The 135th edition of Wimbledon starts on Monday. Once again, some of the world’s best players will gather at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to compete for one of the biggest prizes in tennis.
This year’s competition is quite different from previous editions as no ranking points are awarded. The ATP and WTA took the drastic action after Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from competing on the grass pitch major.
Notable omissions this year include Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Aryna Sabalenka. Roger Federer will also miss the British major for the first time in his career as he is still recovering from a knee injury.
This edition of the Major on grass will mark Serena Williams’ singles comeback, while Rafael Nadal will return to the competition for the first time since 2019.
The draw for Wimbledon takes place on Friday 24 June at 10am London time.
Where to watch the Wimbledon 2022 draw?
There is no TV coverage of the Wimbledon draw in India, but American viewers can catch it on ESPN. You can live stream the draw on the tournament’s social media channels and YouTube channel.
The seed list for this year’s tournament has already been published. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the top two seeds in men’s singles as Medvedev is not allowed to take part while Alexander Zverev is injured.
The runner-up of the French Open, Casper Ruud, and Stefanos Tsitsipas follow. Carlos Alcaraz is seeded fifth, making it one of the top five seeders in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Last year’s quarter-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime is sixth, semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz seventh.
2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini is eighth while Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner complete the top 10 seeding.
In the women’s individual competition, Iga Swiatek is the top seed and the big favorite to win the tournament. She is followed by Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur, who recently won the bett1open in Berlin. Paula Badosa is the fourth seed while Maria Sakkari is fifth.
Last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova is the sixth seed, followed by Danielle Collins and Jessica Pegula. 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza is ninth while Emma Raducanu rounds out the top 10. The British teenager finishes in the top 10 at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
It will be interesting to see how the Wimbledon draw plays out later on Friday.