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How well do Queen's participants perform at Wimbledon?

June 12, 2019
The Queen’s Club Championships (previously Stella Artois Championships, AEGON Championships and now Fever-Tree Championships) has a long history in its own right, but its position in the tour calendar just before the Wimbledon grand slam makes it an intriguing watch for those that wish to assess grass court form.

There have also been remarkable parallels between the outcomes of each tournament throughout the years with many participants at Queen’s going on to perform well at the All-England club a few weeks later and in many cases claim back-to-back grass court titles in London. The summary at the bottom of this page highlights some notable cases in the open-era.

How often has the winner of the Queen's Club Championships gone on to win Wimbledon?

The last man to win at The Queen's Club and Wimbledon in the same year was none other than Andy Murray in 2016. The former British number one claimed his second Wimbledon title with a three-set victory over Canadian Milos Raonic. Amazingly, this was the very same result that occurred at the then AEGON Championships final a few weeks before, albeit one of the three sets was won by Raonic.

Murray also won the London double back in 2013. He beat Marin Cilic to win his third Queen's title, and famously went on to defeat Novak Djokovic in that year's Wimbledon final; becoming the first British man to win the singles tournament at SW19 in 77 years. 

Andy Murray won the London double in both 2013 and 2016

Before that, Rafael Nadal won both in 2008, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, Pete Sampras in both 1999 and 1995, Boris Becker in 1985, John McEnroe in both 1981 and 1984 and also Jimmy Connors in 1982, who defeated McEnroe in both finals that year.

The London Double

Before the open-era, the following men also went on to complete this famous triumph. They were Joshua Pim (1893), Harold Mahony (1896), Tony Wilding (1910-11-12), Don Budge (1937), Bob Falkenburg (1948), Ted Schroeder (1949), Frank Sedgman (1952), Rod Laver (1962), Roy Emerson (1964-65) and John Newcombe (1967).

 

How much of an indicator of form is Queen's when looking ahead to Wimbledon?

Apart from players winning both tournaments, there’s a fair amount of evidence to suggest that just making an appearance at Queen’s can improve a player’s chances at Wimbledon and in some cases can even lay the foundations for a stunning grand slam win.


This is what happened last year when Novak Djokovic made a rare appearance at Queen’s in an attempt to rekindle the form of previous years after struggling with injury for the last twelve months. This saw his world ranking drop to #22. So eyebrows were raised when the Serb made it to the final at the Fever-Tree Championships, where he was eventually defeated by Marin Cilic. Whilst it represented a strong comeback performance, no one really expected Djokovic, despite his pedigree at the top of the world’s game, to challenge at Wimbledon, however his eventual win represented one of the great comebacks of any tennis player, particularly after he went on to win the US Open and reclaim his status as the world’s number one within a few months of stepping onto the Centre Court of The Queen’s Club.


Another top player in Rafael Nadal may have only won Wimbledon twice, but he has reached the final five times. On each of those five occasions, he had played at Queen’s in the same year. The only time he played at Queen’s but didn’t reach the Wimbledon final was in 2015. Let's hope this convinces Rafa to book an extra few weeks in London in the future.


Andy Roddick was another player that seemed to value his experience at Queen's. Apart from winning the title on four occasions, he also went on to reach to Wimbledon final three times, each of which followed a Queen's appearance, two of them being winning ones. Fellow American Pete Sampras also played at Queen's before all of his seven Wimbledon triumphs.


The below highlights some of the notable occurrences where Queen's appearances have preluded strong Wimbledon displays, with those in bold referencing the occasions when players won both titles in the same year.


2018 - Djokovic - Queen’s finalist and then Wimbledon champion

2016 - Murray defeated Raonic in both finals

2013 - Murray won both Queen’s and Wimbledon including Wimbledon for the first time

2010 - Nadal reached quarter-final at Queen’s before going on to win Wimbledon

2009 - Roddick played at Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2008 - Nadal won both Queen’s and Wimbledon

2007 - Nadal reached quarter-final at Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2006 - Nadal reached quarter-final at Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2005 - Roddick won Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2004 - Roddick won Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2003 - Philippoussis played at Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

2002 - Hewitt won both Queen’s and Wimbledon

2000 - Sampras made the final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1999 - Sampras won both Queen’s and Wimbledon

1998 - Sampras and Ivanišević both played at Queen’s before making the final at Wimbledon

1997 - Sampras and Pioline both played at Queen’s before making final at Wimbledon

1995 - Sampras won both Queen’s and Wimbledon, Becker made the semi-finals at Queen’s before reaching the final at Wimbledon

1994 - Sampras made the final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1993 - Sampras out early at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1992 - Ivanišević played at Queen’s before reaching final of Wimbledon

1990 - Becker runner-up at both

1989 - Edberg played at Queen’s before reaching final at Wimbledon

1988 - Becker beat Edberg in Queen’s final before Edberg beat Becker in Wimbledon final

1987 - Cash reached semi-final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1986 - Becker reached quarter-final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1985 - Becker won both Queen’s and Wimbledon, Wimbledon finalist Curren also played at Queen’s

1984 - McEnroe won both Queen’s and Wimbledon

1983 - Connors beat McEnroe at Queen’s, then McEnroe beat Connors at Wimbledon

1982 - Connors beat McEnroe in both finals

1981 - McEnroe won both Queen’s and Wimbledon

1980 - McEnroe won Queen’s before reaching Wimbledon final

1977 - Connors played at Queen’s before making Wimbledon  final

1973 - Metrevelli played at Queen’s before reaching Wimbledon final

1972 - Smith reached quarter-final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1971 - Smith beat Newcombe in Queen’s final before Newcombe beat Smith at Wimbledon

1970 - Newcombe final at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon

1969 - Newcombe runner-up at both, Laver semi at Queen’s before winning Wimbledon



Will we see a similar trend at this summer's grass court season?

 

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