Aegon Championships 2016
Historic 5th Title for Andy Murray
We had an historic week hosting this year’s Aegon Championships. Andy Murray played his first match against another Brit since meeting Tim Henman in Bangkok 10 years ago. There was an all-British Quarter-Final for the first time in 14 years. To top it all off Andy Murray has become the first man to win this historic title 5 times! Leaving behind the seven other greats to have won the title four times; Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Roy Emerson, Anthony Wilding, Major J.G. Ritchie.
Wrist injury forces Nadal to withdraw from Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club
1st June, 2016
Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Aegon Championships, which takes place 13th-19th June at The Queen’s Club, because of the wrist injury that curtailed his pursuit of a 10th Roland Garros title.
Nadal announced in a press conference on Friday that the injury, which began to cause him problems in Madrid earlier this month, could worsen significantly if he continued to play. He has been advised to rest his wrist in the short-term, and has today taken his name off the strongest entry list in the history of the Aegon Championships.
“I am very sad that my wrist injury means that I cannot play at The Queen’s Club this year,” said Nadal, who won the title as part of an historic Roland Garros, Queen’s, Wimbledon treble in 2008. “It is a tournament and a club that I love, I enjoy playing in front of the British people, and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time. I wish everyone at the tournament a great week, and I look forward to returning in future years.”
Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, said: “It is a great shame for Rafa and everyone that loves watching him play that he has sustained this injury, and we wish him a speedy recovery. He was in great form, and we know how much he was looking forward to playing on grass at the Aegon Championships, but his health must come first. We look forward to welcoming him back in the years to come.”
Player Line Up
The Aegon Championships this year has attracted it’s strongest ever field. Six of the world’s Top Ten have entered and 16 of the world’s Top 30. Andy Murray will be fighting to be the first player to win the trophy five times. His will be up against Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrigos and Richard Gasquet.
The British field this year is also very well represented. Three members of the team that won the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for Great Britain in 2015 have been awarded the three singles wild cards. Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans, who have both reached career-high rankings inside the Top 100 this year, and 2011 Aegon Championships semifinalist James Ward, have all been given an opportunity to be part of the strongest line-up in the event’s history.
The draw will be drawn on Sunday 12th June, so check back here Sunday evening to see who will be playing on Monday.
Davis Cup Winners Edmund, Evans and Ward Given Aegon Championships Wild Cards
Three members of the team that won the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for Great Britain in 2015 have been awarded the three singles wild cards into the Aegon Championships, which takes place 13th-19th June at The Queen’s Club.
Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans, who have both reached career-high rankings inside the Top 100 this year, and 2011 Aegon Championships semifinalist James Ward, have all been given an opportunity to be part of the strongest line-up in the event’s history.
Six of the world’s Top Ten have entered, with Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka headlining a field that features 16 of the world’s Top 30. Novak Djokovic has not entered a tournament between the French Open and Wimbledon, but would qualify for an additional wild card into an ATP-500 event such as the Aegon Championships if he wanted one, as a result of being on the ATP's A+ list of players.
“The performances and progress of Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans this year have been significant, and James Ward is a crowd-favourite at the Aegon Championships after his run five years ago,” said Tournament Director, Stephen Farrow. “As well as that, they were all part of a British team that created history last year, and they deserve their chance to take on the best players in the world at The Queen’s Club.”
Leon Smith, Aegon GB Davis Cup captain and Head of Men’s Tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, said: “This is a great opportunity for Kyle and Dan to continue their excellent form in 2016, to move further up the rankings, and to test themselves against players at the highest level. James has had a difficult few months both on and off the court, but we know what he is capable of on grass, he played a massive role in Britain winning the Davis Cup last year, and we hope he can use the Aegon Championships to kick-start his year.”
Edmund, who led David Goffin by two sets to love before finally succumbing in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup final, has steadily climbed the rankings this year. He qualified and reached the quarterfinals in the ATP World Tour stop in Doha in the first week of the year on hard courts, and has reached three Challenger finals, winning two.
Evans reached No.86 in the world a week ago after back-to-back challenger finals in Taipei and Busan. It marked a rise of nearly 700 ranking places in a year, including a place in the main draw of the Australian Open after he fought through the qualifying rounds. Both Evans and Edmund will be direct entrants into Wimbledon this year for the first time.
Ward scored a huge win for Great Britain in the Davis Cup last year when he recovered from two sets down to defeat John Isner of the United States in five sets. Back in 2011, when he advanced to the final four of the Aegon Championships, Ward defeated Wawrinka along the way.
