We're in the midst of the Queen's Club Championships (currently known as the Aegon Championships
), an annual English tennis tournament that's one of the oldest (est. 1886) and most prestigious grass-court tennis events in the world.
The tournament was supposed to start yesterday, but typical dreary Brit weather delayed the majority of the matches. The rain will likely do little to deter Britain's own Andy Murray, who's the top-overall seed, and winner of four of the last seven Queen's Club men's singles titles (including last year's). Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, the second seed and No. 5 player in the world
, figures to give Murray his toughest challenge. You can check out the rest of the participants in the draw here
Historically, the Queen's Club Championships have been a battle between The States, England, and Australia, who've won 33, 30, and 26 men's singles titles
, respectively. That's right, the U.S. has an edge over King George's goonies on their own home soil. We may not have had a singles champ since 2010 (Sam Querrey), but like most Americans, we have no problem holding onto past triumphs and shouting "scoreboard!" while the present world passes us by.
Speaking of unabashed patriotism, American Steve Johnson was the first player to advance to the second round
. Is that because his match was one of the few that wasn't
washed out yesterday? Probably, but it's still one step closer toward an American protecting us from having to witness Murray's "Big Book Of British Smiles
on the winner's podium.