London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt and 2010 titlist Sam Querrey were first-round winners Monday at the $965,000 Aegon Championships, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.
The former world No. 1 Hewitt humbled Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-3, while the American Querrey upset 14th-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) at The Queen's Club. Hewitt titled here from 2000-02 and again in 2006.
Meanwhile, 13th-seeded Frenchman and 2007 runner-up Nicolas Mahut handled Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan, 6-3, 6-4.
Several other men posted opening-round wins, including Aussie Bernard Tomic, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and American Denis Kudla, who overcame compatriot Michael Russell, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Kudla will face another fellow American in Querrey on Tuesday.
Tenth-seeded Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez was leading Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3 after one set when play was suspended until Tuesday.
This week's top seeds are Aussie Open champ Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and heavy British favorite Andy Murray, who will meet Mathieu in the round of 32. The Wimbledon titlist Murray is also the reigning Queen's Club champ, having beaten Croat and then-reigning champ Marin Cilic in last year's final for a third title at this tournament.