The Aegon Championships, more commonly known as Queen’s, starts on the 19th June, with the final being played on the 25th. Queen’s is the traditional curtain-raiser for Wimbledon and represents a chance for the competitors to fine tune their form ahead of what is one of the most prestigious competitions of the year.
Murray will be hoping to break records with a sixth Queen’s win as he looks to successfully defend his title. The Scot claimed success here last year, weeks before winning Wimbledon, and will be hoping to do the same again this year. Murray hasn’t won a grand slam since winning Wimbledon almost a year ago, but did manage to make the semi-finals of the French Open, narrowly losing out to Stan Wawrinka. These were encouraging signs for Murray, who is hoping to hit form at just the right time in order to win a third Wimbledon title. He goes in to Queen’s as the huge favourite, despite his indifferent form.
Wawrinka will be hoping to lay down a marker as he looks to challenge for a third grand slam title. After losing out in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, Wawrinka will be hoping to go one step better. The world number three is the second highest seeded player at Queen’s and after beating Murray in the semi-finals of the French Open, he will feel confident of doing the same again.
After losing out to Murray in last year’s final, Raonic will be even more determined to win his first Queen’s title. Now ranked sixth in the world, the Canadian will see Queen’s as an opportunity to make a statement, with Novak Djokovic, Rodger Federer and Nadal not competing. Raonic is yet to win a grand slam, and will be hoping Queen’s can set himself up for Wimbledon glory.
If you’re looking for a well-priced long shot at Queen’s, then Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych are great value. Ranked 11th and 14th in the World respectably, both have shown in the past they are more than capable of going the distance. Tsonga reached the quarter finals of Wimbledon last year, and the semi-finals in both 2011 and 2012. Berdych by comparison was beaten in the semi-final of the competition by last year’s winner, Murray.