Aegon Championships 2015
Please note that the 2015 Aegon Championships will take place from 15 - 21 June 2015.
Public Tickets Sales Commenced at 10am on Tuesday 3rd March.
Public ticket sales have commenced. All ticketing is handled via the official Aegon Championship website and ticketing agent. Please find details below:
• Direct Link: http://aegon.seetickets.com
• Telephone number: 0844 209 7356* (*Calls cost 6p per minute from a BT Landline, for all other landline and mobile charges please check with your service provider.)
Please note that customers are entitled to purchase a maximum of four tickets per person to the Aegon Championships. If they are a Priority Ticket Member then they are eligible to purchase a maximum of six tickets per person to the Aegon Championships.
t: +44 (0)20 8487 7000 calls are directed to the LTA British Tennis service team
RAONIC AND KYRGIOS TO MAKE AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS DEBUTS
15 April 2015
Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic and 19-year-old Australian star Nick Kyrgios have signed up to make their debuts at The Queen’s Club, 15th-21st June.
Raonic, the current World No. 6, is excited to sample the grass at The Queen’s Club for the first time, and convinced it is a surface on which he can continue to thrive.
“It’s a great opportunity to experience an event I have watched so many times, an event which is played on beautiful courts at an iconic club, and it feels like the best way to adjust to the surface heading into Wimbledon. Grass is a surface on which I think I can have some of my best results. I already played well at Wimbledon last year, and I think coming in playing at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club could make a big difference for me.”
Kyrgios, who burst on the scene by defeating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, is equally excited at the prospect of sampling The Queen’s Club grass for the first time.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” said Kyrgios. “I love playing on grass, it suits my game a lot and I’m excited. Wimbledon last year was my best experience so far, and every time I go to Britain I feel comfortable. I love it when the crowd gets up there, and if I can get involved with the crowd that’s when I play my best tennis. Hopefully they will see a guy who wants to entertain and go for shots no-one else goes for. I’m hoping for some big things on grass in the future. When I play on grass I seem to serve really well, I feel really comfortable and I’m expecting big things on it.”
Kyrgios, currently the World No. 34, has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals. At Wimbledon last year he eventually fell to Raonic in the last eight, and at the Australian Open this year he ran into eventual runner-up Andy Murray.
The addition of 24-year-old Canadian Raonic to the field means that five of the world’s top ten players have now committed to play the Aegon Championships - No.3 Murray, No.5 Nadal, No.6 Raonic, No. 9 Stan Wawrinka and No.10 Marin Cilic. They are joined by Kyrgios, World No.11 and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov, and four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt.
“We are thrilled to welcome Milos and Nick to the Aegon Championships for the first time,” said Tournament Director Stephen Farrow. “Both have made significant waves over the last 12 months and they further strengthen an already exciting player line-up. We now have six of the world’s top 11 players confirmed, as well as an exciting young player in Kyrgios, and one of our greatest champions in Lleyton Hewitt. We look forward to seeing them all in June.”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon, said: “We are delighted that Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios have joined the player field for the Aegon Championships. With so many of the best players in the world already confirmed to compete for the title, we know that it is going to be a spectacular event.”
CILIC AND WAWRINKA JOIN MURRAY, DIMITROV, HEWITT FOR THE AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE QUEEN’S CLUB
3rd March 2015
Cilic and Wawrinka have joined defending champion Grigor Dimitrov, three-time winner Andy Murray, and four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt in the field.
Cilic lifted the prestigious trophy at The Queen’s Club in 2012 and is coached by 1997 runner-up Goran Ivanisevic. The 26-year-old reached the final again in 2013, losing to Murray, and made his first notable breakthrough in tennis in 2007 when he received a wild card, beat Tim Henman in the first round and went on to reach the quarterfinals. The tournament holds a special place in his heart.
'I am excited to return to the Aegon Championships where I won the title three years ago and have some very happy memories,” said Cilic. “They have great grass courts at The Queen's Club and the atmosphere is always something special with full crowds who really understand and enjoy tennis.”