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK at Aegon, said: “Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and James Ward will all be crowd favourites at the Aegon Championships, and we are thrilled that they will join the strongest field of players in the event’s history in June.”
The Aegon Championships was voted Tournament of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year by the players in January, winning the award in its debut year as an ATP-500 event.
Six of the World’s Top 10
1. Andy Murray (2)
2. Stan Wawrinka (4)
3. Rafael Nadal (5)
4. Jo Wilfried Tsonga (7)
5. Milos Raonic (9)
6. Richard Gasquet (10)
For the full entry list - www.aegonchampionships.com
Aegon Championships - Tsonga Returns to Join Murray, Nadal, Wawrinka, Raonic, Kyrgios at the Queen's Club
21st April, 2016
The World No.7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will return to the Aegon Championships for the first time in two years after confirming he will join defending champion Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka at The Queen’s Club, 13th-19th June.
Tsonga, who reached the final in 2011, will also face stiff competition from the second best player in the world this year, Milos Raonic, and the spectacular talent of 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios. He can’t wait to return.
“I’m really happy to be back,” said Tsonga. “It’s a special place for me because I entered the Top 100 for the first time at The Queen’s Club and reached the final of the Aegon Championships in 2011. The grass courts are perfect, we get to play in London in front of all these nice people, and I want to play good tennis there again.”
The Frenchman is the fourth Top 10 player to confirm his participation in the tournament.
In 2011, he played in one of the tournament’s great finals, narrowly missing out 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 to Murray. Afterwards, Murray said: "Jo was playing a different sport to me in the first two sets. He is so much fun to watch, but not much fun to play against!”
Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, said:
“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a fantastic addition to what is becoming one of the strongest player-fields in the history of the Aegon Championships. Over the years, when we have asked our ticket-holders who they have most enjoyed watching, Jo has been one of the players at the top of the list. We are delighted that he will return to The Queen’s Club in 2016.”
Raonic, Kyrgios to Join Murray, Nadal, Wawrinka at The Queen's Club
Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios will join Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka at The Queen’s Club after committing to compete for the Aegon Championships title, 13th-19th June.
Raonic is currently second in the Emirates ATP Race to London standings for 2016, making him the second best player in the world so far this year. He underlined his form by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open (leading Murray by two sets to one) and the final in Indian Wells two weeks ago. He believes his best is yet to come.
“I believe I can do better than I’ve ever done before on grass,” said the 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist. “I’m really looking forward to coming back to The Queen's Club for the Aegon Championships. The atmosphere and organisation of the tournament is impressive and the courts are perfect. Grass is a surface where I have had some of my best results and I believe I can make an impact at Queen's and Wimbledon this year.”
Kyrgios, 20 years old from Canberra, entered the Top 20 in the rankings for the first time in his career today. He won his first title in Marseille recently and overcame Raonic to make his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Miami. His big breakthrough came on grass when he beat Nadal at Wimbledon two years ago.
“Grass is my favourite surface,” said Kyrgios. “I’ve had my best results on it, my expectations are high and I’m expecting some good results from myself at Queen’s this year. The conditions are perfect, great preparation for Wimbledon, and all the Australians have played well there over the years. I’m pumped to be coming back.”
Wawrinka to join Murray and Nadal at The Queen's Club
24th February, 2016
The French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has joined fellow Grand Slam singles champions Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in the Aegon Championships line-up at The Queen’s Club, 13-19 June.
Wawrinka, who won the 2014 Australian Open crown as well as last year’s Roland Garros title, will be playing the Aegon Championships for a third successive year. He was a semifinalist in 2014 and went on to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals in both of the last two years.
“I am very happy to be playing the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club in June,” said Wawrinka. “It is one of the longest-running and most respected tournaments on the ATP World Tour, with amazing grass courts and a great atmosphere. Also, many players have gone on to do well at Wimbledon after playing Queen's, and this happened to me the last two years. I reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals both times - my best results at Wimbledon so far.” Last year at Wimbledon, Wawrinka was edged out 11-9 in the fifth set against Richard Gasquet, just a few weeks after his stunning victory in Paris.
The players he joins in the field, Nadal and Murray, both completed the Queen’s-Wimbledon double, in 2008 and 2013 respectively.
Tournament Director Stephen Farrow was delighted to add Wawrinka to the player-field at The Queen’s Club, with tickets now on general sale. “Stan Wawrinka is one of the most spectacular shot-makers in tennis, and the third Grand Slam singles champion to commit to playing at this year’s Aegon Championships.,” said Farrow. “We know that our spectators will be excited at the prospect of seeing Stan, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in action.”