Sampras, Hingis are the Number-ones to Beat in Wimbledon

Published June 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Sophie Mosleh 

America's Pete Sampras was seeded number-one for the seventh time in the Wimbledon tournament, which commences next Monday in England on grass-court, and concludes on the 9th of July. 

Twenty-year-old Sampras defeated fellow American, 28-year-old Andre Agassi in the previous year. Agassi, ranked number-two, and diagnosed with a bruised lower back, was forced to withdraw from the Queens' tournament, and is still unsure whether he will be fit to play in the Wimbledon, leaving Sweden's Magnus Norman in third position and French Open champion Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten at number four. 

American Lindsay Davenport who gained the title last year after outlasting Germany's Steffi Graf, was ranked second, while Switzerland's 1999 Australian Open champion Martina Hingis was locked in the top spot. 

French Open winner, Mary Pierce, was ranked number three leaving runner-up Spanish Conchita Martinez, breathing down her neck, at number four. 

Unlike the Australian, US, and French Open, the Wimbledon Grand Slam takes into account a player's record on grass, which had no impact on the women's side but jumbled the men's standings. 

Ranked number one in this week's ATP standings, Britain's Tim Henman fell to number-eight, while Australia's Mark Philippoussis stood two steps behind at number-ten. 

Yugoslavian Goran Ivanisevic and American Todd Martin were probably the best two grass-court players left out of the seedings – 

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