World No. 1 Andy Murray debuts on the grass courts for 2017 at the Aegon Championships in front of the home crowd, looking for his third consecutive title and sixth career at the Queen’s Club.
He is joined by three other Top 10ers, including three other former champions. The draw is loaded with first-round popcorn matches, including early challenges for Murray and No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka.
Here’s a look at the draw:
QUEEN’S CLUB, London, England; surface: grass
Seeds: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios
Floaters: Sam Querrey, Gilles Muller, John Isner, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison, Nicolas Mahut, Daniil Medvedev, Feliciano Lopez
Notes: Four of the Top 10 in attendance — should this storied event not be a Masters 1000 or Stupid 9 or whatever they’re marketing the top events as nowadays?…
Some brutal opening and early-round match-ups for top players including (1) Murray second round vs. Querrey, (5) Tsonga second round vs. Muller, (4) Cilic vs. Isner, (9) Kyrgios vs. Young, (6) Dimitrov vs. Harrison, (3) Raonic vs. (WC) Thanasi Kokkanakis (winner to meet the Mahut-Medvedev winner), and (2) Wawrinka vs. F-Lo…
Wildcards went to the Aussie Kokkinakis and Brits Cameron Norrie and James Ward…
Pulling from the event were Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, David Goffin, Diego Schwartzman and Jack Sock…
The five-time champion Bryan brothers are the fourth (!) seeds in the doubles…
Murray beat Raonic in last year’s final for his second consecutive title…
Former champs in the field are Murray (2016-15,’13,’11,’09), Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010).
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