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Djokovic high males’s seed for Wimbledon in absence of Medvedev, Zverev

July 11, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy's Matteo Berrettini

FILE PHOTO: July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after profitable his remaining match towards Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in Wimbledon. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON—Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will head into subsequent week’s match as the boys’s high seed with Russian world primary Daniil Medvedev banned from collaborating whereas Germany’s second-ranked Alexander Zverev is out injured.

Organizers of the grasscourt Grand Slam have banned gamers from Russia and Belarus from enjoying at this 12 months’s Wimbledon following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a ‘particular operation’.

Zverev had surgical procedure on torn ligaments in his proper ankle this month after he was pressured to retire from his French Open semi-final towards Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, who was unable to defend his 2021 Australian Open title and the two,000 rating factors he earned as a consequence of his non-vaccinated standing towards COVID-19, lately misplaced his world primary spot to Medvedev.

The Serbian, who has gained the final three editions of the grasscourt main, will slip additional down the rankings after Wimbledon as he’ll lose one other 2,000 factors with the ATP and WTA stripping the match of factors.

The absence of Medvedev and Zverev means Nadal, who’s midway by way of a attainable calendar 12 months Slam after profitable the Australian and French Open titles, to be seeded second.

It additionally leads to Djokovic and Nadal discovering themselves in several halves of the draw they usually can not face one another till the boys’s remaining on July 10. The duo met on this 12 months’s Roland Garros quarter-final the place the Spaniard triumphed.

Britain has two gamers within the high 10 seeds at their dwelling main with Cameron Norrie ninth whereas U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu is tenth within the absence of Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka.

Poland’s world primary Iga Swiatek would be the ladies’s high seed with Estonian Annett Kontaveit the quantity two.

Wimbledon organizers had beforehand used a computer-based system favoring outcomes on grasscourts within the earlier two years to find out the seedings however from the 2021 version seedings mirror the world rankings.

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