AUSSIE HOPE: Nick Kyrgios returns the ball during the first-round match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Aegon Tennis Championships at the Queen's Club in London.
AUSSIE HOPE: Nick Kyrgios returns the ball during the first-round match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Aegon Tennis Championships at the Queen's Club in London. WILL OLIVER

Wimbledon seeding suits Kyrgios

NICK Kyrgios will avoid the game’s top guns until at least round four after being seeded No.15 at Wimbledon.

Australian Davis Cup teammate Bernard Tomic has not been so lucky, however, after being seeded 19.

This means Tomic could face the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka as early as the third round, while Kyrgios will avoid any of the top eight seeds until week two in London.

Kyrgios, who rose to No.18 in the world earlier this week, was seeded above Gael Monfils and John Isner because of the All England Club’s ranking formula, which rewards players for top results on the surface over the past two years.

The 21-year-old defeated then world No.1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 as he reached the quarter-finals and went out to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last 16 in last year’s tournament.

Tomic will be keeping his fingers crossed he can avoid the game’s big guns until the second week at Wimbledon.

Djokovic and Murray are due to face each other in a grand slam semi-final for the third time this year after being seeded first and second respectively.

Roger Federer, chasing his 18th grand slam crown, is seeded third, with fellow Swiss star Stan Wawrinka No.4.

Samantha Stosur will also have the advantage of missing the top eight women until round four after being seeded in the top 16.

Stosur, who had a miserable straight-sets defeat to Caroline Wozniacki at Eastbourne earlier this week, has been seeded 15.

This is one position ahead of her WTA ranking with world No.16 Flavia Pennetta now retired.

Six-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is at No.2 with French Open winner Garbine Muguruza at No.2.

The seedings continue to follow the rankings with Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep at three, four and five.


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