For the first time in 77 years a Brit will take to the hallowed turf of Wimbledon as the defending men's singles champion after Andy Murray's famous victory in 2013.
Murray will start his defence against David Goffin following Friday's draw, while last year's beaten finalist Novak Djokovic faces Andrey Golubev in the first round. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have opening matches against Martin Klizan and Paolo Lorenzi, respectively.
Marion Bartoli, the 2013 women's champion, will not defend her crown as she retired soon after her victory on the London grass. So we are guaranteed at least one new champion in 2014.
The full draw took place on Friday, provided by Wimbledon's official website:
Here's a look at all of the seeds for both the men's and women's draw for Wimbledon 2014—Serena Williams and Djokovic topping the respective lists:
|1||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2||Rafael Nadal (ESP)|
|3||Andy Murray (GBR)|
|4||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|5||Stan Wawrinka (SUI)|
|6||Tomas Berdych (CZE)|
|7||David Ferrer (ESP)|
|8||Milos Raonic (CAN)|
|9||John Isner (USA)|
|10||Kei Nishikori (JPN)|
|11||Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)|
|12||Ernests Gulbis (LAT)|
|13||Richard Gasquet (FRA)|
|14||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)|
|15||Jerzy Janowicz (POL)|
|16||Fabio Fognini (ITA)|
|17||Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)|
|18||Fernando Verdasco (ESP)|
|19||Feliciano Lopez (ESP)|
|20||Kevin Anderson (RSA)|
|21||Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)|
|22||Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)|
|23||Tommy Robredo (ESP)|
|24||Gael Monfils (FRA)|
|25||Andreas Seppi (ITA)|
|26||Marin Cilic (CRO)|
|27||Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)|
|28||Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)|
|29||Ivo Karlovic (CRO)|
|30||Marcel Granollers (ESP)|
|31||Vasek Pospisil (CAN)|
|32||Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)|
|1||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2||Li Na (CHN)|
|3||Simona Halep (ROU)|
|4||Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)|
|5||Maria Sharapova (RUS)|
|6||Petra Kvitova (CZE)|
|7||Jelena Jankovic (SRB)|
|8||Victoria Azarenka (BLR)|
|9||Angelique Kerber (GER)|
|10||Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)|
|11||Ana Ivanovic (SRB)|
|12||Flavia Pennetta (ITA)|
|13||Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)|
|14||Sara Errani (ITA)|
|15||Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)|
|16||Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)|
|17||Samantha Stosur (AUS)|
|18||Sloane Stephens (USA)|
|19||Sabine Lisicki (GER)|
|20||Andrea Petkovich (GER)|
|21||Roberta Vinci (ITA)|
|22||Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)|
|23||Lucie Safarova (CZE)|
|24||Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)|
|25||Alize Cornet (FRA)|
|26||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)|
|27||Garbine Mugruza (ESP)|
|28||Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)|
|29||Sorana Cirstea (ROU)|
|30||Venus Williams (USA)|
|31||Klara Koukalova (CZE)|
|32||Elena Vesnina (RUS)|
Top Men's Seeds/Routes to Watch
Wimbledon has its own unique seeding system based on grass court wins over the last two years, which means Murray is seeded third—two places above his world ranking.
The 27-year-old gave a good account of himself at the French Open by equalling his best ever campaign in Paris, reaching a semi-final before being knocked out by Nadal.
He will face 23-year-old Belgian Goffin in the first round of his defence, The Times' Neil Harman mapping out the Scot's potential route to the later rounds:
Murray's prospective route - Goffin, Andujar or Rola; Bautista Agut; Fognini or Anderson; Ferrer, Djokovic, Nadal/Fed— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) June 20, 2014
Djokovic heads the men's seeds and will look to go far in this year's tournament having lost in three sets to the Scot in last year's final.
However, he faces a potentially tough opening couple of rounds having drawn Russian Golubev in the first, per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
Not an easy opening draw for Novak Djokovic: opens with Andrey Golubev, then possibly Radek Stepanek in R2. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 20, 2014
World No. 1 Nadal comes to London fresh from his record-breaking ninth French Open title earlier this month.
The Spaniard will be hoping to re-find his form on the Wimbledon grass after his first-round exit to unseeded Belgian Steve Darcis in 2013 and a recent early exit at Halle.
Slovak Klizan will be his first-round opponent with a possible second round against Lukas Rosol, who dumped Nadal out at the same stage in 2012, per Harman:
Rafael Nadal v Martin Klizan - possible Rosol in Rd2— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) June 20, 2014
Wimbledon legend Federer returns in search of an historic eighth title and will face 32-year-old Italian Lorenzi first up, but he has a potentially challenging clash as early as the second round, per Rothenberg:
Roger Federer opens vs Paolo Lorenzi and then gets a TOUGH second round against Julien Benneteau or the surging Gilles Muller. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 20, 2014
With Murray in the Djokovic half and Federer in Nadal's side of the draw, there is to be no repeat of last year's final. But it would be something of a shock if it were not one of those four players who was lifting the trophy after two weeks.
Top Women's Seeds/Routes to Watch
In the women's competition, USA's Serena Williams tops the seeds, and for good reason. The 32-year-old is a five-time winner, most recently claiming the crown in 2012.
However, she made an early exit at the French Open, although Wimbledon is historically where she plays her best tennis.
BBC Sport reported her first-round opponent as compatriot Anna Tatishvili, the 24-year-old is currently ranked 113th in the world:
Harman highlights the potential for a cracking fourth round in the women's draw, which could see the meeting of Williams and 20-year-old world No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard:
A fourth round match between Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard would be quite something— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) June 20, 2014
The Canadian has reached the last four of both Grand Slams this year so far.
Maria Sharapova, victor on the Paris clay, has one Wimbledon crown under her belt, but that was 10 years ago. Her fifth-placed seeding sees her fall into Williams' quarter, thus the two could meet in the last eight, per the Daily Mail's Stuart Fraser:
Serena Williams v Sharapova potential quarter-final. #Blockbuster— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) June 20, 2014
She will face Britain's Samantha Murray in the first round, a tricky one for the Russian as she will likely have much of the crowd against her in SW19, per Harman:
First round of the women's draw. Britain's Samantha Murray plays one Maria Sharapova. What an opportunity!— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) June 20, 2014
China's Li Na takes up the second seeding and will be looking to finally make it past the last eight in London having made the quarter-finals in 2006, 2010 and last year. Her first-round match will be against qualifier Paula Kania, per Wimbledon:
No.2 seed Li Na will meet Paula Kania, a qualifier, in the first round #TheDraw— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 20, 2014
As ever in recent years, the women's tournament is wide open with a handful of players potentially vying to be crowned champion. However, Williams will be many people's favourite going into the Championships.
Djokovic will be hurting having lost three Grand Slam finals in the last year, but he is in prime position to repeat the trick of 2011 and win the tournament. His No. 1 seeding is representative of his quality and his main competitor Nadal has had woeful form on grass of late.
Equally, Williams is a perennial winner in SW19 and is difficult to look past as the most likely victor at this year's event. Her power and quality make her probably the safest bet of the whole competition.
However, as has been proven time and time again, the Wimbledon draw often throws up surprises, and the British public at least will be willing Murray on to back-to-back Championships.