Tennis Talk: Jamie Murray Scoops Doubles Title at Queen’s

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.

2017-aegon-championships-murray-soares-final-800x300-gettyMurray 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.

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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.

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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

 

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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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.

 

 

Tennis Talk: Surprises at Queens

After a great first match working under new coach Amelie Mauresmo beating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, British number one and defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the Aegon Championships at The Queens Club in London in the first major shock of the tournament, earlier this week in round three. It was Murray’s first defeat on grass since his Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in 2012 and his nineteen-match winning streak on grass was brought to an abrupt end by Czech player Radek Stepanek who defeated him 7-6 (12-10), 6-2.

_75486986_stapanekmatchpointpicv3Stepanek defeats defending champion Murray at the Aegon Championships (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

With Murray’s hopes of winning a fourth Aegon Championship title dashed he will return to the grass when he opens play as defending champion at Wimbledon on Monday 23rd June. On the plus side he has extra time to work with Mauresmo ahead of the Wimbledon challenge. Murray was not without chances and broke Stepanek’s serve in the first game but then lost his own, not taking advantage of a strong 6-2 lead in the tie-break.

_75498548_mauresmoandmurray_gettyMurray now has time to prepare for his Wimbledon defence with new coach Mauresmo (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

Speaking to BBC sport Murray said, “I have only got myself to blame that I lost the first set. I don’t know how many set points I had, but quite a lot of them were on my serve.” he continued “On this surface especially, you shouldn’t really be losing sets like that. For me, that’s what’s disappointing about the match. Then unfortunately I got broken in the first game of the second set. I couldn’t quite get it back. The tie-break was tough.”

Jamie Murray, brother of Andy is keeping the British dream alive with partner John Peers after winning their doubles semi-match against seventh seed Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6. They face second seeds Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares in tomorrows final.

_75527980_dimitrov450598426Dimitrov knocks out top seed Wawrinka in the semis (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In other shock news, top seed and World Number three Stanislas Wawrinka was knocked out of the tournament in today’s semi-final by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour. Tenth seed Feliciano Lopez beat Stepanek in the second semi-final 7-6, 6-4. Tomorrow will also see the ‘Rally For Bally’ Doubles Exhibition matches at the three Aegon events at The Queen’s Club in West London, Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham and Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. All funds raised will go to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (read more here). To donate please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally.

_75513192_feliciano_lopez_apLopez will feature in tomorrow’s final against Dimitrov (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

French Open champion and top seed Rafael Nadal suffered a shocking straight-sets defeat in his first match on grass this season when Dustin Brown won their match 6-4, 6-1 at the ATP Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. In the semi-finals today Colombian Alejandro Falla defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 to book his place in tomorrows final against Roger Federer who beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6.

_75492149_75492148Nadal made a very early exit in Germany (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

Over at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, tomorrow’s final will see top seed Ana Ivanovic take on Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova. Ivanovic defeated Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2 in their semi-final and Zahlavova-Strycova beat Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-6, 6-1.

2014-ana-ivanovic-forehand-classic-sf-barbora-zahlavova-strycova-620x300-gettyZahlavova Strycova will face top seed Ivanovic in tomorrow’s Aegon Classic final in Edgbaston, Birmingham (source: www.lta.org.uk)

Tennis Talk: Grass Court Season Starts

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.

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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.

ImageJames Ward won his first round match (source:www1.skysports.com)

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.

article-2650607-1CF0802000000578-253_634x458Last years champion Andy Murray with tournament director and friend Ross Hutchins (source:www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/)

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.

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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.

2014-aegon-classic-outside-courts-GV-620x300-gettyThe Aegon Classic started today in Edgbston, Birmingam (source:www.lta.org.uk)