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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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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins First Ever Roland Garros Match In Five Sets

Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his first ever victory at Roland Garros.

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The Canadian found himself down two sets to none but fought back to pull off the comeback in a thrilling five set victory.

 

Felix Auger Aliassime is into the second round of the French Open for the first time in his career after battling back to beat the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in five sets 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes.

The Montreal native finished the match serving 14 aces and hitting 52 winners in a match that featured a lot of long rallies from behind the baseline.

“It was a dream for me to play here, it was an honor and my first time on Phillipe Chatrier and my first win at Roland Garros and I had to work hard to get it and credit my opponent he played very well today.”

The Peruvian started the match by breaking the number nine seed right out of the gate and at 3-1 managed to turn that break into a double break as he served out the first set with ease.

The first two games of the second went on serve but again the world number 122 seemed to play better as the Canadian looked stunned, searching for answers.

The Lima native once again took an early lead to take a 3-1 lead and again that seemed like enough for the Peruvian as he served out the second set and was one set away from an improbable upset.

The third set is where the Canadian started to turn things around and his groundstrokes seemed to have more precision. At 2-1 it was the Montreal native who got the first break of serve.

After consolidating the break the world number nine was hungry for more and turned that break into a double break and it looked like the match was turning in his favour.

The Canadian served out the third set to send it to a fourth looking to send it to a decider.

The Montreal native rode the momentum from winning the third into the fourth set where after holding the opening service game got the early break once again taking a 2-0 lead.

At 5-3 with the Peruvian looking to stay in the set, Auger Aliassime managed to get another break to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.

The fifth set stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Canadian had four chances to break and at the fourth time of asking he was able to break and serve out the match to complete the comeback.

After the match in his on court interview he was asked about the adjustments he made in the third set to turn the match around and pull off the win.

“I tried to give myself some more space and a little more time, my opponent at the beginning was playing very quick, aggressive, and flat so I tried a couple things and I also served better and after that it was easier.”

The Canadian will next face either Aslan Karatsev or Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the next round.

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