Wimbledon 2010 Men’s Seeding

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At Wimbledon the seeding for the Gentlemen’s singles draw is NOT based solely on the ATP rankings. This year the ATP rankings as at June 14 were used to calculate the  seeding for the 2010 Wimbledon men’s event.

At each of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments there are 32 seeds. In 2002 the ATP and Wimbledon made an agreement to enable the Wimbledon seeding committee to alter the usual seeding procedure to permit a grass court seeding system to reflect each individual player’s grass court achievements.

The agreement aimed to ensure that this special exception for a grass court seeding was objective and transparent for all concerned. This system still allocates the seedings from highest to lowest (i.e. No.1 to No.32), according to who has the highest total number of points. The system used to determine the Wimbledon grass court seeding is:

  • Step 1: Count the ATP ranking points of each player as at 14 June 2010;
  • Step 2: Add all of the points that a player has earned in any grass court events in the past 12 months on top of that; and
  • Step 3: Add another %75 of a player’s BEST grass court result in the 12 months BEFORE that to make a new total number of points.

For example current World No.1 Rafael Nadal becomes the No.2 seed using this system. Nadal has 8,745 ATP ranking points as at 14 June 2010 which you add 45 points for his quarter final result at Queens Club in London last week. Nadal did not play any other grass court tournament in the past 12 months. So for step 1 and step 2 above, we add 8,745 and 45 (=8,790). Then for step 3 above, we add 1,500 points because that is 75% of 2,000 which was Nadal’s singles best grass court result in the 12 months before that (Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008). Therefore, Nadal’s total number of points for his grass court seeding is 8,790 + 1,500 = 10,290.

Roger Federer becomes the No.1 seed using this system because his points total is higher than anyone else. Federer currently has 8,525 ATP ranking points to which you add 150 points for his runner-up result in Halle, Germany last week and 2,000 points for winning the 2009 Wimbledon title. Federer’s best result the year before that was 1,400 for being the runner-up at the 2008 Wimbledon event. 75% of 1,400 points is 1,050, therefore, we add 8,525 + 150 + 2,000 + 1,050 to make Federer’s total number of points for his grass court seeding – 11,725 compared to Nadal’s 10,290.

Pictured above is Croatian Ivo Karlovic preparing to play a forehand drive. The 31 year old Karlovic made the quarter finals at the 2009 Wimbledon event before losing to Federer. The 2.08m late bloomer achieved his best result at the 2010 Australian Open by making the round of 16 and his result at Wimbledon last year is his career best result in a Grand Slam singles event.

Karlovic is one of the main benefactors of the grass court seeding system. He would not have been seeded in the top 32 on ranking alone but is promoted up to being the No.25 seed. Another major benefactor is Lleyton Hewitt who would have been No.26 but has been promoted up to No.15 which means he can only play one of the top 8 seeds such as Federer or Nadal, in the round of 16 instead of in the 3rd round.

The following is the seeding for the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. The actual seeding of the players runs down the left hand side of the page and is placed before each name. The number after each players name is his current ATP ranking.

  1. Roger Federer World No.2 [2]
  2. Rafael Nadal [1]
  3. Novak Djokovic [3]
  4. Andy Murray [4]
  5. Andy Roddick [7]
  6. Robin Soderling [6]
  7. Nikolay Davydenko [5]
  8. Fernando Verdasco [9]
  9. David Ferrer [11]
  10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [10]
  11. Marin Cilic [12]
  12. Tomas Berdych [13]
  13. Mikhail Youzhny [14]
  14. Juan Carlos Ferrero [17]
  15. Lleyton Hewitt [26]
  16. Jurgen Melzer [16]
  17. Ivan Ljubicic [15]
  18. Sam Querrey [21]
  19. Nicolas Almagro [18]
  20. Stanislas Wawrinka [23]
  21. Gael Monfils [20]
  22. Radek Stepanek [25]
  23. Feliciano Lopez [30]
  24. John Isner [19]
  25. Ivo Karlovic [33]
  26. Marcos Baghdatis [27]
  27. Thomaz Bellucci [24]
  28. Gilles Simon [32]
  29. Ernests Gulbis [29]
  30. Albert Montanes [31]
  31. Philipp Kohlschreiber [35]
  32. Tommy Robredo [36]

Do you think Wimbledon making it’s own seeding is a good thing or disrespectful to the other 3 Grand Slam tournaments and to the players who work hard for the previous 12 months to earn their ranking and subsequent seeding benefits.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Wimbledon singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the Schedules of Play -> Wimbledon 2010: June 14-July 4.

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