June 28, 2017

Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d F. Mayer (GER) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 67(6) 76(1) 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 46 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) 61 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(2) 76(6) 10-3
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

STADION start 1:05 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 4:00pm
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

 

Aegon Championships

London, England

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Young (USA) 64 75
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 63 36 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(5) 67(1) 75 – saved 1 M.P.
G. Muller (LUX) d S. Querrey (USA) 64 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) 64 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 1:15pm
G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] M. Cilic (CRO)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d [7] A. Konjuh (CRO) 75 16 76(5)
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [6] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 76(8)
J. Goerges (GER) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 62 64
C. Bellis (USA) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
Second Round
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 67(5) 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
After Suitable Rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [2] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 46 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [4] J. Konta (GBR) 61 63
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d S. Zhang (CHN) 64 76(3)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d A. Riske (USA) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) walkover
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) 63 61
First Round
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
A. Barty (AUS) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After rest – [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) 32 ret. (Left Hip)
F. Mayer (GER) d [6] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(6) 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) 60 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 64
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) 67(7) 76(5) 10-5
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Court 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 64
S. Querrey (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 62 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 46 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 46 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 76(9) 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00
S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 61 63
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 57 62
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 26 63 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d [3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 63 10-3
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) 36 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
C. Bellis (USA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA) 36 76(5) 22
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) or [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 6:00 pm
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

 

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
R. Haase (NED) d [2] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 76(7)
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 64 16 76(6)
R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) 23 ret. (Baker – right shoulder)

First Round
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 10-8
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER) 76(3) 64
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) d R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
F. Mayer (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

 

 

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [5] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 46 63 64
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) 76(4) 67(4) 75
D. Young (USA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 76(2) 46 10-2

First Round
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 61
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 64
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) 75 46 12-10, saved 4 m.p.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
J. Thompson (AUS) vs S. Querrey (USA)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
J. Goerges (GER) d [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
C. Bellis (USA) d M. Barthel (GER) 46 64 62
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 76(7)
First Round
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d R. Ozaki (JPN) 63 46 76(7)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 57 62 10-7
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 75

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 12:30 pm
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)
After suitable rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
L. Safarova (CZE) d [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 57 76(7) 75
[4] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 76(6)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d Y. Duan (CHN) 63 76(2)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 63 36 64
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [LL] T. Smitkova (CZE) 62 63
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [Q] S. Hsieh (TPE) 64 64
K. Siniakova (CZE) d N. Hibino (JPN) 75 75
S. Zhang (CHN) d M. Linette (POL) 75 75
A. Riske (USA) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 76(2)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d C. McHale (USA) 64 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] M. Vondrousova (CZE) 75 76(1)
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 63 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[8] B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Barty (AUS)
L. Safarova (CZE) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR)

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

Singles – First Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d *[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) 63 61
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(7) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 62
[6] L. Pouille (FRA) d J. Struff (GER) 16 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 60 46 62
M. Zverev (GER) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 64 64
F. Mayer (GER) d B. Paire (FRA) 60 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d G. Simon (FRA) 62 67(2) 63
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(6)
B. Tomic (AUS) d [WC] T. Haas (GER) 64 64
R. Haase (NED) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 36 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d G. Monfils (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) 64 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / M. Pavic (CRO) 75 16 10-6
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64

*[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) replaced Y. Lu (TPE) – right arm

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] D. Thiem (AUT)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 76(4) 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 75
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 76(8)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) 75 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] C. Norrie (GBR) 61 64
G. Muller (LUX) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 64 67(17) 64
[Q] S. Kozlov (USA) d S. Johnson (USA) 36 61 61
V. Troicki (SRB) d J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 57 76(5) 76(6)
[Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) d [WC] J. Ward (GBR) 62 62
D. Medvedev (RUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 67(3) 64 64
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) d *[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 76(5)
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [WC] K. Edmund (GBR) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 67(5) 10-7

*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) replaced A. Bedene (GBR) – wrist
*[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64 replaced [LL] P. Herbert (FRA) – back

