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Gearing up for Grass Court Tennis

Rebecca Fells

Rebecca Fells


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AEGON Championships: Monday 9 – Sunday 15 June

Held in the tranquil setting of Queens Club, South-West London, the AEGON Championships are the second largest of the grass court championships on the ATP calendar. AEGON is one of the British summer highlights allowing the tennis pros to warm up for Wimbledon.

Players confirmed to be attending the championships include Britain’s own defending champion Andy Murray. This year he is looking to win the title for his fourth time, a feat only achieved by John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. His opponents standing in the way include the crowd pleasing Jo- Wilfred Tsonga, 22 year old Bulgarian Dimitrov, the in-form Dolgopolov and world number 6 Tomas Berdych.

Wimbledon Championships: Monday 23 June – Sunday 6 July

The leafy district of Wimbledon will yet again play host to one of the world’s most historic sporting events. The Wimbledon Championships are the third out of the four major Grand Slams and the grass courts provide a fast playing surface with a touch of class to the tournament.

The Men’s draw as always will provide invigorating viewing. World number one Rafa Nadal hopes to put his previous injury demons behind him and launch a fresh charge at winning another Wimbledon title. Our very own Andy Murray looks to defend his title, currently without a coach after the recent split with Ivan Lendl, the Scot will be readily prepared after competing at the AEGON Championships the week before.Novak Djokovic is not the unbeatable machine of past years and is currently out with a wrist injury for 2 weeks. His recent loss to Roger Federer at Monte Carlo could revitalize a hunger for the Wimbledon title. Federer is still a major contender but the name on everyone’s lips at the moment is fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, winner of this year’s Australian Open and Monte Carlo. He famously took Andy Murray to five sets in his 2009 campaign under the roof of Centre court and will most likely play a major role in this year’s event.

The Women’s draw should also include some familiar faces. At the moment it is difficult to see past world number one Serena Williams, searching for her 6th Wimbledon singles title. British number one Laura Robson will not compete following recent surgery on her wrist. Neither will defending champion Marion Bartoli who retired after her dream win last season. Those looking to push for the title include the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka.

Who will come out on top this year? It’s all to play for!

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