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.

Aegon Championships - Day Four

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

 

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.

Aegon Championships Off Court

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: British Ladies In Action

British number one Johanna Konta, who was voted Glamour Magazine UK Sportswomen of The Year this week, beat American Victoria Duval 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the AEGON Nottingham Open. Second seed Konta will now face Zheng Saisai from China in round two today alongside teammate British number four Tara Moore who defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-2 7-5 in round one and will now play eighth seed Christina McHale from America.

WTA Aegon Open Nottingham - Day 1

It wasn’t all good news for the British ladies however as their grass court preparations ahead of Wimbledon were halted pretty quickly. British number two Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady were all knocked out in the first round, Watson lost against Magdalena Rybarikova after winning the first set 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, Robson lost 6-3 7-5 Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal and Brady was beaten by Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-1.

WTA Aegon Open Nottingham - Day 2

It’s a big achievement for unseeded Moore (currently world number 280), who plays her second round match after Konta this afternoon, as its only her first round win is only her second victory in the main draw of a WTA event. Last week she won an ITF event in Eastbourne but she may still need a Wimbledon wildcard to play at SW19 this year.

For more information about the Nottingham Open visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-open-nottingham/

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