The 2010 Wimbledon seeds were announced on Wednesday. The 2010 Wimbledon seeds were a bit surprising, because Roger Federer received the No. 1 seed on the men’s side, with Rafael Nadal receiving the No. 2 seed. The reason it came as a surprise is that Rafael Nadal is the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world, and typically tournaments use those world rankings to come up with their seeding.
However, it seems to be the case that Federer is thought to be the much better grass court player and, as Wimbledon is a grass court, they decided to seed him ahead of Nadal. It might not matter either way, because Federer and Nadal are so far ahead of the rest of the field in talent right now, that the expectation is that they will be playing against each other in the 2010 Wimbledon Men’s Final.
The Women’s 2010 Wimbledon seeds went much more like their world rankings, with Serena Williams getting the No. 1 seed, followed by Venus Williams (No. 2), Caroline Wozniacki (No. 3), and Jelena Jankovic (No. 4). Other notable seeds in the women’s bracket include Kim Clijsters at No. 9, Maria Sharapova at No. 17, and Justine Henin at No. 18. Clijsters and Henin are back at Wimbledon after coming out of retirement, making the women’s field that much more interesting heading forward. The only Top 20 women’s tennis player that won’t be at the 2010 Wimbledon Tournament is Elena Dementieva (No. 5), who was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
In addition to the top two seeds of Federer and Nadal on the men’s side, we have Novak Djokovic at No. 3, Andy Murray at No. 4, and Andy Roddick at No. 5. The men’s player that received the biggest boost in seeding was Lleyton Hewitt of Austria, who is ranked No. 26 in the world, but was given the No. 15 overall seed in the tournament. Hewitt actually just beat Federer on a grass court tournament this Sunday, when they played at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany, showing that Federer might not be at the top of his game as he has been in previous years. It still doesn’t reveal an open men’s field, though. Because, if Federer can’t make it to the finals, this is Rafael Nadal’s tournament to lose.
The 2010 Wimbledon Tournament will take place from June 21 through July 4 at the All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. There will be a lot of television coverage provided for tennis fans and, hopefully, the weather holds up to present some great match conditions.
The defending champions at Wimbledon are Roger Federer on the men’s side, Serena Williams on the women’s side, Venus and Serena Williams in women’s doubles, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in men’s doubles, and Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Mark Knowles in mixed doubles. The defending champions in both the men’s and women’s brackets are expected to repeat with a 2010 title, and Federer will be competing for his 17th career Grand Slam title. Can Federer do it? It’s going to be tough, but we think that it will be a repeat of 2009’s results in both the women’s and men’s finals.