Eastbourne 2009 – 1st Round Draw – Aegon Championships

It doesn’t quite attract as many good players as Queens Club, but with the revised points system implemented by the ATP tour it means that the new Men’s AEGON Championships at Eastbourne is just as important as the AEGON Championships Queens Club. Both tournaments are now ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournaments.

The Eastbourne event had only been a women’s only event previously and the mens event was played at Nottingham, but the Nottingham tournament has come to an end and moved to Eastbourne.

Unfortunately Andy Murray is not competing, the top 4 seeds at the event are Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Fabrice Santoro.

The event gives British players a huge opportunity to gain valuable ATP points and experience of competing at a higher level. The draw has 4 British players including British number 2, 3 and 4  Alex Bogdanovic, Joshua Goodall and James Ward. The other Brit in the singles draw is 10th ranked Brit Colin Fleming.

Fleming is being rewarded for his good results in both singles and doubles this year, he gave up his place in the Qualifier event for the real Wimbledon Qualifier’s last week to take up his wild card here this week  after he and partner Ken Skupski did so well in the doubles at Queens and the team also gained a wild card for doubles event here at Eastbourne.

All brits have avoided any seeds in the first round. Colin Fleming takes on Yen-Hsun Lu, the player who knocked out Andy Murray in the first round of the Olympics.

2009 Eastbourne AEGON Championships – 1st Round – Top Half
[1] Igor Andreev (RUS) vs Frank Dancevic (CAN) Fourth
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Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
James Ward (GBR) vs Victor Crivoi (ROU)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Eduardo Schwank (ARG) Fourth
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Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs [5] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
[4] Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Robert Kendrick (USA) Fourth
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Quarter
Finals
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs Joshua Goodall (GBR) Fourth
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Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs [8] Andreas Seppi (ITA)
2009 Eastbourne AEGON Championships – 1st Round – Bottom Half
[7] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Evgeny Korolev (RUS) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
Colin Fleming (GBR) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Brydan Klein (AUS) vs Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) Fourth
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Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [3] Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
[6] Sam Querrey (USA) vs Paul Capdeville (CHI) Fourth
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Quarter
Finals
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Kevin Kim (USA)
Alex Bogdanovic (GBR) vs Ivo Minar (CZE) Fourth
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Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs [2] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)