The Ladies Singles Draw
WILLIAMS, Serena USA  v TATISHVILI, Anna USA
SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA v MCHALE, Christina USA
JAKSIC, Jovana SRB v CETKOVSKA, Petra CZE
SCHMIEDLOVA, Anna SVK v CORNET, Alize FRA 
PETKOVIC, Andrea GER  v PITER, Katarzyna POL
BEGU, Irina-Camelia ROU v RAZZANO, Virginie FRA
SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia ESP (W) v GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK v BOUCHARD, Eugenie CAN 
KERBER, Angelique GER  v RADWANSKA, Urszula POL
WATSON, Heather GBR v TOMLJANOVIC, Ajla CRO
MARTIC, Petra CRO v DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP
PASZEK, Tamira AUT (Q) v FLIPKENS, Kirsten BEL 
PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS  v RISKE, Alison USA
CADANTU, Alexandra ROU v GIORGI, Camila ITA
BACSINSZKY, Timea SUI (Q) v FICHMAN, Sharon CAN
MURRAY, Samantha GBR (W) v SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS 
HALEP, Simona ROU  v PEREIRA, Teliana BRA
PFIZENMAIER, Dinah GER v TSURENKO, Lesia UKR (Q)
BENCIC, Belinda SUI v RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK
DUVAL, Victoria USA (Q) v CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU 
VINCI, Roberta ITA  v VEKIC, Donna CRO
ZVONAREVA, Vera RUS (W) v MOORE, Tara GBR (W)
DIYAS, Zarina KAZ v MLADENOVIC, Kristina FRA
ZHANG, Shuai CHN v SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP 
IVANOVIC, Ana SRB  v SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA
BECK, Annika GER v ZHENG, Jie CHN
PLISKOVA, Karolina CZE v KNAPP, Karin ITA
GLUSHKO, Julia ISR v LISICKI, Sabine GER 
KOUKALOVA, Klara CZE  v TOWNSEND, Taylor USA (W)
KEYS, Madison USA v PUIG, Monica PUR
PLISKOVA, Kristyna CZE (W) v SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ
KANEPI, Kaia EST v JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB 
AZARENKA, Victoria BLR  v LUCIC-BARONI, Mirjana CRO
LARSSON, Johanna SWE v JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB
SMITKOVA, Tereza CZE (Q) v HSIEH, Su-Wei TPE
VANDEWEGHE, Coco USA v MUGURUZA, Garbine ESP 
SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE  v GOERGES, Julia GER
HERCOG, Polona SLO v ORMAECHEA, Paula ARG
NICULESCU, Monica ROU v VAN UYTVANCK, Alison BEL
WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN (Q) v CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK 
ERRANI, Sara ITA  v GARCIA, Caroline FRA
PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL v LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA
DOI, Misaki JPN v SVITOLINA, Elina UKR
DATE-KRUMM, Kimiko JPN v MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS 
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS  v LARCHER DE BRITO, Michelle POR (Q)
VOEGELE, Stefanie SUI v GAJDOSOVA, Jarmila AUS (W)
KONTAVEIT, Anett EST (Q) v DELLACQUA, Casey AUS
MITU, Andreea ROU (Q) v RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL 
KVITOVA, Petra CZE  v HLAVACKOVA, Andrea CZE
BARTHEL, Mona GER v OPRANDI, Romina SUI
NARA, Kurumi JPN v FRIEDSAM, Anna-Lena GER
TORRO-FLOR, Maria-Teresa ESP v WILLIAMS, Venus USA 
STEPHENS, Sloane USA  v KIRILENKO, Maria RUS
KONTA, Johanna GBR v PENG, Shuai CHN
DAVIS, Lauren USA v KLEYBANOVA, Alisa RUS
CEPELOVA, Jana SVK v PENNETTA, Flavia ITA 
WOZNIACKI, Caroline DEN  v PEER, Shahar ISR
BROADY, Naomi GBR (W) v BABOS, Timea HUN
KONJUH, Ana CRO (Q) v ERAKOVIC, Marina NZL
WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL v STOSUR, Samantha AUS 
VESNINA, Elena RUS  v MAYR-ACHLEITNER, Patricia AUT
KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla RUS (Q) v ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE
KING, Vania USA v MEUSBURGER, Yvonne AUT
KANIA, Paula POL (Q) v LI, Na CHN 
Before we talk about either draw let's talk about the chatter around them both.
