Wimbledon Qualifiers, Seedings & Draws

As a Grand Slam event, Wimbledon will always attract the top contenders in men’s and ladies’ tennis. As with the other top international events, the high ranking points and rich cash rewards available encourages the best in the game to travel to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club each year. In an effort to keep the event of the very highest standard, players have to qualify to take part in this elite tournament.

The Draw

  • A total of 128 players feature in each of the men’s and ladies’ singles events.
  • 64 pairs of players feature in each of the men’s and ladies’ doubles competition.
  • A total of 48 pairs of players take part in the mixed doubles event.

Seedings

  • Players and doubles pairs are granted admission to the tournament according to their current rankings on either the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Rankings for men or the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World Rankings for women. Due consideration is also given to their previous performances at grass court events.
  • Since 2001, 32 male and female tennis players are seeded for the singles events.
  • 16 teams are seeded for the doubles competition.
  • All applications are evaluated by the committee of management and the referee, and they determine who may be eligible for the tournament.
  • Those players who do not have sufficient ranking points, but have, in the past, impressed with their performances, are sometimes granted access to the tournament as a “wild card”.
  • Should a player be seen as stimulating sufficient public interest in Wimbledon by participating, the committee may allow that player access to the event as a “wild card”.

Boris Becker in 1985 and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001 (as a “wild card”) are the only two unseeded players who have ever won a singles title at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams is the lowest-seeded woman to have won the Wimbledon singles title. She claimed the crown in 2007 as the number 23 seed for the tournament.

Qualifying Tournament

  • Those players who do not gain entry to the tournament via points or “wild cards” may participate in a qualifying tournament held a week before the championships at the Bank of England Sports Ground at Roehampton.
  • The singles competition lasts three rounds, the doubles just one round and there is no qualifying tournament for the mixed doubles.

No qualifier has ever won either of the singles titles, but John McEnroe (1977), Vladimir Voltchkov (2000) and Alexandra Stevenson (1999) made it as far as the semi-finals of their respective events.