Sharapova Joins Stunning Line-Up At Nature Valley Classic

Former Wimbledon winner, Maria Sharapova has confirmed that she will make a return to Birmingham this year, ahead of the anticipated Nature Valley Classic in June. The 31-year-old, who boasts five-time Grand Slam titles, will join reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, defending Classic champion Petra Kvitova, British No.1 Johanna Konta, starlet Naomi Osaka along with a host of other big names.

The Nature Valley Classic, formerly the Birmingham Classic, boasts a long and illustrious history, dating back as far as 1982 when Billie Jean King won the inaugural tournament.

This year’s star-studded cast has certainly caught with fans already rushing to book their place at the WTA Premier Event, which is scheduled to be held from 18th – 24th June at Edgbaston Priory Club.

Sharapova, who celebrates her 31st birthday today, is one of only five female players to win all four Grand Slam titles (the others are Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serana Williams), including her remarkable victory at Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17, just weeks after she lifted the first of her two Nature Valley Classic trophies. The Russian successfully defended her Birmingham title the following year and has also finished runner-up at the Edgbaston Priory Club in both 2007 and 2010.

“I’m excited to return to play the Nature Valley Classic,” said the Russian. “I feel like the fans in Birmingham and I go back a long way and I’ve got a lot of good memories there. It’s going to feel really good to be back out there playing again.”

Nature Valley Classic Tournament Director, Patrick Hughesman, has expressed his delight at adding such an experienced pro to this year’s competition: “Maria is one of the biggest stars of her generation and a former champion in Birmingham, so it will be great to see her back on the grass courts of the Edgbaston Priory Club.

“It’s shaping up to be one of the most memorable weeks in the tournament’s history and it’s no wonder – fans and players alike – want to be part of it.”

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Our Skyview Suite provides a wonderful base for the day as guests look forward to a dazzling day of tennis. Situated overlooking the four show courts, this corporate facility gives guests unparalleled views of the action coupled with stylish surroundings and excellent cuisine to match.

If you are also interested in enjoying hospitality at our other summer tennis tournaments, then please find our links below:

Nottingham Open (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th June 2018)

Eastbourne International (Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June 2018)

Wimbledon Championships (Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July 2018)

Wimbledon Champion Muguruza to join Britain’s Konta in Birmingham Classic

Two-time Grand Slam winner, Garbiñe Muguruza begins her Wimbledon title defence with an exciting return to the upcoming Birmingham Classic.

Her impressive semi-finals run at Edgbaston Priory Club in 2017, proved a crucial stepping stone as the scintillating Spaniard went on to lift the trophy at Wimbledon three weeks later.

The 24-year-old, who also won Roland Garros in 2016, joins a star-studded cast at the Birmingham Classic this year, which runs from Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th June. Two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, and Great Britain’s Johanna Konta are among the other household names to feature at the prestigious WTA Premier event in 2018.

The Spaniard, currently ranked 3rd in the WTA Rankings said:

“Winning my first Wimbledon title was so special and I can’t wait to play in front of British crowds again.

“The courts in Birmingham are great and it’s always a very strong line-up of players. It’s a wonderful event that I always enjoy playing.”

The Birmingham Classic is the most illustrious annual women’s sporting event in the Midlands, boasting a total of $871,028 prize money. 10th seed Kvitova is the reigning champion with previous noteworthy winners including Billie Jean King, Li Na and Martina Navratilova.

Patrick Hughesman, Birmingham Classic tournament director, was delighted with the inclusion of Muguruza this year, saying:

“Having the reigning Wimbledon champion join us again in Birmingham is fantastic news. Garbiñe reached the World No.1 ranking in September 2017 and was awarded WTA Player of the Year for 2017 so she is definitely one of the biggest stars of the women’s game right now and we look forward to welcoming her back to the Edgbaston Priory Club.

“With Jo Konta and Petra Kvitova also committed to play and more big names due to enter, our player field is set to be extremely strong this year.”

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Enjoy the Birmingham Classic in sublime style from within the confines of our luxurious Skyview Suite.

Enjoy this splendid tournament in VIP style this year with our official Birmingham Classic Hospitality packages.

