Official Wimbledon Draw Takes Place in London

Published June 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Top-seeded Pete Sampras kicks off his Wimbledon title defense against Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic, after the official draw was made in London Tuesday. 

The American should have little trouble making progress to the closing stages of the tournament. 

However, compatriot Andre Agassi, faces a potentially tough second-round contest against American Davis Cup player Todd Martin. 

America's Lindsay Davenport will play doubles partner and fellow American Corina Morariu in her opening round. 

'Swiss Miss' Hingis starts against Spain's Angeles Montolio but Anna Kournikova fans may have to be quick off the mark to see the unseeded Russian. She faces an intimidating first match against 10th seed, Sandrine Testud of France. 

Britain's Tim Henman's first-round opponent is Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, and he faces a likely meeting with former Wimbledon finalist Goran Ivanisevic in the next round. 

Fellow Briton Greg Rusedski, seeded 14, faces America's Vincent Spadea in the first round. Rusedski has twice beaten Spadea on hard courts and Henman beat him on clay in the first round of the French Open - (AFP) 


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