The seedings, released by the All England Club
on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in
the men's singles with Germany's Angelique Kerber the women's
Wimbledon differs from the other grand slams, in the men's
singles at least, with previous form on grass in the previous
two years coming into play to re-order the top 32 in the world
rankings -- a system agreed by the ATP.
Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is
second in the ATP rankings but will be seeded fourth at
Wimbledon after a mediocre record there in recent years.
Despite winning the title twice, the 31-year-old has not been
past the fourth round since 2011.
Favorite Federer, fifth on the ATP rankings, is seeded third
which means he will avoid one of his biggest rivals for the
title until the semi-finals.
Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to
fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.
Other beneficiaries of the system include Luxembourg's
grasscourt expert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th compared to
an ATP ranking of 26. Muller won the recent Den Bosch tournament
and reached the semi-final at Queen's Club last week.
Queen's Club champion Feliciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded
The women's seeds stick strictly with the current WTA rankings.
Romania's Simon Halep, who could take over the top spot this
week if she wins the Eastbourne title, is seeded two.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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