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Top seed Murray set for Queen's

AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Queen's Club, London Dates: 8-14 June 2009 Coverage: Live coverage on BBC1, BBC2, red button, Radio Five Live updates and BBC Sport website. Find complete listings here

The Queen's Club stands have been given a new look this year
The Queen's Club stands have been given a new look this year

Andy Murray goes into the Aegon Championships as the first Briton to be the top seed at Queen's Club, following the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal.

The Scot, 22, will open against Italy's Andreas Seppi or Robby Ginepri of the US, with Mardy Fish and Gael Monfils possible opponents further on.

Andy Roddick is the second seed and will first play Leonardo Mayer of Argentina or Belgian Kristof Vliegen.

Fellow four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt plays Eduardo Schwank.

Britain's James Ward will meet fellow wild card Marcos Baghdatis in the first round, and Josh Goodall, who also received a wild card, begins against Gilles Muller and could face Murray in the third round.

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Spectators will see a significant difference at Queen's Club this year as the tournament undergoes a facelift following the arrival of new sponsors.

"The most obvious change is colour," says tournament director Chris Kermode. "With the new sponsor everything is bright blue - seats, court surrounds, almost everything.

"Aside from the colour and the name, fundamentally the tournament hasn't changed at all.

"We're going to have sell-out crowds every single day of the week, 26 hours of live television coverage on the BBC, we'll be broadcast in 120 countries around the world and even though we sadly lost Rafael Nadal to injury, we've still got a fantastic player-field with three former world number ones (Roddick, Hewitt and Marat Safin) and the current world number three, Andy Murray.

"They came here immediately and they've been practising every day that the weather has allowed them to."



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see also
Champion Nadal out of Wimbledon
19 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Queen's wildcards for British duo
26 May 09 |  Tennis
Hewitt to join Nadal at Queen's
07 May 09 |  Tennis
Nadal outwits Djokovic at Queen's
15 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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