Federer and Azarenka named top seeds for Olympic Tennis Event
The draw for the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event will be held at the All England Club, Wimbledon on Thursday 26 July at 11:00 in the Debenture Holders Lounge. Any accredited media for the London 2012 Olympics are able to attend the draw.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (SUI) is top seed for men’s singles, with Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Novak Djokovic (SRB) seeded No. 2. Federer, who teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka to win doubles gold for Switzerland in Beijing, is still looking for his first Olympic medal in singles. Home favourite Andy Murray (GBR) is seeded No. 3, followed by David Ferrer (ESP) at No. 4. Ferrer will be leading the Spanish challenge in the absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal through injury.
Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR) tops the women’s seeds, followed by 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) at No. 2. Roland Garros winner Maria Sharapova (RUS) is seeded No. 3, followed by Wimbledon champion Serena Williams (USA) at No. 4. Serena is bidding for her third Olympic doubles title with her sister Venus, who also captured singles gold at Sydney.
The seeds for the doubles are based on the combined rankings of each team, with each player using the higher of their singles and doubles world rankings.
Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), bronze medallists in Beijing, are top seeds in the men’s doubles, with defending champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka seeded No. 6. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond (USA) are seeded No. 1 in the women’s doubles, while defending champions the Williams sisters are unseeded.
If there are two players or doubles teams from the same country, they will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. If there are three or more players/teams from the same country, they will be drawn in different quarters of the draw.
The draw for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be held during the Olympic Tennis Event on Tuesday 31 July.
A full list of the seeds is overleaf.
16. Richard Gasquet (FRA)
16. Nadia Petrova (RUS)
8. Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki (SRB)