cinch Championships 2022: The star lineup set to take center stage at Queen's
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The countdown is finally underway. With everyone eagerly anticipating the 2022 cinch Championships, and with general sale tickets open on Tuesday 29 March, it would only be fair to give you a little sneak peek into what’s to come.
The Queen’s Club has hosted some of the biggest names in tennis over the years, and with an impressive line-up set to pack their bags and set sail for London this June, here’s a preview of the first stars that have been confirmed for the cinch Championships 2022.
Introducing the Brits...
British No.1 Cameron Norrie is set to make his sixth appearance at the Queen’s Club this June. The world No.11 reached a new tournament record after booking himself a spot in the final last season, joined by the now world No.6, Matteo Berrettini. Norrie lost the first set before fighting back in the second, eventually losing 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-3. Having previously accepted the runners-up medal, Norrie will be looking for an ultimate comeback on home soil in this year’s cinch Championships.
Norrie has a colourful history, having won the title of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, and two ATP 250 tournaments at the Delray Beach Open and the Abierto de Tenis Mifel, but – with the grass court season soon to be underway - the British star will have his sights on more silverware, having been in touching distance of lifting the cinch Championships trophy in 2021.
Five-time champion, Andy Murray, will return to Queen’s for a fifteenth time, having last appeared in the tournament in 2021. The former world No.1 has a remarkable record in the cinch Championships, winning on all five occasions on which he has reached the final. Murray last won the tournament back in 2016 after defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic.
Murray has already successfully reached a final this season, having defeated the likes of Top 50 players, Reilly Opelka, David Goffin, and Nikoloz Basilashvili, at the Sydney Tennis classic, but sadly fell short at the last hurdle after losing 6-3, 6-3 to Aslan Karatsev.
World No.35, Dan Evans, boats a wealth of experience as he returns to Queen’s for the eleventh time this June. Evans has competed against some of the tournaments’ finest competitors over the years, including reigning champion, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, in the quarter finals last year.
Evans’ season opener went off with a bang after big wins over Denis Shapovalov and John Isner at the ATP Cup, followed by a successful run at the Sydney Tennis Classic where he progressed to the semi-finals.
Up and coming star, Jack Draper, will also join the action, marking his third appearance in the tournament. Draper made his debut at the young age of 17, and since - in just his second campaign at Queen’s – he reached the quarter-finals before losing to countryman, Cameron Norrie.
Draper has had an impressive start to the season, winning four ITF Challenger titles in the space of just three months. The 20-year-old continued his fine run of form after receiving a wildcard for the Miami Open where he defeated the experienced Gilles Simon in straight sets.
With the Brits announced; we take a look at the International stars set to grace some of London's finest grass courts in this years' cinch Championships.
World No.6, Matteo Berrettini, returns to Queen's to defend his title after beating Britain's, Cam Norrie, in the 2021 cinch Championships final. His return will mark his second consecutive appearance in the tournament after his memorable debut at the Queen's Club. The 25-year-old also has five ATP 250 titles to his name but will be looking to add another ATP 500 title to his collection this June.
Berrettini has been one of the stars of the ATP Tour in recent years and has previously competed in two Grand Slam semi-finals, and a final at Wimbledon. The Italian lost out to World No.1, Novak Djokovic, in the Wimbledon final in 2021.
The youngest player to become ATP Tour champion since Kei Nishikori - Carlos Alcaraz will aim to hit headlines once again this summer when he makes his maiden appearance at the cinch Championships.
Just four years into his professional career, the Spaniard has come up against a list of sporting greats. In 2021 alone, the youngster came face-to-face with Britain’s most successful tennis player, Andy Murray, where he won with straight sets in Vienna. Alcaraz then went onto play the current world No.3, Alexander Zverev, but sadly missed out on a place in the final after losing 6-3, 6-3.
Yet, the question remains; at the mere age of 19, can he make history by becoming the youngest player to become the King of Queen’s 2022?
Norway’s main man, Casper Ruud, will be welcomed at Queen's for the very first time this summer. The Norwegian has had much success on clay, where he’s won six of his seven ATP titles, including the crown at the Argentina Open earlier this year. Ruud will be hopeful to conquer the cinch Championships and take home his first ever ATP 500 trophy.
Ruud has risen up through the rankings in recent years, reaching four ATP Masters semi-finals – including Rome where he went head-to-head with World No.1, Novak Djokovic – and having qualified for last year’s Nitto ATP Finals.
Throughout his career, Shapovalov has become accustomed to the grass courts boasted by the Queens Club, as this June will mark his fifth appearance. Having been knocked out by home favourite, Cam Norrie, in the semi-finals back in 2021, Shapovalov will fight to secure his second ATP Title.
Canadian, Denis Shapovalov, had an ace start to his 2022 campaign as he helped Canada to their first ATP Cup win. Since he has fought his way to the men’s singles semi-final at the Australian Open, where he was defeated by world No.4, and 21-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal.
France’s Gael Monfils returns to Queens for the first time since 2010. Having previously competed in the tournament for five consecutive years, the former World No.6 is no stranger to historic grass courts at Queens Club. In 2006, Monfils qualified for the quarter-finals where he was defeated by the now retired James Blake.
Turned professional in 2004, the Frenchman has collected a total of 11 ATP titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and three ATP Masters finals. 18 years on and the 35-year-old’s trophy cabinet continues to grow after celebrating yet another win in Adelaide at the beginning of the 2022 season.
Three-time Grand Slam Champion, Stan Wawrinka, is back just in time for the grass-court season to get underway. The Swiss star has endured injury-infested campaigns over recent years, with his most recent setback concluding in a yearlong absence after competing in Qatar last March. However, the former world No.3 is poised to return to Queens for an eighth time this summer, having made his maiden appearance back in 2011.
With 20 years of professional tennis to his name, the 36-year-old has achieved a phenomenal 16 ATP titles in his career to date, defeating the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a total three Grand Slam finals.
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The world No.1, Joe Salisbury, will mark his third appearance in the cinch Championships this June, having made an impressive debut back in 2019, clinching the runners-up spot after his defeat to countryman Andy Murray.
Salisbury will look to cap a historic season with big wins on the grass court this summer, having already achieved world No.1 status and claimed the Monte Carlo Masters title.
The world No.13 and British No.2, Neal Skupski, has appeared at Queen’s five times in total, qualifying for the semi-finals in 2018 with then-partner, Kyle Edmund, and the quarter-finals the following year alongside fellow Briton, Jamie Murray.
Skupski and partner, Wesley Koolhof, have broken personal records this season, winning a total of four titles to date with all still to play for as we approach the grass court season.
Former champion Jamie Murray returns to Queen’s for a 15th time. No stranger to the Queen’s Club; the world No.19 boasts a colourful record, taking the title in 2017 and clinching the runners-up spot on multiple occasions.
His 2022 season has seen him reach the final in Rio de Janeiro but is yet to add any trophies to his collection. Could the former champion reclaim the title at the 2022 cinch Championships?
On top of the world; 18-time Grand Slam Champion, double Paralympic silver medallist and current world No.1, Alfie Hewett has his sights on a cinch Championships return, having become the first ever Queen’s singles wheelchair champion in 2019.
Reigning champion Gordon Reid will play to defend his throne after previously defeating the world No.1 and former champion, Alfie Hewett in the 2021 final.