As the warm weather returns to Britain, we round up all the latest news ahead of the biggest event in tennis, The Wimbledon Championships 2016. This year’s championships at SW19 will once again be one of the highlights of the British summer with the world’s best players competing for one of the most coveted prizes in sport.
Andy Murray looking for fifth Queens title ahead of Wimbledon 2016
2013 Wimbledon hero Andy Murray will look for a record fifth Aegon Championship when he returns to Queen’s Club in June.
Murray will use the tournament as preparation for his bid to wrestle the Wimbledon title away from World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The 28-year-old has tasted success at the Aegon Championships in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 – meaning one victory will take him ahead of the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors.
The World No.2 heads a stellar field, which is being hailed as the best in the competitions history with 16 of the world’s top 30 players competing.
Murray will face stiff completion from the likes of dual Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal, reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and crowd favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Scot star commented, “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.”
Johanna Konta to headline two major WTA events in preparation for crack at the Wimbledon Championships 2016
British No.1 Johanna Konta will complete her preparations for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships by competing at the Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) and the Aegon Classic Birmingham.
Konta has enjoyed tremendous success since bursting onto the scene during the grass court season in 2015. She began 2016 by reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open after some outstanding performances.
She has now climbed to a world ranking of no.21 (making her the highest ranked British player in 30 years) and has her sights firmly set on success at Wimbledon.
On her participation at Nottignham Konta said, “I had a good run at the tournament last year, which was the start of a great summer for me. It’s a really strong player field this year, which is great for the tournament and I’m hoping for more success in Nottingham.”
While the Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “We are delighted to have Johanna join the Aegon Open Nottingham line-up this year. She is a fan favourite in the city and her success at the event at Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2015 captivated the crowd”
At the Aegon Classic Birmingham, Wimbledon hopeful Konta will be joined by the likes of Angelique Kerber (Australian Open 2016 Champion), Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki.
Both of these events promise to provide a fascinating prelude to Wimbledon 2016.
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