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Hewitt top seed for Wimbledon

17/06/2003 05:20:23 AM Comments (0)

He may have lost his world No.1 title to Andre Agassi but Lleyton Hewitt will be top seed at Wimbledon next week.

Agassi overtook Hewitt for the second time this year last Friday when the Australian lost his quarter-final at the Queen's Club tournament.

But Hewitt, the defending champion, will go into Wimbledon as the top seed for the second year in a row, the All England Club has announced.

Agassi is the second seed, followed by French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, Roger Federer of Switzerland and new Queen's champion Andy Roddick.

David Nalbandian, whom Hewitt defeated in last year's final, is the sixth seed, with Guillermo Coria, Sjeng Schalken, Rainer Schuettler and Tim Henman rounding out the top 10.

Defending champion Serena Williams is the top seed in the ladies' singles, followed by Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport.

Meanwhile, reigning Wimbledon boys' champion Todd Reid got off to a good start in his attempt to qualify for the men's tournament, beating German Bjorn Phau 7-5 7-5.

Fellow Australian Joseph Sirianni, 28, also made it to the next round of qualifiers, beating Britain's James Auckland 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

And Wayne Arthurs, who has already been accepted into the Wimbledon main draw, moved into the second round at the men's tournament at Nottingham, beating American qualifier Bob Bryan in straight sets.

The big-serving left-hander won 7-6 7-5, taking the first set tie-break 19-17.

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