Our Skyview Suite provides a wonderful base for the day as guests look forward to a dazzling day of tennis. Situated overlooking the four show courts, this corporate facility gives guests unparalleled views of the action coupled with stylish surroundings and excellent cuisine to match.

If you are also interested in enjoying hospitality at our other summer tennis tournaments, then please find our links below:

Nottingham Open (Monday 11th – Sunday 17th June 2018)

Eastbourne International (Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June 2018)

Wimbledon Championships (Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July 2018)

Star-Studded Cast Set to Join Konta for Summer Tennis Showcase

The tennis season certainly looks to be hotting up this summer, with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announcing today that a host of female tennis stars will be joining Britain’s Johanna Konta at some of this year’s showcase tournaments.

Australian Open winner and World No.1, Caroline Wozniacki, 2017 Birmingham Classic champion, Petra Kvitova and Nottingham Open winner, Donna Vekic are among the world’s elite players taking centre stage this summer alongside British No.1 Konta.

Tennis fans will be able to catch their idols courtside at the Nottingham Open, Birmingham Classic and Eastbourne International. This fabulous feast of events forms Britain’s bumper schedule of grass court tournaments in the build-up to the Wimbledon Championships in July.

Recently crowned World No.1, Wozniacki has already voiced her excitement at a return to Devonshire Park’s world-class grass courts ahead of the Eastbourne International (from 22nd-30th June).

The 27-year-old Dane stated:

“I’ve had an exciting start to the year so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the first half of the season, and during the British summer of tennis.

 “I hope to build on my 10-year history at the tournament this summer, and to get the best possible grass court preparation in at the Eastbourne International ahead of Wimbledon.”

Reigning Birmingham Classic champion, Kvitova, has welcomed a return to Edgbaston Priory Club (16th – 24th June), as she looks to fend off some world-class opposition in defence of her title.

The two-time Wimbledon winner said:

“That week in Birmingham was so special for me and I’m very excited to come back. I got amazing support. I always love playing on grass and in the UK so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Nottingham Open victor, Donna Vekic, has also confirmed that she will be joining British No.1 and fellow 2017 Open finalist, Johanna Konta this year. The two provided a fascinating spectacle for viewers to enjoy last year and both will certainly be hoping to reach similar heights in this year’s Nottingham Open.

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British No.1 Johanna Konta met Donna Vekic in an enthralling Nottingham Open Final in 2017.

Vekic said:

I’m so excited to be returning to Nottingham in the summer. It was such an incredible feeling last year to win the event and lift the prestigious Elena Baltacha Trophy in front of a packed centre court crowd.

 “I had such a great experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time at the tournament so I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the grass courts and having the chance to defend my title.”

Following a successful summer in 2017, that saw record attendances across the board, fans will be anticipating a similarly enthralling round of fixtures in 2018.

You can be at the very heart of the grass-court action this year with Eventmasters corporate hospitality. With a superb range of packages available at the Open NottinghamClassic Birmingham and the International Eastbourne, you can be sure to enjoy a splendid sporting experience.

Konta Warms Up for Wimbledon with a Tournament Hat-trick

British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced her intention to play at a hat-trick of tournaments this year ahead of the summer season showcase at Wimbledon. The three confirmed tournaments include The Open Nottingham, Classic Birmingham and The International Eastbourne.

The 26-year-old, who headlines a strong GB Fed Cup team for next week’s tie in Estonia, produced some memorable moments in 2017, not least of all her Miami Open triumph, along with finishing runner-up at the Open Nottingham.

She also made history by becoming the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1979, not to mention reaching a career-high ranking of World No.4. The popular Brit will certainly be looking to build on her recent successes this year.

Speaking on her latest announcement, Konta said: “I’m so excited to be returning to play these fantastic tournaments in the summer.

“The grass court season is one of my favourites and nothing compares to competing at home with passionate fans, friends and family who are behind you all the way. I know I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd and especially in Eastbourne where my family home is just a stone’s throw away from Devonshire Park, it’s such a special feeling.

“These tournaments also provide me with the perfect pathway to Wimbledon. Last year it proved to be the best preparation possible as I enjoyed my most successful Wimbledon ever, and hopefully, it will have the same effect for 2018.”

