TPF Tennis brings you a summary of what’s occurring in the world of British tennis.
Ward Plans to Woo Queen’s
British number two James Ward has been handed a wildcard for the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club next month. The world number 209 will compete at the tournament that he raised his profile and game in 2011, the year he reached the semi-finals. Along the way to the last four, Stanislas Wawrinka and the then defending-champion Sam Querry were victims of Ward’s incredible form but, unfortunately, Frenchman Jo Wilfred-Tsonga proved too much for the Briton. The 26-year-old was also part of the recent Davis Cup fight-back by the British team against Russia.
The world number 24, Alexandr Dolgopolov, has also been handed a wildcard and will come up against the likes of Andy Murray, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, Grigor Dimitrov and the defending champion, Marin Cilic, who have all been pencilled in for the event, which begins on 10 June and concludes on 16 June.
Murray Crunch Time
After suffering from back problems in Rome last week, Andy Murray is set to make his decision tomorrow on his participation at the French Open, which begins on Sunday. It’s believed he spoke to another specialist today and that he’ll prioritise Wimbledon over Roland Garros.
Elana Baltacha made a winning return to action on the WTA Tour after foot problems plagued the 29-year-old for months. Baltacha beat Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 to progress to the second round of the Brussels Open.
With Murray’s decision on that event yet to be announced, let’s take a look at the others that’ll be off to France.
Laura Robson will go straight into the main draw for the first time and should have every confidence going into the second Grand Slam event of the year. At the last major, the Australian Open, she beat Petra Kvitova and at last year’s US Open Li Na was defeated by the Brit. We most definitely know she can upset the odds on the big stage so why not at Roland Garros?
British number two Heather Watson, who recently turned 21, will be looking to build on her two previous round two finishes at Roland Garros after returning to tennis after recovering from illness.
Elana Baltacha will compete at her first Grand Slam since 2012’s Wimbledon and begin in the main draw.
Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong and Tara Moore are the British women seeking seeking a place in the main draw through the qualifying stages, which are underway now so keep an eye at for their names!
Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming are the main hope in the men’s doubles. Dominic Inglot will play alongside American Treat Huey while Jamie Murray will compete with Aussie partner John Peers. Murray and Peers beat the dominant Bryan brothers in the Houston final earlier this year. Ken Skupski has a Belgian partner in Xavier Malisse. Finally, Laura Robson will join forces with American and six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Lisa Raymond, who is 39-years-old, in the women’s doubles competition. The British-American pair reached the final of the Miami Masters earlier this year.
Good luck to all the Brits at Roland Garros.
Lastly, but by no means the least, Wimbledon is gearing up for the Championships. All the courts are being marked out which means it’s not too far away! The tournament begins in little over a month’s time.
Here we are a fully marked out Centre Court but who will be victorious come the finals weekend? twitter.com/WimboGroundsma…
— Wimbledon Groundsman (@WimboGroundsman) May 20, 2013
Just short of an hour to complete, can’t wait to be marking this out daily for the tournament twitter.com/WimboGroundsma…
— Wimbledon Groundsman (@WimboGroundsman) May 21, 2013
– Nathan Morley