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Hewitt top seed for French Open

World number one Lleyton Hewitt will be top seed for next week's French Open as he seeks a first title at Roland Garros.

The Australian is seeded ahead of former champion Andre Agassi and clay-court experts Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya.

Organizers have followed the current ATP world rankings, with Hewitt having regained the number one spot he temporarily lost to Agassi recently.

Britain's Tim Henman, who won two matches at the Hamburg Masters last week but has struggled for form on his return from injury, is seeded 25.

The men's event suffered a blow on Monday with the withdrawal of Marat Safin with a wrist injury.

In the women's draw, in-form Belgian Kim Clijsters is seeded to meet world number one Serena Williams in the final, with Venus Williams seeded three.

Men's Seeds:

1 Lleyton Hewitt (Aus), 2 Andre Agassi (US), 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa), 4 Carlos Moya (Spa), 5 Roger Federer (Swi), 6 Andy Roddick (US), 7 Guillermo Coria (Arg), 8 David Nalbandian (Arg), 9 Albert Costa (Spa), 10 Paradorn Srichaphan (Tha), 11 Rainer Schuettler (Ger), 12 Sjeng Schalken (Ned), 13 Jiri Novak (Cze), 14 Sebastien Grosjean (Fra), 15 Gustavo Kuerten (Bra), 16 Alex Corretja (Spa), 17 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Rus), 18 Agustin Calleri (Arg), 19 Fernando Gonzalez (Chi), 20 Felix Mantilla (Spa), 21 Gaston Gaudio (Arg), 22 Wayne Ferreira (SA), 23 Younes El Aynaoui (Mor), 24 James Blake (US), 25 Tim Henman (GB), 26 Xavier Malisse (Bel), 27 Mikhail Youzhny (Rus), 28 Tommy Robredo (Spa), 29 Vincent Spadea (US), 30 Jarkko Nieminen (Fin), 31 Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg), 32 Arnaud Clement (Fra).

Women's Seeds:

1 Serena Williams (US), 2 Kim Clijsters (Bel), 3 Venus Williams (US), 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel), 5 Amelie Mauresmo (Fra), 6 Lindsay Davenport (US), 7 Jennifer Capriati (US), 8 Chanda Rubin (US), 9 Daniela Hantuchova (Svk), 10 Jelena Dokic (SEM), 12 Anastasia Myskina (Rus), 13 Elena Dementieva (Rus), 14 Eleni Daniilidou (Gre), 15 Magdalena Maleeva (Bul), 16 Ai Sugiyama (Jpn), 17 Amanda Coetzer (SA), 18 Meghann Shaughnessy (US), 19 Patty Schnyder (Swi), 20 Elena Bovina (Rus), 21 Lisa Raymond (US), 22 Vera Zvonareva (Rus), 23 Anna Pistolesi (Isr), 24 Conchita Martinez (Spa), 25 Nathalie Dechy (Fra), 26 Silvia Farina Elia (Ita), 27 Alexandra Stevenson (US), 28 Clarisa Fernandez (Arg), 29 Elena Likhovtseva (Rus), 30 Paola Suarez (Arg), 31 Laura Granville (US), 32 Francesca Schiavone (Ita).
 

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5 Argies got seeded. that's wonderful! :)
 

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Clement got seeded. :kiss: Too bad it had to be at the expense of Marat! :mad: :sad::sad:
 

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wow alex is seeded number 16!! good luck in our fav tourny alex;) :D i believe in you for RG :bounce:
 

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I don't think RG seeding should follow ATP ranking. It's the most unpredictable of the Slams and you better well know how to play on clay.

Giving Hewitt #1 is almost a cruel joke.
 

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I don't think RG seeding should follow ATP ranking. It's the most unpredictable of the Slams and you better well know how to play on clay.

Giving Hewitt #1 is almost a cruel joke.
You just said it... RG is the most unpredictable of the slams. In which case, it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to make up a subjective seeding system for something that is difficult to predict...does it?

I think they should stick to the rankings here, and at Wimbledon.

So what if they did bump Hewitt down a notch or two? He'd still be seeded for the semis, along with Ferrero, Agassi, and Moya (these 3 would be even in a subjective seeding system), so what difference would it make?

One could argue that Roddick shouldn't be number 6, and that it's ridiculous to see Costa outside of the top 8. But those are the sticks. The guys know the rules, and I don't see too many of the complaining (not at RG at least).
 

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Wasn't Lleyton Hewitt the #1 seed last year too?? :confused:

Oh... Zhenya just missed out the #16 seed!! :(
Misha got seeded though!! :)
 

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Wasn't Lleyton Hewitt the #1 seed last year too?? :confused:

Oh... Zhenya just missed out the #16 seed!! :(
Misha got seeded though!! :)
Yes, and so was Pete Sampras for many years.

Still, I think they should revamp and come up with a combination seeding that benefits those who do well on all surfaces and those who do well during the clay season. IMHO.
 

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Meanwhile, Russian star Marat Safin has pulled out of the French Open due to a wrist injury.

America's Robby Ginepri, who has a similar injury, also has pulled out of the claycourt tournament, which begins at Roland Garros on May 26.

Replacing the pair in the main draw will be America's Cecil Mamiit and Argentina's Mariano Puerta. :)

Scott Draper has received Australia's sole wildcard berth for the French Open after winning a round-robin play-off in Paris.
 

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French Open Withdrawal Watch

As of now, potentially-seeded men we know to be out are Pete Sampras (has not played since the U. S. Open) and Marat Safin. Guillermo Canas is also expected to be out. That means that Jarkko Nieminen and Juan Ignacio Chela will be seeded; Arnaud Clement is likely to earn a seed.

Of the top women, we don't know of any withdrawals yet (unless you count Martina Hingis), but Monica Seles is considered unlikely to be ready, and Venus Williams is also considered slightly questionable. As of now, Francesca Schiavone is the #32 seed; next in is Magui Serna, with Tamarine Tanasugarn following her.

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