Djokovic and Barty lead Wimbledon, Federer and Serena are seventh

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was named the top seed at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he seeks his 20th Grand Slam title, while Roger Federer and Serena Williams begin the seventh-seeded grasscourt tournament next week.

Ranked number one on the women’s side, Ashleigh Barty is ranked number one. The Australian has not played since her retirement from the second round match at the French Open due to an outbreak of an upper leg injury.

The draw is on Friday and the tournament begins on Monday.

Eighth seed Federer is ranked seventh as third seed Rafael Nadal sits outside Wimbledon to rest and recover after losing to Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals.

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Daniil Medvedev is the second seed, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem, although the Austrian retired from a match in Mallorca on Tuesday with wrist pain.

Defending champion Simona Halep came in second, ahead of Arina Sabalenka and Elena Svitolina. Naomi Osaka, the second seed, is not playing.

At Roland Garros, Djokovic took his 19th Grand Slam title to leave him just a short distance from the record previously shared by Federer and Nadal.

Federer, the eight-time All England Club record champion, said earlier this year he would qualify for Wimbledon after returning from two knee surgeries.

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But the 39-year-old Swiss was not at his best, withdrew from the French Open after a grueling third-round match and last week failed to reach the Halle Open quarter-finals for the first time.

Federer was sensationally close to a ninth Wimbledon title in 2019, taking two championship points before eventually losing to Djokovic in the fifth set tiebreak. This was Djokovic’s fifth Wimbledon title.

The 39-year-old Williams’ last bid for a 24th Grand Slam title ended with a fourth-round loss at the French Open. Her last major title came in early 2017.

Wimbledon was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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