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Queen's Club Championships

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Location  London United Kingdom
Draw  32S / 32Q / 24D
Venue  Queen's Club
Surface  Grass / Outdoors
Prize money  711,010 EUR

Founded  1890; 127 years ago (1890)
Category  ATP World Series (1990–1997) ATP International Series (1998–2008) ATP World Tour 250 series (2009–2014) ATP World Tour 500 series (2015 Onwards)
Website  www.aegonchampionships.com
Instances  2016 Aegon Championships, 2015 Aegon Championships, 2014 Aegon Championships, 2017 Aegon Championships, 2015 Aegon Champio
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The Queen's Club Championships is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queen's Club in West Kensington, London. The event is part of the ATP World Tour 500 series on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour. It is currently promoted as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons. For many years previously it was known as the Stella Artois Championships.

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Queen's is one of the most prestigious grass court tournaments, as well as one of the oldest Tennis tournaments in the world, and serves as a warm-up for Wimbledon. Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt dominated the tournament in the early 21st century, each winning four titles. Andy Murray won a record five titles between 2009 and 2016. Andy Roddick has called the courts at the Queen's Club "arguably the best in the world".

History

Originally known as the London Grass Court Championships, the tournament traces back to 1884 when a tennis tournament was held at the London Athletic Club at Stamford Bridge, Fulham. One year later the tournament was given the title of the London Championships, and it was on held outdoor grass courts. In 1890, the tournament moved to its current location, the Queen's Club and consisted of a men's and women's singles event. In 1903 a men's doubles event was added followed in 1905 by the mixed doubles competition. In 1915 the addition of a women's doubles event completed the programme. The two World Wars interrupted the tournament from 1915–1918 and 1940–1946. Between 1970 and 1989 the Championships were part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. The women's tournament was discontinued after the 1973 edition and from 1974 until 1976 no men's tournament was held. The event is currently an ATP World Tour 500 series tournament on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and was upgraded from a ATP World Tour 250 series in 2015.

During the 2004 singles tournament, Andy Roddick set the then world record for the fastest serve, recorded at 153 mph (246.2 km/h) during a straight-set victory over Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarter-finals.

In 2016. Andy Murray won the singles title for a record fifth time. Seven men have won four singles titles; Major Ritchie, Anthony Wilding, Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick.

Schedule

The Queen's Club Championships are held every year in June. They start one week after the clay-court French Open and conclude one week before the start of the grass court Wimbledon Championships, which are held just 4 miles (6 km) away. The equivalent warm-up event for women is the Eastbourne International, although this is held one week later.

Up to 2014, the break between the French Open and Wimbledon was just two weeks, and the Queen's Club Championships started the day after the French Open's men's final. This changed when Wimbledon moved back a week to expand the length of the grass court season.

Grass courts are the least common playing surface for top-level events on the ATP World Tour. The 2009 schedule included only four grass court tournaments in the run-up to Wimbledon. They were the Queen's Club Championships, Gerry Weber Open, Eastbourne International, and the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. An additional tournament is played on grass in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, in the week immediately after Wimbledon.

Coverage

Queen's enjoys full coverage on the BBC in the UK, via BBC television, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport online. It was shown in High Definition for the first time in 2009. Eurosport also broadcasts throughout each tournament.

The ball girls for the Aegon Championships are provided by Nonsuch High School and St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls, two schools in the London Borough of Sutton.

Sponsorship

From 1979 until 2008, the tournament was sponsored by Stella Artois, and thus called the Stella Artois Championships. In 2009 the tournament was renamed the Aegon Championships following a comprehensive sponsorship deal between Lawn Tennis Association and Aegon, which also led to renaming of Birmingham and Eastbourne grass court events. In 2014, Hackett London became the official clothing sponsors of the tournament.

Men

Since 1890:

Men

Since 1969:

(Note: Tournament dates back to 1890)

Players and winners

  • Most titles – Andy Murray (5 singles), John McEnroe (4 singles and 1 doubles)
  • Most Singles titles 5 – Andy Murray.
  • Most Singles finals – Major Ritchie (8).
  • Youngest winner – Boris Becker, 17 years 207 days in 1985.
  • Oldest winner – Major Ritchie, 38 years old in 1909 (Open era oldest winner was Jimmy Connors at 30 years old in 1983)
  • Lowest-ranked champion – Scott Draper, ranked 108 in the world in 1998.
  • Lowest-ranked finalist – Laurence Tieleman, ranked 253 in the world in 1998.
  • Winners of both events – Pete Sampras in 1995 (doubles with Todd Martin), and Mark Philippoussis in 1997 (doubles with Patrick Rafter).
  • Most prize money received – Andy Murray €1,064,565 + $15,275 (£850,007 at 19/06/16 exchange rates)
  • 22 of the last 25 Wimbledon champions have played at the Queen's Club Championships.
  • Several players have completed the Queen's/Wimbledon double, winning both events back to back, including Don Budge, Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
  • Matches

  • Longest final – Sampras beat Henman in 151 minutes in 1999.
  • Shortest final – Stich beat Ferreira in 57 minutes in 1993.
  • Longest match (time) – Ashe beat Mitten in 6 hours and 16 minutes in 1979.
  • Longest match (games) – Odizor beat Forget in a match containing 65 games in 1987.
  • Attendance

    Centre Court holds 6,479 spectators. The highest total attendance for the week was in 2003, when 52,553 people attended the event; The highest attendance for one day was 8,362 on 11 June 2003.

    References

    Queen's Club Championships Wikipedia


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