Aegon Championships 2017
Monday 19th - Sunday 25th June
'Pumped' Kyrgios targets grass court glory after joining star-studded Queen’s line-up
Nick Kyrgios, ‘the most exciting young player in tennis’, has added his name to the Aegon Championships line-up, which takes place at The Queen’s Club, 19th-25th June.
Kyrgios joins World No.1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, last year’s Queen’s and Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic and the 2014 Aegon Championships winner, Grigor Dimitrov, in the singles field. Jamie Murray has already confirmed he will be part of the doubles draw.
“I’m real excited and pumped to be coming back to Queen’s,” said Kyrgios. “It’s a great tournament, with Wimbledon soon after, and I love playing on grass. It’s my favourite surface, it suits my game a lot and I’m expecting big things on grass this year.”
Kyrgios, 22, has twice beaten former World No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets over the past month, with illness forcing him out of the quarterfinals in Indian Wells last week. He beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 on his way to the quarterfinals in his debut year at the tournament, but he expects that to be just the beginning of his achievements on grass.
“I don’t think British people have seen the best of me yet. I was very young when I had that run at Wimbledon. Mentally I have improved a lot recently, I’m in a great place at the moment, I feel like I’ve matured and that’s helping me. I’m playing better tennis, I’m getting some better results.”
Raonic Joins Murray, Nadal, Wawrinka and Dimitrov in star-studded Queen’s line-up
Milos Raonic, the 2016 Aegon Championships and Wimbledon runner-up, has added his name to a star-studded line-up at The Queen’s Club, 19th-25th June.
Raonic joins World No.1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and 2014 Aegon Championships winner Grigor Dimitrov, in the singles field. Jamie Murray has already confirmed he will be part of the doubles draw.
“Having reached the final of the Aegon Championships last year I really want to go one better this time,” said Raonic, who led Murray by a set and a break in the final last year before doing down in three.
“It’s a great tournament with more than a century of history, so to be so close to victory last year was a really special experience. At the same time I feel like, as well as Andy played in the final, it’s one that got away from me and I want to try to put that right this year. It is also a great way to be in the best shape on grass as Andy and I showed last year by reaching the Wimbledon final three weeks after Queen’s last year."
Raonic, the World No.5, went on from the Aegon Championships to rip through the Wimbledon draw and meet Murray in the final last year. They also played a thrilling semifinal in the ATP World Tour finals at the 02 Arena in November, where Raonic stood a point from victory before Murray prevailed and won the tournament.
Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, said: “Milos won over everyone with his run to the Aegon Championships final last year and the grace with which he accepted defeat, and we are delighted that he is going to be back with us this year to try to go one better.”
Wawrinka, Dimitrov Join Murray, Nadal at Queen’s; Jamie Murray in doubles field
The reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and in-form Grigor Dimitrov have joined the World No.1 Andy Murray and the great Rafael Nadal in the Aegon Championships singles field.
"By adding the US Open champion Stan Wawrinka to Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, we now have 20 Grand Slam titles in our Aegon Championships singles field," said Tournament Director Stephen Farrow. “Stan is one of the most exciting, spectacular shot-makers in the sport, and we are also thrilled that Grigor Dimitrov and Jamie Murray are going to be with us. Grigor is one of our most popular champions, and British crowds love watching Jamie play.”
NADAL JOINS MURRAY IN AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS LINE-UP
Rafael Nadal will join Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, 19th-25th June.
Nadal, winner of two Wimbledon crowns, 14 Grand Slam singles titles overall, Olympic gold in Beijing, and runner-up in the Australian Open just over a week ago, can’t wait to return to the prestigious grass court tournament that he won in 2008.
'I am very happy to be coming back to Queen's in June,” said Nadal, who went on to win The Championships, Wimbledon for the first time nine years ago, just three weeks after his triumph at The Queen’s Club. “Winning the title in 2008 is a great memory for me, the people that organise the event at Queen’s and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon.'
Nadal’s two Wimbledon titles (’08, ’10) both followed good runs at the Aegon Championships. He reached the Wimbledon final five times between 2006 and 2011, making the quarterfinals or better at The Queen’s Club prior to each one.
Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, was delighted to confirm Nadal. “Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all-time and one of the most popular ever to play at The Queen’s Club. To be able to add his name to that of the World No.1 Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships line-up in a year when we are expanding our Centre Court capacity by 30%, and just a week after reaching the final in Australia, is wonderful news for the tournament, our spectators and our sponsors.”
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand & Sponsorship, Aegon UK said: “We are thrilled that Rafael Nadal has committed to playing the Aegon championships this summer. Everyone loves watching him play, and we look forward to seeing him in June.”
MURRAY MAKES CAREER COMMITMENT TO QUEEN’S; BBC TO BROADCAST AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS UNTIL AT LEAST 2024
Murray won a record fifth title in 2016 and then The Championships, Wimbledon for a second time three weeks later, before finishing the year as World No.1. He was voted BBC Sports Personality Of The Year for a third time in December, and received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.
“I’ve always loved playing the event and I’m really happy to know that I will play at Queen’s for the rest of my career ” said Murray. “My first ATP World Tour match-win came at Queen’s in 2005, so for it to become by far the most successful tournament of my career is a great feeling. Looking at the names that have won the tournament four times - some of the best players ever - winning it five times means a lot to me.”
The BBC began broadcasting the tournament in 1979. Last year, 3.7 million people tuned in to BBC television to watch Murray defeat Milos Raonic in the final, with many more listening on BBC Radio 5 Live and following online on the BBC Sport website.
Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, said: “To know that Andy will play at The Queen’s Club for the rest of his career and that the BBC will cover it every step of the way is a huge boost in what is an exciting and important year for the Aegon Championships with our stadium capacity increasing by 30%. Last year, we celebrated our four-time winners Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt. This year, and for many years to come, Andy Murray will return as our greatest champion in front of more people than ever before, and covered live on television, radio and online by the BBC. We couldn’t be happier.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “The Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club is one of the most cherished events in the tennis calendar and it’s great that the BBC will continue to bring it to audiences across all platforms until 2024. With a British tennis player as the current World No. 1 there’s no better time for us to reinforce our commitment to the sport.”