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.

Information and photos sourced from www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

Coaches and Players train with Wimbledon Boy Balls and Girls

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.

Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.

Tennis Talk: Murray Magic

2016 has been a fantastic year for Andy and Jamie Murray as they become the first brothers to end the year as Barclays ATP World Tour singles and doubles team number ones.

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Andy finishes the year as Wimbledon champion, Olympic gold medal winner, ATP singles finals champion and World Number One. Jamie has won both the Australian and US Open Grand Slam titles with new partner Bruno Soares and the duo have ended the year as the number one doubles team in the world.

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In a tense clash Andy beat former number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday at The O2 to keep his world number one ranking heading into 2017. This latest victory gave Murray his career-best winning run of 24 matches and ended Djokovic’s four-year run of success at season closing event and his bid to equal the six titles of Roger Federer.

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On route to the final Murray played some intense and exhausting matches beating Kei Nishikori 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-4, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 and Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (11-9). In the doubles, Jamie and Soares lost to fellow first-timers Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-4 but still ended 2016 as the top team in the world. Murray’s former partner John Peers and his new partner Henri Kontinen won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final during their debut at The O2 defeating Klaassen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 to clinch the title.

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World Tennis News: ATP World Tour Finals

The ATP World Tour Finals started this afternoon at the O2 in London where the world’s top eight singles and doubles pairs will be in action for the next seven days. World number one, British number one and current Olympic champion Andy Murray will be action tomorrow against Marin Cilic and he also faces Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in the John McEnroe Group.

Novak Djokovic, who is playing in the Ivan Lendl Group, is looking to take the world’s top spot back from Murray by the end of the tournament. He played his first match today beating Dominic Thiem, who replaced Rafael Nadal in the competition, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0. He will also play Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils in this group. Djokovic is attempting to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth year running and for a sixth time overall equalling Roger Federer’s record. Overall victory will see him claim back the World Number One title.

Four time finalists and third seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan beat sixth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6(3), 6-0 earlier today in the Group Edberg/Jarryd opening match. Also in the group are Murray’s brother Jamie and his doubles partner Bruno Soares from Brazil who are current Australian and US Open champions , they will play Treat Huey and Max Mirny in their first match. Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez are competing in the Fleming/McEnroe group along with Raven Klaassen/Rajeev Ram, Henri Kontinven/ John Peers and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

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Find out ticket information here – keep up-to-date with all the news and results from the O2 here.

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World Tennis News: Murray Wins Vienna Title

British number one Andy Murray has added yet another trophy to his burgeoning cabinet by winning the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, adding to his victories in Beijing and Shanghai over recent weeks.

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Murray was dominant in the first set but opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France fought back in the second pushing the set to a tie-break which Murray then won to clinch the match and the title 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). This latest victory is pushing Murray even further towards the coveted World Number One spot and replacing Novak Djokovic, if Murray wins next week’s Paris Masters and Djokovic doesn’t make it to the final the top spot will be his, no pressure there then. Murray has three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic golds to his name but he has never topped the world rankings, he has won 52 of his past 56 matches, collecting his seventh title of the year in Vienna.

Murray told the BBC , “I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” he added, “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”

The BNP Paribas Masters Paris starts today with top seed Djokovic and second seed Murray both afforded byes in the first round, the indoor tournament will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris until 6th November.

In other news there are only two spots remaining for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London, Rafeal Nadal and Dominic Thiem are currently in seventh and eighth place respectively but are being chased by a pack of players who are competing in the final race to London event, the Paris Masters. Djokovic, Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils have all qualified for the event that takes places from 13th – 20th November – click here for ticket information.

Information and photo sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

Wimbledon Ballot 2017

Do you want tickets to Wimbledon 2017? Here’s your chance to opt into the ballot for your chance to see your favourite tennis players compete on the famous grass courts at SW19 at next summer’s Championships from 3rd – 17th July.

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Opt-in using your British Tennis Membership at www.lta.org.uk. If you don’t already have British Tennis Membership you can sign up here . The Public Ballot, introduced in 1924, has always been substantially oversubscribed. Entry does not automatically entitle applicants to tickets for Wimbledon, but to a place in the draw for tickets. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by a computerised selection process.British Tennis Membership (BTM) gives you access to exclusive offers, discounts on tickets and clothing, access to the Wimbledon ballot, while also keeping up to date with the latest British tennis news in a monthly newsletter.

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World Tennis News: Road to London

British number one Andy Murray has qualified for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that will take place at The O2 in London from 13th – 20th November. Murray qualified in second place with 8,185 points behind World Number One Novak Djokovic who topped the leaderboard with 10,240. Newly crowned US Open champion, who beat Djokovic in the final, Stanislas Wawrinka is the third player to have his qualification confirmed with 4,820 points.

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The Race to London has it’s know is hotting up with only five spaces left for the season finale event which sees the world’s top eight singles and doubles players compete for the prestigious title. Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic are still in all the running for the remaining places.

In the doubles event, Australian and US Open doubles champions Jamie Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares also qualified in second place with 6,80 p0ints. French duo Pierre Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were top with 7,075 points, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike from American were third with 5,530 points and Spain’s Feliciano and Marc Lopez have also secured their places with 3,990 points.

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Players compete for Emirates ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted places and a chance to compete at the O2. The finals are played using a round-robin format with each participant playing in three matches as they compete for chance to play in the knockout semi-finals and ultimately the final.

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