Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be among the top seeds at this year’s tournament despite having slipped down the ATP world ranking to eighth, organisers say.
“We have a surfaced-based seeding system here at Wimbledon,” All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook told a press conference at the tournament venue in south London on Tuesday.
“So we take the ranking points of each player, and add to that the ranking points they hypothetically received last year on grass, and we add to that 75 per cent of the best-performing tournament in the previous year.
“So to put it into context for Andy Murray, as winner of Queen’s last year and winner here last year, and a finalist here in 2012, there will be a significant impact on him.
“There will also be quite a significant impact on (Roger) Federer and (Novak) Djokovic. There will be some adjustment.”
Organisers also defended a move to increase the prize money for first-round losers by nearly 15 per cent to STG27,000 ($A49,300).
AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis said there were no plans to make alterations to any of the courts, despite a number of leading players having complained that they were too slippery during last year’s tournament.
“I think in hindsight that was more of an anecdotal problem over a couple of days, and only one or two players took issue with it,” he said.
“Wimbledon is played on a natural surface and of course the conditions change over the duration of the tournament. So we don’t feel there are any issues to address on that.”
Wimbledon this year runs from June 23 to July 6.