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
V. Troicki (SRB) vs D. Young (USA)
G. Muller (LUX) vs [5] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL)
After Suitable Rest – [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 2 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [WC] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 46 75 64
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 64
C. Bellis (USA) d [4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 75
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] K. Bertens (NED) 62 36 00 Retired
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [LL] S. Errani (ITA) 62 61
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN) 76(1) 46 63
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 61 62
S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 76(4) 63
M. Barthel (GER) d [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 76(6) 64
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 67(5) 64 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d M. Minella (LUX) 36 63 62
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 60
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 36 63 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) d [2] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) 63 75
E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) d R. Olaru (ROU) / R. Voracova (CZE) 63 63
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 63 67(6) 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 36 64 54
C. Bellis (USA) vs M. Barthel (GER)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
S. Rogers (USA) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

PISTA 3 start 12:30 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA)
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Possible Court Change – [1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 19, 2017

Women’s Singles – First Round
[2] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] H. Watson (GBR) 62 57 63
[8] B. Strycova (CZE) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 63
N. Osaka (JPN) d L. Davis (USA) 61 26 76(4)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 76(3) 60

 

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 61
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d D. Jurak (CRO) / An. Rodionova (AUS) 62 64
D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 62 64

 

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – [1] M. Vondrousova (CZE) d [6] T. Smitkova (CZE) 46 75 63
Qualifying – [2] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [8] J. Fett (CRO) 63 64
Qualifying – [3] S. Hsieh (TPE) d [7] I. Soylu (TUR) 63 63
Qualifying – [5] E. Kulichkova (RUS) d [4] S. Vickery (USA) 60 62

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[LL] T. Smitkova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)
[3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS)

 

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
N. Hibino (JPN) vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
[Q] S. Hsieh (TPE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
D. Vekic (CRO) vs A. Riske (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS)
[Q] M. Vondrousova (CZE) vs A. Barty (AUS)
C. McHale (USA) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
S. Zhang (CHN) vs M. Linette (POL)

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
[2] D. Thiem (AUT) d [Q] M. Marterer (GER) 75 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d [5] G. Monfils (FRA) 36 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [8] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(1) 75 64
[WC] D. Brown (GER) d [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) 61 67(3) 76(4)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d J. Sousa (POR) 36 64 64

Doubles – First Round
B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) d [4] F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 36 76(3) 10-8
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) 64 61

 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
[WC] T. Haas (GER) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs Y. Lu (TPE)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[Q] L. Lacko (SVK) vs M. Zverev (GER)
R. Haase (NED) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
B. Paire (FRA) vs F. Mayer (GER)
J. Struff (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs C. Berlocq (ARG)
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs G. Simon (FRA)
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT)
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 3 start 2:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Monfils (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
After Suitable Rest – R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / M. Pavic (CRO)

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
[5] J. Tsonga (FRA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 62 62
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 61
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Darcis (BEL) 75 63
D. Young (USA) d [9] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 76(3) 00 ret. (left hip)
[Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) d K. Edmund (GBR) 76(4) 46 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) 76(10) 76(6)
[Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 46 53 ret. (Herbert – back)
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / M. Raonic (CAN) 62 76(3)
SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)
F. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs J. Isner (USA)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs [WC] J. Ward (GBR)
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Tsonga (FRA)
[LL] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [Q] J. Chardy (FRA)
[WC] C. Norrie (GBR) vs S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – [WC] K. Edmund (GBR) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO)

COURT 5 start 12:30 pm
S. Johnson (USA) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs J. Tipsarevic (SRB)
N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs G. Muller (LUX)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs N. Mahut (FRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

 

RESULTS – JUNE 19, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d E. Mertens (BEL) 76(2) 57 61
K. Pliskova (CZE) d [8] T. Babos (HUN) 62 36 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / L. Kichenok (UKR) 62 62
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / S. Lisicki (GER) 64 46 10-6

 

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – [11] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) d [1] C. Witthoeft (GER) 64 76(3)
Qualifying – [8] J. Cepelova (SVK) d [2] S. Errani (ITA) 64 63
Qualifying – [3] K. Flipkens (BEL) d V. Kudermetova (RUS) 46 60 64
Qualifying – [4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [12] T. Martincova (CZE) 36 64 63
Qualifying – [9] O. Jabeur (TUN) d [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 62 62
Qualifying – [7] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) d S. Kenin (USA) 63 64

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
J. Goerges (GER) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
To be finished – [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 46 75 32
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

 

PISTA 3 start 11:00 am
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs A. Kontaveit (EST)
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)
[Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) vs M. Barthel (GER)
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [5] K. Bertens (NED)
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN)

 

