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Aussie pair get seeded for shot at Wimbledon

NICK Kyrgios is the highest-seeded Australian at a grand slam for the first time, with officials at the All England Club elevating him to No.26 for this year's Wimbledon, starting Monday.

The 20-year-old is ranked No.29 in the world, but has been rewarded for his giant-killing run at last year's event when he beat then-world No.1 Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals.

Kyrgios (pictured) and countryman Bernard Tomic are the only two teenagers to have reached the last eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1986. Tomic is ranked No.26 but has been seeded one spot below Kyrgios at 27. Their seedings mean they could face any one of the top eight seeds as early as the third round.

Former US Open champion Sam Stosur is the only Aussie woman to be seeded, coming in at 22. That means she will avoid a match-up against any of the top eight seeds until the fourth round.


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