Why don't we start with Sabine Lisicki opening women's play on Day 2, the role usually played by the previous years Ladies Champion. As we all know Marion Bartoli retired after her win over a tearful Sabine Lisicki last year. Many thought, at this most tradition bound of the Slams, that Serena Williams would be opening play on Day 2 since she is the reigning women's number one. Many thought wrong. In their seemingly incessant pursuit of drama and since they didn't veer much from the WTA rankings (although some would argue that five time winner Venus Williams could've been seeded in the top twenty and not #30 is meddling and wouldn't happen in the men's draw) the Committee chose to have Lisicki open play in that honored position. Of course Lisicki has had stunning results since making the final last year right? Again you would be wrong. In a serendipitous turn of events I see that ESPN is featuring Lisicki in it's Wimbledon commercial instead of Bartoli. I'm not even shaking my head because I'll have to call the medics for shaken brain syndrome. Marion won last year. Lisicki cried. As is usual with the WTA the advertising is deceptive.
Then there is the boast by Tennis Australia that all but a few of its players are avoiding seeds in their opening rounds. Who are the ones facing seeds? They are Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden and Sam Groth on the men's side. Tennis Australia goes on to characterize Samantha Stosur's opening round match against an "up and coming Yanina Wickmayer" as "tricky". I'd think they'd talk about her not having a coach going into Wimbledon as her biggest challenge but they decided to call Wickmayer "up and coming". Okay.
Then of course there's the new WTA darling Eugenie Bouchard. She's in the top half of the draw and will open against Daniela Hantuchova. The other seed in her section is Andrea Petkovic who had a pretty decent warm up season and looks to be trying to come back from injury. I don't think Bouchard's game is mature enough to take her deep into the tournament but she can have a good start with the other players in her section easily classified as head cases.
Someone who does have a mature game is Simona Halep. She's also in the top half of the draw and opens against Teliana Pereira of Brazil. Fellow Romanian Sorana Cirstea is the other seed in her section. Halep fell apart mentally against Sharapova in her grass warm up so she can play badly. I don't think Pereira will trouble her though.
I can't talk about the Ladies draw without mentioning how well Madison Keys is playing right now. She's coming into Wimbledon unseeded but has blown her opponents away in Eastbourne. Saturday's match against Angelique Kerber will go a long way towards showing if she's ready for prime time. She opens against Monica Puig, another young player with a lot to prove. With Keys making the final at Eastbourne Puig has a chance at what to me would be an upset. If Keys gets a few days rest before her opening match making the final could become a non issue.
It's interesting that Taylor Townsend is in that same section of the draw and opens against veteran Klara Koukalova. If both women win their opening round matches they would play each other, an interesting match up indeed.
Sloane Stephens, seeded #18, opens against Maria Kirilenko. For all the hype Stephens has done almost nothing since that infamous Australian Open win. She's never made a final, and is the only woman in the top thirty who has never won a title. Flavia Pennetta is the other seed in her section. Sloane has been showing some life in her play of late but when it's time to step up she doesn't. She has a lot to lose this tournament.
Victoria Azarenka, seeded eighth, opens against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. She moved well in her grass court warm up but I'm still surprised she chose to come back during grass court season. She's the professional though so you have to think she knows what she's doing.
I'm not going to say much else about the Ladies draw. Are there soft spots? Yes. Overall the WTA doesn't have much depth so that is bound to happen. For me the focus will be on the younger players, the new generation. We all know the strengths and weaknesses of the old guard.