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Oliver Scadgell, the LTA’s Director of Major Events, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome back the British No.1 and World No.11 to play at our pre-Wimbledon WTA British grass court events. Not only is Johanna a world-class player, but she’s a crowd favourite and is certain to receive a warm welcome in Nottingham, Birmingham and of course her hometown of Eastbourne.”

You can be at the very heart of the grass-court action this year with Eventmasters corporate hospitality. With a fabulous range of packages available at the Open Nottingham, Classic Birmingham and the International Eastbourne, you can be sure to enjoy a splendid sporting experience.

And if that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, then discover our Wimbledon Hospitality here.

Make it a summer to remember with Eventmasters.

(Quotes provided by the LTA)

Treat Yourself with a Trip to the Tennis

Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Tennis Hospitality packages at some of the most exciting Tennis tournaments in the UK for 2018. With packages available at Wimbledon, the Queen’s Club Championships and the Classic Birmingham to name a few, guests will be sure to savour an unparalleled sporting hospitality experience.

It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends. While the world’s best players take centre stage to contest the ultimate sporting accolades, you’re ensured of slam dunking the experience of a lifetime into the memory baskets of your dazzled clients.

And it is not only the thrilling action on court that makes this occasion truly one to cherish. With delicious complimentary drinks, delectable fine dining and an impeccable personal hospitality service available throughout, guests can revel in the experience of a lifetime.

Eventmasters are delighted to offer a fine selection of Wimbledon hospitality packages. These are both on-site within the delightful Renshaw Restaurant and off-site at the Lakeview Restaurant and are combined with fabulous Wimbledon Tickets to enjoy the day’s tennis.

The sublime Renshaw Restaurant, located within Court One, is held solely for Wimbledon Debenture ticket holders. The plush facility offers a delightful air of exclusivity for guests who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy occasion as they indulge in a splendid three course a la carte meal.

Alternatively the superb Lakeview Restaurant – located within the Wimbledon Park Golf Club – allows visitors to enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the stunning Centre Court whilst savouring an exquisite four-course luncheon, prepared expertly by Michelin starred chef – Angela Hartnett.

A perfect way to prepare for the day’s thrilling action.

It is not only Wimbledon however, that will have fans’ tongues wagging. In 2018, the venerable Queen’s Club Championships will grace London once again for seven days of sinew-straining court action. And with five splendid hospitality facilities to sample, including the Presidents Room, Roof Garden and Club Lounge, guests can be sure to savour an unrivalled entertainment experience at one of England’s most extravagant settings.

With fabulous Champagne receptions, accompanied by the most alluring fine dining experiences, it will surely be an occasion for everybody to enjoy. Whether it be a formal environment you seek for entertaining corporate clients or a relaxed atmosphere for enjoying the company of friends, the Queen’s Club will cater for all. It will certainly be a day that lives long in the memory.

Eventmasters are also thrilled to offer official hospitality at the Classic Birmingham in 2018. Held at the Edgbaston Priory Club, one of the world’s most prestigious tennis venues, it offers sporting fanatics the chance to witness the finest female tennis players on grass. With splendid hospitality to enjoy from within the lavish Skyview Suite, guests can entertain close friends and clients alike from within a luxurious clubhouse facility. With sights overlooking the four splendid show courts, visitors will enjoy unrivalled views of the action, coupled with a divine three course a la carte lunch, an fabulous inclusive bar and afternoon tea.

There will also be exclusive opportunities to become an official partner of the event with Silver, Gold and Platinum Patron packages available for purchase.

Be sure to enjoy the summer of sport in splendid VIP style in 2018. Eventmasters’ fantastic Tennis Hospitality packages will give both you and clients a wonderful memory to cherish.

British Tennis: Who to Watch

Eventmasters are delighted to offer a splendid range of tennis hospitality packages for the year’s thrilling course of events. Treat your distinguished guests to the experience of a lifetime with our superb corporate entertainment facilities.

Britain has undoubtedly enjoyed some fond memories on the tennis court in recent years, with the latest crop of British talent surpassing the expectations of many a critic. In this article we examine some of the nation’s finest sporting specimens as we look ahead to another year of exhilarating court-side action.

The man at the forefront of Britain’s tremendous success has been, without doubt, Andy Murray. The spirited Scot, who currently boasts the coveted World Number One spot, has achieved remarkable success following his senior professional debut in 2005.

