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Cinch Championships 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2023

Cinch Championships 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the ATP 500 event at The Queen’s Club

The Cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club is a historic grass-court tournament in London that has seen previous champions such as Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the tournament in the UK capital:

When is the Cinch Championships?

The ATP 500 event will be held from 19-25 June. The grass-court tournament, established in 1969, will take place at The Queen’s Club in London, UK. The tournament director is Luiz Procopio Carvalho.

Who is playing at the Cinch Championships?

Carlos Alcaraz will make his Queen’s Club debut while Matteo Berrettini aims for a third consecutive title at the ATP 500. Andy Murray, Holger Rune, and Taylor Fritz are also among the field.

When is the draw for the Cinch Championships?

The Cinch Championships singles draw will be made on Saturday 17 June at a time to be confirmed.

What is the schedule for the Cinch Championships?

* Qualifying: Saturday, 17 June – Sunday, 18 June at 11 a.m.
* Main Draw: Monday, 19 June – Friday, 23 June, starting at Noon. Saturday, 24 June play begins at 1 p.m.
* Doubles Final: Sunday, 25 June, starting after the singles final.
* Singles Final: Sunday, 25 June, start time 1:30 p.m..
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What is the prize money and points for the Cinch Championships?

The prize money for the Cinch Championships is €2,195,175 and the Total Financial Commitment is €2,345,130.

Winner: €410,515 / 500 points
Finalist: €220,880 / 300 points
Semi-finalist: €117,715 / 180 points
Quarter-finalist: €60,145 / 90 points
Round of 16: €32,105 / 45 points
Round of 32: €17,120 / 0 points

DOUBLES (£ per team)
Winner: €134,840 / 500 points
Finalist: €71,910 / 300 points
Semi-finalist: €36,380 / 180 points
Quarter-finalist: €18,190 / 90 points
Round of 16: €9,420 / 0 points

How can I watch the Cinch Championships??

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How can I follow the Cinch Championships?

Hashtag: #cinchChampionships
Facebook: Cinch Championships
Twitter: @QueensTennis
Instagram: cinchchampionships

Who won the last edition of the Cinch Championships in 2022?

Matteo Berrettini won the 2022 Cinch Championships singles title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Filip Krajinovic in the championship match (Read More). Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic lifted the doubles trophy in London with a 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-6 triumph against Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in the final (Read More).

Who holds the Cinch Championships record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Andy Murray (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (5)
Oldest Champion: Feliciano Lopez, 37, in 2019
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Ivan Lendl in 1989-90, Stefan Edberg in 1991, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 113 Feliciano Lopez in 2019
Last Home Champion: Andy Murray in 2016
Most Match Wins: John McEnroe (42)

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Shelton Shares Where He Would 'Order The Whole Menu!'

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2023

Shelton Shares Where He Would ‘Order The Whole Menu!’

Watch the full ATP Uncovered ‘What I Eat’ video below

Where would Ben Shelton go out to eat to celebrate a big win or a strong run at a tournament?

The 20-year-old did not hesitate when he revealed his go-to restaurant among other fun answers in the latest edition of ATP Uncovered’s ‘What I Eat’ series.

“We’re ordering the whole menu!” Shelton said of his favourite restaurant Nobu. “Everything there is good. It’s one of my favourite restaurants, I’ll pretty much eat anything there.”

On a cheat day, the American will opt in for a certain type of food, but you may be surprised to learn he likes to visit a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ to eat the desired meal.

Find out exactly where he would go on those beloved cheat days and more about how the #NextGenATP star fuels his body in the full video below.

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Gasquet Celebrates 600th Win: 'I Wanted It A Lot'

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2023

After more than 20 years on the ATP Tour, Richard Gasquet is still racking up the wins. The Frenchman opened his 2023 campaign with a surprise title run in Auckland, and now — three days before his 37th birthday — he is celebrating his 600th career tour-level match victory.

Gasquet hit his latest milestone in supreme style, turning in a vintage performance to defeat World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday at the BOSS OPEN. 

“It means a lot. It’s incredible,” he said of the achievement, speaking with “You don’t think it will happen, this number in my career. Of course I played 20 years, but you have to win many matches. I knew I was at 500-something at the start of the year. It’s incredible for me to reach 600 matches.”

The former World No. 7 was at his creative best against Tsitsipas, thrilling the crowd with his inventiveness and doing damage with his flamboyant groundstrokes. For all of Gasquet’s greatness, it’s his iconic one-handed backhand that resonates most with fans. The stroke is one of the most beautiful in tennis history, and it is appreciated even more so today for its rarity at the top of the game.

In that respect, it was fitting that win No. 600 came against Tsitsipas — one of just two players in the Top 25 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to play with a one-hander, along with Lorenzo Musetti. To reach the milestone against a player of the Greek’s quality further added to Gasquet’s satisfaction.

“Stefanos is one of the best players. It was a big match,” he said. “I had to play great to bother him and I could do it. Of course I’m 37 in two days, you never know what can happen in the future, so I just want to enjoy it.”

With the win against Tsitsipas, the Frenchman joined a list of even loftier names. He is now one of four active players to reach 600 wins, alongside Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

“Of course I’m the worst by far!” Gasquet joked when told of that statistic. “The worst player by far to reach this milestone. But it’s great.”

Richard Gasquet, Juilen Cassaigne
Gasquet and coach Julien Cassaigne. Photo credit: ATP

Gasquet picked up his 500th win in 2018 at age 31. At the time, he doubted he could pile on another 100. But his motivation grew as he closed in on another century.

“I wanted it a lot. It took five years to reach it. It’s a lot,” he said. “In five years more I’ll be 42. It will be a little bit too much. I actually did [want to get to 600]. Not so many players did it, so it’s a great thing for me.”

