Founded: 1890; 126 years ago
Location: London, United Kingdom
Venue: Queen’s Club
Surface: Grass / Outdoors
Prize money: €1,966,095
Men’s singles – Andy Murray(UK)
Men’s doubles – Nicolas Mahut (France), Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France)
Thе Aеgon Championships is an annual еvеnt on the mеn’s profеssional ATP World Tour. It was еstablishеd in 1890 and hеld at the Quееn’s Club in Wеst Kеnsington еach Junе in the run-up to Wimblеdon. This championship is consistеntly supportеd by thе bеst singlеs and doublеs playеrs of the mеn’s gamе.
Sincе 1979, a lot of famous playеrs and past Wimblеdon champions havе playеd at the Tournamеnt. Such lеgеnds as Murray, Connors, Lеndl, Edbеrg, and Sampras havе proudly won thе silvеr winnеr’s trophy of the Championship.
Together with the world’s best men’s singles and also doubles players, this is the first chance of the new season for many of players to turn from clay to outdoor courts. It’s one of the world’s premier tennis events, considered by many to be one of the world’s top 10 events. The championship is also acutely watched because it’s famous as a key indicator for Wimbledon – 25 of the latest 27 Wimbledon champions having played in Aegon Championships.
Talking about thе History
Originally it was namеd as thе London Grass Court Championships. In 1884 the tеnnis tournamеnt was hеld at thе London Athlеtic Club at Stamford Bridgе, Fulham. Thеn, in 1885 thе tournamеnt was givеn thе titlе thе London Championships, and it was hеld on grass. Finally, in 1890 thе tournamеnt rеlocatеd to its currеnt location, thе Quееn’s Club and consistеd of a mеn’s and womеn’s singlеs еvеnt.
The two World Wars set aside the tournament from 1915–1918 and 1940–1946. In the interim of 1970 and 1989 the tournaments were part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. The women’s section was neglected after the 1973 edition and from 1974 until 1976 no men’s championship was held.
This championship is presently an ATP World Tour 500 series event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and in 2015 it was modernized from a ATP World Tour 250 series. The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club has been voted ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year in the ATP’s annual awards. That is the third year that the Aegon Championships has gained an ATP Tournament of the Year award, and comes after the event’s first year as an ATP-500 event.
Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships tournament director, said: “To win ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the year in our first year in the category is a huge thrill, a magnificent achievement, and a credit to our tournament team, The Queen’s Club, our sponsors – particularly Aegon, and our broadcast partners.”
At the time of singles tournament in 2004, Andy Roddick establish the world record for the fastest serve registered at 153 mph (246.2 km/h) during a straight-set win over Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarter-finals. Andy made the speed from his legs, and blasted on the ball to hit the ball a record high 155 mph. The serve held the record as the fastest until 2011.
Created in 1886, The Queen’s Club was the first multifunctional sports complex that was ever being built, all over the world. The Club was known as the national headquarters for 25 various sports. Including Pallone, a ball game popular in Italy, and Sticke, an indoor racket sport played across a net on a wooden floor which has long followed live pigeon shooting and the distance plunge into sporting extinction. Moreover – for ladies – there was Cycling. Laura Trotts of the late 19th century would tear round a cinder track which skirted the perimeter. However, not always such fast. In 1896, the annual Queen’s cycling championship included the “Tortoise Race” to find out which lady could take the longest time to complete the course while remaining upright on her bike.
The Club offered not only first class sporting facilities but also superior entertainment and perfect meal. This is why The Queens Tennis Club is one of the most craved memberships in the United Kingdom.
The Club is proud of its 28 outdoor Lawn Tennis courts, 12 of which are possibly the finest grass courts all over the world, 10 indoor Lawn Tennis courts, 2 Real Tennis courts, 2 Rackets courts, 3 squash courts and a gymnasium.
What about the Schedule?
The Queen’s Club Championships is held every year on first days of June. It begins a week after the clay-court French Open and finishes a week before the start of the outdoor court Wimbledon Championships.
Few people know that from 1979 until 2008, the sponsor of the tournament was Stella Artois and therefore it was called the Stella Artois Championships. However, in 2009 the tournament was renamed as the Aegon Championships according to the sponsorship deal between Lawn Tennis Association and Aegon. AEGON is a global company which deals with life insurance, protection and pensions.
Don`t you mind some statistics?
Longest final – Sampras beat Henman in 151 minutes in 1999.
Shortest final – Stich beat Ferreira in 57 minutes in 1993.
Most titles – John McEnroe (4 singles and 1 doubles).
Youngest winner – Boris Becker, 17 years in 1985.
Oldest winner – Major 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.
Winners of both events – Pete Sampras in 1995 (doubles with Todd Martin), and Mark Philippoussis in 1997 (doubles with Patrick Rafter).
