Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will face South Korea‘s Kwon Soon-
woo in the opening round as he bids to retain his crown at the All England Club.
Friday’s draw was largely kind to the world No. 3 — the first seed here in Wimbledon
due to the absences of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev — but there is a
mouthwatering potential clash against rising star Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, fresh off his 22nd grand slam victory at the French Open,
will play Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo in the opening round and has a tricky
potential fourth-round match against Marin Cilic to contend with.
In the projected quarterfinals, there is also the chance for a rematch against talented
Canadian star Felix Auger Aliassime, who recently pushed Nadal all the way in a five-
set epic in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
Last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini is projected to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the
quarterfinals, while third seed Casper Ruud could play Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who
recently claimed the grass-court title in Halle.
Home favorite Andy Murray, twice a winner here, was handed a favorable first-round
draw against Australia’s James Duckworth, who is yet to win a match on the ATP Tour
this season and last week lost to world No. 277 Paul Jubb in qualifying for Queen’s
Murray has been struggling with an abdominal injury suffered in his final defeat to
Berrettini in Stuttgart and which subsequently forced him to pull out of Queen’s, but
the former world No. 1 recently said he believed he could still play “great tennis.”