American teams earn top-seeds in Olympic men's and women's doubles
July 25, 2012Two-time gold medal winners Venus Williams and Serena Williams unseeded
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the seeds for the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event (see full ITF release below), being staged at the All England Club, Wimbledon from 28 July until 5 August. Seeds are based on the ATP and WTA world rankings of Monday, July 23.
Americans earned the top seeds in both men's and women's doubles. 2008 bronze medal winners Bob and Mike Bryan will be the No. 1 seeds for the third straight Olympics while Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, the world's top-ranked women's doubles team, top the women's seeds.
The criteria used also means that two-time gold medal winners and reigning Wimbledon champions Venus and Serena Williams will be unseeded in women's doubles. The sisters are undefeated together in Olympic doubles, having won the 2008 gold medal in Beijing as the No. 2 seeds and as an unseeded team in Sydney in 2000.
Federer and Azarenka named top seeds for Olympic Tennis Event
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the seeds for the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event, being staged at the All England Club, Wimbledon from 28 July until 5 August. Seeds are based on the ATP and WTA world rankings of Monday, 23 July.
The draw for the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event will be held at the All England Club, Wimbledon on Thursday 26 July at 11:00 in the Debenture Holders Lounge. Any accredited media for the London 2012 Olympics are able to attend the draw.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (SUI) is top seed for men's singles, with Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Novak Djokovic (SRB) seeded No. 2. Federer, who teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka to win doubles gold for Switzerland in Beijing, is still looking for his first Olympic medal in singles. Home favourite Andy Murray (GBR) is seeded No. 3, followed by David Ferrer (ESP) at No. 4. Ferrer will be leading the Spanish challenge in the absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal through injury.
Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR) tops the women's seeds, followed by 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) at No. 2. Roland Garros winner Maria Sharapova (RUS) is seeded No. 3, followed by Wimbledon champion Serena Williams (USA) at No. 4. Serena is bidding for her third Olympic doubles title with her sister Venus, who also captured singles gold at Sydney.
The seeds for the doubles are based on the combined rankings of each team, with each player using the higher of their singles and doubles world rankings.
Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), bronze medallists in Beijing, are top seeds in the men's doubles, with defending champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka seeded No. 6. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond (USA) are seeded No. 1 in the women's doubles, while defending champions the Williams sisters are unseeded.
If there are two players or doubles teams from the same country, they will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. If there are three or more players/teams from the same country, they will be drawn in different quarters of the draw.
The draw for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be held during the Olympic Tennis Event on Tuesday 31 July.
A full list of the Doubles seeds:
1. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
2. Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
3. Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
4. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL)
5. Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
6. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
7. Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna (IND)
8. Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki (SRB)
1. Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond (USA)
2. Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA)
3. Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova (RUS)
4. Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
5. Angelique Kerber/Sabine Lisicki (GER)
6. Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)
7. Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
8. Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)