Wimbledon draw: Defending champion Novak Djokovic to face Kwon Quickly-woo within the opening spherical


Friday’s draw was largely type to the world No. three — the primary seed right here in Wimbledon because of the absences of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev — however there’s a mouthwatering potential conflict in opposition to rising star Carlos Alcaraz within the quarterfinals.

No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, contemporary off his 22nd grand slam victory on the French Open, will play Argentina’s Francisco CerĂșndolo within the opening spherical and has a tough potential fourth spherical match in opposition to Marin Cilic to cope with.

Within the projected quarterfinals, there’s additionally the possibility for a rematch in opposition to gifted Canadian star Felix Auger Aliassime, who just lately pushed Nadal all the way in which in a five-set epic within the fourth spherical at Roland Garros.

Final yr’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini is projected to face Stefanos Tsitsipas within the quarterfinals, whereas third seed Casper Ruud might play Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who just lately claimed the grass court docket title in Halle.

Dwelling favourite Andy Murray, twice a winner right here, was handed a positive first-round draw in opposition to Australia’s James Duckworth, who’s but to win a match on the ATP Tour this season and final week misplaced to world No. 277 Paul Jubb in qualifying for Queen’s Membership.

Murray has been battling an stomach damage suffered in his ultimate defeat to Berrettini in Stuttgart and which subsequently pressured him to drag out of Queen’s, however the former world No. 1 just lately mentioned he believed he might nonetheless play “nice tennis.”

Swiatek seems to proceed streak

Within the ladies’s draw, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek will play Croatian qualifier Jana Fett within the opening spherical as she bids to win her first Wimbledon title. The Pole has been the standout participant on the WTA Tour this season after successful six titles, together with the French Open, however grass is undoubtedly her least favourite floor.

Swiatek has by no means made it previous the fourth spherical at SW19 and will probably face American Jessica Pegula within the quarterfinals, a participant whose greatest Wimbledon exhibiting was the second spherical final yr.

Final yr’s runner-up KarolĂ­na Pliskova is projected to face world No. four Paula Badosa within the quarterfinals, whereas world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit might come up in opposition to Maria Sakkari.

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Serena Williams, who just lately performed her first matches in almost a year, has been drawn in opposition to world No. 113 Concord Tan within the opening spherical.

The 23-time grand slam champion, who injured her leg within the first spherical of Wimbledon final yr, reached the doubles semifinals in Eastbourne final week taking part in alongside Ons Jabeur, however the pair have been pressured to retire after the Tunisian suffered an damage.

British star Emma Raducanu, who loved her breakout efficiency at Wimbledon final yr, has been handed a tough draw in opposition to world No. 46 Alison van Uytvanck, who final week received a second-tier grass occasion in Italy.

Raducanu has been battling damage coming into Wimbledon and has registered restricted taking part in time on grass, withdrawing from the Nottingham Open and subsequently lacking the Eastbourne Worldwide.

The Wimbledon fundamental attracts start on Monday, June 27.

For extra on Wimbledon, watch “Citizen Ashe” on CNN Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The CNN Movie explores the enduring legacy of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, who was the primary Black man to win Wimbledon.



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