Who might provide Wimbledon's Leicester City story?


No sporting event is complete these days without a romantic underdog story - an Iceland, a Wales or, even better, a Leicester.

So with Wimbledon just around the corner, who has the ability to shock the establishment like the Foxes did? Sports writer John Skilbeck has some suggestions...

1. Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet playing at Wimbledon

Remember when the grand slam semi-finals were a lock-in for the Roger/Rafa/Nole/Muzza quadropoly? Glory days to some - achingly predictable though.

The Premier League used to be like that before the Foxes turned from the hunted to the hunters. Where Leicester swept to glory on a foundation of attrition, it will be with undiluted Gallic flair that Gasquet achieves glory, or not at all.

The Frenchman's single-handed backhand is sexier than a Riyad Mahrez shimmy, more potent than Jamie Vardy behind a back four, and almost as perplexing as Andrea Bocelli belting out Nessun Dorma in a mid-May East Midlands party for 30,000 guests.

Twice an All England Club semi-finalist, though rarely tipped, nearly man Gasquet has just turned 30 and would be a hugely popular Wimbledon champion.

2. Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov playing at Wimbledon

So talented he used to be tagged 'Baby Fed'. He used to be Maria Sharapova's other half too and is reckoned to be the player Serena Williams - another former squeeze - described as having "a black heart" on the eve of Wimbledon three years ago.

So much has been spoken and written about Grigor Dimitrov. And when the Bulgarian won Queen's and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals two years ago he looked to be coming good on his promise and his profile. Sofia... so good.

Yet after bombing so far in 2016 - by his standards - the Bulgarian finds himself outside the world's top 30 at the age of 25, his career perhaps at a crossroads.

He is reportedly dating the singer Nicole Scherzinger - but is Dimitrov now a tennis pussycat doll or ready to roar?

3. Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios playing at Wimbledon

The Mick Dundee of the ATP tour, Canberra wild child Kyrgios splashed into the public consciousness by behaving as though the rules everyone else abides by were alien, not for him.

He appeared to give up for a game against Gasquet at Wimbledon last year in a toys-out-of-the-pram moment, then later in the year delivered a stunning mid-match sledge against Stan Wawrinka, making crude claims about Wawrinka's girlfriend Donna Vekic, at a tournament in Montreal.

"(Thanasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, " Kyrgios blurted. "Sorry to tell you that, mate." And that is emphatically not fair dinkum etiquette.

Fellow Aussie Lleyton Hewitt is trying to turn the 21-year-old larrikin into a champion. The ingredients are all there, but it might take more than a tinker, man.