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Guide to the 2013 grass court season

The AEGON Championships 2012 at The Queen's Club
by Stuart Appleby
Monday 10 June 2013

Wimbledon.com will be bringing you coverage of all the major grass court events in the run-up to The Championships. Here are our highlights of what to watch where as the 2013 grass court season gathers speed...


When: 8/06/13 & 16/06/13

The lowdown: Nottingham is well-known for having some of the best grass courts in the country, and as such is the perfect place for those ranked outside the top 50 to get some much-needed grass court practice as soon as their clay court season has come to an end. 

With the AEGON Trophy event getting under way before the AEGON Challenge, Nottingham has already had some of its winners. Australian Matthew Ebden clinched his maiden singles ATP Challenger title by overcoming defending Benjamin Becker in Sunday’s final. In the women's side of the draw, Petra Martic claimed the first grass court title of her career in stunning style by beating world No.73 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

Who’s playing: Lots of Brits including – Elena Baltacha, Naomi Broady, Samantha Murray, Lisa Whybourn and Josh Ward-Hibbert.

Defending champions: Benjamin Becker, Urszula Radwanska, Grega Zemlja, Ashleigh Barty

Tickets: Entry to Nottingham is FREE


AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Queen's Club, London, UK

When: 10/06/13

The lowdown: Having missed the French Open through injury, all eyes will be on Andy Murray as he prepares to kick off his grass court campaign at the AEGON Championships. Murray, who has won the tournament on two occasions and is the number one seed, will face the winner of Nicolas Mahut and American Rhyne Williams in the second round.

If Murray can get through his opening match, he will remain on course to face French serve-and-volley specialist Michael Llodra in round three, and possibly Alex Dolgopolov, Bernard Tomic or Lukas Rosol in the quarter-finals.

The British No.1 could then potentially meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals on the green turf.

In the other half of the draw, second seed Tomas Berdych starts against either Rogerio Dutra Silva or Thiemo De Bakker in the second round. He could face defending champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, and Juan Martin del Potro in the final four.

One of the matches of the tournament could take place in the second round, if Grigor Dimitrov and four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt both win their openers. They are scheduled to clash in round two.

Britain's Dan Evans has been given a wildcard to the event and is drawn against Argentine player Guido Pella, while 18-year-old Kyle Edmund starts against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia and Edward Corrie meets Sergiy Stakhovskiy. Edmund and Corrie could meet in round two.

Who’s playing: Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin del Potro, Gilles Simon and Lleyton Hewitt.

Defending champion: Marin Cilic.

Did you know?

Since the tournament's inception in 1979, there have been six different players to complete the Queen's Club-Wimbledon title double in the same year, including John McEnroe (81, 84), Jimmy Connors (82), Boris Becker (85), Pete Sampras (95, 99), Lleyton Hewitt (2002) and Rafael Nadal (2008). In 2011, Andy Murray became the first two-time British champion since Francis Gordon Lowe (1913-14, '25).

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GERRY WEBER OPEN – Halle, Germany

When: 11/06/12

The lowdown: Following his heroics in Paris which saw him win a record eighth Roland Garros title, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament in Germany to ensure he gets valuable rest time ahead of Wimbledon. However, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is still in the field and he will be looking to avenge his loss from last year's final against Tommy Haas, who, coincidentally, he is teaming up with in the doubles competition.

Who’s playing: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Richard Gasquet, Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Haas.

Defending champion: Tommy Haas.

Did you know?

Four of the five times Roger Federer has won in Halle, he has gone on to win Wimbledon. If the Swiss can win the title in 2013, he will be out on his own with a record five tournament wins in the southern German city.

The Gerry Weber Open has crowned five German winners since the inaugural event in 1993: Michael Stich (1994), Nicolas Kiefer (1999), David Prinosil (2000), Tommy Haas (2009 & 2012) and Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011).


AEGON CLASSIC – Birmingham, UK

When: 10/06/13

The lowdown: The women get their first chance to pick up match-play on the grass at the Edgbaston Priory Club when the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, begins on Monday.

Defending champion Melanie Oudin, who defeated Jelena Jankovic in last year's final, will be hoping for a repeat performance this time round and the chance to follow once more in the footsteps of former champions in Birmingham, which include, Maria Sharapova, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. From a British perspective, all eyes will be on Laura Robson as she looks to get her grass court season up-and-running in style. Moreover, Robson's British colleagues, Anne Keothavong and Melanie South, will both compete as qualifiers.

Who’s playing: Sabine Lisicki, Laura Robson, Roberta Vinci, Kirsten Flipkens, Mona Barthel and Daniela Hantuchova

Defending champion: Sabine Lisicki.

Did you know?

Held at EPC since 1982, the tournament is played on grass courts and is a WTA International event seen by some as a sister tournament to the Aegon Championships, on the ATP Tour, which is held at The Queen's Club, London.

Formerly known as the DFS Classic, has been held at the Edgbaston Priory Club since 1982, where Billie Jean King was the tournament’s inaugural champion.

Tickets: Tickets for the 2012 AEGON Classic, Birmingham, are now on sale. Online, Box Office: 0844 209 7359

Follow the event with the LTA Summer Events App




When: 15/06/12

The lowdown: Week two of the grass court season brings the ATP and WTA together for the Aegon International at Eastbourne, in the United Kingdom and the UNICEF Open at `s-Hertogenbosch, in The Netherlands.

Defending Aegon International champion Tamira Paszek will return to the scene of her triumph last year in good spirits in what is another strong field in the women's draw. As for the men, the tournament's defending champion, Andy Roddick, has now hung up his racket, so the field is very much open for someone else to make their mark this time round.

Who’s playing: Gilles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bernard Tomic, Julien Benneteau, Radek Stepanek, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli and Laura Robson.

Defending champion: Men: Andy Roddick. Women: Tamira Paszek.

Did you know?

Martina Navratilova holds the record for the most singles titles at Eastbourne with 11.

Tickets: Tickets for the 2012 AEGON International, Eastbourne are now on sale. Box office: 0844 581 3015, Online

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TOPSHELF – `s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

When: 16/06/12

Held at the Autotron Rosmalen exhibition complex in southern Netherlands about 7 km east of 's-Hertogenbosch, the Topshelf Open serves as the last chance for many players to get their grass court work in, with Wimbledon the following week. The event launched as an ATP tournament in 1990 and became a joint event six years later.

Who’s playing: David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka, John Isner, Jeremy Chardy, Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis

Defending champion: Men: David Ferrer. Women: Nadia Petrova.

Did you know?

Former Dutch Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and his half-sister Michaella Krajicek have both won the tournament on home soil, Richard in 1994, Michaella 12 years later.

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