Andy Murray: I love the Aegon Championships

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Andy Murray: I love the Aegon Championships

World No.1 Andy Murray will be in action in the UK next month when he defends his title at the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club.

The 29-year-old has won the tournament a record five times but this time faces competition from the strongest field in the tournament's 127-year history, with five of the world's top seven players present - including Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and last year's runner-up Milos Raonic.

Murray told BBC Sport: "I love it at Queen's - this is the tournament where I won my first match as a professional on the main tour in 2005."

"I have been coming back for the past 12 years pretty much and have played some of my best tennis here so have always enjoyed playing there.

"There is a lot more of an opportunity to come and watch this year because they have put about 2,000 more seats on the Centre Court, which has increased the capacity by about 30%.

"They have made some big changes on Court One now too - that has moved to a bigger stadium as well, so it will be good for the fans."

Murray is a Hibernian fan and is well known for his keepy-uppy skills with a tennis ball - honed through hours of football practice when he was growing up.

"When I was younger I played a lot, until I was about 15 and decided I was going to give tennis a go," he said. "Even then I still played five-a-side football whenever I was home - normally at least once a week until I was probably in my early to mid-20s.

"I stopped because I was having problems with my back.”

"Now, when I am not playing tennis, I am resting and training for tennis rather than playing football but, when I finish my tennis, I think I will start playing again."


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