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Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson And Marin Cilic Handed Seeding Boost for Wimbledon

The full list of seeds for the grass-court major have been confirmed.

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The seeds for this year’s Wimbledon Championships have been announced with the world No.1 of both the men’s and women’s tour set to head the draws.

 

The grass-court major is the only grand slam is the world to calculate their men’s seeds in accordance with a unique formula. Taking into account how a player has performed on the grass in recent months. This therefore means that some players could be seeded higher or lower than their world ranking, which was recently criticised by Rafael Nadal.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic heads the field. The Serbian is already a four-time winner at Wimbledon and will be bidding to win back-to-back titles for a second time in his career. He first did so in 2014 and 2015.

“Wimbledon is for me and many players the most important tournament in the world.” Djokovic told reporters earlier this week.
“It was a huge turning point last year for me coming back from surgery and dropping out of the top 20 to win Wimbledon. It meant a lot for my confidence.”

The controversy over the seeding formula starts with second place. Roger Federer, who recently won in Halle, has been placed ahead of Nadal. Despite being ranked third in the world. Federer has won the men’s title more times than anybody else in the history of Wimbledon. As a result, it is likely that should all four seeds progress to the semi-finals, Nadal might play Djokovic, and Federer may play Kevin Anderson.

“They do it differently to everyone else and you have to respect that, although it is a little bit surprising,” said Djokovic.
“Roger Federer is the greatest of all-time on grass courts and he has won more Wimbledon titles than anyone else in history, but the guy he is being moved ahead of in the seeings is Rafael Nadal.
“For that reason, it is surprising a little bit, but it is what it is.”

2018 runner-up Anderson, who has an ATP ranking of eighth, is one of the player’s to benefit from the seeding formula the most. The South African is on the comeback from an elbow injury and has only played one tournament since Miami. Others have a boost include John Isner to ninth (WR 12), Marin Cilic to 13th (WR 18th) and Gilles Simon to 20th (WR 25th).

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Felix Auger-Alissame will have a top 20 seeding for the first time in his career at 20th.

The men’s seeding calculation
-Take the ATP Ranking points at 24 June 2019
-Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the immediate past 12 month period prior to 24 June 2019
-Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to that

In the women’s draw, the placement of players is a lot more simplified. No formula is used and the seedings are based on the WTA rankings. However, exceptions can be made by the Wimbledon committee if they deem it necessary for a ‘balanced draw.’

Ash Barty is the first Australian woman to top the seeds since Margaret Court back in 1973. The world No.1 is currently on a 12-match winning streak after claiming her first grand slam title at the French Open, followed by winning the Birmingham Classic last week. Barty won the girls title at Wimbledon back in 2011.

Naomi Osaka, who is yet to progress beyond the third round of the tournament, will be the second seed. Osaka lost her No.1 ranking to Barty on Monday.

Also in the top five is Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber. Kerber is the defending champion.

Full seedings

Gentlemen’s Singles
1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB) – WR 1
2 FEDERER, Roger (SUI) – WR 3
3 NADAL, Rafael (ESP) – WR 2
4 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA) – WR 8
5 THIEM, Dominic (AUT) – WR 4
6 ZVEREV, Alexander (GER) – WR 5
7 TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE) – WR 6
8 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN) – WR 7
9 ISNER, John (USA) – WR 12
10 KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS) – WR 9
11 MEDVEDEV, Daniil (RUS) – WR 13
12 FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA) – WR 10
13 CILIC, Marin (CRO) – WR 18
14 CORIC, Borna (CRO) – WR 14
15 RAONIC, Milos (CAN) – WR 17
16 MONFILS, Gael (FRA) – WR 15
17 BERRETTINI, Matteo (ITA) – WR 20
18 BASILASHVILI, Nikoloz (GEO) – WR 16
19 AUGER-ALIASSIME, Felix (CAN) – WR 21
20 SIMON, Gilles (FRA) – WR 25
21 GOFFIN, David (BEL) – WR 23
22 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI) – WR 19
23 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP) – WR 22
24 SCHWARTZMAN, Diego (ARG) – WR 24
25 DE MINAUR, Alex (AUS) – WR 29
26 PELLA, Guido (ARG) – WR 26
27 POUILLE, Lucas (FRA) – WR 28
28 PAIRE, Benoit (FRA) – WR 32
29 SHAPOVALOV, Denis (CAN) – WR 27
30 EDMUND, Kyle (GBR) – WR 31
31 DJERE, Laslo (SRB) – WR 30
32 LAJOVIC, Dusan (SRB) – WR 33

