Wimbledon To Change Seeding Formula for Men’s Draw Starting In 2021

Wimbledon will get rid of its special seeding formula for the men’s draw starting in 2021.  Wimbledon will simply follow the ATP rankings for its men’s seeds just like other grand slams.

“Since last year’s Championships, we have also taken the time to give consideration to the evolution of the sport and the mechanisms of allocating seeding for The Championships.

Given the quality of competition, entertainment and modern grass courts, following detailed discussion with the player groups, the AELTC has decided that the grass court seeding formula used since 2002 has served its time, and from The Championships 2021 seeding for the Gentlemen’s singles draw will be based solely on ranking. There will be no change to the method of seeding for the Ladies’ singles draw.”

Wimbledon Statement

The special seeding system introduced in 2002 at Wimbledon seeded players based on their grass-court results.  This has been controversial as players were seeded below or higher than their ATP rankings.  

Top players such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have criticized the special seeding system.  Nadal once complained, “They want to do it by their own rules. Another thing is we are an organization like ATP that, I repeat, we give two thousand points to this event. We supposed to have something to say about this Wimbledon rules when we are giving them the maximum points possible in one event.”

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Swiss Shoe Brand On Releases THE ROGER Shoes For Everyday Wear

Swiss shoe brand On announced the release of limited shoes it has designed with Roger Federer. The shoes called, THE ROGER Centre Court 0-Series are designed for everyday wear and not for the tennis court. 

Federer will continue to wear Nike Air Zoom Vapor X shoes on the court even though he doesn’t have a contract with Nike.

Federer became an investor in On last year. Though the value of the financial investment was not disclosed, it has been speculated that Federer invested $50 million in the Swiss company.

The limited-edition shoe was released to coincide with the 17th anniversary of Federer’s first grand slam win at Wimbledon in 2013.

Federer told Vogue, “It’s not for tennis, it’s for the street. I hope it’s a shoe you can wear every day, sort of like your watch—something that’s so comfortable, you want to wear it all the time.”

The Roger is On’s second lifestyle shoe. On released Cloudnova earlier this spring. Cloudnova was sold out and a big success for the Swiss brand.

The Roger weights only one-third the weight of most sneakers and is made of 100% vegan leather. 

CloudTec soles that are eponymous with On are hidden in The Roger shoes. Federer challenged the design team to make them sleek and less clunky. 

The limited-edition shoes are limited to 1,000 pairs that are individually numbered and will be made available through a draw online.  If you miss out, don’t panic. There will be other opportunities in the future to buy The Roger shoes.  More colors will also be available in the future.

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