Wimbledon Announces Seedings, Federer Placed Ahead of Nadal
Six-time champion Roger Federer was named as top seed at the upcoming Wimbledon Championships. Based on a formula used by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Federer moved ahead of current World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Both Federer (2009) and Nadal (2008) won the event in their last Wimbledon appearance.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick round out the Top 5 seeds. Roddick moved up from No. 7 to 5.
Thanks to his grass successes, former champion Lleyton Hewitt leaped from No. 26 to 15 in the seedings. Feliciano Lopez, Ivo Karlovic also made a nice moves, jumping seven and eight spots, respectively.
American John Isner who hasn’t had much clay experience slid from No. 19 to 24.
The seeding formula used by Wimbledon is based on
• Take ranking points as of June 14, 2010
• Add 100% points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
• Add 75% points earned for best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that.
The women’s seedings went according to the current WTA rankings. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Francesca Schiavone make up the Top 5 in that order.
Among the withdrawals are: Men – Juan Martin Del Potro (wrist), Tommy Haas (hip), Fernando Gonzalez (knee), Juan Monaco (knee), Pablo Cuevas (back). Women – Elena Dementieva (calf), Sabine Lisicki (ankle), Carla Suarez Navarro (ankle), Peng Shuai (illness), Virginie Razzano (hip).
The Wimbledon draws will be released Friday morning. Seeds will be randomly dispersed by groupings:
5-8, 9-12 and 13-16; seeds 17-24 and 25-32. Play begins Monday.
Here are the men’s seeds (current ATP rankings in brackets):
1 Roger Federer (SUI) 
2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 
3 Novak Djokovic (SRB) 
4 Andy Murray (GBR) 
5 Andy Roddick (USA) 
6 Robin Soderling (SWE) 
7 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 
8 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 
9 David Ferrer (ESP) 
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 
11 Marin Cilic (CRO) 
12 Tomas Berdych (CZE) 
13 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 
14 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 
15 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 
16 Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 
17 Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) 
18 Sam Querrey (USA) 
19 Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 
20 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 
21 Gael Monfils (FRA) 
22 Radek Stepanek (CZE) 
23 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 
24 John Isner (USA) 
25 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 
26 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 
27 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 
28 Gilles Simon (FRA) 
29 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 
30 Albert Montanes (ESP) 
31 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 
32 Tommy Robredo (ESP) 
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