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What is Seed in tennis?

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What rank the player is in the world or most likely the tournament. This is chosen by how good their world ranking is.

They also take into account past performance, as well as how good the player is on the surface - e.g. in 2005, Andy Roddick was ranked lower than Lleyton Hewitt, but he was seeded 2nd ahead of Hewitt (Federer was obviously seeded first), due to his success at the tournament the previous year (reached the final), and his success on the grass courts at Queens.

Seeded players earn a 'seed number' by having a high ranking/good record. The seed 'number' is awarded based on the expectation (usually based on rankings) which indicate how the player might perform in this tournament. The 1 seed would be expected to win the tournament and is usually the highest ranked of all the players in the tournament. The number of seeds in a tournament depends on the number of competitors.

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The 'Top Seed' is the best player participating in the event, usually in a singles grand slam there are 32 seeds which are filled up by the 32 best players of that gender participating in the event.

A player who is ranked #18 can be seeded at #16, if two higher-ranked players don't participate in the tournament.

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Tennis players are called 'seeds' as this is the way that they rank tennis players in knockout tournaments. During events such as Wimbledon, a computer analyses all the data from the competitors, and ranks them accordingly, i.e. it looks at win/loss% and so on. These rankings are called seeds, and the lower the number, the better the seed, so If you are seeded 1st, then you are the favourite to win the tournament.

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determined by rank and number of games won..

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The players ranked before 32dn including 32nd are seeded

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