Andy Murray to donate Queen's prize money to Grenfell Tower appeal
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:31
After a nice rebound at the French Open from an otherwise lackluster clay season, Andy Murray's return to form took a big hit Tuesday as the defending champion was stunned in his Queen's opener by lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Thompson is the first player to stop Murray breaking serve in a match since Roger Federer in 2015 and, after spending his career trying to eke out a living on the unglamourous second tier Challenger circuit, it was hardly surprising he rated the win as the best of his career.
Defeat in his first outing on grass will cause a re-think in Murray's pre-Wimbledon preparations and he is likely to play in an exhibition event at Hurlingham next week to add to the work he will put in on the practice courts between now and July 3. I was letting him dictate too much. It has happened in the past where guys haven't done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon.
"I have had more than enough time to get used to the conditions", he said.
Murray said afterwards: "If I play like that, I certainly won't win Wimbledon".
It was the first win over a top-10 opponent for the Australian, who trailed 6-3 in the second-set tiebreaker but won on his third match point with a backhand victor into the corner. "I just wanted to enjoy myself". "Luckily my serve helped me, and then I won the big points when it mattered, so it's huge". I knew it was going to be tough against Stan so this was a great win for me.
"I believe I can play really well".
After major shoulder surgery, a torn oblique muscle, osteitis pubis, a torn pec, a bad elbow, a serious groin issue and a back problem - the 21-year-old South Australian's medical history reads like a copy of Gray's Anatomy.
Heather Watson gave World No.5 Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to a 6-2 5-7 6-3 defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, but Britain's Naomi Broady defeated French woman Alize Cornet 7-6 6-0.