Next week the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament gets underway. Wimbledon is the Grand Slam every player wants to win, but which Aussies holds the highest hopes for the 2017 title?
Nick Kygios and Daria ‘Dasha’ Gavrilova have both been seeded 20th, making them the highest seeded Aussies going into the London based Tournament.
According to the Herald Sun, Kygios said he has “no injury” and his “form is fine” ahead of Wimbledon, despite pulling out of the recent Queens Club tournament due to injury.
Kygios was a quarter-finalist on debut in 2014 but was knocked out in the fourth round in the last two years.
Kyrios said he believes he can win Wimbledon this year, but will face strong competition to make it deep into the tournament.
World number one, Andy Murray, is top of the men’s draw followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seeded second, third and fourth respectively.
Pocket-rocket Dasha, is Australia’s highest seeded women’s player after Sam Stosur will miss her first All-England Club grand slam since 2002 due to a stress-fracture in her hand.
Another Aussie to watch is young gun, Ashleigh Barty, who has just scored the biggest win of her singles career, defeating world No.22 Barbora Strycova to reach the Birmingham quarter-finals.
Barty has jumped up the ranks to No. 54, after finishing last year’s season outside of the world’s top 300.
The women’s competition will be the most open in years, with two key players absent from the All England Club.
Defending champion Serena Williams will miss the slam as she is seven months pregnant and Maria Sharapova is also not competing due to injury.
Unseeded Aussies who are both in good form include Bernard Tomic (60) and Jordan Thompson (86). Tomic has put together consecutive wins to make it to the quarter-finals at Eastborne and Thompson is going into the third grand slam of the year on the back of defeating world number one, Andy Murray, in the first round at London’s Queens Club.
Wimbledon commences on July 3 and concludes on July 16.