AMERICA'S EIGHT SEEDS TOP
Ashley Marshall | June 28, 2017
Team USA will have more seeded players than any other country when play at Wimbledon gets underway on the lush grass courts at the All England Club next week.
In total, eight Americans are seeded in London – four on the women’s side and four more in the men’s draw. Spain is next with seven seeds, followed by France with six and Russia and the Czech Republic with five apiece.
No. 10 seed Venus Williams is the top-seeded American in action. She will be joined in the women's field by 17th-seeded Madison Keys, No. 24 seed CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 28 seed Lauren Davis.
Among the men, Jack Sock is the highest-seeded U.S. player at No. 17. John Isner (No. 23), Sam Querrey (No. 24) and Steve Johnson (No. 26) will also be in action representing the red, white and blue.
With Serena Williams set to miss the remainder of the year following the announcement of her pregnancy, big sister Venus is the most-decorated American in action at Wimbledon this year. Venus has won five of her seven Grand Slam women’s singles titles in southwest London, lifting the suitably named Venus Rosewater Dish in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. ADVERTISEMENT She reached the semifinals last year and followed that result up with a run to the championship match in Melbourne in January.
Elsewhere on the women's side, Keys has spent most of the first half of 2017 recovering from left wrist surgery, but she made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2015 and has collected titles at grass-court Wimbledon tune-up events in Birmingham (2016) and Eastbourne (2014).
Equally comfortable on grass is Vandeweghe, whose powerful baseline game and booming serves are a natural fit for the quickest of the major surfaces. Vandeweghe, who has twice won titles on the grass of Den Bosch in the Netherlands, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2015 and the fourth round 12 months ago, and she has every chance of another deep run.
In the men’s draw, 2014 Wimbledon men’s doubles champ Sock will look to rebound from his first-round exit in Paris last month, while Querrey can hope to build on his quarterfinal run last year which included a shock third-round victory over top seed Novak Djokovic.
Isner will also be looking to break through on grass following three consecutive third-round Wimbledon exits. It is the only Grand Slam where he has failed to reach the fourth round, but back-to-back championship wins at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., in 2011 and 2012 prove he has the game to succeed on the lawns.
Two-time Wimbledon champion and 2012 US Open winner Andy Murray tops the men's field, while defending US Open champ Angelique Kerber leads the seeds on the women's side.