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Wimbledon 2019: Unseeded men to watch out for at The Championships

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Jun 2019
  • We've come up with a list of unseeded players who can reach the second week at Wimbledon
  • Kyrgios, Tsonga, Lopez among those included
Nick Kyrgios (PA Images)

At least one unseeded player has reached the second week of Wimbledon since seed numbers were elevated to 32 from 16 in 2001 - and with The 2019 Championships starting on Monday, we thought we’d go over the unseeded men who have the best chance of making the fourth round and beyond!

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All of the talk in regards to seeds in the lead-up to Wimbledon this year has surrounded Roger Federer claiming the second seed position ahead of Rafael Nadal, but some of the most fascinating early round stories at The Championships involve the lower-ranked players who know they can make an impact on the famous lawns.

Wimbledon is the slam where upsets are most likely to happen due to the fast courts - and we’ve picked out the players who are capable of taking out seeds and advancing to the second week below.

Jan-Lennard Struff


Struff is equipped with an extremely powerful game that can do big damage on grass - and he’s improved his consistency this season, registering a 22-15 record and coming into Wimbledon at a career-high ranking of No. 34. After making the fourth round of a slam for the first time at Roland Garros, beating Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov before going down to Novak Djokovic, Struff made the semi-finals on grass in Stuttgart and has got be considered among the most dangerous unseeded floaters in the draw.

Adrian Mannarino


Mannarino might not seem like much on first glance, but the Frenchman is an extremely tricky player to face and loves playing on the slick lawns. Mannarino, who has a funky game based around slices and changes of pace, has made the Wimbledon fourth round three times, including each of the last two years, and just a couple of weeks ago won his first ATP title on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch. He’s a nightmare to play on grass and is another player most of the seeds will want to avoid until the second week.

Nick Kyrgios


We all know Kyrgios could easily crash out in the opening round without trying, but nevertheless, I can guarantee you that none of the 32 seeds want to see the Australian as their opponent in the first couple of rounds. Kyrgios made his first big impression as a teenager at Wimbledon when he beat Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals in 2014 and has made the fourth round twice since then. It doesn’t matter that Kyrgios has barely won matches since claiming the Acapulco title in February - he remains arguably THE most dangerous unseeded player in the draw and capable of beating anyone on this surface when at his best.

Feliciano Lopez


There aren’t many pure and throwback grass-court specialists out there anymore, but Lopez is certainly one of them. After tumbling out of the top 100 for the first time since 2002 earlier this season, the 37-year-old shot back into ‘dangerous floater’ territory following his remarkable title triumph at Queen’s Club last week, where he also partnered Andy Murray to the doubles crown. A three-time quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, Lopez’s pristine serve-and-volley game and brilliant backhand slice is extremely effective on grass. Don’t be surprised if the Spanish veteran continues his great form into the second week…

Dan Evans


After making the third round of Wimbledon in 2016, Evans will be trying to reach the second week of his home slam for the first time. The Brit has made his fair share of negative headlines throughout his career, but when focused, Evans has a delightful game that is taylor-made for grass. He will be playing the Wimbledon main draw for the first time since that third round run three years ago, and after winning back-to-back Challenger titles on grass in Surbiton and Nottingham over the last month, this could be Evans’ time to shine at Wimbledon.

Ivo Karlovic


Even at 40 years of age, you can’t count out Karlovic at Wimbledon. The towering Croatian will always be a factor with that mammoth serve and remains a player all seeds will want to avoid in the early rounds, because he’s one of the very few players that can take a match out of your hands. Karlovic made his first big impression at Wimbledon on his Grand Slam main draw debut in 2003 when he knocked out defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round and made the quarter-finals in 2009. It wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if Karlovic made one last deep run at a slam at Wimbledon over the next two weeks…

Grigor Dimitrov


Yes, Dimitrov has been in terrible form all season, going 11-10 and dropping to No. 48 coming into Wimbledon. However, anybody who has made the semi-finals at The Championships before deserves to be mentioned in a list of unseeded dark horses, and while Dimitrov may not be operating anywhere near his best level at the moment, all it takes is a couple of wins and maybe one scalp over a seed to turn his confidence and fortunes around.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


A two-time former semi-finalist at Wimbledon, Tsonga will probably never be the same player that was consistently making the quarter-finals and beyond of slams earlier in his career, but the Frenchman still remains a big threat on grass with his explosive baseline game and big serving. Again, Tsonga most likely won’t be able to sustain his top form over the fortnight, but he certainly can beat a top seed in an isolated match. He’s definitely another player the big names will want to see far away from them in the first couple of rounds.


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Wimbledon 2019: Unseeded men to watch out for at The Championships

At least one unseeded player has reached the second week of Wimbledon since seed numbers were elevated to 32 from 16 - and with The 2019 Championships starting on Monday, we thought we’d go over the unseeded men who have the best chance of making the fourth round and beyond!

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