The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 starts tomorrow (2nd July), the most anticipated two weeks in the tennis calender will culminate on Sunday 15th July with the Men’s finals.
The famous grass courts located in SW19, home of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will see hundreds of people come through the turnstiles to be part of the action. However, British tennis fans received disappointedly news today as former number one and two-time champion Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from this year’s event due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery.
Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for his ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when he opens play tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court. Last year’s women’s singles champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain is third seed in this year’s tournament and opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against Brit Naomi Broady.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams will back in action at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to her daughter and also plays her first match tomorrow. British hopes lie with current number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta who kick start their Wimbledon journey on Tuesday will both be looking for their first Grand Slam title. Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are fifth seeds and ones to watch in the Men’s Doubles.
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When Andy, his younger brother and defending champion, got knocked out in a shock first round defeat it was left to Jamie Murray to win a trophy at this year’s Aegon Championships held at The Queen’s Club in London.
Murray and partner Bruno Soares lift the doubles trophy on Sunday after beating French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Not only was it a great victory but one for the history books too as Murray the first British man to win the Aegon Championships doubles title since Jeremy Bates back in 1990.
The final was the pair’s second match on Sunday after they first won an unfinished semi final clash that was previously interrupted due to rain against Marin Cilic and his partner Marcin Matkowski 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Singles champion was Feliciano Lopez, 35 who became the tournament’s oldest winner in the Open Era beating fourth seed Cilic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8) with a crowd thrilling final set on Centre Court. Top seed Andy Murray, second seed Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic ranked third all made unpredicted early exits from the tournament.
The Aegon GB Team were defeated in their latest Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fixture playing on the indoor clay courts at Le Kindarena in Rouen last weekend. The team, who were without World Number one Andy Murray who is out due to injury, were beaten in the quarter-finals convincingly by France 4-1 .
The team of Jamie Murray, Dom Ingot, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were once again captained by Leon Smith. On the opening day the team did not win a single set (for the first time since they were defeated by Argentina in 2008), Edmund lost against World Number seventeen Lucas Rouille 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 and Evans was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
On the second day Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Murray and Ingot in the doubles 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two dead rubbers were played on the final day, Edmund lost against Chardy 6-4, 6-4 but Evans beat Benneteau 6-1, 6-2. This final victory give Team GB one point but it wasn’t enough to make any difference, it is the first time the team have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.
France will now face Serbia in the semi-finals, Team GB are however assured of a place in the 2018 World Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
British number one Andy Murray will be playing in his first French Open final at Roland Garros in Paris tomorrow after defeating defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in their four set semi- final encounter 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Second seed and world number two Murray, 29 becomes the first British man to reach a French Open final since 1937. Second seed Murray will now face world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final whom he beat in the Rome Masters final last month.
Along with matching the achievements of the last Brit finalist Bunny Austin, Murray also becomes one of only ten male players since 1968 (when the open era began) to have reached the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments. Tennis fans all over the world will be watching to see if Murray can add another Grand Slam victory to his Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Murray told the BBC, “I’m extremely proud” said Murray. “I never expected to reach the final here, I always struggled on the clay. I hope I can put on a good match on Sunday.”
The Men’s final will take place tomorrow afternoon on the Philippe-Chatrier Court at 3pm GST. In other news top seed Serena Williams will play fourth seed Muguruza Blanco from Spain in the Women’s final today.