LONDON - Andy Murray begins his quest to become the first British winner at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 by entering this week's tournament at Queen's as the top seed.
Rafael Nadal's late withdrawal means Murray is already the first Briton to be the top seed at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event and the Scot is hoping to make the most of his first competitive outing on grass this year.
"Queen's has an unbelievable history and it's the perfect preparation for Wimbledon," the Scot said . "Playing on grass presents a different sort of challenge to the rest of the season and it's a good marker for me to see where my game's at."
As one of the top eight seeds, Murray has a bye into the second round so will begin his campaign against the winner of a first round meeting between Italy's Andreas Seppi and American Robby Ginepri.
Murray could meet American Mardy Fish, the number eight seed in the quarterfinals with a possible semifinal against either France's Gael Monfils or former world number one Marat Safin.
In the bottom half of the draw, four-time winners Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt could meet in a possible third round showdown.
Roddick, the number two seed this year, will face Leonardo Mayer of Argentina or Belgian Kristof Vliegen in his opening match, while Hewitt will take on Eduardo Schwank in the first round.
Roddick is seeded to face either rising Croatian Marin Cilic or big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-finals in what would be a repeat of their 2005 final, with countryman James Blake a potential semi-final opponent.
Blake, the 2006 finalist, is one of three former runners-up in the draw along with Karlovic and Sebastien Grosjean. - Sapa-AFP