Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Seeds Announced for 2009 Wimbledon

Most tennis fans don't get too excited for the announcing of the seeds at Grand Slam, but because Wimbledon is the only major that doesn't always follow the rankings. On Wednesday, the seeds for the men followed the rankings until the 7th. Fernando Verdasco, who is ranked 8th, was seeded 7th ahead of Gilles Simon, who will be seeded 8th. Last year's surprise semifinalist, Marat Safin, is ranked 23rd but was seeded 15th. Ivo Karlovic, always a threat because of his huge serve, is seeded 23rd even though he is ranked 31st. Feliciano Lopez was bumped up 5 spots to number 22 while Mardy Fish is seeded 4 spots below his ranking, at number 28. The women have minimal changes other than Maria Sharapova's big boost from a ranking of 59 to a seeding of 24.

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