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Tope seed billing for Djokovic and Sharapova for this year's Wimbledon

Updated: Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 11:34

£16.1million in prize money will be on offer over the Wimbledon fortnight
£16.1million in prize money will be on offer over the Wimbledon fortnight

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova are the top seeds for this year's Wimbledon Championships.

Both players will top the pile at the All England Club for the first time in their careers, with Djokovic having guaranteed the number one ranking by reaching the final 12 months ago.

Sharapova won the title as a 17-year-old eight years ago but her career has been disrupted by injury and Wimbledon will be her first tournament as world number one for four years after she won the French Open earlier this month.

The women's seedings match the rankings exactly, with Victoria Azarenka in second, Agnieszka Radwanska third and defending champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Sharapova in the final last year, seeded fourth.

In the men's draw, Djokovic is followed by the man he beat in last year's final, Rafael Nadal, who is fresh from winning a record seventh French Open title.

Six-time champion Roger Federer is seeded third, one place ahead of British number one Andy Murray, while last season's semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is sixth.