Queen's Club Championships
|ATP World Tour|
|Category||ATP World Series
ATP International Series
ATP World Tour 250 series
ATP World Tour 500 series
|Surface||Grass / Outdoors|
|Draw||56S / 32Q / 24D|
|Prize money||£640,000 (€750,000)|
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 250 series on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour. It is currently promoted as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons.
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 stages of the 21st century, each winning four titles. Andy Roddick has called the courts at the Queen's Club "arguably the best in the world".
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 held outdoors, on grass. In 1890 the tournament moved to its current location, the Queen's Club. Between 1970 and 1989 it was part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. The event is now an ATP World Tour 250 series tournament on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour.
During the 2004 singles tournament, Andy Roddick set the 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.
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The Queen's Club Championships is held every year in June in the week after the clay court French Open. They 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.
Grass courts are the least common playing surface for top-level events on the ATP 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.
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Outside Wimbledon, Queen's is the grass-court tournament with the largest draw size. In addition, it enjoys full coverage on the BBC in the UK, and was shown in High Definition for the first time in 2009. 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.
From 1979 until 2008, the tournament was sponsored by Stella Artois, and thus called the Stella Artois Championships. In 2009 the tournament was renamed as 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.
(Note: Tournament dates back to 1890)
|1971||Margaret Court||Billie Jean King||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|1972||Olga Morozova||Evonne Goolagong||6–2, 6–3|
|1973||Chris Evert||Karen Krantzcke||6–4, 6–0|
|1971|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
| Mary–Ann Curtis
|1972|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
| Brenda Kirk
|5–7, 6–0, 6–2|
|1973|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
| Françoise Dürr
|4–6, 6–3, 7–5|
Junior championship finals
|The Junior Championship|
|2007||Uladzimir Ignatik||Gastão Elias|
|2006||Iain Atkinson||Nicolas Santos|
|2003||Florin Mergea||Chris Guccione|
|2002||Alex Bogdanović||Dudi Sela|
|The HSBC Junior Invitation Cup|
|2001||Santiago González||Andrew Banks|
|The David Lloyd Leisure Cup|
|2000||Lee Childs||Arnaud Segoda|
|1999||Jarkko Nieminen||Lee Childs|
|1998||Edgardo Massa||Wei-Jen Chang|
|The Sam Whitbread Cup|
|1997||Nicolás Massú||Xavier Malisse|
|1996||Jaymon Crabb||Arvind Parmar|
|1995||Alejandro Hernández||Jamie Delgado|
|1994||Jamie Delgado||Nicolás Lapentti|
|1993||Neville Godwin||David Škoch|
|1992||Grant Doyle||Lucas Arnold|
|1991||Leander Paes||Nicolas Kischewitz|
|1990||Andrew Foster||Dirk Dier|
Players and winners
- Most Titles – John McEnroe (4 singles and 1 doubles).
- Most Singles Titles 4 – Josiah Ritchie, Anthony Wilding, Roy Emerson, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick.
- Most Singles Finals Josiah Ritchie (8), John McEnroe (7), Harold Mahony, Roy Emerson (6), Arthur Lowe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker (5)
- Youngest Winner – Boris Becker, 17 years 207 days in 1985.
- Oldest Winner – Josiah 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 Tournaments – Pete Sampras in 1995 (doubles with Todd Martin), and Mark Philippoussis in 1997 (doubles with Patrick Rafter).
- Most Prize Money Received – Pete Sampras won GBP241,804 from playing at Queen's Club. Lleyton Hewitt, who is still active on the tour, follows him closely with GBP228,165.
- 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, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Andy Murray.
- 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.
Centre Court holds 6,478 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.
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- Queens Club tournament.
- LTA - Aegon Championships - Behind the Scenes with the Ball Girls at The Queen's Club
- "Stella Artois ends 30-year tennis sponsorship". PRWeek. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- Olley, James (2009-06-05). "New Queen's Club sponsor set for a £30m revolution". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Queen's Club.|
- Official tournament website
- Official AEGON Tennis Sponsorship website
- The Queen's Club website
- ATP tournament profile
- LTA tournament profile
- List of past champions at sportsrecords.co.uk