20 Jun 2013

Wimbledon officials refuse to manipulate mens seedings

6:08 am on 20 June 2013

Rafael Nadal will remain the fifth seed for Wimbledon, leaving his main rivals to ponder meeting the 2008 and 2010 title-winning Spaniard as early as the quarter-finals.

Nadal, the holder of 12 grand slam crowns and fresh from his record-breaking eighth French Open triumph in Paris, was seeded behind his compatriot David Ferrer, who takes the fourth seeding behind Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

On the eve of the seedings announcement, the great John McEnroe suggested the seeding committee should use its power to promote Nadal into the top four, because if would be "totally wrong" if the Spaniard had to play any one of the top three seeds in the quarter-finals.