The seeds for the men’s and women’s singles and doubles main draws were announced Wednesday with world No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty leading the singles charts. Djokovic will start the Championship as a defending champion after beating Roger Federer in the 2019 final. The Serbian will seek a sixth trophy at the All England Club and, if successful, will draw with Federer and Rafael Nadal for 20 individual Grand Slam titles in general. Barty, who won her first major at Roland-Garros in 2019, hopes to improve on her best effort in the fourth round of her career at Wimbledon two summers ago. The 25-year-old recently retired with a left thigh injury during her second-round match at Roland-Garros. Russian Daniil Medvedev will be at the opposite end of the draw from Djokovic as the No.2 seed, recent Roland-Garros runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the No.3 seed with Dominic Thiem next on the list. The Austrian, who won the US Open last year, expects a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from his match at an ATP event in Mallorca on Tuesday to make a quick recovery. Federer, an eight-time men’s singles champion, will begin his quest for more success as the No. 7 seed. He will discover during Friday’s draw which higher-ranking players might be waiting in his way. One possibility for the Swiss is a quarter-final match with Djokovic, who is halfway to winning all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year after trophies in Melbourne and Paris so far this season. The 34-year-old has a chance to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to claim the so-called ‘slam schedule’. The fit seeds in the men’s draw will also include last Sunday’s queen winner, Matteo Berrettini. from Italy, and last weekend’s Halle champion, Frenchman Ugo Humbert. They have both reached the fourth round at The Championships in the past. Italy has four men on the roster today, including teenage Jannik Sinner, who will make his Wimbledon main draw debut as the 20th favorite.
The Serb partnered with Carlos Gomez-Herrera
Fresh from lifting his second career French Open title, Novak Djokovic seemed to be getting into his stride on grass as he opened his Mallorca campaign with a win on Wednesday. Having chosen to play doubles in the Spanish city, the Serb partnered with Carlos Gomez-Herrera, a doubles specialist from Spain whom he described to the crowd as his friend for over 15 years, to record a nervy win over compatriot Nikola Cacic and his Bosnian partner Tomislav Brkic. “Well, we had a lot of fun on the court, I must say. Charly is a longtime friend of me and my brother as well. We’ve known each other (for) almost 15 years,” Djokovic said. “We played only once together, and we lost that only match. This was very, very close, but (it was an) amazing experience. I had a lot of fun. I want to thank the crowd for supporting (us). Was an amazing, amazing atmosphere,” the current World No. 1 in singles said.