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Saturday 24th June 2017

Andy Murray to play two Wimbledon warm-up matches at Hurlingham

Britain's Andy Murray has added two exhibition matches to his Wimbledon preparations after he was knocked out in the first round at Queen's Club.

The Wimbledon champion, 30, will feature at the Aspall Tennis Classic in London next week.

Murray, who lost to Australia's Jordan Thompson at Queen's, will be joined by world number six Milos Raonic.

The world number one has added the event to his schedule following his defeat by Thompson, ranked 90th, at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.

Murray, who is likely to play on Tuesday and Friday, last played at Hurlingham in 2014 after he lost in the last 16 at Queen's.

He will begin his Wimbledon defence with the opening match on Centre Court on 3 July.

Canada's Raonic, who lost to Murray in last year's final at the All England Club, is playing after suffering a first-round loss at Queen's, while France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych will also appear.


Queen's 2017: Tsonga loses to Muller at Aegon Championships

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the latest seed to lose at the Aegon Championships, beaten in straight sets by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

The Frenchman, seeded fifth, lost 6-4 6-4 in the second round at Queen's.

Tsonga's exit follows defeats for Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic - the top three seeds - on Tuesday.

Croatia's fourth seed Marin Cilic and Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov are the leading players left in the draw at the London tournament.


Sharapova opts against Wimbledon wildcard request to enter qualifying

Maria Sharapova will enter Wimbledon qualifying rather than request a main-draw wildcard as she continues her comeback from a 15-month drug ban.

The 30-year-old Russian was denied a wildcard for the French Open, with tournament officials saying her doping suspension counted against her.

Sharapova will have to win through three qualifying rounds to earn a spot in Wimbledon's 128-strong main draw.

Qualifying in Roehampton will be ticketed for the first time this year.

Sharapova is ranked 211th in the world - below the status needed for direct entry into the main draw - but her recent form is good enough to earn a place in qualifying.

Had she reached the Italian Open semi-finals last week, Sharapova would have climbed high enough to make the main draw automatically, but she retired in her second-round match.

Had she applied for a wildcard it would have been reviewed by a Wimbledon committee, with a decision to be announced on 20 June.


Murray beats Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals title

Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one.

With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London's O2 Arena.

The victory also ends Djokovic's four-year run of success at the tournament and the Serb's bid to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles.

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