Only 28 players have hit the 600 mark in the history of the ATP Tour, with Gasquet the first Frenchman to join the club.

Most Tour-Level Wins By French Male Players, Open Era

Player  Wins
Richard Gasquet 600
Gael Monfils 526
Gilles Simon 504
Yannick Noah 482
Fabrice Santoro 470
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 467

Entering the 2023 season with 588 wins, Gasquet turned back the clock to win the Auckland title in January, his first ATP crown since 2018 and his 16th overall. The triumph was a surprise even to him.

“It was incredible to win this title. I didn’t think I could win one more especially this year, at the start of the year,” he reflected. “It was crazy for me. It gave me a lot of confidence to keep going, to play more tennis.”

Of all his 600 wins Gasquet picked out a few that loom largest in his memory. He recalled his very first ATP Tour win at the age of 15, when he became the youngest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 match in Monte-Carlo. He also picked out his three Grand Slam quarter-final victories, all in five sets — against Andy Roddick at Roland Garros in 2007, David Ferrer at the 2013 US Open and Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon in 2015.

While there will be no shortage of stories to tell once he steps away from the ATP Tour, at this moment, Gasquet seemed more excited to look forward to creating more memories.

“I have to [adapt my game] if I want to play more,” he said, when asked how his game has changed in recent years. “I need to be more aggressive, to serve better, return better. It’s important for my game if I want to keep going on the tennis court.”

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Murray, Nishikori March On At Challenger Events

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2023

Murray, Nishikori March On At Challenger Events

Nishikori is playing his first tournament since October 2021

Tour veterans Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarter-finals of ATP Challenger Tour tournaments on Thursday. The 36-year-old Murray continued his strong form in Nottingham while the Japanese star Nishikori rallied from a set down to survive in Palmas del Mar.

Murray, who has won 12 of his past 13 Challenger-level matches, defeated Frenchman Hugo Grenier 6-3, 7-5 to reach the last eight at the Rothesay Open. Murray won 68 per cent of points behind his second serve, compared to Grenier’s 37 per cent, and will next face #NextGenATP Swiss Dominic Stricker, who ousted home hope Ryan Peniston 6-4, 6-2.

Fans fill the stadium to watch <a href=''>Andy Murray</a> at the <a href=''>Rothesay Open</a>.
Fans fill the stadium to watch Andy Murray at the Rothesay Open. Credit: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA

A semi-finalist at last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals, the 20-year-old Stricker has collected two Challenger Tour trophies this season: Rovereto and Prague. 

Murray has also triumphed twice on the Challenger Tour in 2023. Last month, the former World No. 1 was crowned champion at the Aix-en-Provence Challenger 175, where he defeated Tommy Paul in the final. This past Sunday, Murray returned to the winners’ circle in Surbiton after dropping just one set all tournament.

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The 12-time tour-level titlist Nishikori escaped American Mitchell Krueger 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Caribbean Open in Puerto Rico. Nishikori, who underwent arthroscopic left hip surgery last year, displayed vintage all-court coverage and variety from the baseline to advance in two hours, 19 minutes. The turning point in the match came when the former World No. 4 struck a backhand down-the-line winner past Krueger to earn a break at 3-4 in the second set.

Nishikori then found more rhythm to close the match and reach the last eight in Palmas del Mar, where he is playing his first tournament since the BNP Paribas Open in October 2021. He will next meet Australian Adam Walton in the quarter-finals Friday.

Fans can visit Challenger TV to watch all ATP Challenger Tour matches live and on demand at no cost.

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Gasquet Stuns Tsitsipas In Stuttgart For 600th Career Win

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2023

Gasquet Stuns Tsitsipas In Stuttgart For 600th Career Win

Frenchman turns 37 on Sunday

Richard Gasquet put in a vintage performance to secure his 600th career win on Thursday at the BOSS OPEN. The Frenchman defeated top seed and World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(8), 2-6, 7-5 to become the fourth active player to reach the 600-win milestone, joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

“It’s a big achievement for me. It’s incredible to achieve it,” Gasquet said in his on-court interview. “I played 20 years on the Tour and to win 600 matches, it’s big for me. I’m very happy with this number. Of course I will try to win some more.”

The 36-year-old, who will turn 37 on Sunday, needed five match points in the final game to defeat Tsitsipas and ultimately clinched the win with his second break of the match. Gasquet relied on his stylish ground game to edge the Greek, repeatedly wrong-footing his opponent with clever angles and changes of direction. He also dominated on serve, winning 81 per cent of his first-serve points and losing serve just once outside of a one-sided middle set.

“It’s an incredible match. I had a lot of pressure to win the match. He served so well, and of course it’s a great victory,” Gasquet added. “Of course I had five match points. It was important for me to win that game. You never know what can happen in a tie-break. I was very happy.”

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The victory is Gasquet’s 36th against Top 10 opponents (36-113) and his 11th against the Top 5 (11-62). It is also his first Top 10 win since he beat Daniil Medvedev last May in Geneva.

Gasquet had not competed in Stuttgart since 2008, with the tournament switching from red clay to grass in 2015. In his fourth appearance at the event, he will next face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) winner against fifth seed Tommy Paul earlier on Thursday.

Gasquet opened the 2023 season with a title in Auckland, his first tour-level crown since 2018. While he is still three wins away from his 17th title — which could come on his birthday — his two wins this week have lifted him back into the Top 50 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, up seven spots.

For Tsitsipas, the defeat in his first grass-court match of the season snapped a 10-match winning streak against French opposition. He also dropped to 1-2 overall against Gasquet, with both defeats coming on grass (‘s-Hertogenbosch 2018).

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