Aegon Championships | The Queen’s Club

Summer is officially here with the start of the grass court season. World and British number one Andy Murray, who is also defending champion and top seed, will be looking to win his sixth title at this year’s Aegon Championships which starts at The Queen’s Club in London today until Sunday 25th June.

Murray who won the title in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 will begin the defence of his title against fellow British player Aljaz Bedene tomorrow. Thirty two players are competing in this year’s event including  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), 2012 winner Marin Cilic (4), John Isner, Nick Kyrgios (9), French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka (2) and last year’s Queen’s Club runner-up Milos Raonic (3). Other players to watch include British number two Kyle Edmund and wildcards Cameron Norrie and James Ward.

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In the doubles Scottish-Brazilian pairings Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, fresh from winning the Mercedes Cup doubles title in Stuttgart, are third seeds with Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen ranked number one. French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are second seeds and former world number one pairing of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded fourth.

The Queen’s Club, named after Queen Victoria, was established in 1886 and hosts the world famous Aegon Championships on its 28 outdoor grass courts. The annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour was started in 1890 and is held in West Kensington every June in the run-up to Wimbledon that starts this year on 3rd July. The tournament attracts the world’s best male singles and doubles players, this year ten of the world’s top twenty players are competing. Along with Murray, tennis legends such as Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras have all lifted the iconic winner’s trophy.

In other tennis news, Judy Murray has been an awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Murray, who has worked to grow tennis across Great Britain, has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

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British number one Johanna Konta, 26 missed out on her first grass court title after she finished as runner-up in the Nottingham Open final after losing to Donna Vekic from Croatia 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

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Tennis Talk: Murray Wins At Queens

British number one Andy Murray became the first man to win the Aegon Championships for the fifth time after beating Milos Raonic from Canada in three sets 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 in today’s final at Queen’s Club in London.

Top seed and defending champion Murray lost the first set in the tie break much to his disgust but came out fighting to take the second and third sets to win the title on his first father’s day. Murray now overtakes overtakes legends John McEnroe (Raonic’s current coach) and Boris Becker by winning five Aegon Championships titles.

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Tennis Talk: Aegon Championships Update

History is being made today at the Aegon Championships as Britain has three players through to the second round which hasn’t happened since 2005 when current British Number one Andy Murray, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were all in the same position. Top seed and defending champion Andy Murray will face a British opponent after he defeated Nicolas Mahut 7-6, 7-6 in the first round. Murray last played against a British opponent when he lost to Henman in Bangkok back in 2006, ten years later he’s up against Aljaz Bedene at Queen’s Club this afternoon.

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Ranked 58th in the world and British number two, Bedene who was born in Slovakia gained UK citizenship last year. British number three Kyle Edmund starts play at Queen’s today against Paul-Henri Mathieu from France after his amazing first round win against eighth seed Gilles Simon also from France 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

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Tennis Talk: Grass Court Season Underway

It’s officially grass court season in the tennis world with the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club tournament starting in London today. True to form rain interrupted the first day schedule but the intermittent showers didn’t stop Steve Johnson from the US defeating fourth seed Richard Gasket from France 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

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Fresh from his defeat in the French Open final British number one, top seed and defending champion Andy Murray will open his 2016 campaign against Nicolas Mahut (last year’s doubles winner with partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert) from France tomorrow. Murray who has just announced reforming his partnership with former coach Ivan Lendl is hoping to lift the Queen’s Club trophy for the fifth time this year. Teammate and British number four Dan Evans was scheduled to play against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu today but will now play tomorrow weather permitting. World number two Stan Wawrinka is seeded second and will play his opening match against Fernando Verdasco.

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In other news top seed Karolina Pliskova won the 2016 Aegon Open Nottingham Singles event and Shuai Peng and Andrea Hlavackova won the doubles title. Britain’s Tara Moore was beaten in quarter finals by  Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-4. Zheng had previously beaten British number one Johanna Konta in the second round 6-4, 7-5

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Tennis Talk: Murray Wins at Queen’s Club

British number one Andy Murray won his fourth Queen’s Club title yesterday with a fantastic victory against Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 at the Aegon Championships in London. Top seed Murray has now joined John McEnroe and Boris Becker as a four-time champions at Queen’s. The title, which Murray won previously in 2009, 2011 and 2013, is a great boost ahead of Wimbledon and he will hope to make it a grass-court double at by winning the prestigious title at SW19 replicating his 2012 success.

_83768554_murray_trophy_hero_gettyBefore the final Murray won his rain-delayed semi-final beating Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) having previously defeated Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the quarters, Fernando Verdasco from Spain 7-5, 6-4 in round two and Yen-Hsun Lu from ChinaTPE) in the first round 6-4, 7-5.

Over in Halle, Germany world number two Roger Federer beat Andreas Seppi from Italy 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 to win the ATP Gerry Weber Open for a record eighth time.

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World Tennis News: Djokovic Wins 50th Career Title

World number one Novak Djokovic recovered from a second-set lost against Roger Federer to win the BNP Paribas Open final 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 at Indian Wells, California. This latest win gave Djokovic his 50th career title and his fourth Indian Wells title, firmly cementing his place in the number one spot in the world.