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
R. Olaru (ROU) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After suitable rest – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

 

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
P. Parmentier (FRA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs M. Minella (LUX)
[Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) vs S. Rogers (USA)
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)

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With Andy Murray Seeking a Sixth Queen’s Club Crown, Tournament Expands Capacity

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON, England (June 18, 2017) Tournament infrastructure tends to follow champions. As the percentage of American top players has fallen so has the number of United States-based tournaments. This may seem counter intuitive because three of the year’s biggest events are still held in the US, but the many middle-tier events that used to populate the calendar have been traded to Asia and Eastern Europe, where the game is growing. Similarly, several tournaments with long histories vanished from post-Becker/Graf Germany, Somehow, Queen’s survived despite the 77-year wait for a British Wimbledon champion – or a British Queen’s Club champion. The shortness of the grass season and the proximity of Queen’s Club to Wimbledon means this tournament has never wanted for top players. Even so: the principle is arguably visible here: the tournament, which was upgraded to a 500 event while shrinking the draw from 56 to 32 in 2015, has added 2,500 seats this year that will accommodate fans wanting to see Andy Murray, the winningest player in Queen’s history, win his sixth title.

Besides Murray there are four other British players in the singles draw: Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund are in by virtue of their rankings, and James Ward and Cameron Norrie were granted wild cards. At least one of these five will be eliminated before the second round: Murray opens against Bedene. Probably at least one more will exit, since the first round pits Norrie against Sam Querrey, Ward against qualifier Julien Benneteau, and Edmund against qualifier Shapovalov. In the doubles draw, Kyle Edmund shares a wild card with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Domoinic Inglot does the same with Nick Kyrgios, and Jamie Murray appears with Bruno Soares, fresh off their title win in Stuttgart, as the third seeds.

In the singles, Murray is of course the top seed; with Nadal’s withdrawal Wawrinka (whose best showing here is the 2014 semifinal) is second, Raonic (last year’s finalist) third, and Cilic (a two-time former finalist) fourth.

Increasing seating capacity by about a third is an interesting trick for a tennis club situated in the middle of one of London’s more expensive districts. Years ago, Wimbledon, facing a similar problem, was able to expand by annexing adjacent Aorangi Park. Queen’s, like Miami (for legal reasons), the French Open, and many other events, has no such option. Homeowners in London facing such a conundrum have lately been upsetting their neighbors by burrowing underground to create the enlarged spaces they crave. Tennis players prefer open skies. They might be equally resistant to being asked to play on courts stacked like 3D chess boards, although for us it would be a fascinating spectacle. So growth, if it’s going to happen, will have to be squeezed into the existing premises.

Most of the expansion appears to have extended the seating upwards around the Centre and Number 1 Courts. The price seems to be narrower passageways. On Court 5 this afternoon, where Stefan Kozlov was playing a qualifying match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, spectators were limited to a between-courts walkway so narrow that a steward was heard to fret because someone had deployed a folding seat.

Watching qualifying matches is always instructive, and a wise parent with children who aspire to become tennis pros would do better to take them to watch events on the lower rungs of the ITF circuit and qualifying events than to stake them to seats at Grand Slam finals. This week, Kozlov is the 150th-best person in the world at what he does and Herbert is 75th – and yet there they are, having spent their own coin to get here, trying to produce their best stuff to get into this tournament in front of perhaps 30 people. And these guys are the lucky ones. Hundreds of others have practiced just as much and aspired just as much and been repaid with much *less* success.

Years ago, Alicia Molik attributed her rise from the top 30 to the top ten to realizing that every match turned on just a few points. Win those, and…and in this afternoon’s error-strewn match Kozlov seemed to prove this contention. Serving at 3-5 in the first set, Herbert double-faulted to give his opponent two break points, and although he went on to save three set points you had the sense that Kozlov had, very slightly, the edge in holding his nerve. At 5-4, Kozlov had to save a break point, but three points later took the set with a service winner and another shot long from Herbert. Not much later, the match was over, 6-4,6-2 to Kozlov, who now gets to play Steve Johnson, probably on Tuesday.

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Nadal Withdraws From Aegon Championships At The Queen’s Club

Nadal Withdraws From Aegon Championships At The Queen’s Club

(June 13, 2017) Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club after taking the advice of his doctors to rest.

