Andy Murray joins strong line-up at Queen's

Andy Murray will prepare for Wimbledon by competing in the AEGON Championships in June, it was announced this morning.

Murray joins Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - the top two players in the world - in committing himself to the tournament.

The 23-year-old will be hoping to reclaim the title he won in 2009 when he became the first Briton to triumph at Queen's Club since Henry Austin in 1938.

"Winning my first grass court title here in 2009 was an amazing feeling," said Murray today at the announcement at the Queen's Club.

"It means a lot to me to have my name on the trophy next to great champions such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal who have won it in the past.

"The Queen's Club has some of the best grass courts in the world, there are packed crowds every year and there is always a great atmosphere.

"Usually players that have done well at Queen's have gone on to do well at Wimbledon. I can't wait to get playing."

Murray, who has yet to appoint a new coach following his split from part-time consultant Alex Corretja, will hope to have halted an alarming slump in form by the time Queen's arrives.

Since reaching the Australian Open final in January where he surrendered meekly to Djokovic, he has lost his first match at three consecutive tournaments.

The two most recent of those were defeats by Donald Young and Alex Bogomolov Jnr, both ranked outside the top 100, at the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.

It is the worst run of form in his professional career and he has accepted a wildcard into the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on Saturday, in an attempt to revive his fortunes.

Murray lost to Mardy Fish in the last 16 of Queen's last year but went on reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon where he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

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