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Wimbledon Championships 2016 – Seeding’s Released

The seeding’s for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships have been revealed; with defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams seeded top for the Men’s and Women’s singles.

The draw for the most prestigious championships in tennis will take place on Friday morning. British No.1 Andy Murray has been seeded number two for Wimbledon, fresh off the back of his claiming a record fifth title at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club.

The 29-year-old has recently reunited with world-renowned coach Ivan Lendl as he bids to win his second Wimbledon crown.

The announcement of the seeding’s means that Djokovic and Murray would not meet until the final, in what would be a record-equalling eighth Grand Slam final between the pair.

Djokovic arrives at the tournament as the world’s finest player and he will be looking for a third consecutive title at the All England Club; fresh on the back of victories at the Australian Open and the French Open.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is seeded at number three and will be aiming to make it to a 10th final at his favourite venue. The Swiss superstar is not the force of old, but as he proved last year he can still mix it with the best on grass-courts.  While Stan Wawrinka (2015 French Open Champion) has been seeded fourth.

Men’s Seeds – Top 10

(1) Novak Djokovic; (2) Andy Murray; (3) Roger Federer                ; (4) Stan Wawrinka; (5) Kei Nishikori; (6) Milos Raonic; (7) Richard Gasquet; (8) Dominic Thiem; (9) Marin Cilic; (10) Tomas Berdych

Williams tops women’s seeds for Wimbledon 2016

Serena Williams continues to be the most dominant player in the women’s game and she will once again head the seeding’s in 2016.

The 34-year-old is chasing a seventh Wimbledon crown and a repeat of last year’s final with Garbine Muguruza looks to be on the cards; with the French Open hero seeded number two.

British No.1 Johanna Konta is seeded 17th and will be hoping for another strong Grand Slam showing after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier in the year. Elsewhere Aegon Birmingham Classic star Madison Keys is seeded 10th and will be looking to continue her excellent recent form.

Women’s Seeds – Top 10

(1) Serena Williams; (2) Garbine Muguruza; (3) Agnieska Radwanska; (4) Angelique Kerber; (5) Simona Halep; (6) Victoria Azarenka; (7) Roberta Vinci; (8) Belinda Bencic; (9) Venus Williams; (10) Madison Keys

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Murray wins record fifth Queen’s Club title

Andy Murray created history on Sunday as he produced a stunning display to beat Milos Raonic and become the first player to win five Aegon Championships at the historic Queen’s Club.

Murray will be hoping his success at the London event will act as springboard as he looks to regain the Wimbledon Championships, which begin on Monday June 27th 2016.

However the game didn’t start in the fashion the defending champion was hoping as the big-serving Canadian showed just how dangerous he can be. Neither player was backing away from the challenge as the opening set went to a tie-break.

But it was Raonic, 25, who took control with some old-fashioned serve and volley play paying dividends and helping him to take the set 6-7 (5-7). The 25-year-old then took command of the second-set and raced into a 3-0 lead.

But then everything suddenly began to click for the World No.2 and he did what nobody else has managed to do in the whole tournament, breaking the Raonic serve not once but twice to bring him right back into the set.

Murray continued to pressure the serve of Raonic and the pair enjoyed some fabulous rallies, but the home-favourite was not to be denied and levelled the match as he closed out set two 6-4.

The third-set was vintage Murray with punishing shots from all angles leaving his opponent unable to get a real foothold in the match. At the end of a sensational 24-shot rally the Scot produced a deft drop shot to take the point; much to the delight of the packed crowd.

The defending champion then closed out the match with a couple of unstoppable serves, before Raonic volleyed into the net, to hand Murray a truly historic victory.

Motivated Murray pleased with record breaking fifth Queen’s title – attention now turns to Wimbledon 2016.

After the match Murray said: “Coming out here to try and win for the fifth time I was really motivated.

