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Early Commitments

shotgun
04-29-2006, 09:47 PM
According to the official site, the following top players will play this tournament:

- Rafael Nadal
- Andy Roddick
- Andy Murray
- Ivan Ljubicic
- Nikolay Davydenko
- James Blake
- Lleyton Hewitt
- Greg Rusedski
- Tim Henman


Full entry list should be out next week.

savesthedizzle
04-29-2006, 09:53 PM
I'm praying for Djokovic to come. Likely, I think, since he played in the qualifying last year, plus Ljubicic is coming.

*crosses fingers*

smucav
04-29-2006, 11:44 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport2/hi/tennis/4834714.stmLjubicic to join Nadal at Queen's

Ivan Ljubicic will make his Stella Artois Championships debut at London's Queen's Club from 12-18 June.

Nikolay Davydenko and James Blake have also added their names to a starting list that now includes five of the world's top 10 players.

World number two Rafael Nadal has already announced his intention to play, along with Briton Andy Murray.

Andy Roddick will defend his title, while three-time winner Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski also play.

"The Stella Artois is a very important and traditional tournament and I like a lot to play on grass," said Nadal.

"I need to improve, I want to improve, and to be able to stay in London and play on grass before Wimbledon is a very good opportunity for me."

The Spaniard played the Halle tournament in Germany last year, losing to Alex Waske in the first round, and went down to Gilles Muller in the second round of Wimbledon two weeks later.

Roddick said: "I have some fond memories of the Stella Artois over the last few years and I look forward to going back to defend my title.

"I always enjoy going to such a special place to play on grass."

Murray made a breakthrough at last year's tournament, beating Santiago Ventura for his first ATP Tour victory and then seeing off Taylor Dent.

The Scot's run came to an end in a dramatic third-round encounter with Thomas Johansson.

Published: 2006/04/03 12:37:29 GMT

© BBC MMVI

Forever-Delayed
04-30-2006, 09:14 AM
That is going to be a very strong draw by the looks of things, probably the strongest they have ever had

revolution
04-30-2006, 05:38 PM
Expect Nole to appear, due to his connections with Ricardo Piatti and Ljubicic. Makes no sense for him to go to Halle without his coach supporting him.

Andre Agassi could still be given a WC, and expect Scud to receive one.

Ivo Karlovic and the French duo Monfils and Grosjean will probably take part too. Looks good!

Jimnik
04-30-2006, 05:44 PM
Why does Agassi need a WC? Can't he get into the main draw?

Philippoussis will probably get a WC although Queens usually likes to give them all to British players.

When will the full entry list be released? Is it tomorrow?

shotgun
04-30-2006, 05:52 PM
Why does Agassi need a WC? Can't he get into the main draw?

Philippoussis will probably get a WC although Queens usually likes to give them all to British players.

When will the full entry list be released? Is it tomorrow?

He can as long as he respects the entry deadline.

Full entry list should be out on Tuesday evening.

joeb_uk
04-30-2006, 06:51 PM
Aha great! I am hoping to come along to this event, I went last year and enjoyed it! Cant wait to see the entry list on tuesday :D Thanks for posting.

joeb_uk
05-01-2006, 01:40 PM
As usual, alot of great players will be at halle :sad: So these wont be on the entry list:

Federer
Nalbandian
Coria
Gasquet
Kiefer
Haas
Berdych
Safin
Baghdatis

PinkFeatherBoa
05-01-2006, 05:36 PM
As usual, alot of great players will be at halle :sad: So these wont be on the entry list:

Federer
Nalbandian
Coria :hearts: :hearts:
Gasquet :hearts: :drool: :hearts:
Kiefer :D
Haas :hearts:
Berdych
Safin :hearts:
Baghdatis :hearts:

Gah, I wish I lived in Germany instead. :(

Jimnik
05-01-2006, 05:43 PM
I just wonder how seriously the Germans will take that tournament. It's taking place right in the middle of the World Cup.

MrExcel
05-01-2006, 07:12 PM
Agassi will play...


http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/06/05/01/TENNIS_Agassi.html


AGASSI SET FOR QUEEN'S COMEBACK By Mark Staniforth, PA Sport

Andre Agassi will return from a three-month competitive absence to play at the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club in June.

The 36-year-old is determined to make the most of the grass-court season having missed out on another Wimbledon appearance due to injury last year.

