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One Of The Oldest In The World

Harry Francis

Harry Francis


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The Queen’s Club Championships, as this men only tournament was known for many years, is one of the oldest lawn tennis championships in the world. It was named after Queen Victoria who was the first patron of the Queen’s Club. Since it was first played in 1890 it has had various names and is currently known as the Aegon Championship.

Well over 20 countries have taken part in this tournament, with 17 of them having winners in the singles and the same number having won the doubles. The United States of America leads both tables for the most wins. It was 21 years after it started before any country could beat the UK. Then the Americans and Australians started winning, Australia doing particularly well in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Players names from the early days will be unknown to many, but just like the players of today, they sometimes won the tournament several times. One in particular still holds two of the tournaments records. Major Ritchie played in more finals than anyone else, and in 1909 became the oldest winner of the championship at 38 years of age.

The Modern Era Of Aegon Tennis

The Aegon Championship is played every June, and is planned to commence one week after the end of the French Open, and to finish one week before the start of Wimbledon. Every year the championship attracts the finest players from around the world. The current holder for most wins is Andy Murray, with 5, closely followed by John McEnroe with 4.

The championships are not the only Aegon Tennis. The Aegon Classic in Birmingham, played at Edgbaston Priory Club is a women only competition that is widely regarded as one of the best women’s tournaments in the world. The Aegon Internationals in Eastbourne is a combined men and women’s event, as is the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

Hospitality At Queens Club

Queen’s Club could not be a better venue for the Aegon Championships, having 28 outdoor lawn tennis courts as well as indoor courts, squash courts, real tennis courts and rackets courts. There is also a gymnasium, restaurant, café, museum and Presidents Room, all helping towards this being a perfect location for corporate hospitality.

With the dates for 2018 set for 18 – 24 June, this is an ideal opportunity to see world-class players in a grass court tournament. With a large variety of tennis hospitality options throughout the summer months, The Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club has to be one of the most attractive, but not the most expensive.

If you would like more information about this or any other hospitality event, get in touch with us at DTB Sports and Events. Whether you want stadium seats or a private box with catering and the chance to meet iconic sportspeople, we can arrange it all. If you are looking for advice about which event would be best for you and your clients, our experts will be able to assist you. Why not give us a call for an informal chat about your corporate hospitality on 020 7385 3553.

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