_81834578_novak_djokovic_getty2Djokovic had earlier ended British number one Andy Murray’s Indian Wells campaign in the semi-finals winning the match in just under ninety minutes 6-2, 6-3 and gibing him his sixth successive victory over Murray. In the second semi-final Federer defeated Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4.

Over in the WTA ladies event, world number three Simona Halep from Romania won the title beating 2010 Indian Wells champion Jelena Jankovic in a thrilling three sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

In other news, world number three Rafael Nadal has announced that he will play at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club for the first time since 2011. The 28-year-old Spanish player won the Queen’s event in 2008. He will join Murray, US Open champion Marin Cilic, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and 2014 Australian winner Stan Wawrinka in the event which serves as a grass court warm up ahead of Wimbledon.

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World Tennis News: Pre-Wimbledon Round-up

Last weekend saw Grigor Dimitrov crowned Aegon Championships champion, Ana Ivanovic won her first grass court title at the Aegon Classic and Roger Federer won his seventh Gerry Weber Open title in Halle, Germany.

_75543756_grigor_dimitrov2_paA very happy Dimitrov with the Aegon International trophy (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Dimitrov,23 who was fourth seed became the only male player this year to win titles on three different surfaces after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6) in a dramatic final at The Queen’s Club in London. French Open Champion Maria Sharapova was in the crowd to watch her boyfriend win his fourth career title.

_75540701_ana_ivanovic_trophy_paIvanovic with her first grass court trophy(source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Serbian Ivanovic, 26 won the Aegon Classic title defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Edgbaston in Birmingham. This was the former World number one Ivanovic’s third title this year and her fourteenth overall in her career to date.

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Federer beat Alejandro Falla 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in the Gerry Weber Open final to give him his fourteenth grass court title and a career total of seventy-ninth titles. The finals day at the Aegon Championships and Aegon Classic and in Eastbourne ahead of the Aegon International saw top names in tennis come together in Mixed Doubles Exhibition matches to ‘Rally For Bally’. British number one Andy Murray was joined on court at Queen’s Club by former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion brother Jamie, Ross Hutchins, British number one Heather Watson, five-times Grand Slam winner Martina Hingis and two-times Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. Laura Robson who is currently unable to play due to injury was instead on-court interviewer for the event which also featured young players from the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) in Ipswich joining the stars on court to play.

IMG_5426Stars of the tennis world unite to Rally For Bally in memory of Elena Baltacha (source:www.lta.org.uk)

Martina Navratilova, winner of multiple Grand Slams in singles and doubles played at Edgbaston with former British number one Tim Henman, current British number three James Ward and another former British number one Anne Keothavong. Down in Eastbourne Greg Rusedski was joined by 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Britain’s doubles number one Colin Fleming with proceeds from all the matches going to support the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and EBAT. See more photos from the three matches on the BBC website here

dx-murray0_2942785bRally For Bally selfie Murray brother, Robson, Hutchins, Hingis, Watson and Azarenka. (source:www.telegraph.co.uk)

Nino Severino, husband and coach of Elena Baltacha praised his wife’s “incredible strength” during her treatment for liver cancer in an interview ahead of the ‘Rally For Bally’ charity fundraiser matches, “I literally spent every second with Bal fighting all the way. It was horrendous cancer that she had, the worst you can get, in the liver. The fight was brutal.” he added “I loved her, more than anything and she felt the same. We were just utterly devoted to each other, utterly.” Severino continues to run EBAT which he set up with Baltacha, the former British tennis number one who died at the age of 30 last month. She retired from playing in November 2013, having struggled with injury and illness throughout her career where she won eleven singles titles, made the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and was part of Great Britain’s Fed Cup team for twelve years, under the captaincy of Andy’s mother Judy.

_75544227_baltacha_olympics_gettyBaltacha in her playing days (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Today nineteen-year-old unseeded American Madison Keys beat Angelique Kerber in a three set battle to win the Aegon Inetrnational final in sunny Eastbourne, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and register her first tournament win on the WTA Tour. Unseeded Keys defeated Britian’s Watson in their semi-final 6-3, 6-1. In the Men’s final defending champion Lopez beat top seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5 to take the title again this year.

_75714389_kerberAegon International winner Keys with the trophy and runner-up Kerber (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

The draw has been announced for this years Wimbledon Championships which starts on Monday with British number one and reigning Wimbledon champion Murray opening the proceedings on Centre Court against David Goffin from Belgian at 1pm. Murray, who is seeded third for this years tournament, will be hoping to replicate last years success and has been busy practising on grass with new coach Amelie Mauresmo. Novak Djokovic, who is top seed faces Andrey Golubev in round one, second seed Rafael Nadal will play Martin Klizan and seven-time champion Roger Federer opens his 2014 campaign against Paolo Lorenzi. Britain’s James Ward plays seventeenth seed Mikhail Youhzny in his first match.

_75667863_h_50909572British hopes at Wimbledon lie with defending champion Murray (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Top seed in the Women’s draw is Serena Williams who faces Anna Tatishvili in her first match and current Australian Open Champion Li Na, who is seeded second will face Paula Kania. Sharapova will lay British wildcard Samantha Murray in round one and while British number one Watson will play Alja Tomljanovic.