Roger Federer is 11/4 to win a record eighth Wimbledon title this year after announcing he will not participate in the French Open.
The 35-year-old, who last played on April 2, has decided to skip the entire clay-court season, which culminates in the second grand slam of the year at Roland Garros, in order to prepare for the grass and the following American hard-court swings.
It is at Wimbledon where Federer will be desperate to benefit from his rest the most, though, as he aims to continue his love-affair with Centre Court, where he has lifted the trophy seven times - the same amount as Pete Sampras.
He is the second favourite to win the tournament he last claimed in 2012, after opting to not to venture on the clay at all this season.
Indeed, it could be hard to look past Federer claiming history at SW19 in July if his comeback from his last hiatus is anything to go by. The Swiss returned from a six-month injury lay-off in January and immediately claimed an 18th grand slam crown at the Australian Open and followed it up with impressive wins at Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
Federer said on his website: “Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open. I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay-court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons.
“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.
“Thus, my team and I concluded that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.”
Andy Murray is the 12/5 favourite to win Wimbledon, with Federer second in the betting ahead of Novak Djokovic (13/4) and Nick Kyrgios (9/1).