Wimbledon is nearly upon us and the excitement amongst tennis fans is starting to build. Today the official seedings for the tournament were announced and of course they can have a significant effect on the draw. The most notable example of this is in the men’s event where Rafa Nadal has been seeded in 10th position and could face one of the big names as early as the last 16.

It is no surprise that defending champion and current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic heads the men’s list ahead of seven-time winner Roger Federer. Meanwhile, Britain’s Andy Murray will start the event as third seed. The Scot has been many pundits pre-tournament pick after putting in some impressive performances on clay this year and bagging a fourth title on grass at Queen’s Club last week. His seeding means that he could face a semi-final showdown against either Djokovic or Federer should he progress that far.

There are no prizes for guessing that Serena Williams will be top seed in the women’s event ahead of reigning champion Petra Kvitova. Meanwhile, Simona Halep is at No. 3 ahead of Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Last year’s beaten finalist Eugenie Bouchard has paid for her poor season by dropping to No. 12 in the seeding list. The 21-year-old may have to navigate a difficult draw if she is to repeat her achievements of 2014.

Men’s Singles:

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB), 2 FEDERER, Roger (SUI), 3 MURRAY, Andy (GBR), 4 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI), 5 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN), 6 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE), 7 RAONIC, Milos (CAN), 8 FERRER, David (ESP), 9 CILIC, Marin (CRO), 10 NADAL, Rafael (ESP), 11 DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL), 12 SIMON, Gilles (FRA), 13 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA), 14 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA), 15 LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP), 16 GOFFIN, David (BEL), 17 ISNER, John (USA), 18 MONFILS, Gael (FRA), 19 ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP). 20 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP), 21 GASQUET, Richard (FRA), 22 TROICKI, Viktor (SRB), 23 KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO), 24 MAYER, Leonardo (ARG), 25 SEPPI, Andreas (ITA), 26 KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS), 27 TOMIC, Bernard (AUS), 28 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU), 29 GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo (ESP), 30 FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA), 31 SOCK, Jack (USA), 32 THIEM, Dominic (AUT)

Women’s Singles:

1 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA), 2 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE), 3 HALEP, Simona (ROU), 4 SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS), 5 WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN), 6 SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE), 7 IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB), 8 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS), 9 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP), 10 KERBER, Angelique (GER), 11 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE), 12 BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN), 13 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL), 14 PETKOVIC, Andrea (GER), 15 BACSINSZKY, Timea (SUI), 16 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA), 17 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR), 18 LISICKI, Sabine (GER), 19 ERRANI, Sara (ITA), 20 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP), 21 KEYS, Madison (USA), 22 STOSUR, Samantha (AUS), 23 AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR), 24 PENNETTA, Flavia (ITA), 25 CORNET, Alize (FRA), 26 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS), 27 STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE), 28 JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB), 29 BEGU, Irina-Camelia (ROU), 30 BENCIC, Belinda (SUI), 31 GIORGI, Camila (ITA), 32 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)

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