilian is 1/2 (Bet365) and the Londoner 9/5 (Betvictor). Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Angelique Kerber are also in action but are no bigger than 1/6 to win their respective matches.

The Tour de France starts this weekend and this year it promises to be a closely-fought competition. The outright market is headed by Egan Bernal at 5/2 (Ladbrokes), Geraint Thomas is second favourite at 10/3 (Betway), Jakob Fuglsang is 6/1 (Betway), Adam Yates 12/1, Richie Porte and Nairo Quintana both 18/1, Thibaut Pinot 20/1 and then it is 25/1 bar.

Most layers offer ¼ odds 1,2,3 as each way terms but Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook and Boylesports are ⅕ odds but four places. King of the Mountains, Best Young Rider and to finish in the top 10 are among the options should you wish to wager on more specialist alternatives.