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Wimbledon draw: Defending champion Novak Djokovic to face Kwon Soon-woo in the opening round

Wimbledon draw: Defending champion Novak Djokovic to face Kwon Soon-woo in the opening round

Friday’s draw was largely variety to the world No. 3 — the primary seed right here in Wimbledon as a result of absences of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev — however there’s a mouthwatering potential conflict towards rising star Carlos Alcaraz within the quarterfinals.

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

Within the projected quarterfinals, there’s additionally the prospect for a rematch towards gifted Canadian star Felix Auger Aliassime, who not too long ago 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 not too long ago claimed the grass courtroom title in Halle.

Residence favourite Andy Murray, twice a winner right here, was handed a good first-round draw towards 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 scuffling with an belly harm suffered in his remaining defeat to Berrettini in Stuttgart and which subsequently compelled him to tug out of Queen’s, however the former world No. 1 not too long ago 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 profitable 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 doubtlessly face American Jessica Pegula within the quarterfinals, a participant whose greatest Wimbledon displaying was the second spherical final yr.

Final yr’s runner-up Karolína Pliskova is projected to face world No. 4 Paula Badosa within the quarterfinals, whereas world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit might come up towards Maria Sakkari.

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Serena Williams, who not too long ago performed her first matches in almost a year, has been drawn towards 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 had been compelled to retire after the Tunisian suffered an harm.

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

Raducanu has been scuffling with harm 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 major 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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