“It was frustrating to be down a set and a break but I started to return well, and my serve worked very well the last couple of sets. I played some good stuff.”

His attention will now turn to the Wimbledon Championships 2016 and with Ivan Lendl once at his side, you wouldn’t back against him claiming a second Wimbledon title.

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Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon preparation at Queens Club

Dual Wimbledon Championship winner Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Aegon Championships at Queens Club with a wrist injury.

The Spanish superstar was forced to make an early exit from the French Open 2016 with a wrist injury and that same injury will now force him to miss the prestigious event, which is a traditional preparation for the Wimbledon Championships.

The 30-year-old had feared that if he played at the Aegon Championships and further damaged the tendon he could miss his chance for a third Wimbledon title at SW19.

Nadal has endured several injury problems throughout his career but has still won a staggering 14 Grand Slam titles including two at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.

Nadal expressed his disappointment saying: “I enjoy playing in front of the British people and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time.”

Teenage superstar Freya Christie to make WTA debut at Nottingham

British teenage tennis sensation Freya Christie will make her WTA major debut at this month’s Aegon Nottingham Open.

The 18-year-old is enjoying a fabulous first professional season and has now been handed a wildcard for the pre-Wimbledon tournament, which takes place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Christie is relishing the chance to face some of the world’s best players saying: “I can’t wait. It will be a great experience.

“It’s amazing it will be at my home town as well. I hope I can compete. I don’t mind who I play.

“Anyone is a challenge in this draw but the bigger the challenge the better.”

Christie will compete alongside fellow British stars Johanna Konta, Laura Robson, Naomi Broady and Heather Watson. While former World No.1’s Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki will also be in action alongside World No.19 Karolina Pliskova.

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Andy Murray battles into the semi-finals of the French Open

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray battled his way into the semi-finals of the 2016 French Open in gruelling four-set match at Roland Garros.

The World No.2 has endured a tough-time on the clay courts in France but continues to find a way to win and could be on course for his first ever title in the Grand Slam event; he faces reigning French open champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday.

On Wednesday afternoon Murray face home-favourite Richard Gasquet and the game certainly lived up to the hype.

Mistakes from Murray keep Gasquet in the game; but the former Wimbledon champion gets through in four sets

The British superstar looked to be cruising in the first set when leading 5-2, but Gasquet staged a remarkable comeback to take the set 5-7. A number of double-faults and missed opportunities cost Murray dearly.

The second followed a similar pattern, with the 28-year-old in complete control at 5-2, before Gasquet once again took advantage of mistakes. However Murray showed great composure and determination to fight his way back and level the game after a tense tie-break.

The third set was over in rapid time as Murray produced some absolutely mesmerising shots which left the crowd gasping. After just 27 minutes, Murray had taken the set 6-0 and was now 2-1 up and on the verge of a semi-final spot.

The final set was a very familiar story to the third with Murray looking somewhere near his imperious best. After taking 13 of the last 15 games of the match Murray had a win 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 6-2; leaving him one game away from the French Open final.

After the match Murray said: I thought I did well for the most part in a tough atmosphere, too. It’s not bad. I was playing some good stuff. I finished the match extremely well, I think.”

Let’s hope Andy Murray can head into the Wimbledon Championships with a French Open title under his belt.

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Murray scrapes through in five-set epic at the French Open

Andy Murray put British tennis fans through the emotional ringer once again as he overcame wildcard Mathias Bourgue in a five-set epic in the second round of the French Open 2016. The Rolland Garos event is the last major championship available before Wimbledon 2016.

The World No.2 scraped through his first round match with 37-year-old Radek Stepanek, after going down by two sets early he clawed his way back to win 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5. Many were expecting Murray to have an easier time in the second round but it was not the case.

The 28-year-old started the match in positive fashion and took the first set 6-2 and looked to be in complete control of the game when coasting into a 2-0 lead in the second set.