After claiming a superb opening Grand Slam title in 2010 at the Australian Open, the British tennis ace has since triumphed in a further eight major tournaments, taking his Grand Slam title tally to a resounding nine, with his most recent win coming at the game’s jewel in the crown, the magnificent Wimbledon Championships.

It was certainly a sight to behold when Britain’s finest sporting specimen took to the sun-splashed grass courts at the All England Tennis Club in 2016. Murray’s scintillating form and resilience sent the crowd into overdrive with euphoric roars echoing around Centre Court as he dispatched his opponents one by one with consummate ease. The Scot faced Milos Raonic in what become an exhilarating affair, but Murray’s stunning ground strokes and lightning fast serve ensured a fabulous title victory in straight sets.

In contrast to last year’s heroics however, 2017 has been a relatively disappointing crusade for the British Number One. A season, rife with niggling injuries, has had a detrimental effect on Murray’s recent performances with early exits from Queen’s and Wimbledon setting the tone for the Scot’s substandard campaign. But with the US Open looming, Murray is confident of a swift return to the fold after shaking off a minor hip injury, and with his long-term adversary, Novak Djokovic, unavailable due to a recurring elbow problem, the stage looks set for the Brit to take back the title by storm.

The future also looks incredibly bright for fellow Brit, Johanna Konta, whose impressive rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable. In April she made her mark in scintillating style, winning the biggest title to be held by a British female tennis player – since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in a captivating final at the Miami Open. The spectacular victory saw Konta rise to seventh in the world, and she will certainly be striving to climb even higher in the rankings when chance permits.

The brilliant Brit almost made it two title victories for 2017 when she faced Donna Vekic in the Aegon Open Final in Nottingham. In what turned out to an extremely pulsating encounter, however, the Croatian ground out a resounding victory after trailing Konta by a set to love in the opening stages.

As the Brit’s prospering career continues to gather pace, it can surely only be a matter of time before she challenges for her first Grand Slam title. Her superb performances at the All England Tennis Club this year have certainly given fans much cause for optimism.

Following an incredible run of form, Konta became the first British woman – since Wade in 1978 – to reach the coveted Wimbledon Semi-Finals, facing five-time Ladies Singles Champion, Venus Williams, in a thrilling showdown. It was to the dismay of the home faithful, however, that Konta was defeated by her American rival but the Brit was not downhearted by losing to her decorated opponent, stating that she still had much room for improvement and that a future title at the All England Club would be well within her reach.

It has also been a splendid year to remember for British pair Jamie Murray and Heather Watson. The two doubles’ extraordinaires met head-on in an enthralling battle of Britain at this year’s Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final. With a Brit standing on either side of the net, the crowds were decidedly split on who to support, but it was the Scot who ultimately romped to victory alongside partner, Martina Hingis, dispatching his British counterpart and reigning champion in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

Crucially, the match signified just how much British tennis had prospered in recent years. In a game which boasted two British finalists competing against one another at one of the world’s most prestigious Grand Slam tournament, fans saw the revival of a British sporting masterclass which continues to blossom with every passing step.

It’s safe to say that the future of British tennis looks bright.

With Eventmasters, you are guaranteed to enjoy some of the best corporate entertainment experiences at the UK’s most illustrious tennis tournaments. It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends as they witness Britain’s finest players in action as they fight to achieve the ultimate sporting accolades. Make it a day to remember with our fabulous tennis hospitality packages.

The Wonderful World of Wimbledon

We at Eventmasters are delighted to offer a splendid range of Wimbledon hospitality packages and tickets for this year’s thrilling event. Treat your distinguished guests to the experience of a lifetime with our superb corporate entertainment facilities.

Wimbledon: The prestigious home to Britain’s most anticipated occasion of the summer sporting calendar; it is a place where priceless moments of sporting brilliance are captured and cherished for generations, where a pulsating 60 seconds on the court can trigger ecstatic jubilation and crippling heartbreak in equal measure. There are many things a Briton can do without in life, but the illustrious Wimbledon Championship certainly isn’t one of them.

From 1877, the prestigious tournament has been played out on the South West London complex’s 18 grass courts, including the iconic Centre Court and Number 1 Court, under the watchful eyes of the dark green and purple-clad army of officials. The highly disciplined ball boys and girls act as invaluable cogs in the well-oiled machine, scurrying here and there without a trace, ensuring the fortnight-long competition runs smoothly with efficiency and grace.

