Just seven players in history have won both Queen’s and Wimbledon in the same year, and Andy Murray is one of them. The British number one will want to serve up another strong performance at this year’s Aegon Championships before he heads to SW19.
Murray has won this tournament three times in the past six years, including in 2013 when he went on to win the only Grand Slam played on grass. The cosy courts squeezed into west London have been kind to Murray, but the competition in 2015 is set to be crueller than it has been for many years.
Five of the world’s top 10 players will be appearing at the Queen’s Club, including Rafael Nadal and new French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka.
On the bright side, Murray’s nemesis and world number one Novak Djokovic won’t be turning up to spoil his week this time, preferring to wait until Wimbledon before he heads to London.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Aegon Championships from Queen’s.
When is it on TV?
Monday 15 June, 1-6pm BBC2
Tuesday 16 June, 1-6pm BBC2
Wednesday 17 June, 1-6pm BBC2
Thursday 18 June, 1-6pm BBC2
Friday 19 June, 1-6pm BBC2
Saturday 20 June semi-finals, 1-5pm BBC1
Sunday 21 June finals 2.05-5.30pm BBC2
When does Andy Murray play?
Murray’s first match will be against Taiwanese qualifier Lu Yen-Hsun, set to take place on Tuesday 16 June. If the draw goes as predicted, Murray will have to face defending champion Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria in the quarter finals, with a possible final featuring either Wawrinka or Nadal.
The stately surroundings coupled with pre-Wimbledon tension occasionally throws up some odd spectacles. In 2013, Murray and former British number one Tim Henman teamed up for a charity match against Murray’s then-coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych.
Eddie Redmayne, Jonathan Ross, Michael McIntyre and London mayor Boris Johnson all rallied to help the cause. We’re sure it was a complete accident when Murray smashed Johnson in the back with a ball…
Meanwhile, ageing Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt is preparing for one last Queen’s appearance. He has a wildcard place at this year’s tournament, before he bows out for good at next year’s Australian Open (making a record 20th appearance in the process). Catch his first match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson later this Monday afternoon.