The ITF has announced the seeds for the draw for the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event, which will take place on Thursday 26 July at 11am (BST) on site at Wimbledon. Seeds are based on the ATP and WTA world rankings of Monday, 23 July.
The draw for the Olympic Tennis Event will take place at 11am on Thursday at The All England Club, Wimbledon.
In total, 44 countries are being represented at The All England Club. There will be a 64-draw for the menís and womenís singles, with 16 players seeded in each event, and a 32-draw for the menís and womenís doubles, with eight teams seeded in each event.
The mixed doubles, which is making a return to the Olympics as a medal sport for the first time since Paris 1924, will have a 16-draw, with four teams seeded. The draw for the mixed doubles is being held mid-way through the tennis event on 31 July.
Entry into the mixed doubles will be based on each pairís combined ranking. Players can use either their singles or doubles ranking to qualify, whichever is highest, and a maximum of two teams per country are permitted. There are 12 Direct Acceptances into the mixed doubles, with the remaining four spots being filled by ITF Places.
If there are two players or doubles teams from the same country in any event, they will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. If there are three or more players from the same country in the singles event, they will be drawn in different quarters of the draw.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (SUI) is top seed for menís 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 womenís 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 menís doubles, with defending champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka seeded No. 6. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond (USA) are seeded No. 1 in the womenís 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 seeds is below.MENíS SINGLES
1. Roger Federer (SUI)
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
3. Andy Murray (GBR)
4. David Ferrer (ESP)
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
8. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
9. Juan Monaco (ARG)
10. John Isner (USA)
11. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
12. Gilles Simon (FRA)
13. Marin Cilic (CRO)
14. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
15. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
16. Richard Gasquet (FRA) WOMENíS SINGLES
1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
3. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
4. Serena Williams (USA)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
6. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
7. Angelique Kerber (GER)
8. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
9. Sara Errani (ITA)
10. Li Na (CHN)
11. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
12. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
13. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
14. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
15. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
16. Nadia Petrova (RUS)MENíS DOUBLES
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)WOMENíS DOUBLES
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)
Play will commence at 11.30am on the outside courts, and noon on Centre and No.1 Court for all days except Saturday 4 August, when the womenís singles final will begin at 2pm, followed by the menís doubles final. On Sunday 5 August, the mixed doubles final will begin at noon, followed by the menís singles final and womenís doubles final.
12 courts will be used for matches: Centre, No.1, No.2, 18, 14, (TV courts) 7, 11, 12, 14-19.
7 courts will be used for practice: Court 3 (warmups), Courts 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
The Aorangi practice courts will not be used by the Games.http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/Venue/01/24/20/59/KDVENUEWIMTennis_Neutral.pdf