LONDON — Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will enter next week’s tournament as the men’s top seed with Russian world number one Daniil Medvedev barred while Germany’s second-placed Alexander Alexander Zverev is injured.
The organizers of the Grand Slam grass court have banned players from Russia and Belarus from playing at Wimbledon this year following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a ‘special operation’.
Zverev had surgery on the torn ligament in his right ankle this month after he was forced to miss his French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, who was unable to defend his 2021 Australian Open title and the 2,000 ranking points he earned due to his lack of COVID-19 vaccination, recently lost his world number one spot to Medvedev. .
The Serbian, who has won the last three majors, will drop further down the rankings after Wimbledon as he will lose another 2,000 points when he is stripped of his tournament points by the ATP and WTA.
The absence of Medvedev and Zverev means Nadal, who is halfway through a possible Slam in the calendar year after winning the Australian and French Open titles, will be placed second.
It also resulted in Djokovic and Nadal being at two different innings and they could not face each other until the men’s final on July 10. The duo met in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros this year, where The Spaniard won.
He has two players in the top 10 seed at the major with Cameron Norrie ninth while US Open champion Emma Raducanu is 10th in the absence of Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka.
Polish world number one Iga Swiatek will be the women’s top seed with Estonian number two Annett Kontaveit.
The previous Wimbledon organizers used a computer-based system based on results on grass courts for the previous two years to determine the seeds, but from the 2021 edition the seeds have already reflected the standings. world class.
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