Tennis | Wimbledon 2019 | Where the seeds may fall

By Ros Satar

  • The All England Club announced the seedings for the 2019 Wimbledon Championships
  • Rafael Nadal’s ranking is adjusted for the seeding, while the Ladies’ rankings will follow the WTA rankings
  • We break down who is where and who they could face at SW19
LONDON, UK – The AELTC have announced the seedings for Wimbledon and the inevitable bumpings via the formula has caused a few ruffled feathers.


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The seeding ‘tradition’ has felt as old as time, but since 2002 it has not been required following an agreement with the ATP.


Instead a formula is used, to more accurately reflect an individual player’s grass court achievements.

  • Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points from 24 June 2019
  • Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months prior to that date
  • Add 75% of points earned for the best grass court tournaments in the 12 months before that


For the Ladies’ seeding, the order usually follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw. In 2017, there were no changes but with the return of 2016 champion Serena Williams, the committee have determined she will be seeded No. 25. There are no changes for


[1] Novak Djokovic Ashleigh Barty


Novak Djokovic is the defending champion, with reigning Roland Garros women’s champion Ashleigh Barty as World No. 1 in the top spot, and opposite from the No. 2 seeds.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[2] Roger Federer Naomi Osaka


Occupies the bottom place in the draw, opposite from the World No. 1.

Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[3] Rafael Nadal Karolina Pliskova
[4] Kevin Anderson Kiki Bertens


Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 13-16 in the fourth round and 5-8 in the quarter-finals.


[5] Dominic Thiem Angelique Kerber
[6] Alexander Zverev Petra Kvitova
[7] Stefanos Tsitsipas Simona Halep
[8] Kei Nishikori Elina Svitolina


Will face players seeded 25-32 in the third round, 9-12 in the fourth round and 1-4 in the quarter-finals


[9] John Isner Sloane Stephens
[10] Karen Khachanov Aryna Sabalenka
[11] Daniil Medvedev Serena Williams
[12] Fabio Fognini Anastasija Sevastova


Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 5-8 in the fourth round


[13] Marin Cilic Belinda Bencic
[14] Borna Coric Caroline Wozniacki
[15] Milos Raonic Wang Qiang
[16] Gael Monfils Marketa Vondrousova


Will face players seeded 17-24 in the third round and 1-4 in the fourth round


[17] Matteo Berrettini Madison Keys
[18] Nicoloz Basilashvili Julia Goerges
[19] Felix Auger-Aliassime Johanna Konta
[20] Gilles Simon Anett Kontaveit
[21] David Goffin Elise Mertens
[22] Stan Wawrinka Donna Vekic
[23] Roberto Bautista Agut Caroline Garcia
[24] Diego Schwartzman Petra Martic


Will face players seeded 9-16 in the third round


[25] Alex De Minaur Amanda Anisimova
[26] Guido Pella Garbiñe Muguruza
[27] Lucas Pouille Sofia Kenin
[28] Benoit Paire Hsieh Su-Wei
[29] Denis Shapovalov Daria Kasatkina
[30] Kyle Edmund Carla Suarez Navarro
[31] Laslo Djere Maria Sakkari
[32] Dusan Lajovic Lesia Tsurenko


Will face seeded 1-8 in the third round.


Men’s Singles

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The biggest stir is that World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been seeded No. 3 behind Roger Federer (the current World No. 3). Other notable adjustments are Kevin Anderson and John Isner, finalist and semi-finalist respectively.

The focus of the complaints regarding Nadal is that he is seeded to face either Djokovic or Federer at the semi-finals stage, but since he last reached the final in 2011 (Seeded No. 1 after winning the title in 2010), he has underperformed to his seeding in his last five outings prior to reaching the final last year.

The seeding calculation is nothing new, and it is just that – a calculation based on cumulative results.


Women’s Singles

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Thankfully this year, we won’t have a repeat of the seeding adjustment to allow for former champion Serena Williams who earns her seeding as of right partly thanks to a string showing last year at Wimbledon and the US Open, as a finalist in both.

All eyes though will be on the reigning Roland Garros champion, and new World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty who chose to rest up and withdraw from Eastbourne to prepare herself for a potential ‘Channel Slam’.


The draw for the Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Singles will take place at 10am, Friday 28 June.