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Four reasons to be excited for the 2024 cinch Championships

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The cinch Championships is back for the latest instalment of the ATP 500 event and what a tournament it's set to be.

From British hopefuls to the reigning champion hoping to defend his title, here’s four reasons why you should be excited for the 2024 cinch Championships.

Carlos Alcaraz arrives in red hot form to defend title

The name that is undoubtedly catching eyes on this year’s entry list is world No.2 Carlos Alcaraz, who will return to The Queen’s Club in a bid to retain his crown.

Last year’s tournament in West London marked the beginning of the Spaniard’s 12-match win streak on the grass which saw him become only the fifth man in the Open Era to do the cinch Championships and Wimbledon double.

If Alcaraz has shown us anything it’s that he’s a quick learner on a tennis court. Last year’s championships marked only his third tournament on the grass, but despite his inexperience on the surface, the former world No.1 dominated the field with his first strike tennis to eventually clinch his maiden grass title.

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12 months later, Alcaraz will arrive at the tournament in fiery form after clinching his third Grand Slam title at Roland Garros just a few days ago – becoming the youngest player to earn a major title on all three surfaces at just 21-years-old.

With a huge summer ahead on the grass for the reigning champion, the top seed will be looking to kick-start his British summer swing with another victorious run at the ATP 500 event – but will someone else stand in his way of clinching a 15th tour-level title?

British stars gunning to make an impact in West Kensington

Like the majority of tournaments on the British grass court circuit, the cinch Championships is set to welcome some of the best homegrown talent to the Queen’s Club for the week-long tournament.

Amongst those set to contest the title is former champion Andy Murray who will be embarking on what could be the final grass court season of his career. No player in history has bettered Murray’s six combined titles (five singles and one doubles) at the cinch Championships, with the 37-year-old being hailed the tournament’s most successful player.

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Meanwhile, 2021 runner-up Cam Norrie and British No.3 Dan Evans will be going in pursuit of a first title of the season as they look to light up their grass court seasons. Jack Draper is back competing on the grass for the first time since 2022. The British No.2 will arrive with fond memories playing at the tournament, having defeated the likes of Jannik Sinner, Alexander Bublik and Taylor Fritz since making his debut three years ago. 

The doubles draw will welcome four-time Grand Slam champion Joe Salisbury to the grass, while reigning Wimbledon men's doubles champion Neal Skupski will challenge his compatriot for the title, as he joins forces with New Zealand’s Michael Venus.

There could still be even more Brits set for action in West London, with wild card entrants and qualifying still to be announced.

With a wealth of talent set to compete on home soil, will this year’s tournament see a Brit take home the trophy?

cinch Championships Fan Day brings new experiences for spectators

Alongside the main draw action, this year’s tournament will host a cinch Championships Fan Day, in aid of the LTA Tennis Foundation, taking place on Sunday 16 June.

The Fan Day will allow ticket holders to watch open practice sessions, see players compete in qualifying for a spot in the main draw, and be able to enjoy exhibition matches with some of the world’s top players. All profits from the cinch Championships Fan Day will go to the LTA Tennis Foundation to support their mission to improve lives through tennis.

Already locked in for the exhibition matches are reigning cinch Championships and Wimbledon champion Alcaraz, 2023 semi-finalist Holger Rune and Frances Tiafoe. They’ll also be accompanied by some of the best British talent, including Norrie, Salisbury and last year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles champion Skupski.

With an action-packed weekend kicking off this year's tournament, the cinch Championships Fan Day is set to be a fantastic edition to this year's edition.

Multiple grass court titleholders flock to the Queen's Club to fight for the trophy

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The prestigeous cinch Championships has long attracted some of the world's top players to its venue for the ATP 500 event. Amongst those set to contest one of the most sought-after trophies of the grass court swing this year, is a host of players who have previously tasted title success on the grass.

Former champion Grigor Dimitrov knows exactly what it takes to beat the very best at the Queen's Club after the current world No.10 downed Feliciano Lopez to claim the crown back in 2014. The Bulgarian is currently embarking on one of the most impressive seasons of his career so far and won't be one to underestimate.

A trio of former Rothesay International Eastbourne titlists in Alex de Minuar, Taylor Fritz and Francisco Cerundolo will also be London bound as they look to add the cinch Championships silverware to their collection of grass court accolades.

Meanwhile, reigning Stuttgart Open and former Rothesay Open champion Tiafoe, 2021 Halle Open winner Ugo Humbert and Adrian Mannarino, who last year added the Hall of Fame Open title to his 2019 s'-Hertogenbosch trophy - will all be looking to find some form on the grass ahead of the third Grand Slam of the year at Wimbledon.

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