Nick Kyrgios has received a Wimbledon boost with an all-important top-16 seeding for the championships starting on Monday.
Kyrgios has been elevated to 15th seed for the men’s event despite being ranked No.18 in the world.
The promotion protects the Australian No.1 from a meeting against any of the top eight seeds – including heavyweights Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer – until at least the fourth round.
Kyrgios was elevated above Gael Monfils and John Isner under that All England Club’s grass court formula, which rewards players for outstanding results on the surface in the past two years.
The 21-year-old famously upset then world No.1 Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals in 2014.
But fellow former quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic wasn’t so fortunate on Wednesday.
Tomic has been seeded 19th, the same position as his ranking despite world No.4 Nadal not playing this year because of a wrist injury.
Samantha Stosur has been seeded 15th in the women’s event on line with her world ranking of No.15 following her charge to the French Open semi-finals.