The grass court season kicked off today with the Aegon Championships at The Queens Club in London. British players Dan Evans and James Ward, who were both wild cards, won their matches. British Number One and defending champion Andy Murray will start his campaign of defence in round two against Paul-Henri Mathieu on Wednesday, along with the other top eight seeds who all received first round byes.
Evans defeated Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2) and Ward beat Blaz Rola from Slovenia 7-5, 6-4 to progress to round two on the opening day of the championships. There was disappointment for British number four Daniel Cox who lost 7-5, 6-2 against Adrian Mannarino from France.
Murray who announced Amelie Mauresmo (read news here) as his new coach yesterday has won the Queen’s tournament three times previously and was in action today on the practice courts in preparation for Wednesday’s match.
The finals day of the tournament will also feature the ‘Rally For Bally’ doubles exhibition match (read more here) with Murray, defending Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, tournament director Ross Hutchins plus yet to be announced female player teaming up to entertain the crowd whilst fundraising in memory of former British number one Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer on 4th May this year.
The Aegon Classic Women’s event also started today in Edgbaston, Birmingham where the only British player in the draw nineteen-year-old Katy Dunne was forced to retire due to injury.
The Aegon Classic started today in Edgbston, Birmingam (source:www.lta.org.uk)