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Five moments that made the 2017 Aegon Championships


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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares embrace after claiming the Aegon Championships 2017 doubles title

The Aegon Championships 2017 proved to be one of the most unpredictable in the tournament’s history as top seeds took early tumbles and qualifiers upset the odds.

With so many top players assembling at The Queen’s Club this week, there were always bound to be plenty of storylines and moments of magic, but the tennis produced this week has more than lived up to expectations.

The action off the court has been pretty special too, from charity visits to players taking on the champagne bottle challenge. Here are the British Tennis picks of this year’s Aegon Championships.

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A special fan meets a special player

When Callum Smith was undergoing treatment in hospital for cancer, he dreamed of playing tennis again. He also dreamed of meeting his favourite player, Andy Murray. On Monday at the Aegon Championships, his wish came true.

The young tennis fan enjoyed something very few will ever get to experience - a rally with the world No.1 on the lush grass of The Queen’s Club. Callum had a few tricks up his sleeve for Murray, who could only watch on with a smile as his young opponent lobbed him to perfection.

Qualifier Thompson upsets the champ

There was a time when the Big Four of men’s tennis dominated the game without question. But these days the depth of the game means that anyone is a threat to the established names.

Five-time Queen’s champion Andy Murray is truly one of the greats of the game, but on Tuesday he came up against an Australian qualifier by the name of Jordan Thompson. The underdog played the match of his life to knock out the top seed and, much as it pained fans to see the champion go out, Thompson’s brilliance will live long in the memory here.

A ball girl returns to where it all began

The 1997 final at The Queen’s Club saw Goran Ivanisevic under such pressure from the booming Mark Philippoussis serve that the Croatian turned to a 14-year-old ball girl for help. Placing the racket into her hand, Ivanisevic begged her to face the Australian. She did so and it turned out to be one of the longest games of the match.

Twenty years later, that ball girl returned to The Queen’s Club for the first time since that final. Amy Kavanagh ventured on court once again and our cameras caught up with her for a special interview as she looked back on that iconic moment.

Grigor Dimitrov produces a moment of magic

We saw plenty of heartwarming stories off the court, but the on-court action was positively electric. We could have picked any one of a number of winners for our shot of the week, but this Grigor Dimitrov effort has to take the crown.

The Bulgarian is a master on the grass with his athleticism and sense of adventure seeing him go for shots others just would not reach. This diving volley covers just about everything we love about grass-court tennis. Fast, furious, ending in a dive-and-roll. It’s great to watch.

Queen’s Club champions re-writing history

Not only did Sunday’s finals produce some stellar tennis in front of a packed Centre Court crowd, they also helped re-write the record books at The Queen’s Club.

At 35, singles champion Feliciano Lopez became the tournament’s oldest champion in the Open Era, while Jamie Murray became the first British man to win a doubles title at the event since Jeremy Bates in 1990. This tournament’s slogan this year has been ‘Making History’. History was certainly made on Sunday.

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