London, England – Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been installed as the top seed for the men's Olympic tennis tournament, while Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka of Belarus heads the women's side.
Federer captured his seventh Wimbledon championship earlier this month on the famed lawns of the All England Club, which will also be the venue for the Olympic tournament. The Swiss superstar is again atop the world rankings following his Wimbledon triumph, but he has yet to capture Olympic singles gold. He did team with countrymate Stanislas Wawrinka to win doubles gold for Switzerland four years ago in Beijing.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the bronze medalist four years ago in China, is seeded second on the men's side and is followed by British favorite Andy Murray, who lost to Federer in this year's Wimbledon finale. David Ferrer is seeded fourth and the top Spanish candidate for a medal in the absence of injured world No. 3 Rafael Nadal, who won Olympic gold in Beijing.
Azarenka, currently No. 1 in the women's rankings, was given the top seed and was followed by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, Russian Maria Sharapova and reigning Wimbledon champ Serena Williams of the United States.
Williams captured her fifth career title at the All England Club earlier this month, beating Radwanska. Sharapova captured the French Open title back in June, but is comfortable on the grass, having won the Wimbledon crown in 2004.
A pair of American teams are the top seeds in doubles. Mike and Bob Bryan head the men's seeds, while Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber top the women's bracket.
The draw for the Olympic tennis tournament will be held Thursday.