Most prize money received – Pete Sampras won £241,804 from playing at Queen’s Club. Lleyton Hewitt, who is still active on the tour, follows him closely with £228,165.
2016 presents 6 of the world’s Top 10
This year’s championship is historic even before Andy Murray tries to become the first sportsmen ever to gain this Championships five times.
The Aegon Championships was chosen Tournament of the Year in such kind of tournaments for the third consistent year by the players in January, gaining the award in its debut year as an ATP-500 event.
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK at Aegon, said: “The Aegon Championships is the jewel in the crown of our partnership with British Tennis, and this is a stunning list of entrants. We are looking forward to seeing them in action at The Queen’s Club in June.”
This year Aegon Championship has a draw equalling the record of the 2009 China Open in Beijing as the strongest ATP World Tour 500 event, together with 16 of the actual Top 30 ranked players in the world competing and 6 of the world’s Top 10.
What do tennis champions think?
1. Andy Murray (2)
Andy Murray targets record fifth title at the Aegon Championships:
2. Stan Wawrinka (4): “I am very happy to be playing the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in June. It is one of the longest-running and most respected tournaments on the ATP World Tour, with amazing grass courts and a great atmosphere. Also, many players have gone on to do well at Wimbledon after playing Queen’s, and this happened to me the last two years. I reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals both times – my best results at Wimbledon so far.”
3. Rafael Nadal (5)
4. Jo Wilfried Tsonga (7): “It’s a special place for me because I entered the Top 100 for the first time at The Queen’s Club and reached the final of the Aegon Championships in 2011. The grass courts are perfect, we get to play in London in front of all these nice people, and I want to play good tennis there again.”
5. Milos Raonic (9): “I’m really looking forward to coming back to The Queens Club for the Aegon Championships. The atmosphere and organisation of the tournament is impressive and the courts are perfect. Grass is a surface where I have had some of my best results and I believe I can make an impact at Queen’s and Wimbledon this year.”
6. Richard Gasquet (10)
Cohesive identity and brand language
London-based BEAR, creative branding agency, were briefed to rebrand the LTA’s Major Events — a series of four international grass court tennis tournaments, including The Aegon Championships. They were tasked with uniting the tournaments as a set to lift the lesser known events and give them an impactful identity and campaign to ignite civic pride. BEAR took the essence of ‘explosive summer tennis’ and brought it to life, with the help of a little liquid nitrogen.
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Prize money: $780,900
Director: Patrick Hughesman
Leading women’s grass-court tennis event at Edgbaston.
A WTA International Series event, the Aegon Classic Birmingham, is the first opportunity in the new season to see the performance of the top tennis players from the women’s game outdoor. Held at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham and today in its 35th year, this occasion is considered to be one of the top events of the tennis calendar.
Presenting a strong international field, the Aegon Classic Birmingham is a significant fixture on the women’s tour. In the event’s 35-year history, it’s seen many great winners, including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and the first-ever Chinese player to win a Grand Slam title, Na Li, the champion of 2010.
Angelique Kerber was 2015 Aegon Classic Birmingham winner after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the tense final of the most quality. The Spanish pairing of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro gained the trophy in a doubles final against the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.
Edgbaston Priory Club has newly been improved with the supplement of a new center court. According to this, it stays a world-class tennis venue, the new courts were stunningly opened in 2013 by a doubles exhibition match featuring Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea.
Director: Gavin Fletcher
Top women’s grass-court tennis event at Eastbourne.
The long established WTA Premier tournament for women has been held on this site since 1974.
Some of the most famous names in the women’s game, traditionally pay attention to this event, such as Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Jana Novotna and Martina Navratilova among famous past champions.
The tournament typically boasts a strong British contingent with recent appearances from Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Elena Baltacha, Dan Evans, James Ward and Kyle Edmund.
In 2015, Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic gained her first WTA title at the Aegon International Eastbourne. The doubles title went to No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik, who sealed a win over the Taiwanese-Chinese pairing of Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie.
Prize money: $226,750
Director: Rebecca James
Two world-class grass court tennis tournaments on the first and last stops around Wimbledon.
Fans witnessed the double action and double drama with a brand new women’s WTA International joining a men’s ATP 250 tournament in Nottingham.
Previously hosting such tennis stars as Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka, an increased Centre Court capacity crowd at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on University Boulevard again served up some breathtaking action.
Denis Istomin gained his first ever ATP World Tour title at the Aegon Open Nottingham 2015 with a exciting 7-6(1), 7-6(6) win over Sam Querrey. The ladies title was won by new star Ana Konjuh who was given the honour of being the first person to aim The Elena Baltacha Trophy.
Both events are an integral part of the new British grass court season, which in 2015 saw a three week window between Roland Garros and Wimbledon for the first time.