Kyrgios snares crucial Wimbledon seeding spot

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Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios have faced off in an extremely intense table tennis battle – which of course – ended in Kyrgios breaking his racquet.

Nick Kyrgios to be seeded 15th for Wimbledon.

NICK Kyrgios has received a Wimbledon boost with an all-important top-16 seeding for the championships starting on Monday.

Kyrgios has been elevated to 15th seed for the men’s event despite being ranked No. 18 in the world.

The promotion protects the Australian No. 1 from a meeting against any of the top eight seeds — including heavyweights Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer — until at least the fourth round.

Nick Kyrgios to be seeded 15th for Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios to be seeded 15th for Wimbledon.Source:Getty Images

Kyrgios was elevated above Gael Monfils and John Isner under that All England Club’s grass court formula, which rewards players for outstanding results on the surface in the past two years. The 21-year-old famously upset then world No. 1 Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals in 2014.

But fellow former quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic wasn’t so fortunate on Wednesday.

Tomic has been seeded 19th, the same position as his ranking despite world No. 4 Nadal not playing this year because of a wrist injury.

Samantha Stosur has been seeded 15th in the women’s event on line with her world ranking of No. 15 following her charge to the French Open semi-finals.

Sam Stosur seeded 15th for Wimbledon.

Sam Stosur seeded 15th for Wimbledon.Source:AP

Men: 1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 2 Andy Murray (Britain) 3 Roger Federer (Switzerland) 4 Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 5 Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6 Milos Raonic (Canada) 7 Richard Gasquet (France) 8 Dominic Thiem (Austria) 9 Marin Cilic (Croatia) 10 Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 11 David Goffin (Belgium) 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 13 David Ferrer (Spain) 14 Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) 15 Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 16 Gilles Simon (France) 17 Gael Monfils (France) 18 John Isner (U.S.) 19 Bernard Tomic (Australia) 20 Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 22 Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 23 Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 24 Alexander Zverev (Germany) 25 Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 26 Benoit Paire (France) 27 Jack Sock (U.S.) 28 Sam Querrey (U.S.) 29 Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) 30 Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 31 Joao Sousa (Portugal) 32 Lucas Pouille (France)

Women: 1 Serena Williams (U.S.) 2 Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 4 Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5 Simona Halep (Romania) 6 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 7 Roberta Vinci (Italy) 8 Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 9 Venus Williams (U.S.) 10 Madison Keys (U.S.) 11 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 12 Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 13 Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 15 Samantha Stosur (Australia) 16 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 17 Johanna Konta (Britain) 18 Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 19 Sloane Stephens (U.S.) 20 Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 21 Sara Errani (Italy) 22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 23 Jankovic Jelena (Serbia) 24 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 25 Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 26 Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) 27 Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 28 Coco Vandeweghe (U.S.) 29 Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 30 Daria Kasatkina (Russia) 31 Caroline Garcia (France) 32 Kristina Mladenovic (France)