It is a competition that deservedly sits at the top of the tennis tree and is recognised as the premier tournament across the world for its core values of class and tradition. From its tantalisingly tasty strawberries, lightly drizzled with delicious cream, to its Champagne – as chilled as its cosmopolitan clientele – this magnificent tournament truly embodies the meaning of quality.

A sumptuous fine dining experience adds another layer of eminence to an already extravagant event. The sublime Renshaw Restaurant, located within Court One, is held solely for debenture ticket holders and offers a delightful air of exclusivity for guests who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy occasion as they indulge in a splendid three course a la carte meal. Alternatively the superb Lakeview Restaurant – located within the Wimbledon Park Golf Club – allows honoured guests to enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the stunning Centre Court whilst savouring an exquisite four-course luncheon, prepared expertly by Michelin starred chef – Angela Hartnett.

Arrival sets the tone for the day, with both sumptuous restaurant facilities offering an exquisite Champagne and Pimms reception, to greet distinguished visitors in impeccable style before they are spoiled with a delectable afternoon tea selection. After satisfying their palatial palates, the gratified guests can enjoy a short, picturesque walk through the enclosure to the glimmering Centre Court gates as they prepare to watch some of the event’s exhilarating on-court action.

Some might say this wonderful fine dining experience is just as important as the occasion itself. But the finery and luxury of Britain’s most illustrious summer event belies the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world class, high octane, sinew-straining action on the court.

For generations Wimbledon has sought to attract the most vibrant and decorated gladiators of the sport, who often travel from far and wide to go toe to toe with their fiercest rivals on the court. Last year, it was Andy Murray’s scintillating form and resilience that sent the crowd into overdrive. Euphoric roars echoed around Centre Court as Murray dispatched his opponents one by one with consummate ease, and a revived sense of unity blossomed throughout the country as the coveted trophy was rightfully returned to British hands.Wimbledon Corporate Hospitality - Andy Murray Wimbledon Championships - Centre Court

This year, hundreds of thousands will once again flock to this historic venue – with Royals and A List celebrities alike – to catch a glimpse of yet another sensational sporting contest. An astonishing 500,000 fans are expected to attend this year’s spectacular event, with some dedicated enthusiast’s queuing for a record sixty hours in order to cheer on their cherished sporting heroes. Many had even pitched up at the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club as early as Saturday, as they desperately tried to take pole position for passes to Andy Murray’s captivating opener this afternoon.

With Murray’s reign likely to come heavily under siege from the likes of Wimbledon stalwarts Federer and Djokovic, this year’s championship promises to be another enthralling encounter. Murray kicked off his campaign today against Russian-born Alexander Bublik, and avid followers will be keen for the spirited Scot to return to his brilliant best as he plots his route to the coveted men’s final.

Event goers will also be desperate for fellow Brit, Johanna Konta, to rise to prominence this year as she proudly flies the British flag once again at the prestigious tournament. The Women’s British Number one has so far enjoyed a mixed season on grass courts, having reached the Aegon Open final at Nottingham, but crashed out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham following a comprehensive defeat to America’s Coco Vandeweghe. She did however revive her form with a tremendous run at Eastbourne before an unfortunate injury concern forced her to withdraw. Her inclusion in this tournament will certainly make for spectacular viewing.

Above all, the one word that best describes this tumultuous occasion is ‘quality’. Quality is the perfect business plan for any organisation. It is remembered long after the price is forgotten and is the finest form of advertising. Quality is never created by chance. It is always the result of high intention, serious effort, intelligent direction and proficient execution, and it is everything that the Wimbledon Championship proudly represents.

With Eventmasters, you are guaranteed to enjoy some of the finest corporate entertainment experiences that the UK has to offer. It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends. While the world’s best players are fighting to win the Grand Slam title, you’re ensured of slam dunking the experience of a lifetime into the memory baskets of your dazzled clients.

Maria Sharapova confirmed to play at the Aegon Classic Birmingham!

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced that five-time Grand Slam Winner, Maria Sharapova will be joining the star-studded line-up at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.

