Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray


World no. 1 will not face fellow members of the ‘Big 4’ until after the semi-finals


ENGLAND – For the first time, Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray was named top seed of the Grand Slam Tournament.

This despite a shocking loss to Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the first round of the Queen’s tournament last week.

As such, Murray will not face fellow members of the so-called “Big 4” of the sport, namely, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, until after the semi-finals of the competition which kicks off on July 3.

The four tennis superstars are all seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament since the 2014 Wimbledon, reports said.

Djokovic and Federer reportedly stand to benefit from the Wimbledon’s long-standing habit of not sticking to world rankings.

Djokovic is named second seed despite being world no. 4 while Federer is third seed even if he is world no. 5. Nadal, who is world no. 2, is fourth seed while world no. 3 Stan Wawrinka is fifth seed.

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg benefits the most from Wimbledon’s liberal policy as he goes from 26th to 16th because of his love for the grass court.

In the women’s division, world no. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany is top seed followed by Simona Halep of Romania, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

2017 French Open women’s champion Jelena Ostapenko is 13th in the seedings.

Venus Williams is 10th while her sister, Serena, is absent as she is pregnant and is due to give birth this fall. Serena returns to the sport next year. GAC/Expat Media


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