AEGON Championships 2013: Schedule, TV Info and Predictions
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.
 Andy Murray vs. Bye
Nicolas Mahut vs. Rhyne Williams
Frederik Nielsen vs. Marinko Matosevic
Michael Llodra vs.  Pablo Andujar
 Lukas Rosol vs. Samuel Groth
Benjamin Becker vs. Bernard Tomic
Santiago Giraldo vs. Jesse Levine
Bye vs.  Alexandr Dolgopolov
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Bye
Guilaume Rufin vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Tatsuma Ito vs. Igor Sijsling
Andrey Kuznetsov vs.  Denis Istomin
 Benoit Paire vs. Jamie Baker
Federico Delbonis vs. Denis Kudla
Who will win this event?
Kenny De Schepper vs. Rajeev Ram
Bye vs.  Kevin Anderson
 Sam Querrey vs. Bye
Aljaz Bedene vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Lleyton Hewitt vs. Michael Russell
Dudi Sela vs.  Grigor Dimitrov
 Jarkko Nieminen vs. Ryan Harrison
Guido Pella vs. Daniel Evans
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Xavier Malisse
Bye vs.  Juan Martin del Potro
 Marin Cilic vs. Bye
Ivan Dodig vs. James Ward
Feliciano Lopez vs. Ricardas Berankis
Adrian Mannarino vs.  Julien Benneteau
 Grega Zemlja vs. Kyle Edmund
Edward Corrie vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
Thiemo De Bakker vs. Ilja Bozoljac
Bye vs.  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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