How Many Players Compete at the Wimbledon Championships?
By Ed C
Updated 14th January 2022
In total, 128 players are entered into both the Men’s and Ladies’ singles competition.
How are the players selected?
Players for the Wimbledon Champion ships are selected as follows:
- 32 seeded players (ranked on previous performance)
- 96 unseeded players (including 8 wild card entrants)
- 16 doubles event teams.
How does the Tournament draw work?
The Wimbledon Tournament is a knockout. The process that determines which players will meet is deliberately biased to prevent the world's top players being drawn against each other too early in the Tournament.
For example, to prevent the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds meeting before the final:
- The No. 1 seed is entered on the first row
- The No. 2 seed is entered on the last (128th) row
Then, to prevent the No. 1 , No. 2 , No. 3 and No. 4 seeds meeting before the semi-finals:
- The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are drawn
- The 1st player drawn is entered on row 33
- The 2nd plate drawn is entered on row 96
Continuing the process, seeds 5 to 8 are drawn and entered on rows 32, 64, 65, and 97, in the order drawn. Four further groups of seeded players are then drawn and interspersed on the draw‐sheet.
Once all 32 seeded players are entered on the draw-sheet, the 96 unseeded players are then randomly selected.
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