Wimbledon seedings boost for champion Murray

April 30, 2014 - 8:01:13 am

LONDON: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be among the top seeds at this year’s tournament despite having slipped down the ATP world ranking to eighth, organisers announced yesterday.

“We have a surfaced-based seeding system here at Wimbledon,” All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook told a press conference at the tournament venue in south London.

“So we take the ranking points of each player, and add to that the ranking points they hypothetically received last year on grass, and we add to that 75 percent of the best-performing tournament in the previous year.

“So to put it into context for Andy Murray, as winner of Queen’s last year and winner here last year, and a finalist here in 2012, there will be a significant impact on him.

“There will also be quite a significant impact on (Roger) Federer and (Novak) Djokovic. There will be some adjustment.”

Murray, who became the first British man to win the men’s singles at the grasscourt Grand Slam for 77 years last July when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final, has sunk low in the ATP rankings.

However, Wimbledon’s seeding system, which takes into account past performances on the grass surface, means it is unlikely Murray would find himself outside the top four seeds even if his world ranking does not improve.

Seedings at Wimbledon are generally based on ATP rankings but the fact that Murray was unbeaten on grass last year and reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 as well will count in his favour, according to Brook.

Agencies

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