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Should Lleyton Hewitt defend his Artois Championships title this year, the Australian would become the first person to win this trophy for the fifth time. With that result he would pass John McEnroe and Boris Becker in the number of titles won in Queens.

Last year the Australian beat James Blake in the final, and he also won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002.

Hewitt, who reached the fourth round of the French Open in Paris, said he’s happy to get back on the grass. It is his favourite surface, and look for Hewitt to be a real contender in Wimbledon because his form is going upwards.

Seeded No. 6 this year, Hewitt will begin his campaign against either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Frenchman who combined qualification for the main draw and winning the Challenger tournament in Surbiton, or Denmark’s Kristian Pless. His potencial opponent in the third round is Tim Henman, his former doubles partner and a good friend.

(source: artoischampionship)


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Novak Djokovic lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals, but, as he says, he is learning something new always.

He is happy with his performance in Paris, especially because it is his best Grand Slam result.

The 20-year-old Serb, touted as a future champion because of his all-around game, reached the semifinals at a major event for the first time. He held his own against Nadal for a set, but the Spaniard’s typically dogged play eventually deflated Djokovic.

Djokovic has climbed from 16th to fourth in the rankings since the start of the year, but he knows there’s still a gap between him and the top two players – No. 2 Nadal and No. 1 Roger Federer.

Djokovic is aware that his results this year have been fantastic and that they are incredible for his age. But he is realistic and says that Nadal and Federer are best and that they are the favourites on every surface. But, we know that Novak will work hard to reach them.

Djokovic led a Serb surge at Roland Garros. The nation had three Grand Slam semifinalists for the first time, with Ana Ivanovic playing in the women’s final Saturday, and Jelena Jankovic also making the women’s final four.

(source: thetennischannel)

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Lleyton Hewitt begins the defence of his Stella Artois Championship title on Monday and insists a fifth title at Queen’s Club would set him up perfectly to challenge Roger Federer in Wimbledon.

Hewitt has been playing this tournament for many years, and with Federer not in the draw for the tournament, he may well be favourite for another Stella crown which would make him the most successful player in Queen’s history.

The 26-year-old Australian, who won the Wimbledon title in 2002, feels grass will be his best opportunity to beat Federer, and he also feels very capable on grass.

Despite having slipped to 20th in the ATP world rankings, Hewitt admits the prospect of playing on the grass has given him new enthusiasm for what is his favourite time in the tennis calendar. He wouldlike to conquer the Stella Artois Championship, and then surprise Federer in Wimbledon.

English hopes for Queen’s lie with three-time runner-up Tim Henman, who Hewitt beat at the semi-final stage last year. He is joined by Alex Bogdanovic and Richard Bloomfield, who were granted wild cards.

However, British No.1 Andy Murray will not enter the draw due to the wrist injury he picked up at the Hamburg Masters in May.

Of course, all eyes in Serbia will be watching Novak Djokovic, as he is also one of the favourites to win in Queens. He enjoyed an excellent claycourt season, but expect him to show even better skills on grass, as he feels more comfortable on faster surfaces. 
(source: skysports)

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Tournament Name: The Stella Artois Championship
Location: London, England
Dates: 11 – 17 June 2007
Prize Money: € 680,250 (€ 659,000)

Main draw will be made the the saturday before the tournament on site. Play begins on the monday

Top 8 seeds all have byes into the second round!

Entry List

1 Nadal, Rafael 2
2 Roddick, Andy 3
3 Djokovic, Novak 5
4 Gonzalez, Fernando 6
5 Ljubicic, Ivan 8
6 Murray, Andy 10
7 Ancic, Mario 14
8 Hewitt, Lleyton 20
9 Tursunov, Dmitry 24
10 Safin, Marat 26
11 Stepanek, Radek 29
12 Fish, Mardy 31
13 Malisse, Xavier 32
14 Verdasco, Fernando 34
15 Benneteau, Julien 36
16 Bjorkman, Jonas 40
17 Mathieu, Paul-Henri 42
18 Lee, Hyung-Taik 43
19 Monfils, Gael 45
20 Ginepri, Robby 46
21 Mirnyi, Max 47
22 Henman, Tim 50
23 Clement, Arnaud 51
24 Grosjean, Sebastien 58
25 Del Potro, Juan Martin 63
26 Johansson, Thomas 67
27 Delic, Amer 72
28 Gimelstob, Justin 73
29 Serra, Florent 74
30 Lopez, Feliciano 75
31 Hernandez, Oscar 77
32 Karlovic, Ivo 78
33 Roitman, Sergio 79
34 Pless, Kristian 81
35 Llodra, Michael 82
36 Kendrick, Robert 83
37 Gulbis, Ernests 85
38 Srichaphan, Paradorn 86
39 Tipsarevic, Janko 87
40 Hernych, Jan 90
41 Kunitsyn, Igor 91
42 Peya, Alexander 92
43 Seppi, Andreas 94
44 Udomchoke, Danai 95
45 Bolelli, Simone 96
46 (SE)
47 (SE)
48 (Q)
49 (Q)
50 (Q)
51 (Q)
52 (WC) Andreev, Igor RUS
53 (WC) Cilic, Marin CRO
54 (WC)
55 (WC)
56 (WC)

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Andy Roddick moved on to London to begin preparation on the the grass courts of England. Andy’s ankle is getting better, and he should be ready to get a solid week of grass court practice in before the start of Queen’s. He will rely on his serve and big forehand to win points early. The ball is going to move through the court quickly, so Andy will have to go for his shots and use his net game more. He will have to look for every opportunity to finish the point.

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Andy Murray is almost certain to miss Wimbledon due to the wrist injury he suffered before The French Open.

British No 1 Murray has completed just one match in the past two months because of the injury and a series of other problems.He was forced to pull out of the French Open in Paris and has had to rest at the height of the summer season.

Wrist injuries are not easy to heal, and the players who can testify to that statement are Xavier Malisse and Nicolas Kiefer.

Murray is believed to have dedicated himself to conditioning training but he has not been able to hit balls, leaving him short of practice.

But, Andy will certainly be ready to play the tournaments after Wimbledon which are the ones on hard court in United States. His goal is to get in the first eight, and at the end of the year play the finale in Shanghai.

(source: daily mail)

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Juan Monaco beat Gael Monfils in the final of the Pörtschach tournament
in Austria 2:0. First set was a close encounter which ended 7:6
for Monaco in a tiebreak. But, the second set was a clean sweep as it
ended 6:0 for Monaco.

There were two breaks in the first set, as Monaco immediately took 
the lead 2:0 but Monfils replied instantly and it was 2:2. 
Both men served well until the end of the first set and it 
ended 7:6 for Monaco.

As I previously mentioned, the second set was a blow out as Monfils
 did not stand a chance. The only interesting thing in the set was 
that Monfils smashed his racket, and gave it to a young l
ady in the stands.

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