Nadal, who won a 10th Roland Garros crown on Sunday after titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the past two months, said:

“I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week. I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen’s, I won the tournament in 2008 and every time I reached the Wimbledon final it was after playing Queen’s.  I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long clay court season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon. Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organisers. I hope to see you at Queen’s next year.”

The Aegon Championships field will be led by the World No.1 and defending champion Andy Murray, the reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic. Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych are also part of the field.

Britain’s Kyle Edmund has gained direct entry into the draw for the first time after the withdrawal of Diego Schwartzman through injury. Edmund, ranked 44, had previously been awarded a wild card.

Earlier this year, Murray made a career-commitment to play in the Aegon Championships, and the BBC announced that they will cover the tournament until at least 2024.

Last year, the Aegon Championships was voted ATP-500 Tournament of the Year by the players – the fourth successive year that the event has received a tournament of the year award.

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Rafael Nadal First To Qualify For ATP World Tour Finals

INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE – ROLAND GARROS 2017 – PARIS (FRA) – REMISE DE PRIX – SIMPLE HOMMES – FINALE – WAWRINKA/NADAL – NADAL Rafael (ESP) ET SON PERE NADAL Sebastian – PHOTO : PHILIPPE MONTIGNY / FFT

NADAL FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR 2017 NITTO ATP FINALS

ATP World Tour: (June 13, 2017) LONDON – Rafael Nadal will look to add the Nitto ATP Finals trophy to his impressive collection when he returns to The O2 this November. The Spaniard becomes the first player to clinch a berth at the prestigious season-ending tournament, to be staged 12-19 November in London, after winning his record 10th Roland Garros title on Sunday in Paris.

“I’ve had a great season so far and I am happy to have already qualified for London,” said Nadal. “I could not play last year because of injury so I look forward to returning in November.”

Since first qualifying in 2005, Nadal has earned a place in the elite eight-man field for 13 straight seasons. He achieved his best results in 2010 and ‘13, when he finished runner-up to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively.

This season, Nadal has compiled an ATP-best 43-6 match record with four titles. In addition to becoming the first player in the Open Era to claim 10 titles at a single Grand Slam tournament, he joined Novak Djokovic at the top of the all-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title leaders list, taking his haul to 30 with his triumphs at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Mutua Madrid Open. He also won the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title and reached three other finals, at the Australian Open, Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Federer at both) and Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

Six-time champion Federer – winner of the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open titles – is next in line to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals and returns to action this week on grass at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. Dominic Thiem stands third in the Emirates ATP Race to London, and is followed in the standings by Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray.

The Nitto ATP Finals welcomes more than 250,000 fans to The O2 arena each year, as well as generating a global TV viewership of more than 100 million, as the ATP’s best eight singles players and doubles teams compete over eight days at the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world.

 

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Nick Kyrgios Joins Aegon Championships Field

(March 24, 2017) Nick Kyrgios, 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.”

Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, said: “Nick is the most exciting young player in tennis at the moment, with several wins already over some of the all-time greats. We can’t wait to see him in action at The Queen’s Club.”

With Centre Court capacity increasing by 30% in 2017, more than 15,000 additional people will be able to watch the action at the Aegon Championships – the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year. The tournament has already sold more than 8,000 additional tickets than ever before.

Earlier this year, Andy Murray made a career-commitment to play in the Aegon Championships, and the BBC announced that they will cover the tournament until at least 2024.

Last year, the Aegon Championships was voted ATP-500 Tournament of the Year by the players – the fourth successive year that the event has received a tournament of the year award.

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand & Sponsorship, Aegon UK said: “Nick Kyrgios is in such good form at the moment and we are all looking forward to seeing him in action. We are in for a wonderful week of tennis at the Aegon Championships.”

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The Man with the Silver Bowl – Behind the Scenes at The Queen’s Club Draw

By Wendy M. Grossman

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(June 11, 2016) LONDON, England – “Don’t look,” cautioned the man bearing the silver bowl.

Tennis conspiracy theorists always think tournament draws are fixed. Sometimes – for example, the 1996 US Open, when the players threatened to boycott unless the draw was remade – there are good reasons. In that case, the seedings had been announced after the draw had already been announced, and because they didn’t strictly follow the rankings, there were legitimate questions asked about whether the tournament was favoring American stars. A 2011 study of ten years of men’s and women’s singles Grand Slam draws found that the other Slams did indeed seem to produce random draws, but that that the US Open draws showed anomalies.

