Wimbledon draw: Defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Kwon Sung-woo in the first round

Friday’s draw was largely favorable to the first racket of the world. 3 – the first seed here at Wimbledon due to the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev – but there is a potentially mouth-watering showdown with rising star Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals.

No. 2 seeds Rafael Nadalfresh off his 22nd French Open Grand Slam victory will play Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in the first round and face a tough fourth round potential matchup against Marin Cilic.

The predicted quarter-final also has the chance for a rematch with talented Canadian star Felix Auger Aliassime, who recently completely ousted Nadal in a five-set epic in the fourth round of Roland Garros.

Last year, second-place Matteo Berrettini was due to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, while third-placed Kasper Ruud could take on Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who recently won the title on grass court in Halle.

Home favorite Andy Murray, who won twice here, got a favorable first-round draw against Australia’s James Duckworth, who has yet to win a match on the ATP Tour this season and lost to the world No. 1 last week. 277 Paul Jubb in the qualification of the Royal Club.

Not far from Wimbledon, the players struggle and strive to get into the main draw.

Murray struggled with a stomach injury sustained during his last loss to Berrettini in Stuttgart which subsequently forced him to withdraw from Queen’s but a former world No. 1. 1 recently said that he thinks he can still play “great tennis”.

Swiatek hopes to continue the series

In the women’s draw, the first racket of the world. 1 Iga Swiatek will play Croatian qualified Jana Fett in the first round as she claims her first Wimbledon title. The Pole has been a standout player on the WTA Tour this season, winning six titles including the French Open, but grass is undoubtedly her least favorite surface.

Swiatek has never made it past the fourth round at SW19 and could potentially face American Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals, the player whose best Wimbledon finish was in the second round last year.

Karolina Pliskova, who finished second last year, will play against the world number one. 4 Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals, and the first racket of the world. 2 Anette Kontaveit could have gone against Maria Sakkari.

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Serena Williams, who recently played her first matches in almost a year, was played with the first racket of the world. 113 Harmony Tang in the first round.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who injured her foot in the first round at Wimbledon last year, reached the doubles semi-final at Eastbourne last week playing alongside Ons Jaber, but the pair were forced to retire after the Tunisian was injured.

British star Emma Raducanou, who enjoyed her outstanding performance at Wimbledon last year, got a difficult draw with the world No. 1. 46 Alison van Uytwank, who won the second tier grass event in Italy last week.

Radukanou struggled with an injury sustained at Wimbledon and registered limited playing time on grass, withdrawing from the Nottingham Open and subsequently missing out on Eastbourne International.

The Wimbledon main draw starts on Monday 27 June.

For more information about Wimbledon see “Citizen Ash” on CNN Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The CNN film explores the enduring legacy of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, who became the first black man to win Wimbledon.