Britain’s Andy Murray will try to defend his AEGON Championships title at The Queen’s Club, 11th-17th June before targeting a unique grass court treble at The Championships, Wimbledon and the London Olympics.
After lifting the AEGON Championships trophy without dropping a set three years ago, Murray triumphed again in spectacular fashion last year, winning a thrilling, rain-delayed Monday final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The last British player to win three titles at The Queen’s Club was FG Lowe, who lifted the trophy for a third and final time in 1925.
“I’m excited to be going back to The Queen’s Club,” said Murray. “It’s a great tournament and the grass courts are as good as anywhere in the world, so it’s the perfect preparation for Wimbledon. There’s always a great atmosphere and having won the trophy twice previously, I have nothing but good memories. They also have one of the biggest trophies on the tennis circuit, and most of the Wimbledon champions are on it, so you know it’s a big deal. I’d love to win it again this year.”
Murray, guided by recently appointed coach Ivan Lendl – himself a two-time champion at The Queen’s Club (1989 and 1990) – began the year impressively. He won the title at the Brisbane International in the opening week of the year, and then reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing a classic five-set encounter against eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He has now reached the semi-finals of the five most recent Grand Slam tournaments.
The AEGON Championships will be broadcast live, every day from 11th-17th June, on BBC Television and Eurosport.