But Bourgue suddenly found some form, while Murray’s game collapsed around him. The Frenchman produced some stunning shots winning six consecutive games to take the set and level the match.

Bourgue, who was facing a player inside the world’s top 50 for the first time, continued to dominate in the third set. His superb variety of shots and powerful serve had Murray constantly on the back foot and looking for answers.

The 22-year-old took the set in style with a stunning backhand shot, leaving Murray staring down the barrel of an embarrassing second round exit.

However Murray’s superior fitness and experience began to tell as the match wore on. He began to move Bourgue around the court and he took the fourth and fifth sets to send him into the third round of Rolland Garos.

After the heart-stopping contest Murray said: “Mathias was excellent and made me run a lot. He’s got a fantastic future for sure.

“I led 6-2 2-0 then he started playing unbelievably and I was finding it hard to win points, let alone games. I’ve played matches like this before and just tried to fight through to the end.”

Watson and Edmund make second round exits at French Open

After superb opening round victories Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund were unable to advance to the third round of the French Open.

Watson was the only British female left in the draw after Johanna Konta, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady lost their matches in round one. She face 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, but she was unable to match her opponent losing 6-1 6-3.

The 24-year-old said: “She was just better than me today. I tried to stick with her but a few points made the difference.”

While Kyle Edmund was also beaten in straight-sets by American star John Isner losing 6-4 6-4 6-4. Leaving Aljaz Bedene as the only other remaining British singles player in the tournament.

With a month to go until the start of the Wimbledon Championships 2016, excitement is starting to build.

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Brits enjoy mixed fortunes in French Open

British tennis stars endured a tough opening round at the French Open; the final major before the start of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

While there were hard fought victories for Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Heather Watson – Johanna Konta and Laura Robson suffered disappointing losses on the famous clay courts of Rolland Garos.

Konta is the British No.1 and has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the ranks, but she was unable to trouble Germany’s Julia Goerges; losing in straight sets 6-2 6-3.

The World No.1 will now turn her attention to the grass court season where she will star in the Aegon Open Nottingham and the Aegon Classic Birmingham, before heading to SW19 for Wimbledon 2016.

Robson one of Britain’s finest talents has struggled with injury in recent years and she was no match for Andrea Petkovic who saw her off 6-2 6-2. Her protected ranking of 58 allowed her to compete at Rolland Garos, but that runs out next month meaning she will need to qualify for the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard.

Watson however had no such troubles and made it through to the second round with a 5-7 6-2 6-2 victory over American Nicole Gibbs.

British men create history at the French Open 2016

Victories for Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Aljaz Bedene meant that for the first time in history three British men have made it through to the second round of the French Open.

Murray entered the tournament on the back of a superb victory in the Italian Open but produced a laboured performance against 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.

The World No.2 fell two-sets behind on Monday and looked on the verge of exiting the tournament before a rain delay. When play restarted on Tuesday Murray looked in much better form and quickly levelled the match a 2-2.

The deciding set was extremely tense and Murray found himself serving to stay in the game at 4-5, but he battled back and finally finished off his rival winning the match 3-6 3-6 6-0 6-3 7-5.

After his victory Murray praised his opponent saying, “He had an extremely bad injury last year and still at 37 coming out and fighting like that, playing that way, it’s unbelievable.

“I don’t expect to be doing that myself at that age. I’m just glad I managed to get through.”

Edmund need just four-sets to see off Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 7-6 6-7 7-5 6-1 victory. While Bedene beat Austrian Gerald Melzer 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the second round for the first time in his career.

Lets hope for more British success in round two!

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Wimbledon champions star at the Italian Open

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray were the stars of the Italian Open at the weekend, winning the women’s and men’s finals in fine style.

Williams the current World No.1 faced fellow American Madison Keys in Rome and the victory saw her claim her first WTA title for nine months. It was her fourth victory at the Rome event and moved her onto 70 WTA titles; just the fifth woman to reach the milestone.

