AEGON Championships 2013: Schedule, TV Info and Predictions

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

It's the traditional tune-up for Wimbledon on the ATP Tour and the beginning of the grass-court season in tennis—the AEGON Championships are upon us, folks. 

While the event will be devoid of stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (who is off to the Gerry Weber Open in Germany), there will be plenty of players to keep an eye on, including Andy Murray, who makes his return after missing the French Open. 

If you've already got the Wimbledon itch, the best way to scratch it is the AEGON Championships this week. Let's take a closer look at this event, including the schedule, draw and a few players to keep an eye one.


When: Monday, June 10 to Sunday, June 16

Where: The Queen's Club, London, England

Watch: Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's final will be available on the Tennis Channel. Saturday's coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET, while Sunday's coverage gets underway at 8 a.m. ET



June 10-11: First Round

June 12: Second Round

June 13: Third Round

June 14: Quarterfinals

June 15: Semifinals

June: 16: Final


Players To Watch

After skipping the French Open with a back injury, Murray will return in this Wimbledon tune-up as the top overall seed. While a little rust is to be expected, Murray—a two-time winner at the event—will still come in as the favorite.

Tomas Berdych comes in as the No. 2 seed and will be looking to win his first tournament of the year and erase a disappointing first-round loss at the French Open. He'll be on the same side of the bracket as Juan Martin del Potro, who will be looking to earn his second title of the year.

The man to watch out for is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is fresh off a solid run at the French Open, reaching the semifinals after beating Roger Federer in the quarters. A potential semifinal between he and Andy Murray is the match everyone is hoping to see at this tournament. 

Other top contenders include Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey and Alexandr Dolgopolov.



[1] Andy Murray vs. Bye

Nicolas Mahut vs. Rhyne Williams

Frederik Nielsen vs. Marinko Matosevic

Michael Llodra vs. [15] Pablo Andujar

[12] Lukas Rosol vs. Samuel Groth

Benjamin Becker vs. Bernard Tomic

Santiago Giraldo vs. Jesse Levine

Bye vs. [7] Alexandr Dolgopolov

[4] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Bye

Guilaume Rufin vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin

Tatsuma Ito vs. Igor Sijsling

Andrey Kuznetsov vs. [14] Denis Istomin

[9] Benoit Paire vs. Jamie Baker

Federico Delbonis vs. Denis Kudla

Kenny De Schepper vs. Rajeev Ram

Bye vs. [8] Kevin Anderson

[6] Sam Querrey vs. Bye

Aljaz Bedene vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu

Lleyton Hewitt vs. Michael Russell

Dudi Sela vs. [10] Grigor Dimitrov

[13] Jarkko Nieminen vs. Ryan Harrison

Guido Pella vs. Daniel Evans

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Xavier Malisse

Bye vs. [3] Juan Martin del Potro

[5] Marin Cilic vs. Bye

Ivan Dodig vs. James Ward

Feliciano Lopez vs. Ricardas Berankis

Adrian Mannarino vs. [11] Julien Benneteau

[16] Grega Zemlja vs. Kyle Edmund

Edward Corrie vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky

Thiemo De Bakker vs. Ilja Bozoljac

Bye vs. [2] Tomas Berdych



I'm sticking with Tsonga in this one after his impressive showing at the French Open. Yes, it was a major disappointment that he didn't reach the final, but knocking off Federer is no small feat.

With Murray likely to be at less than his top form and wins over Berdych and Del Potro in his last meetings with the players, I like Tsonga to prevail at The Queen's Club.



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