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Murray’s top-seed curse: 70% of top seeded lose at Wimbledon


Wimbledon is upon us, and with the UK's home town hero seeded number one, Andy Murray is looking to take home his second consecutive Wimbledon Win. Sadly for Murray, being number one isn't as lucky as would be expected. We at have found that being Wimbledon’s top seed isn’t as desirable as it sounds, with a massive 70% of men’s singles champions since 2016 coming from outside of the top spot.

Andy Murray at Wimbledon
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Murray fights the trend to stay on top

This year is the first time that British hope Andy Murray has gone into the tournament as SW19’s top seed, having been ranked as second seed for his 2016 and 2013 victories.  In fact, six of the last ten years have seen the second seed be crowned men’s singles champion.

Roger Federer is the lowest seed to have conquered Wimbledon’s grass courts over the past decade, lifting the title in 2012 when seeded third.

With the odds against him, and rumours of injury, the Scot may be going home empty handed this summer. 

Konta sits in near-perfect 6th seeding for SW19

Murray's luck may be transferred over to Johanna Konta. Unlike the men, the average successful seeding for the women's title is seven, which is encouragingfor sixth-seeded Brit Johanna Konta.

In an identical case to bettingexpert’s research regarding the Wimbledon’s men’s seedings, seven of the last ten females who were first seed failed to win the tournament and only Serena Williams has triumphed under number one seed pressure.

Williams, expecting a baby later this year, is absent from Wimbledon, spelling further reason to get behind Konta at this year’s tournament.