The 34-year-old last claimed a WTA title in August 2015 at the Cincinnati Masters. But the reigning Wimbledon champion reigned supreme in Italy as she saw off her opponent in straight sets; 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

21-year-old Keys began the match in confident fashion and broke her illustrious rivals serve in the opening game of the match. The pair exchanged some thrilling rallies and the set was finely poised throughout.

But the power of the Williams serve proved too much as she won the tie break. In the second set she was still some way below her best but her vast experience saw her through.

After the match Williams said: “It feels great. I have played, let’s see, US Open, Australian, Miami, Indian Wells. So it’s only four tournaments. So it’s not like I was playing every week.

“So that’s kind of how I look at it. But it feels great to win a title, especially on clay.”

Williams will now be looking forward to the defence of her French Open crown at Roland Garros.

Murray see’s off Djokovic in battle of Wimbledon champions

In the men’s final Andy Murray was able to get the better of his great rival Novak Djokovic as the last two winners of the Wimbledon Championships clashed.

The Scot has endured some difficult defeats at the hands of the World No.1 in recent times, but he will take great confidence from this win as he moves towards the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships 2016.

The World No.2 needed just one hour and 35 minutes to win the match in straight sets 6-3 6-3 against a frustrated Djokovic, who argued with the umpire throughout about the state and safety of the surface.

After light rain, Djokovic claimed the clay court was “dangerous” before adding “I didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t stop the game for a little bit until we get the court in a proper condition to play.”

While Djokovic lost his cool, Murray maintained his composure perfectly and produced some stunning play in a dominant performance.

After the match the 28-year-old said: “I’ve had great preparation now going into the French Open. I have played against Rafa a couple of times, Novak a couple of times. You know, not won all of the matches, but competed extremely well even in the ones I have lost.

“I’m going to Roland Garros with a lot of confidence. Over best of five, as well, takes a little bit more physical and mental strength.

“But I feel like I’m on the right track. So hopefully I can have a good run there.”

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Wimbledon’s Greatest Champions – Rafa Nadal

We continue our look back at some of the greatest champions to ever grace the hallowed courts of SW19 ahead of the Wimbledon Championships 2016; today we look at the career of Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest players of all-time.

Nadal burst onto the scene in 2002 when at the age of just 15 he won his first ATP match, the ninth player to win a match before the age of 16 in the Open era.

In 2003 he made his debut at the Wimbledon Championships and made it through to the third round, everyone knew then that this youngster had a big future.

It didn’t take Nadal long to register his first Grand Slam success as he claimed the 2005 French Open title at Rolland Garos, defeating the great Roger Federer in the semi-final on his 19th birthday before seeing off Mariano Puerta.

Nadal’s dominance of the French Open continued for the next decade with a record nine titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) earning him the title of ‘The King of Clay’.

Nadal and Federer enjoy epic Wimbledon rivalry

In 2006 Nadal reached his first ever Wimbledon Championships Final where he would face his great rival and World No.1 Roger Federer.

The match finished in disappointing fashion for Nadal as he was defeated in four sets, as the Swiss star claimed his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title. The 2007 final once again saw the world’s two best players clash, this time it was a five-set thriller but again it was Federer who came out on top.

However 2008 saw a changing of the guard as Nadal finally reached No.1 in the world rankings after one of the best individual seasons in history. In the French Open final he dismantled Federer, losing just four games in the whole match; in the process he became just the fifth player to win a Grand Slam without losing a set.

The pair then met in the Wimbeldon final and what followed was the greatest match in the history of tennis.

A five-set epic that went back and forth, leaving the crowd gasping at the sheer quality and skill of the shots. Nadal raced into a two-set lead and looked set to finally get his hands on the prestigious title, but back came Federer with the fight you would expect from a champion of his stature.

The final set was simply epic which went to a tie break, eventually Nadal held his nerve to see out the match which lasted four hours and 48 minutes. The emotional scenes after the contest live long in the memory.

