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Wimbledon 2023: Fritz, Tiafoe, Pegula, Gauff among Top 10 seeds

Arthur Kapetanakis and Haley Fuller | June 30, 2023


The Wimbledon draws were released on Friday, with 19 American women and 12 American men among the singles fields. Four players from the U.S. are among the Top 10 seeds: Fourth seed Jessica Pegula and seventh seed Coco Gauff lead the women, while ninth seed Taylor Fritz and 10th seed Frances Tiafoe headline the men's hopefuls.

 

Fritz reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal last year at the All England Club before his run was ended in a dramatic five-set thriller against Rafael Nadal, a meeting that stood up as one of the matches of the tournament. While he entered last year's event on the back of winning the Eastbourne title, he will have to build his confidence from the ground up in the early rounds this year after compiling a 2-3 record in three lead-up grass events.

The 25-year-old, champion in Delray Beach earlier this season, will open his Wimbledon campaign against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann, with a potential fourth-round showdown with Jannik Sinner beyond that, should the seeds hold.

 

Fritz is the only seeded American in the bottom half of the draw, where he is joined by Mackenzie McDonald, tournament debutant J.J. Wolf, John Isner and Brandon Nakashima.

 

In the top half, Frances Tiafoe is the lone American in the first quarter. The Maryland native won his first grass title earlier this month in Stuttgart, giving him at least one ATP Tour title on each surface.

 

Tiafoe will face China's Wu Yibing in the first round and is seeded to meet Holger Rune in the fourth round, with a potential US Open semifinal rematch against world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz looming in the quarterfinals.

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Six Americans were drawn into the loaded third quarter of the men's singles draw, including 16th seed Tommy Paul, 22nd seed Sebastian Korda and 32nd seed Ben Shelton. Both Paul (2022) and Korda (2021) have reached the fourth round once before at Wimbledon, while Shelton is making his tournament debut.

 

Marcos Giron, Maxime Cressy and Christopher Eubanks are also in the third quarter, with Eubanks set to make his Wimbledon main-draw debut after competing in his first ATP Tour final on Saturday in Mallorca.

 

On the women’s side, the 19 Americans are led by Pegula and Gauff. This will be Pegula’s second grass court tournament of the year, but the current world No. 3 has been making runs on other surfaces, reaching the semifinals in Miami and Dubai, the third round at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

 

Gauff defeated Pegula in the quarterfinals of the WTA 500 in Eastbourne this past week, but lost to world No. 20 Madison Keys on Friday for a spot in the final. Gauff’s breakout appearance took place at Wimbledon four years ago when she earned a wildcard into the qualifying draw and beat Venus Williams in the first round of the tournament, eventually reaching the fourth round at the age of 15.

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Keys, who is nearly 10 years older than Gauff at age 28, has been off grass for a year. But she beat her compatriot handily in the Eastbourne semifinals, 6-3, 6-3. She will face Daria Kasatkina in the Eastbourne final, just two days before the start of Wimbledon main draw play.

 

Venus Williams, playing in her 91st Grand Slam, received a wild card for Wimbledon and is seeded No. 112. She is a five-time Wimbledon champion, most recently in 2008, but she was the runner-up in 2017 to Garbiñe Muguruza.

 

After fighting her way through qualifying, Sofia Kenin is making her fourth Wimbledon appearance. She has one Grand Slam title from the 2020 Australian Open, but has never made it past the second round at the All England Club.

The rest of the American women in the London singles draw are Shelby Rogers, Sloane Stephens, Bernarda Pera, Danielle Collins, Alycia Parks, Caty McNally, Lauren Davis, Peyton Stearns, Emma Navarro, Alison Riske-Amritraj, Katie Volynets, Madison Brengle, Caroline Dolehide and Claire Liu. Parks, Stearns and Navarro will be making their Wimbledon debuts.

 

The Wimbledon fortnight will span from July 3 to July 16. For more information, including full draws, schedules and scores, visit the official tournament website.

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