Wawrinka said: 'I had a great experience last year at the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, reaching the semifinals and playing some good tennis. It was the furthest I had gone on grass and after that I went on to have my best result at Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals, so it was obvious to me that this was the right way to prepare. The grass courts at Queen's Club are perfect and now with the extra week after the French Open we have more time to prepare for what is a bigger and stronger event as an ATP-500 for the first time. It means the tennis will be better and the competition even tougher this year, so I will need to be at my best to do well. I am looking forward to it.'
Tournament Director Stephen Farrow, said: “We are delighted to add Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka to an Aegon Championships line-up of players that already includes three of our champions in Grigor Dimitrov, Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt. Marin was unplayable in winning the US Open in September and Stan beat the best players in the world at the Australian Open last year. We know that demand for tickets to watch them play will be high and we can’t wait to welcome our players, spectators and media to The Queen’s Club in June.”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon said: “The player-field at the Aegon Championships is incredibly strong and we are delighted to hear that two more Grand Slam champions have been added to the line-up. We very much look forward to watching Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka in action in June.”
AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS VOTED ATP 250 TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
24th February 2015
Aegon Championships has been voted ATP 250 Tournament of the Year by the players of the ATP World Tour for a second year in a row.
Twelve months ago, the annual tournament at The Queen’s Club won the award for the first time, succeeding the Swedish Open in Bastad, which had received the trophy for the previous eleven years. The Aegon Championships has also received the award for Best Player Services for the European Group for a second consecutive time, as voted by ATP staff.
Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, said: ‘It's a thrill to receive these awards for a second successive year as they recognise the wonderful work our tournament team, The Queen's Club, our sponsors - particularly Aegon - and our broadcast partners do to make the event the best it can be. This is an exciting year for the Aegon Championships as we are now an ATP-500 event for the first time. We will be doing everything within our power to create an even better experience for the players, sponsors, media and spectators.'
Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “On behalf of the ATP, my congratulations go to the Aegon Championships for winning this award for a second consecutive year. It's a fitting recognition to the team that has done a fantastic job in ensuring the event sets the highest of standards in its category on the Tour. We wish the tournament continued success as it becomes an ATP World Tour 500 event for the first time in 2015."
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer, Aegon UK, added: “For the Aegon Championships to be voted the ATP 250 tournament of the year by the players for a second year in a row is the best possible accolade for what is the flagship event of our partnership with British Tennis. Great credit should be given to the LTA’s tournament team that work so hard in partnership with The Queen’s Club, who allow their club to be transformed every year to be ready to host this world class tennis event.”
The Tournament Awards recognise leading standards set within the ATP World Tour. The other tournament category awards went to Indian Wells (Masters 1000) and Dubai (ATP 500).
The event has been staged at The Queen’s Club for more than a century, with Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray just some of the names on the Roll of Honour.
Murray, who completed the Aegon Championships-Wimbledon double in 2013, has already confirmed that he will return in 2015, alongside 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov and four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt.
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HEWITT GUARANTEED WILD CARD FOR FINAL BOW AT AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS
10th February 2015
Four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt has been guaranteed a wild card into the Aegon Championships after confirming that he would like to play the tournament at The Queen’s Club one more time before retiring.
Hewitt, who memorably beat Pete Sampras in the 2000 final aged just 19, will make his 16th and last competitive playing appearance alongside defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and British No.1 Andy Murray at the Aegon Championships, 15th-21st June. He plans to bring the curtain down on his glorious playing career in his 20th appearance at the Australian Open, next January.
"It took us roughly two seconds to decide to guarantee Lleyton a wild card!” said Aegon Championships Tournament Director, Stephen Farrow. “It is a little unconventional to award wild cards before the entry list has been finalised, but Lleyton is one of our greatest champions and we were delighted to hear that he wanted to return one more time. He stands alongside only John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Andy Roddick in winning the tournament on four occasions in the Open era, and our spectators love watching him play every year. We very much look forward to seeing him again in June."
Hewitt is first targeting Australia’s Davis Cup clash with Czech Republic next month, and will then turn his attentions to preparing for the Aegon Championships.
