After signing the British no. 1 Kyle Edmund (and Andy Murray if he decides to play), the organizers of the famous Queen’s Club ATP 500 event have announced the defending champion Marin Cilic and the rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas who will compete for the title between June 17-23.
The Croat is off to a slow start of the season after losing three out of five matches, struggling with a knee injury and hoping for a much better run in the following months, also to build the form before the start of Queen's where he has 500 points to defend.
The Wimbledon finalist has been playing the Fever-Tree Championships every year since 2007, winning 27 matches and claiming titles in 2012 and 2019. On his debut at the age of 18, Marin reached the quarters in 2007 before losing to Andy Roddick, going all the way five years later when David Nalbandian was defaulted in the title match after that famous incident.
Andy Murray prevailed over Marin in the final a year later and in the semis in 2016, with Feliciano Lopez saving a match point in a thrilling final in the following year to leave Cilic empty-handed once again. Marin bounced back last June, fending off a match point to topple Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 in just under three hours.
Thus, Marin joined some big names as the multiple Queen's Club Championships winner (Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray to name a few) and he will chase the third crown in June.
On the other hand, Stefanos Tsitsipas has been one of the best players on the Tour this season, reaching the semi-final at the Australian Open and winning the title in Marseille, moving closer to the place in the top-10 at the age of 20.
The Greek is a former junior doubles Wimbledon champion and he advanced into the fourth round there a year ago, losing to John Isner in three tight sets. “Winning the Fever-Tree Championships last year was one of the highlights of my career.
It was a close final and fightback against Novak Djokovic and came after I was narrowly beaten by Feliciano Lopez in the final a year earlier. I have always loved playing at The Queen’s Club, and it will be a special feeling to try to defend my title in 2019,” said Cilic.
“I am excited to be coming to The Queen’s Club to play the Fever-Tree Championships for the first time. I have heard so much about this club, so many great champions have lifted the trophy over more than a hundred years, and I am looking forward to having my own chance to compete on grass for the title in June,” said Tsitsipas.
“Marin has played the Fever-Tree Championships throughout his career, ever since being given a wild card at the age of 18. It will be fantastic to see him defend the title he fought so hard to win in that brilliant final against Novak Djokovic last year.
Every year we try to put together a mix of established champions and rising young stars, and Stefanos was at the top of our list when it came to adding new names to the line-up in 2019. He won the ATP NextGen Finals last year, cut through the Australian Open draw to reach the semifinals and backed it up with a title in Marseille last week.
He connects with fans wherever he goes and we can’t wait to see him on grass at The Queen’s Club,” said tournament director Stephen Farrow.