Agassi, who has not played since the Indian Wells event in March, will instead sit out the entire clay-court season in order to arrive in London in the best possible shape.

Agassi said: "The wear and tear of the clay-court season is something that has set me back in the past in terms of the grass-court season and the grass season is something I do not want to miss again."

The American joins British trio Andy Murray, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, plus the likes of Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt in confirming his participation in the Queen's event which begins on June 12.

Tournament director Ian Wight said: "Andre always brings a little bit of extra magic. His decision to return to the Stella Artois is a wonderful bonus for our spectators."

Agassi made his first appearance at the Stella Artois in 2000 and reached the semi-finals in 2003 where he lost a tight battle with compatriot Andy Roddick.

Last year he was forced to miss the entire grass-court season after suffering a recurrence of a back injury in a first-round French Open defeat to Jarkko Nieminen.

Increasingly picking his tournaments to keep injuries at bay, Agassi has played just three top-level tournaments so far this year and is unlikely to add to that tally before Queen's.

Deboogle!.
05-01-2006, 07:46 PM
yup, on the tourney site too http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/news/2006/agassi.asp

Obviously he entered on time and won't need a WC or anything

joeb_uk
05-01-2006, 07:48 PM
yup, on the tourney site too http://www.stellaartoistennis.com/news/2006/agassi.asp

Obviously he entered on time and won't need a WC or anything

Deb, why do the american guys love queens so much? :D 3 Top ranked americans always seem to play here eh? But although I dont like a few of the top players in this event, it should be interesting actually! High quality so far.

LaTenista
05-01-2006, 10:19 PM
Deb, why do the american guys love queens so much? :D 3 Top ranked americans always seem to play here eh? But although I dont like a few of the top players in this event, it should be interesting actually! High quality so far.

I know I'm not Deb, but speaking as an American who once called London home, in general Yanks love Britain. :hearts:

Also, it seems the players like to rent a house for Wimbledon, if they go over for Queens, then it's like 4 weeks without having to fly anywhere. ;)

LeCoach
05-01-2006, 10:44 PM
As an American who has been to Queen's I can see why they like it. They get to spend a month in England, they dont have to travel anywhere for 3-4 weeks, people speak English there, the Brits are generally nice and friendly and have more of a sense of humor than Germans! (Halle). The courts there are amazing and I think its a really nice tourney.

savesthedizzle
05-01-2006, 10:46 PM
I got my tickets in the mail today :) :bounce:

joeb_uk
05-01-2006, 10:50 PM
I got my tickets in the mail today :) :bounce:

Maybe you can be my lifesaver :P Does it say what time the gates open? And also the start of play? I really hope its 11am, that the gates open :D and 11.30 for start of play!! If not I am fucked :( :lol: It seems nationarail have messed with the trains, and it means compared to last year I have to get a train an hour later :eek: which makes it almost impossible to get there on time for queens and surbiton if play starts at 11.

savesthedizzle
05-02-2006, 01:02 AM
Maybe you can be my lifesaver :P Does it say what time the gates open? And also the start of play? I really hope its 11am, that the gates open :D and 11.30 for start of play!! If not I am fucked :( :lol: It seems nationarail have messed with the trains, and it means compared to last year I have to get a train an hour later :eek: which makes it almost impossible to get there on time for queens and surbiton if play starts at 11.


I'm not sure because I actually had them mailed to my parent's house and my mom called me to tell me they had arrived, but next time I talk to her I will ask. I can call her up tonight :)

Deboogle!.
05-02-2006, 01:27 AM
I know I'm not Deb, but speaking as an American who once called London home, in general Yanks love Britain. :hearts:

Also, it seems the players like to rent a house for Wimbledon, if they go over for Queens, then it's like 4 weeks without having to fly anywhere. ;)Exactly. It's a comfort level thing. I remember one time when Andy won queens that's exactly what he said. He rents a house, he gets comfortable, finds his favorite restaurants, gets used to the weather and all those little things that affect your happiness, etc. Plus in general, players don't switch around what tourneys they play all that much. Andy's played Queens since 2001, Andre always played Queens, same with James, etc. Plus all these guys are good friends.... you got Andy, James, the Bryans, etc., all in one place, they hang out, have fun, play poker, whatever. :)