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The former world number one has recently came back from a 15-month drugs ban. The Court of Arbitration for Sport tested her positive for heart disease drug meldonium but said she is not an “intentional doper”. The ban had a massive effect on her world ranking, sadly going from number 1 to 211.

Maria is a national treasure as she won a Silver medal for Russia at the 2012 London Olympics.

The decision to make her a wildcard for the Aegon Classic Birmingham was controversial but welcomed by the majority of fans and players in the tennis community.

Former Chief executive, Michael Downey, said “Maria has served her ban in full and is now back playing high-quality tennis. There’s always a lot of debate about who we give wildcards to. Now Maria has earned direct entry into Wimbledon qualifying, we want to give British tennis fans the chance to see her compete on grass in Britain beforehand.”

Two-time Aegon Classic winner Sharapova said: “I am really excited to be coming back to Birmingham this year to play on the grass as part of my build-up to Wimbledon and I thank the LTA for this opportunity.”

She will be joined in Birmingham by world number one Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and British number one Johanna Konta.

Aegon Classic Birmingham Hospitality

Eventmasters are delighted to be able to offer official premium Aegon Classic Birmingham Hospitality packages at this year’s event.

Serena Williams wins the Australian Open… whilst pregnant!

Serena Williams wins the Australian Open while (accurately) eight weeks pregnant, without dropping a single set! She returned to the Women’s Number One world ranking spot just after winning the Australian Open. She is returning as a mother next year as her first unborn child is due in this autumn. Williams will not play again in 2017 which means she’s missing out on the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Earlier this week, Serena has faced some racism by Ilie Nastase about William’s unborn child. Nastase was escorted off the court with bad mouthing at officials. The Romanian has yet not apologised for the actions he has caused.

70 year old Nastase publicly made controversial racist remarks about Serena’s unborn child.

Serena commented about this remark on Instagram on 24th April 2017:

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Serena Williams isn’t the only athlete to complete a sport while pregnant. Thirty-one year old Alysia Montano ran the 800m at the US race while thirty-four weeks pregnant in the time of two minutes and thirty-one seconds. She has won 800 National titles in the past four years.

Jessica Ennis Hill has backed Serena Williams’s case by saying it is possible to do sports while pregnant.

“I’m sure whatever she decides she’ll do a great job at it because she’s a fantastic athlete.”

Women’s Wimbledon title up for grabs?

With Serena Williams out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships the title is wide open for anyone to win. The current favourite is World No 2 Angelique Kerber.

Eventmasters still have Wimbledon Hospitality packages available for this year’s tournament. Call us on 0121 233 6500.

Keys, Halep and Safrova Headline Aegon Classic Birmingham 2017

British tennis star Johanna Konta will be joined by defending champion Madison Keys and former Grand Slam finalists Simona Halep and Lucie Safarova at the 2017 Aegon Classic Birmingham, which takes place at the Edgbaston Priory Club from 17th-25th June.

After winning the biggest title of her career when taking the Miami Open last month, World No.7 Konta is looking to become the first British female to lift the Maud Watson Trophy. But she knows she faces tough competition from American star Keys, who will be defending the title she won in 2016.

Keys said: “Winning the title in Birmingham last year was an unbelievable moment for me and I’m looking forward to getting back to defend my title.

“It’ll be tough because you’re always competing against great players there but it’ll always be a special tournament for me and I know I can play well on those courts.”

The 2017 Aegon Classic will boast a prize pot of more than $800,000 and will be one of the leading WTA events ahead of the Wimbledon Championships.

It is the most prestigious annual women’s sports event in the Midlands and has been drawing world class tennis players to Birmingham since 1983, boasting Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber amongst its former champions.

Patrick Hughesman, Tournament Director for the Aegon Classic Birmingham, said: “We’re proud of bringing some of the world’s best female athletes to Birmingham and we want to create an amazing showcase for them and for women’s tennis, as well as giving people a fantastic experience when they come to watch. Our goal is to match the world class sport with a world class day out.”

Aegon Classic Birmingham Hospitality Packages Now On Sale!

Don’t miss out one of the Midlands finest sporting events this summer. Eventmasters are delighted to provide official Aegon Classic Birmingham hospitality packages in association with the Lawn Tennis Association. Please follow the link provided to book your packages.