Beginning on Monday, numerous former and current collegians will be sporting the all-white attire that is accustomed at Wimbledon as they try to write their names amongst the best from our sport in the third Grand Slam of the year.
In total, 23 players with college tennis ties will be playing in the Wimbledon Championships, including 18 players in the men’s singles draw and five players in the women’s singles draw. This marks the highest total out of any Grand Slam in 2023, and it matches the total amount of collegians seen at the 2022 US Open.
Beginning with the men’s singles draw, collegians continue to make strides up the ATP Rankings as 16 of the 18 players featured in the draw earned direct entry into the Championship, including three players who will be seeded; Cam Norrie (12) (TCU), Francisco Cerundolo (18) (South Carolina), and Ben Shelton (32) (Florida).
For Norrie, he is looking to build on a breakout performance from the 2022 Wimbledon Championships where he reached the Semifinals before falling to eventual champion, Novak Djokovic. Norrie has reached at least the third round in both the Australian Open and French Open this season and has wins over Carlos Alcaraz (No. 1), Taylor Fritz (No. 9), and Andrey Rublev (No. 7) in 2023.
Brandon Nakashima (Virginia) will be another player back in the main draw after a career-best Grand Slam finish at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. The former ACC Freshman of the Year reached the fourth round in 2022 and will look to make another splash this year from the All England Club.
The 2023 ITA All-American, Arthur Fery (Stanford), will be making his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon. The Cardinal standout finished the 2022-23 season ranked No. 3 in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Singles Rankings sponsored by Tennis-Point and received a direct entry into the main draw via a wild card from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
In the women’s singles draw, the five players with college ties come in highly decorated as three of the five players were NCAA Singles Champions, and all five were ITA All-Americans at some point during their collegiate careers.
Former Fresno State and Pepperdine standout, Mayar Sherif, will look to continue her dazzling play to this point in the season as she recently reached a career-high WTA Singles Ranking and became the highest-ranked Egyptian women’s player in the country’s history. Sherif will be seeded in the singles draw and is coming off two straight WTA 125 titles in Croatia and Spain.
Peyton Stearns (Texas) and Emma Navarro (Virginia) will both look to continue their early success on the biggest of stages. After turning pro at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, each has since risen into the WTA Top 100 and each are currently sitting on career-high rankings.
It will be a Grand Slam main draw debut for Carol Zhao (Stanford) this year at Wimbledon. After nine attempts in grand slam qualifiers, this year was the crescendo of years of hard work for Zhao and she will look to keep her winning ways rolling into the main draw as she is set to face lucky loser, Tamara Korpatsch, in the opening round.
Play will kick off this Monday, July 3rd from the All England Club in Wimbledon, England. For a complete list of all collegians competing at Wimbledon in 2023 continue scrolling below.
Men’s Singles Draw
|Arthur Rinderknech||Texas A&M||85|
|Arthur Fery (WC)||Stanford||389|
|Francisco Cerundolo (18)||South Carolina||19|
|Nuno Borges||Mississippi State||68|
|Cameron Norrie (12)||TCU||13|
|Christopher Eubanks||Georgia Tech||77|
|Ben Shelton (32)||Florida||35|
|Ryan Peniston (WC)||Memphis||267|
|J.J. Wolf||Ohio State||46|
|Borna Gojo||Wake Forest||111|
Women’s Singles Draw
|Danielle Collins||Florida, Virginia||48|
|Mayar Sherif (31)||Fresno State, Pepperdine||31|
|Carol Zhao (Q)||Stanford||166|