The top seeds for the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, which begin on Monday, are defending champion Novak Djokovic and World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.
Djokovic, a five-time champion, is attempting to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s total of 20 Grand Slam championships. The top four seeds are Russian Daniil Medvedev, French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, and US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
Roger Federer, the eight-time Wimbledon champion and world No. 8 in the globe, is seeded eighth. Since Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, withdrew from the tournament due to weariness from a long claycourt season, he has been moved up one spot.
Previously, the All England Club used a unique seeding system that weighed players’ performance at grasscourt events over the previous two years. However, that system was abandoned last year, and men’s seedings are now solely based on ATP rankings.
Wimbledon seeding – singles & doubles pic.twitter.com/dHnI6JYRRg— Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) June 23, 2021
At Wimbledon, Ash Barty is the top seed in the women’s tournament, while Serena Williams is placed eighth.
The organizers choose to follow the world rankings in the women's event as well. They could have deviated from the rankings in order to have a more balanced draw, but they elected not to do so.
The top seed is Ashleigh Barty of Australia, the 2019 French Open champion. Simona Halep, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elina Svitolina complete out the top four.
Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon champion, is seeded seventh and is attempting to break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles championships. Naomi Osaka, the world No. 2 at the time, withdrew from the tournament earlier this month.
The 2021 seedings have been released 👇#Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 23, 2021
The Wimbledon draw will take place on Friday, with the on-court action beginning on Monday. Organizers have announced that during the fortnight, 50 percent capacity will be allowed, with the finals weekend being played in front of a full house.
Last year's Wimbledon was canceled owing of the COVID-19 outbreak, the first time the tournament has been canceled since World War II.
In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion, having defeated Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in the 2019 final. Simona Halep will defend her women's singles championship, which she won at the All England Club after defeating Serena Williams in straight sets.