Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
Home to the Best Grass Courts in the UK
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, located in the heart of Eastbourne, will host the Rothesay International WTA tournament. Devonshire Park is best known by sports fanatics for providing the best grass courts in the UK and is often referred to as a tennis complex, with some of the world’s best players using the Eastbourne International tournament as preparation for Wimbledon.
Devonshire Park is Eastbourne’s oldest park and has hosted Lawn Tennis on its courts since the 1870s. Many iconic tennis champions, such as Martina Navratilova, Chirs Evert, Virginia Wade, Caroline Wozniacki, Ekaterine Makarova, Kim Clijsters and Lindsey Davenport, have expressed their fondness for the courts at Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club. With an 8,000 capacity, guests can enjoy the 20 grass courts and spectacular views of the action from their seats.
Over the next three years, Devonshire Park will be looking to redevelop its facilities with a £44 million budget, funded by Eastbourne Borough Council. The redevelopment will bring world-class international sporting, cultural, and conference facilities to the well-known venue. A show court, brand new practice courts, changing rooms, medical and media facilities are also included in renovation plans.
International Eastbourne Hospitality
Devonshire Park hosts the annual women’s and men’s tennis tournament and is part of the WTA 500 and ATP 250 tour. While an essential warm-up event for the Wimbledon Grand Slam, the International Eastbourne is unmissable for loyal tennis fans. Set in the beautiful grounds of Devonshire Park, the Rothesay International Eastbourne is undoubtedly a spectacular event for all.
Make this year’s tournament one to remember by indulging in a spectacular reception, canapés, a three-course lunch, and complimentary drinks. Take a look at some of our finest corporate tennis hospitality packages for the International Eastbourne at Devonshire Park.
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club History
When Devonshire Park opened its gates in 1874, the venue was initially intended to be a cricket ground. However, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began to regularise the laws of lawn tennis, resulting in its first tournament, Wimbledon, running that year in June.
The success of Wimbledon saw Devonshire Park mark the first tennis courts on its beautiful grounds in 1879, with the first tournament hosted by the club dating back to 1881. The South of England Championships annually for 136 years until 1972.
In June 2016, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Eastbourne Council proposed a £44 million plan to renovate and modernise Devonshire Park, including a show court and new practice courts for park visitors in Eastbourne.
International Eastbourne Fixtures
At Devonshire Park, guests can enjoy this beloved tournament and watch the finest tennis players compete in a high-class field with the best views of the action.
In 2022, the International Eastbourne will once again grace the British summer sporting calendar and top-drawer talent will battle furiously for the revered tennis accolade. Eventmasters is delighted to provide our VIP International Eastbourne hospitality packages across nine days:
- Friday 17th June 2022
- Saturday 18th June 2022
- Sunday 19th June 2022
- Monday 20th June 2022
- Tuesday 21st June 2022
- Wednesday 22nd June 2022
- Thursday 23rd June 2022
- Friday 24th June 2022
- Saturday 25h June 2022
Please use the Google map provided for directions to Devonshire Park Tennis in Eastbourne.
Devonshire Park Travel Directions:
We recommend using the A22 from London, A259 from Hastings and A27 from Brighton.
The Eastbourne railways Station is 80 minutes from London Victoria Station. It is a 15-minute walk to the park when you leave the platform.
The 12, 12A, 12X and 99 are all popular bus routes that pass near the venue in Eastbourne.
Devonshire Park Stands
This is the most popular stand to sit on behind the baseline. If you want to watch the tournament with the traditional vocal crowd and soak up the sunshine, this is the place for you.
The East Stand, located on the centre Court’s side, is preferred by regular International Eastbourne fans. Guests can enjoy the weather all day long as these seats are perfect for basking in the sunlight.
The South Stand offers the same view as the TV cameras for those looking to watch the tournament in a relaxed atmosphere when travelling to Eastbourne.
The West Stand offers a more reserved and civilised atmosphere for guests, allowing them to watch the match in the comfort of the shade.