His season was capped off by an Olympic Gold Medal and the World No.1 ranking.

Nadal was unable to defend his Wimbledon crown in 2009 due to a knee injury. But he returned in 2010 to claim his title back. He was in imperious form throughout the tournament and destroyed Tomáš Berdych in straight sets in the final.

Injuries have taken their toll on the Spaniard over the past few years, but there is no doubt that he is one of the greatest champions in the history of tennis and the Wimbledon Championships.

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Former Wimbledon hero Murray could reunite with Ivan Lendl

2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray could reform his partnership with coach Ivan Lendl, after parting company with Amelie Mauresmo earlier this week.

On Monday Murray announced that his two-year partnership with two time Grand Slam hero Mauresmo was to end, as he looks to reclaim wrestle his Wimbledon crown back from Novak Djokovic.

Murray won seven titles under the guidance of the French coach, but failed to add to his tally of Grand Slams. 36-year-old Mauresmo said, “Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me.”

While Murray added, “She’s been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around.”

Now reports have emerged that World No.2 could reunite his successful partnership with tennis icon Ivan Lendl.

The pair previously worked together from 2012 to 2014 and enjoyed tremendous success. During this period Murray enjoyed the best spell of his career as he claimed the US Open in 2012, a Olympic gold medal and of course his finest achievement when winning the Wimbledon Championships.

It is easy to see why Murray would want to team up again with a coach who brought him so much success, and the 28-year-old told BBC Sport: “Both of us, I think, enjoyed it enough to at least consider that.

“Whether or not it’s something that could work, I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see – but I’m not against that idea at all.”

Murray loses out once again to Djokovic

Murray was speaking after another bitterly disappointing loss to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Madrid Open – 6-2 3-6 6-3.

The reigning Wimbledon champion saw off his rival in three-sets at the clay court event. The win also took the World No.1 to 29 ATP Masters 1000 titles; overtaking the great Rafa Nadal at the top of the list.

This was also Djokovic’s fifth victory in his last six tournaments as he continues to dominate the men’s game like few others have in the past.

After the game Murray said: “The first couple of break points I remember making two mistakes.

“It was kind of back and forth from there and unfortunately I couldn’t quite break, which was a shame because both of us on the break points until that last game were pretty clinical.”#

“It’s been a positive week for me this week overall- a few years ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d be winning against Rafa and then pushing Novak this close on a clay court.”

A rematch at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships would be a mouth-watering prospect for all tennis fans at SW19.

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Murray to prepare for Wimbledon Championships at Queens Club

British No.1 Andy Murray will begin the quest for his second Wimbledon title by competing at the Aegon Championships Queens Club in June.

Murray is the defending champion at the Aegon Championships and will be hoping that another success can be the springboard for a second Wimbeldon Championships crown in 2016. The World No.2 will headline a stellar field with 16 of the world’s top 30 players set to compete – the strongest in the history of the tournament.

The likes of Milos Raonic, French Open hero Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal will be standing in Murray’s way as he looks for a record fifth title at the pre-Wimbledon event.

Murray is currently tied on four Queens Club titles with the fellow Wimbledon legends John McEnroe and Boris Becker. The British star said:  If I could win it for a fifth time it would be amazing. “The names that have won it four times – they are all great tennis players.”

Former Wimbledon champion begins Madrid Open with victory

2013 Wimbledon star Andy Murray began the defence of his Madrid Open title with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-1 victory over Radek Stepanek.

It looked like a routine match on paper for the 28-year-old but he was made to work hard by the World No.148 in a match that lasted two hours and 16 minutes in the scorching Madrid sunshine.

After the match Murray said: “Not a lot of the match was played on my terms. It was very tough.” He will now face either Gilles Simon or Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round on Thursday.

There were no such worries for Rafa Nadal who breezed through his opening match beating Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 6-3. While World No.1 and reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic begins his tournament this afternoon.

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