Rafael Nadal has voiced his displeasure over Wimbledon’s quirky seeding system that is likely to see the world No. 2 reduced to a third seeding when the grass-court major start on Monday.
“I don’t think it’s a good thing that Wimbledon is the only one with its own seeding formula.”
The new World No.1, Ashleigh Barty, kept her top-seed spot for Wimbledon Championships 2019 after her victory in Birmingham yesterday. She replaced Naomi Osaka from the summit and the Japanese will be the second seed at Wimbledon this year. The reigning champion, Angelique Kerber takes the fifth seed spot and the seven-time champion and the reigning finalist, Serena Williams is seeded 11th.
WIMBLEDON SEEDING FORMULA
The seeds are the top 32 players on the ATP ranking list, BUT then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the Gentlemen’s Singles following an agreement made with the ATP.
The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements. It is based on giving additional credit for grass court performance in the two year period immediately before the date used for seeding for The Championships. The formula is:
– Take the ATP Ranking points at 24 June 2019
– Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the immediate past 12 months period prior to 24 June 2019
– Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to that
The draw for Wimbledon will take place on Friday.
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