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Wimbledon Players & Seeding

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For both the men and women’s singles events at Wimbledon there are 128 entrants: 64 pairs of players in each of the single sex doubles tournaments and 48 pairs in the mixed doubles. Of these players, 32 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams in each competition are then seeded.

All players wishing to take part must apply to the governing body, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, for the right to compete at Wimbledon, and places in the tournament are allotted based on two criteria.

The first criteria considered is a player’s international ranking. As Wimbledon is one of the foremost tennis events in the world, and one of the four Grand Slams, it obviously attracts the world’s best tennis players. Those who have a high ranking are given priority entrance into the tournament, and are seeded.

The other way that a player will gain entrance to the Wimbledon Championships is as a ‘Wild Card.’ These ‘wild card’ players are those who do not necessarily have a high enough international ranking to demand inclusion, but have another intangible which the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club feels merits their inclusion. Examples of the criteria to be included as a ‘Wild Card’ are; good form in previous Lawn Tennis tournaments, such as a strong showing in a previous Wimbledon or a warm up tournament such as the Queen’s Championship, or an ability to particularly stimulate the public’s interest.

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