By Ros Satar

  • The All England Club announced the seedings for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships
  • Richard Gasquet and Nick Kyrgios are among some of the players adjusted for their rankings on grass
  • There are no changes to the women’s rankings
  • We break down who is where and who they could face

LONDON, UK – Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top the seedings list for Wimbledon 2016, with Johanna Konta  flying the flag for Britain.

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The seeding ‘tradition’ has felt as old as time, but since 2002 it has not been required following an agreement with the ATP.

Instead a formula is used, to more accurately reflect an individual player’s grass court achievements.

  • Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points from 20 June 2016
  • Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
  • Add 75% of points earned for the best grass court tournaments in the 12 months before that

Among those players whose seeding has been bumped this year includes Richard Gasquet, promoted to seventh seed and Nick Kyrgios who edges into the top 16.

There have been no changes to the current WTA Rankings for the women’s seedings.

The Seeds

[1] Novak Djokovic Serena Williams

Defending champions and opposite from the No. 2 seeds

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals

 

[2] Andy Murray Garbiñe Muguruza

Occupies the bottom place in the draw, opposite from the World No. 1.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[3] Roger Federer Agnieszka Radwanska
[4] Stan Wawrinka Angelique Kerber

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.

 

[5] Kei Nishikori Simona Halep
[6] Milos Raonic Roberta Vinci
[7] Richard Gasquet Belinda Bencic
[8] Dominic Thiem Venus Williams

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 9-12 in the fourth round and 1-4 in the quarter-finals

 

[9] Marin Cilic Madison Keys
[10] Tomas Berdych Petra Kvitova
[11] David Goffin Timea Bacsinszky
[12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Carla Suárez Navarro

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 5-8 in the fourth round

 

[13] David Ferrer Svetlana Kuznetsova
[14] Roberto Bautista Agut Samantha Stosur
[15] Nick Kyrgios Karolina Pliskova
[16] Gilles Simon Johanna Konta

Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 1-4 in the fourth round

 

[17] Gael Monfils Elina Svitolina
[18] John Isner Sloane Stephens
[19] Bernard Tomic Dominika Cibulkova
[20] Kevin Anderson Sara Errani
[21] Philipp Kohlschreiber Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
[22] Feliciano Lopez Jelena Jankovic
[23] Ivo Karlovic Ana Ivanovic
[24] Alexander Zverev Barbora Strycova

Will face players seeded 9-16 in the third round

 

[25] Viktor Troicki Irina-Camelia Begu
[26] Benoit Paire Kiki Bertens
[27] Jack Sock Coco Vandeweghe
[28] Sam Querrey Lucie Safarova
[29] Pablo Cuevas Daria Kasatkina
[30] Alexandr Dolgopolov Caroline Garcia
[31] Joao Sousa Kristina Mladenovic
[32] Lucas Pouille Andrea Petkovic

Will face seeded 1-8 in the third round.

 

What this means

anatomy-of-a-slam-draw

Men’s Singles

There is a feel of the ATP Lost Generation (Nishikori, Cilic, at a push Raonic) versus the Next Generation, with the jump up the rankings serving Thiem and Zverev well.

They will be exciting prospects to view as Nishikori seems to be struggling physically once more.

Nick Kyrgios goes in with his highest ranking to date, and having made the quarter-finals on his debut (ousting World No. 1 at the time, Nadal) few could count him out of a deep run here.

The real question though is whether the decision for Andy Murray to reunite with Ivan Lendl has the X-Factor to send him to a third Wimbledon final, and his third straight Slam final this year.

 

Women’s Singles

Neither Halep or Bencic come into the tournament in top form, and you could even add Kvitova to the walking wounded mix – they could be the shock names to go early.

With Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal due to a knee injury, Venus Williams now is in the top 8, Konta now earns a place “upstairs” with the top 16.

There are some very dangerous floaters in the draw if the progression at Eastbourne is anything to go by – Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Vesnina in particular should set alarm bells ringing for any seeds in the draw who get them early.

Watch out for Keys who really impressed with how she could figure things out in Birmingham amidst the endless rain, and of course a lot of British interest will lay on Konta – a steady but not emphatic start at Nottingham and Birmingham has already been backed up with her equalling last year’s run to the Eastbourne quarter-finals.

The draw for the Wimbledon Men’s Singles will take place at 10am, Friday 24 June.

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