WR = world ranking (as of 24th June 2019)

Ladies’ Singles
1 BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2 OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4 BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5 KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7 HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9 STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10 SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)
12 SEVASTOVA, Anastasija (LAT)
13 BENCIC, Belinda (SUI)
14 WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN)
15 WANG, Qiang (CHN)
16 VONDROUSOVA, Marketa (CZE)
17 KEYS, Madison (USA)
18 GOERGES, Julia (GER)
19 KONTA, Johanna (GBR)
20 KONTAVEIT, Anett (EST)
21 MERTENS, Elise (BEL)
22 VEKIC, Donna (CRO)
23 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)
24 MARTIC, Petra (CRO)
25 ANISIMOVA, Amanda (USA)
26 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP)
27 KENIN, Sofia (USA)
28 HSIEH, Su-Wei (TPE)
29 KASATKINA, Daria (RUS)
30 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)
31 SAKKARI, Maria (GRE)
32 TSURENKO, Lesia (UKR)

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

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Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Sidesteps Question Over Vaccination Status

The Greek also jokes that he will be having less bathroom breaks in Indian Wells due to one particular reason.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has declined to confirm if he has received a COVID-19 vaccination despite previously saying he planned to do so later this year.

 

The world No.3 was questioned about the vaccination during his pre-tournament press conference at Indian Wells on Wednesday. Earlier this year Tsitsipas came under fire after saying he doesn’t see a reason why somebody his age needs to be vaccinated and expressed concerns over the potential side effects. He also added that young people catching COVID-19 is a good thing as it helps build up their immunity. Prompting criticism from various people, including a spokesperson for the Greek government.

However, in recent weeks Tsitsipas has changed his stance on the issue and recently told Antenna TV that he will have his first dose by the end of this year. When asked by a reporter in Indian Wells if he has had it yet, the French Open finalist declined to answer.

I’m sorry but I’m not able to provide any of my medical records,” he said.

Player vaccination rates in tennis are becoming a growing issue amid reports that the Australian Open may only allow fully vaccinated players to participate due to a health mandate which has been implemented by the local government. There is yet to be a formal announcement by Tennis Australia regarding their entry requirements. However, The Age newspaper reports that there is a ‘strong likelihood’ that only vaccinated players will be allowed entry by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Tsitsipas’ immediate focus is on this week’s BNP Paribas Open where he is the second seed behind Daniil Medvedev. Speaking about the conditions, the 23-year-old joked it was ‘very dry’ and therefore he will be having less bathroom breaks during matches. Referring to the recent criticism he has received from some of his peers over the timing of breaks he takes.

“It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said.
“That is good for me because I sweat less, which makes for less bathroom breaks, which makes for less complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he added with a smile.

The hope for Tsitsipas is that he will be able to build on his recent experience at the Laver Cup where he helped Europe secure their fourth consecutive title. The event provides players with the opportunity to work alongside each other in a team format. Something Tsitsipas relished but he is ready to get back to singles duty.

“I think team competitions are necessary for our sport and we don’t get to be united a lot,” he said. “We always kind of focus on ourselves and our things and environment and that is what you usually see on Tour. Players doing their own thing. Not much socialising.
“At the Laver Cup, we all get to have dinners together and all get to hang out with each other. Of course, though, we all have our competitiveness and if we get stuck around we might share too much with one another, that is the mentality behind it.”

Tsitsipas is yet to win a main draw match in Indian Wells. He will start his 2021 bid against either qualifier Roberto Marcora or Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

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