21 Jun 2017

Murray stunned in first round in London

8:19 am on 21 June 2017

World No.1 Andy Murray has been shocked in the first round at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, upset by Jordan Thompson who claimed the biggest scalp of his young career.

British tennis player Andy Murray.

British tennis player Andy Murray. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The luckiest of lucky losers Thompson took Aljaz Bedene's place in the main draw then beat Murray 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in a huge boilover at the traditional Wimbledon lead-up.

As Murray struggled to get his shots to travel through the court and delivered a performance riddled with unforced errors world No.90 Thompson took out the match with an ace on his first match point.

Thompson, 23, who is ranked 90th in the world, reached the final of the Surbiton challenger event last week.

Earlier World No.3 Stan Wawrinka and World No.6 Milos Raonic of Canada both crashed out in the opening round with temperatures reaching almost 38 degrees on court.

Second seed Wawrinka, runner-up in the French Open nine days ago, went down 7-6(4) 7-5 to Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

Raonic, beaten in last year's Wimbledon final, lost to young Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6(5) 7-6(8).

Both men were below par in the fierce heat as they began preparations for this year's Wimbledon, which begins on July 3.

After his defeat by Rafael Nadal in the Paris final, Wawrinka added Paul Annacone to his coaching team as a grass court specialist.

The American had previously coached Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, who between them have taken 14 Wimbledon titles.

Swiss Wawrinka hopes Annacone will improve his prospects at Wimbledon, where he has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals.

He was below his best today as Lopez produced some deft touches to support his big serve.

"I came here with a lot of confidence and tennis is a lot about confidence," Lopez told the BBC.

Raonic said he would spend time on the practice court and in the gym after his defeat by Kokkinakis.

It was the Australian's first win over a top 10 player as he began the long road back from playing only one match in 2016. A series of injuries over the past two years have sent his ranking to 993 from 69.

"I've been out of the game for so long, it's huge for me," the 21-year-old, now ranked 698, said.

"I'm trying to look forward now and get myself going week by week, and I can't wait to play my next round."

British media reported that Murray would donate his winnings from the tournament - though that now won't be much - to a fund helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in which more than 75 people have died.

The tower block is only a few kilometres (miles) away from the Queen's Club in west London.