Novak Djokovic, who won the Wimbledon last year, will open his 2022 All England campaign against world No 75 Soonwoo Kwon on Monday afternoon. The tournament begins on May 27 and the final will be held on July 10.
For Djokovic, the first two rounds seem pretty easy. After beating his Korean opponent, he is likely to face Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia. In the third he is likely to face compatriot Miormir Kecmanovic or another Australian – John Millman.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be tested if and when he goes against American giant Reilly Opelka.
The Serb has failed to win any Grand Slam since Wimbledon last year. He was deported from Australia because of the controversey around his COVID-19 vaccination status. While Djokovic will back himself to win the grass tournament, a Carlos Alcaraz in the quarters and Casper Ruud in the semis are major threats.
Alcaraz, a young Spaniard, beat both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Madrid earlier this year. A 23-year-old Rudd, who was the runner-up in Paris, had defeated the Serb in Belgrade months ago. Djoko would surely want to avenge that.
The final of Wimbledon 2022 could be a Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal special. The two last met in the French Open quarters, when the Spaniard, seeded no 2 in Wimbledon, defeated the 35-year-old 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6.
Rafael Nadal starts his Wimbledon 2022 campaign versus Francisco Cerundolo.
Novak Djokovic’s projected route to the title by seeding:
First round – Soon-woo Kwon
Second round – Thanasi Kokkinakis
Third round – Miomir Kecmanovic
Fourth round – Reilly Opelka
Quarter-final – Carlos Alcaraz
Semi-final – Casper Ruud
Final – Rafael Nadal / Stefanos Tsitsipas
Meanwhile, Serena Williams will begin her Wimbledon comeback by facing Harmony Tan, a 24-year-old from France who is ranked 113th and owns a 2-6 career record in Grand Slam matches.