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Queen's next for Scot as grass-court season looms

Andy Murray will begin preparations for Wimbledon tomorrow when he steps on to the grass courts of Queen's, allaying fears that he might choose to skip the Aegon Championships, the traditional warm-up event.

As the No.1 seed and the main draw-card for the tournament, it would have been difficult for the Scot to pull out, not least since in April he signed a five-year deal to play in the event.

In the aftermath of his quarter-final defeat by David Ferrer at Roland Garros on Wednesday, Murray said he would consider his options after discussing things with his team, including coach Ivan Lendl.

In truth, there was never really much chance he would withdraw and after returning to London, the world No.4 decided a couple of days' rest will be enough.

Tomorrow, he will begin practising on the grass, ready to defend the title he won in style 12 months ago.

"I always look forward to the grass-court season," he said. "It's a fun part of the year, a completely different surface and you need a different game-plan and style to do well on it.

"One part of the grass season which is nice is that I get to spend an extended time at home, and, this year, with it being the Olympics, I will be there for the next couple of months."

Though he was second-best against Ferrer, Murray said there were plenty of reasons to be positive, not least from the way he recovered from a back spasm early in the tournament.

Back on a faster surface, the Scot said he will be accompanied throughout the grass-court season by Lendl, who also was present in Paris.

"It will be good to have him there for the whole of the build-up," Murray said. "A lot of the messages are the same for all of the surfaces – I think what we were discussing pre-Australia and pre-French are pretty similar.

"The more time we spend with each other, the better he will understand my game and the better he will understand me as a person.

"I will know the right questions to ask him before the big matches, the big tournaments. I am still learning a lot from him and, hopefully, that will be the case leading up to Wimbledon."

Murray will be joined by two other top-10 players in Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and by two former champions, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.

There will also be four Britons for company after three more wild cards were awarded yesterday, including one for Scot Jamie Baker, whose ranking of No.207 is one off his career high.

Baker's joy was tempered by his 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 defeat by fellow Briton James Ward in the first round of the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham yesterday.

British No.2 Ward had already been given a wild card for Queen's. Oli Golding and Liam Broady were the other two to pick up wild cards yesterday.

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