Wimbledon announced who the top seeds were being in the 2023 tournament on Wednesday, but while there are no surprises one player still got dissed. It used to be that Wimbledon seeded players based on recent history or who might win, but now the top seeds just go to how the players are ranked. But Novak Djokovic deserved better.
Carlos Alcaraz is the top seed on the men’s side and Iga Swiatek is the top-seeded woman. Alcaraz, of course, is the number-one ranked player on the ATP tour. Swiatek is the top-ranked player on the WTA circuit.
But Djokovic is the four-time defending champion of the grass-court major and would still be ranked number one currently except for the fact that Wimbledon did not allow points to be given to the winners of last year’s tournament because of the ban on Russian and Belarussian players. Djokovic would have received 2,000 points for winning the major in 2022. Currently, Djokovic trails Alcaraz by 80 points in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, so Djokovic would be easily ahead of Alcaraz had he received the 2,000 points from Wimbledon.
Wimbledon announces top seeds for 2023
This basically sets up the 2023 version of Wimbledon as a battle for number one on the ATP circuit as well. That is assuming Djokovic and Alcaraz both get to the finals, which many tennis fans likely want to see. Will the old guard of Djokovic still be the best, or will the new guard of Alcaraz take his place as the long-term new king?
The women’s side is much more open. Swiatek has held the number-one ranking for more than a year on the WTA tour. But for the most part, Swiatek has struggled mightily on grass courts and hasn’t gone beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon. She might be the top seed but she surely isn’t the favorite to win the tournament.
The full draw, where the seeds will just follow the rankings of players, will be set up on Friday. The tournament begins on Monday, though qualifying is currently going on as well. The women’s final will be held on July 15th and the men’s final will happen on July 16th.