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Wimbledon – Serena Williams not protected, Rafael Nadal [N.2] behind Novak Djokovic

Since last year, Wimbledon has gotten rid of one of these traditions, one more. The seeds now fully follow the logic of the ATP and WTA rankings, as with other Grand Slam tournaments. There is no longer a special coefficient giving pride of place to the results obtained on grass before the British Major. The announcement by the All England Club of the 64 proteges (32 in the ladies’ singles and 32 in the men’s singles) of this 2022 edition therefore came as no surprise. In the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will serve as seeds 1 and 2 in the men’s draw.

Consequently, as in the good old days, the Serb and the Spaniard will each occupy their part of the table, possibly only being able to find themselves in the final, contrary to what happened at Roland-Garros a few weeks ago ( Nadal’s quarter-final victory). Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeds 3 and 4, will be split into either half in the draw on Friday, and will therefore be their theoretical opponents in the semis, even if the grass track record of the Norwegian and Greek do not really plead in their favor.

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Respectively winners in Halle and Queen’s last Sunday, Hubert Hurkacz and Matteo Berrettini find themselves with numbers 7 and 8 and could face Nadal and Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Note that Gaël Monfils, who has not yet made his final decision regarding his participation in Wimbledon, is seeded 19 and the only protected Frenchman, men’s and women’s tables combined.

As for these ladies, Serena Williams logically did not have special treatment for her big return to competition after a year’s absence: she does not have seeded status. Iga Swiatek and her runner-up in the WTA rankings Anett Kontaveit will occupy the two opposite parts of the table. Finally, the players will be hard at work every day in this 2022 edition, since another great tradition which made the specificity of Wimbledon – the first Sunday off – has also been removed.

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