Gentleman's Singles Main Draw
DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB  v GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ
STEPANEK, Radek CZE v CUEVAS, Pablo URU
KRAVCHUK, Konstantin RUS (Q) v SIMON, Gilles FRA
HAASE, Robin NED v POSPISIL, Vasek CAN 
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS  v WARD, James GBR (W)
WANG, Jimmy TPE (Q) v GONZALEZ, Alejandro COL
KLAHN, Bradley USA v QUERREY, Sam USA
MELZER, Jurgen AUT v TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA 
GULBIS, Ernests LAT  v ZOPP, Jurgen EST
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR v BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
CHARDY, Jeremy FRA v COX, Daniel GBR (W)
MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS v VERDASCO, Fernando ESP 
CILIC, Marin CRO  v MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
HAIDER-MAURER, Andreas AUT v EDMUND, Kyle GBR (W)
TOMIC, Bernard AUS v DONSKOY, Evgeny RUS
HANESCU, Victor ROU v BERDYCH, Tomas CZE 
MURRAY, Andy GBR  v GOFFIN, David BEL
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP v ROLA, Blaz SLO
KAMKE, Tobias GER v HERNYCH, Jan CZE (Q)
JOHNSON, Steve USA v BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP 
ANDERSON, Kevin RSA  v BEDENE, Aljaz SLO (L)
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS v PUETZ, Tim GER (Q)
KUZNETSOV, Alex USA (Q) v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA 
DIMITROV, Grigor BUL  v HARRISON, Ryan USA (Q)
SAVILLE, Luke AUS (Q) v THIEM, Dominic AUT
YOUNG, Donald USA v BECKER, Benjamin GER
GROTH, Samuel AUS (Q) v DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR 
SEPPI, Andreas ITA  v MAYER, Leonardo ARG
BROWN, Dustin GER v BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP (W)
KUZNETSOV, Andrey RUS v EVANS, Daniel GBR (W)
CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP v FERRER, David ESP 
WAWRINKA, Stan SUI  v SOUSA, Joao POR
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE v NEDOVYESOV, Aleksandr KAZ
RUSSELL, Michael USA v REISTER, Julian GER
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS 
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP  v SUGITA, Yuichi JPN (Q)
FALLA, Alejandro COL v PAVIC, Ante CRO (Q)
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v DELBONIS, Federico ARG
SMETHURST, Daniel GBR (W) v ISNER, John USA 
JANOWICZ, Jerzy POL  v DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL
RIBA, Pere ESP v MANNARINO, Adrian FRA
LACKO, Lukas SVK v ROBREDO, Tommy ESP 
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP  v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP v GIRALDO, Santiago COL
MULLER, Gilles LUX (Q) v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
LORENZI, Paolo ITA v FEDERER, Roger SUI 
RAONIC, Milos CAN  v EBDEN, Matthew AUS
HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues FRA (Q) v SOCK, Jack USA
KUBOT, Lukasz POL v STRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER
LAJOVIC, Dusan SRB v GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP 
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER  v SIJSLING, Igor NED
ITO, Tatsuma JPN (Q) v BOLELLI, Simone ITA (L)
ILHAN, Marsel TUR (Q) v KUDLA, Denis USA (Q)
DE SCHEPPER, Kenny FRA v NISHIKORI, Kei JPN 
GASQUET, Richard FRA  v DUCKWORTH, James AUS (Q)
KYRGIOS, Nick AUS (W) v ROBERT, Stephane FRA
VESELY, Jiri CZE (W) v ESTRELLA BURGOS, Victor DOM
JAZIRI, Malek TUN (L) v MONFILS, Gael FRA 
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO  v DANCEVIC, Frank CAN (L)
SELA, Dudi ISR v KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ
PAIRE, Benoit FRA v ROSOL, Lukas CZE
KLIZAN, Martin SVK v NADAL, Rafael ESP 
All the the shenanigans in the Gentleman's draw were done to make sure Andy Murray was seeded in the top four.
He's safely ensconced in the bottom half of the top of the draw and opens against David Goffin. Grigor Dimitrov is in that same part of the draw and if he wins his opening match would face Dominic Thiem, another press favorite.
Thiem opens against Australian Luke Saville. The potential early round clash of these two would make a television court for sure.
I'm sure Nishikori Kei is looking to have a good tournament. Philipp Kohlschreiber is the other seed in his section.
Both David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka were sick during this week and some thought one or both would withdraw. Both are in the draw. It's ironic that Canadian Frank Dancevic, who bitched and moaned about the horrible conditions he was made to endure ends up in the Main Draw as a Lucky Loser isn't it? He opens against Ivo Karlovic.
Winners and losers? Not my game. There are players who have a chance to make or break their reputations during this tournament. Someone like John Isner making Week 2 would be huge for the United States. For Thiem and Dimitrov to potentially meet so early in the tournament is a shame for both men.
The Championships Wimbledon are the crown jewel of tennis. A good run here will make or break a reputation especially for a young player but especially for a young woman who is used to on court coaching. No fathers or coaches will be allowed to hold a players hand.
Let's hope for a good clean tournament.