Event: Aegon Championships
Category: ATP World Tour – 500 Series
Date: June 13 -19, 2016
Location: Queen’s Club – London, England
With the grass-court season underway, the next stop on the tour is the Aegon Championships in London. The Queens Club in London is one of two ATP 500 grass events taking place this week ahead of Wimbledon. Eight of the world’s top 20 make up the draw.
The 2016 Aegon Championships (also known traditionally as the Queen’s Club Championships) will be a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts. It will be the 113th edition of those championships and part of the ATP World Tour 500 series of the 2016 ATP World Tour. It will take place at the Queen’s Club in London, United Kingdom between 13 and 19 June.
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It’s the British public’s main chance to sample ATP tennis before the move to the All-England Club for the most famous tournament in tennis. During the same week, WTA fans can go to Birmingham for the Aegon Classic, part of a jam-packed week for tennis enthusiasts in Great Britain.
With a prize money allotment of just over 1.8 million Euros, the 500-point tournament isn’t as lucrative as Dubai, but it’s still an event of appreciable value for various players, financially and in terms of rankings points. The event’s importance is not chiefly tied to points (though 500 is nothing to sneeze at), but to the ability to get match play in advance of Wimbledon against quality competition. The grass season is so short that players can’t be overly choosy about which events they enter before Wimbledon. Most players on tour need at least one warm-up event to reacquaint themselves with the unique dimensions of grass tennis – the changing surface, the odd bounces, the slick feel of the turf, the shorter nature of points, the lower hitting zone for most players, the need to hit more backhand slices, and all the other things grass tennis brings to the table.
The points structure under the ATP system is that the championship means 500 points. A runner-up finish is worth 300. A semifinal result is 180 points, and a quarterfinal appearance offers 90 points. A round-of-16 results provides 45 points.
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Year Champion Runner-up Score
2015 – Andy Murray def. Kevin Anderson – 6-3, 6-4
2014 – Grigor Dimitrov def. Feliciano Lopez – 6-7, 7-6, 7-6
2013 – Andy Murray def. Marin Cilic – 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
2012 – Marin Cilic def. David Nalbandian – 6-7, 4-3 (Nalbandian was defaulted for injuring a linesman)
2011 – Andy Murray def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
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