Murray relishing green grass of home
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23
The world number four has confirmed his entry for the AEGON Championship at Queen’s Club, which runs from June 8-14, and is hoping to dethrone last year’s champion, Rafael Nadal, who went on to triumph at Wimbledon.
“Grass is a good surface for me and obviously it would mean a lot to me to win a tournament at home,” said the 21-year-old Scot.
“All the guys that have played well at Queen’s tend to have gone on to do well at Wimbledon, so it’s a good marker to see where your game is at.
“The tournament has got an unbelievable history and all the guys use it as pretty much the perfect preparation for Wimbledon. I think this year I’ve got a good chance of doing well.”
Murray reached the quarter-finals at Queen’s Club last year before an injured thumb ended his campaign.
He is aware of Tim Henman’s impressive record at the tournament, with the former British number one having been a runner-up on three occasions, losing to Pete Sampras and then Lleyton Hewitt twice.
Although all his singles titles and his most impressive performances have come abroad, most notably his run to last year’s US Open final, Murray wants to put on a performance in front of a home crowd.
He said: “I really enjoy playing on grass – it’s a different sort of challenge to the rest of the year. We play so much on hard courts and clay that it’s nice to have a change of scenery on the tennis court.
“I go in with the same attitude to all of the tournaments; I want to try to win them.”