AEGON Championships 2017: Andy Murray Upset Headlines Tuesday's Action
- Author: Joey Payne Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 1:48
Britain's world number one Andy Murray will donate any winnings from the Aegon Championships at Queen's to families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. That was the considered opinion of the world No 1 after his shock defeat in the first round.
Raonic finished as Queen's and Wimbledon runner-up a year ago, but the Canadian's hopes of another strong showing on grass were wrecked by Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis's 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) triumph.
"I just took each point at a time and I didn't expect to win here in straight sets and I just wanted to enjoy myself and stay calm". Today's match was not good, but I was much better in practice.
"I need to make sure I get that work done and put the time in on the court and in the gym".
"He played better than me ... that's what happened", Murray said. He played better than me.
Thompson has never won a Tour title, while Murray has 45, including three Grand Slams, to his credit.
At the end of that year's tournament, Murray also played in a charity doubles match alongside his coach Ivan Lendl, former British No. 1 Tim Henman and Czech player Tomas Berdych, before taking part in an all-star celebrity match that featured Boris Johnson and Richard Branson.
"I don't think it's fair to place blame anywhere like that", Murray said. "Obviously this tournament has given me great preparation in the past, and when I have done well here, you know, Wimbledon has tended to go pretty well, too".
Until Tuesday, Andy Murray hadn't lost in the first round of Queen's since 2012. But exhibition matches bear no resemblance to match play - and Murray needs to sharpen every weapon in his armoury to be ready for Wimbledon.
'It's not ideal but guys in the past have gone on to Wimbledon having not won loads of matches. Novak Djokovic, a number of times, hasn't played any warm-up tournaments and played very well there.
"Obviously it would have been a lot easier scheduling everything if I was to be here and have many more matches ahead of me".