"I can’t wait to get back there one more time,” said Hewitt. “I’ll enjoy the grass one more time, and then finish off where it all started for me, at the Australian Open. As soon as you walk in to The Queen’s Club, you feel the tradition and the history of the place. And obviously the grass courts are prepared so well - you don’t get a bad bounce out there. One of the proudest memories for me is to have won the event four times when it always has such a great player list. It’s had so many World No.1’s and Grand Slam champions over the years. Guys that hold up the Wimbledon trophy a couple of weeks later often do their preparation at The Queen’s Club.”
It is something he did himself in 2002, winning his third title at The Queen’s Club before beating David Nalbandian in the final of The Championships, Wimbledon, a few weeks later. Does he stand a chance of a record fifth title at the Aegon Championships?
"I still give myself a good shot,” said Hewitt. "Obviously with a bit of good luck in the draw. But the grass court tournaments do throw up a few surprises, and it’s where I have my best opportunity because not that many players are contenders for the big tournaments on that particular surface. If the draw opens up, you never know what might happen. I’ll be going in to do some damage.”
To watch an interview with Lleyton Hewitt, click here: http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/LTA-summer-grass-court-events/Aegon-Championships/News/2015/Four-time-champion-Lleyton-Hewitt-back-for-final-bow-at-the-Aegon-Championships/
Hewitt beat Sampras 6-4, 6-4 in the final in 2000 and then Tim Henman in the 2001 and 2002 finals. He won his fourth title in 2006, overcoming James Blake in the final. He has won two Grand Slam titles in his career, the 2001 US Open, and Wimbledon in 2002. He topped the world rankings for 80 weeks in 2001 and 2002.
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon said: “To have three of the tournament’s champions committed to be part of the playing field so early is very exciting. The Aegon Championships is one of the season’s leading grass court events, and Lleyton Hewitt is one of the sport’s great players. We look forward to seeing him one more time.”
Tickets to the Aegon Championships go on general sale on March 3rd at 10am. The tournament has been upgraded to ATP-500 in 2015, with $1 million of additional prize money and an extra week between the French Open and the start of the tournament. The event singles draw has been reduced from 56 to 32 to ensure that the top seeds will all play on either Monday or Tuesday.
AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS - CHAMPION DIMITROV TO RETURN; MURRAY TARGETS FOURTH TITLE
12th January 2015
British No.1 Andy Murray and the tournament’s defending champion Grigor Dimitrov have both committed to return to The Queen’s Club in London, 15-21 June.
World No.6 Murray will target a record-equalling fourth title, while Dimitrov, who beat Murray in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year, will try to lift the famous trophy again after winning the Aegon Championships for the first time in 2014.
“I’d love to win the tournament again,” said Murray, who would join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as four-time champions in the Open era if he were to triumph. “I’ve had some great moments on those grass courts. It's where I won my first professional match and my first title in Britain. When you see the names on the trophy, it shows how difficult it is to win. The year I won Wimbledon, it came a few weeks after winning at Queen’s, and it’s perfect preparation.”
Dimitrov, who defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in a classic final last year, said: “I have always had a special relationship with everyone at the Aegon Championships, right from when I was given two wild cards early on in my career, to last year when I lifted the trophy for the first time. It is one of my favourite tournaments and winning the title last year was one of the best moments of my career so far. I am really happy that I will be coming back to defend my title and I look forward to playing in front of the great British crowds again.”
Aegon Championships Tournament Director, Stephen Farrow, said: “We are absolutely delighted to start the new year with such fantastic news. Andy and Grigor are two of the best players in the world, our two most recent champions and they are hugely popular with our spectators. Both have a long association with the event and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them back to the Aegon Championships in June.”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon said: “The Aegon Championships is one of the season’s leading grass court events and it’s great that two of the sport’s biggest names have already confirmed they’ll play at this year’s tournament. Grigor Dimitrov proved himself to be an exciting player and worthy champion last year and fans will no doubt look forward to seeing him and former champion Andy Murray in action again this summer.”