The BBC and British Eurosport will have extensive coverage of the AEGON Championships, the traditional pre-Wimbledon men’s tournament, as the grass season begins in earnest at the famous Queen’s Club.
Featuring six players ranked inside the world’s top twelve, and following straight on from the French Open at Roland Garros, some of the sport’s top names will be making their final preparations ahead of the third grand slam of the year at Wimbledon.
Britain’s Andy Murray claimed his second Queen’s title last, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rain-delayed Monday showdown.
The world number four will be the man to beat once again as he looks to defend the title he won last year, and is the tournament’s number one seed.
Murray will take heart from the fact that 25 of the last 27 Wimbledon champions have played at Queen’s Club.
Tsonga will try to go one step further than last year by winning his first grass court title, and build on his impressive display at his home grand slam at Roland Garros.
The world number six proved to be hugely popular with the Queen’s crowd, with his big serve, diving volleys and extravagant celebrations.
The tournament has been dominated in recent years by two former world number one players – Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick – and the latter will once again compete this time around.
Despite a disappointing run of form in recent times, the popular American will be a strong contender for the tournament.
Hewitt, a four-time champion at Queen’s, has been awarded a wild card into the draw after slipping down the rankings over the past two years.
The Australian completed a grass court double in 2002, defeating Tim Henman in the Queen’s final, and then David Nalbandian in the final at Wimbledon.
Also entered into the main draw is 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, and world number 8 Janko Tipsarevic.
The AEGON Championships will also give an opportunity for several British players to make their mark, including James Ward, who enjoyed a memorable run to the semi-finals last year.
He has been given a wild card into the main draw, along with Jamie Baker, Oliver Golding and Liam Broady.
Baker has fought back from a life-threatening virus he contracted four years ago and recently reached a career-high ranking of 206 after winning a Futures event in Mexico.
Golding won the US Open junior tournament last September, and is now ranked at world number 487. He put in a creditable performance in his Queen’s debut last year when he went down in three sets to the 2007 runner-up Nicolas Mahut.
Broady, the current World No.3 in the junior rankings, will make his first appearance in an ATP World Tour-level tournament.
Partnering Josh Ward-Hibbert, Broady won the Australian Open junior doubles in January and the Orange Bowl late last year. He also reached the finals of the Wimbledon junior singles in 2011.Seeds: 1 – Andy Murray (GBR) 2 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3 – Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 4 – Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 5 – Gilles Simon (FRA) 6 – Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7 – Marin Cilic (CRO) 8 – Andy Roddick (USA) 9 – Julien Benneteau (FRA) 10 – Kevin Anderson (RSA) 11 – David Nalbandian (ARG) 12 – Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 13 – Denis Istomin (UZB) 14 – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 15 – Gilles Muller (LUX) 16 – Go Soeda (JAP)
Sue Barker presents the BBC’s live coverage from the famous Queen’s Club, as the grass court season begins.
Commentary comes from Andrew Castle, John Lloyd, Barry Davies and Jonathan Overend, with Peter Fleming joining the team this year.
Fresh from his stint as host of ITV’s coverage of the French Open, John Inverdale will conduct interviews with the players and reports from around the grounds.
Coverage of the early rounds will be shown on BBC Two and the BBC Red Button, with the semi-finals live on BBC One on Saturday, June 16.
For the first time, the Queen’s final is scheduled to be screened live on BBC One on Sunday, June 17.
All of the BBC’s network TV coverage will available to watch in high-definition on either BBC One HD and the BBC HD channel.
Live streaming, text commentaries and match reports will be provided via the BBC Sport website.
The BBC recently extended its partnership with Queen’s Club to broadcast the AEGON Championships until 2017, ensuring that the prestigious event will stay on terrestrial television.
Live all week long, British Eurosport viewers will be able to watch extensive coverage from one of the top ten tennis events in the world.
Eurosport’s on-site team includes presenter Rob Curling, with Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski on hand to guide viewers through all the day’s key moments.
Commentary comes from Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam and Frew McMillan.
All of the pan-European channel’s coverage will be shown on British Eurosport 2 and Eurosport HD.
Also later in the week, British Eurosport will have live coverage of the women’s Wimbledon warm-up tournament from Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham – the AEGON Classic – featuring some of the top names from the women’s game.
Monday 11th June Day 1 – First Round LIVE – 1pm-5.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE – 12.30pm-7pm – BBC Red Button LIVE – 12.15pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Tuesday 12th June Day 2 – Second Round LIVE – 1pm-5.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE – 12.30pm-9pm – BBC Red Button LIVE – 12.15pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Wednesday 13th June Day 3 – Second Round LIVE – 1pm-5.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE – 12.30pm-9pm – BBC Red Button LIVE – 12.15pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Thursday 14th June Day 4 – Third Round LIVE – 1pm-5.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE – 12.30pm-9pm – BBC Red Button LIVE – 12.15pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Friday 15th June Day 5 – Quarter Finals LIVE – 1pm-5.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD LIVE – 12.30pm-9pm – BBC Red Button LIVE – 12.10pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Saturday 16th June Day 6 – Semi Finals LIVE – 1.20pm-5.30pm – BBC One / BBC One HD LIVE – 1pm-5.30pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD Sunday 17th June AEGON Championships Final 2012 LIVE – 2pm-5pm – BBC One / BBC One HD LIVE – 2.15pm-4.45pm – British Eurosport 2 / Eurosport HD . .