Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek draw No. 1 seeds at Wimbledon

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Six-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Iga Swiatek were announced on Tuesday as the top seeds for the Wimbledon fortnight, which kicks off Monday in London.

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While Swiatek is the No. 1 player in the world, the No. 1 male player in the world, Daniil Medvedev, will not participate in the Grand Slam on grass. In April, the All England Club opted to block all Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament due to their country’s role in the invasion of Ukraine.

Men’s world number 8 Andrey Rublev is also banned. On the women’s side, world number 6 Aryna Sabalenka is also one of many players banned from competition.

World No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany is also absent from the event after sustaining an injury at Roland Garros.

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Men’s French Open champion Rafael Nadal is the second seed, followed by Norwegian Casper Ruud, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and teenage phenom Carlos Alcaraz from Spain.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, 2021 finalist Matteo Berrettini, Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner complete the top 10.

In women’s singles, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia is the No. 2 seed followed by Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, Paula Badosa of Spain and Maria Sakkari of Greece.

Last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova, Danielle Collins, Jessica Pegula, 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza and US Open champion Emma Raducanu complete the top 10.

Ashleigh Barty won the 2021 Wimbledon women’s title but chose to retire earlier this year.

The Wimbledon singles draw will be announced on Friday. Djokovic and Swiatek are the betting favorites to win.

Christy J. Olson