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Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Singles Draw: Seeding

June 20, 2012

in Grand Slams: Wimbledon

The 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Draw uses a “special” grass court seeding system that OnCourt Advantage will explain in this post. The full list of 32 seeds for Wimbledon 2012 is listed below. At Wimbledon the seeding for the Gentlemen’s singles draw is NOT based solely on the ATP rankings as it is in every other men’s singles tournament.

In 2002 the ATP and Wimbledon made an agreement to enable the Wimbledon seeding committee to alter the usual seeding procedure to permit a grass court seeding system to reflect each individual player’s grass court achievements.

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The ATP/Wimbledon agreement aimed to ensure that this special exception for a grass court seeding was objective and transparent for all concerned. This system still allocates the seedings from highest to lowest (i.e. No.1 to No.32), according to who has the highest total number of points.

The system used to determine the Wimbledon grass court seeding is:

  • Step 1: Count the ATP ranking points of each player as of 18th of June 2012;
  • Step 2: Then add all of the points that a player has earned in any grass court events in the past 12 months; and
  • Step 3: Add another 75% of a player’s single BEST grass court result in the 12 months BEFORE Wimbledon 2011.

To illustrate this system a comparison between World No.6 David Ferrer and World No.7 Tomas Berdych will be used.

Step 1: The ATP ranking points tally as of 18 June 2012 for Ferrer is 5,180 versus Tomas Berdych with 4,685 ATP ranking points.

Step 2: Ferrer only played one grass court event prior to Wimbledon this year in the past 12 months, which was Wimbledon in 2011. Ferrer earned 180 points from Wimbledon 2011 by winning through to the round of 16. Therefore, step 2 sees Ferrer add 180 to his 5,180 from step 1 to make 5,360.

In comparison, Berdych earned 45 points for being a quarter finalist at Halle this year and a further 180 points from matching Ferrer’s 2011 Wimbledon result i.e. making the round of 16. Therefore, Berdych now has a total of 4,910 after step 2.

Step 3: Ferrer only played the one grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to Wimbledon 2011 i.e. Wimbledon in 2010, where he also made the round of 16. When you add another 75% of the 180 points, (which equals 135 points) for making the round of 16 in 2010 Ferrer’s tally after step 3 is 5,495.

Berdych was the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, which was clearly his best grass court result in the 12 months before Wimbledon 2011. The runner-up in a Grand Slam earns 1,200 ATP ranking points so 75% of 1,200 is 900. Berdych has an adjusted points ranking total of 5,810 once you add the 900 points from step 3 to his 4,910 he had after step 2.

The reason that current World No.6 David Ferrer was moved down to be the No.7 seed and World No.7 Tomas Berdych was moved up to be the No.6 seed is because Berdych has a higher adjusted points tally than Ferrer after all three steps are calculated. Berdych outperformed Ferrer in step 3, to have a 315 point advantage over Ferrer i.e. 5,810 to 5,495.

The points earned from the 2012 grass court events at this week’s UNICEF Open at s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands and the AEGON International at Eastbourne in Great Britain do not count for the 2012 Wimbledon seeding purposes because those two events are yet to be completed this week and thus the ATP ranking points cannot be determined in time for today’s seeding.

Do you think Wimbledon making it’s own seeding is a good thing or is it disrespectful to the other three Grand Slam tournaments and to the players who earn their ranking over the previous 12 months?

The number that each player has been seeded is listed BEFORE his name, whereas his actual ATP Tour ranking is included AFTER his name. Any player who has been bolded has had his position in the seeding altered as compared to what it would have been in any other tournament.

The Wimbledon seeding system means that only seven (and seven of the Top 9) players remained seeded at the same number as their current ATP ranking. World No.15 Gael Monfils is missing from the seeding list so must have withdrawn injured.

The 2012 Wimbledon men’s singles seeding is:

  1. Novak DJOKOVIC [1]
  2. Rafael NADAL [2]
  3. Roger FEDERER [3]
  4. Andy MURRAY [4]
  5. Jo-Wilfried TSONGA [5]
  6. Tomas BERDYCH [7]
  7. David FERRER [6]
  8. Janko TIPSAREVIC [8]
  9. Juan Martin DEL POTRO [9]
  10. Mardy FISH [12]
  11. John ISNER [10]
  12. Nicolas ALMAGRO [11]
  13. Gilles SIMON [13]
  14. Feliciano LOPEZ [17]
  15. Juan MONACO [14]
  16. Marin CILIC [18]
  17. Fernando VERDASCO [16]
  18. Richard GASQUET [19]
  19. Kei NISHIKORI [20]
  20. Bernard TOMIC [27]
  21. Milos RAONIC [22]
  22. Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV [21]
  23. Andreas SEPPI [26]
  24. Marcel GRANOLLERS [23]
  25. Stanislas WAWRINKA [24]
  26. Mikhail YOUZHNY [32]
  27. Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER [29]
  28. Radek STEPANEK [25]
  29. Julien BENNETEAU [31]
  30. Andy RODDICK [33]
  31. Florian MAYER [28]
  32. Kevin ANDERSON [30]

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