Andy Murray to face Jordan Thompson after Aljaz Bedene withdraws from Queen's

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Andy Murray is planning to donate his prize money from the Aegon Championships to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire if he wins the tournament, it has been reported.

Andy Murray will play his first round match on Centre Court on Thursday and is third on the running order so an estimated start time of around 2.30pm is a safe bet. The 23-year-old, ranked 90th in the world, won't need to be told that he's about to face the holder of five Queen's titles.

But he will now meet Murray, who is a five-time victor of the tournament in west London, for the very first time.

British media reported that Murray will donate his winnings from the tournament - which could amount to nearly 350 thousand pounds ($443,520.00) - to a fund helping victims of Grenfell Tower fire in which more than 75 people have died.

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Grenfell Tower is just two miles from the club and "several firefighters who attended the inferno work at Queen's every year as casual staff", reports the Daily Telegraph.

World number six Milos Raonic of Canada crashed out in the opening round to young Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 (5) 7-6 (8).

It was a disappointing end to the French Open for Andy Murray, who was one good tie-break away from reaching the final, only to wilt in the face of some barely credible hitting from a resurgent Wawrinka in their semi-final, with the Swiss scaling some extraordinary heights in that whirlwind fifth set.

The American had previously coached Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, who between them own 14 Wimbledon titles.

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