More common claims are that the draw is fixed to ease one or another player’s path or that the placing of seeds 3 and 4 is fixed in order to keep a particular pairing apart until the final. Every time a new draw for one of the majors is announced, you’ll find someone in a tennis discussion forum complaining that Roger Federer always gets an easy draw and Rafael Nadal a hard one, or  Novak Djokovic a tough road and Nadal an easy one…or some variation of that with whatever players the poster cares about.

Others would just like to tinker with the rules governing how draws are made. Over the years people have suggested that the semifinal pairings should always be 1-4 and 2-3, or that the entire draw should be remade before the quarter-finals to rebalance the gaps left by defeated seeds. Another favorite suggestion is that the majors should go back to seeding 16 players instead of 32, the rule until 2001. Doing so, the argument goes, would make the early rounds a little more tantalizing. I incline toward this latter idea myself, but it’s unlikely to happen because seeding 32 players was a concession Wimbledon made as part of a settlement of player complaints. The Spanish players were offended by the All-England’s habit of revising the seeding list to take into account past results on grass, which sometimes dropped the Spaniards out of the seeding list. This, they felt, was unfair: sure they often lost in the early rounds, but, they reasoned, they got no reverse consideration at the French Open, where they could be expected to do well but Pete Sampras was still top seed despite his habit of losing in the first two rounds.

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Back to the man with the silver bowl. We are in the Presidents’ Room at Queen’s Club, surrounded by oil portraits, one of which is a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm (it’s actually the Rt Hon Lord of Dalkeith, the club president from 1874 to 1879). The room is full of journalists and various people involved with running either the club or the tournament. (You can easily tell them apart. The people involved with the club are dressed for a cocktail party; tournament staff are wearing sponsored sports stuff; and the journalists look like they’ve been dragged in off the street.) At the front, next to a populated head table is a large screen with a blank 32-slot draw, and a load of numbered plastic tokens. We are introduced to three people who together have bid £250,000 (to be given to a children’s charity) for the right to be here today. Also on hand: Marin Cilic, the 2012 champion of this event. All of this, including the presence of a player, is fairly standard, though the exact mechanics vary.

The ritual begins with slotting the name of the top seed – Andy Murray – on line number 1 and second seed Stan Wawrinka on line 32. Next, the tokens for 3 and 4 are placed in the bowl and Queen’s man in the grey suit asks one of the dignitaries to pick one. This is where “Don’t look!” comes in. The one that is drawn – fourth seed Richard Gasquet – is placed on line 9, and the other, McEnroe-enhanced third seed Milos Raonic, on line 24. That settles the projected semifinal pairings. Next, the tokens for seeds 5 to 8 are placed in the bowl, and the man bowl is offered to three different people to fill the quarterfinal spots. Finally, the rest of the tokens are placed in the bowl, and the man goes around offering it to various people in the audience, even soliciting volunteers. Each person draws out one of the remaining numbers and the team at the front places it in the next empty line of the draw. There are tokens for qualifiers, whose names won’t be known until tomorrow (assuming the rain delay ends in time). These will also be drawn randomly to fill the empty spaces left for them.

As they go, the on-screen board fills in and profiles of the players and their match pairings pop up alongside. Some of the matches sound much tastier than the first round at Wimbledon will be. Cilic, interviewed, noted that the cut-off for the main draw this week was 44, which he thinks is the highest for any tournament on the tour. Murray, seeking his record-breaking fifth title here this year, draws Nicolas Mahut in the first round. Definitely a tough one: Mahut has grass cred. Besides being, famously, the loser in 2010’s three-day first-round Wimbledon encounter with John Isner, he’s a former finalist here who might have won the title but for an unlucky netcord, and recently the world’s number one doubles player. Other first-round contests that catch the eye: Nick Kyrgios versus Raonic sounds like an old-style serving contest; John Isner will have to contend with just-back Juan Martin del Potro; and Cilic faces Feliciano Lopez, the good-on-grass Spaniard who has troubled plenty of players here over the years.

Most draws, while not attended with quite as much ceremony, are pretty much like this: public events, with at least one player, some press, and various others in attendance. While it might be possible to fix the draw somewhere sometime, the intent is to make the process transparent and trustworthy. Conspiracy theorists should look elsewhere.

 

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