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.

Nature Valley Classic Hospitality - Maria Sharapova

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.

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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.”

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

Johanna Konta To Compete In Three Pre-Wimbledon Tournaments In 2017

British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced that she will play in a three high-class events ahead of her Wimbledon Championship campaign in 2017.

The 25-year-old is currently ranked number 10 in the world, reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January – and she will perform at the Aegon Open Nottingham, The Aegon Classic Birmingham, and The Aegon International Eastbourne.

These three prestigious competitions form part of the enhanced British Grass Court season which also features the Aegon Championships Queens.

Speaking on the announcement Konta said: “I am excited to be playing these three tournaments, especially in front of the home crowds again. The grass court season is one of my favourites and this series of tournaments ahead of Wimbledon provides great preparation opportunities for me.

“Playing in front of a passionate crowd that is fully behind you is a special experience that not many players get: I know how lucky I am to be able to do that. The home fans really can make all the difference so I hope lots of people come out to cheer!

Konta, who headlines a strong Aegon GB Fed Cup team for next week’s tie in Estonia, has had a incredible 12 months where she secured her first two WTA singles titles in Stanford and Sydney.

To celebrate this phenomenal run, the Lawn Tennis Association has also named Konta as an official ambassador for British Tennis.

LTA Chief Executive Michael Downey said, “We are thrilled Johanna has decided to commit to all three grass court events in the lead up to Wimbledon.  We are also very excited to name her as an official ambassador for British Tennis, celebrating the inspirational effect she has on young people across the country.”

Tennis Hospitality Packages for summer 2017 now on sale

Eventmasters are delighted to offer some of the finest tennis hospitality packages in 2017. Working closely with the LTA we can offer packages at the Birmingham Classic and the Nottingham Open where Johanna Konta will be in action.

We can also provide Wimbledon Tickets and Wimbledon hospitality packages for each day of the Wimbledon Championships – the biggest event of the tennis calendar.

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British stars headline opening day of Aegon Classic Birmingham

British stars Naomi Broady and Heather Watson will be the headline attractions as the first round of the Aegon Classic Birmingham begins at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

World No. 53 Watson takes on Italy’s Camilla Giorgi on the Ann Jones Centre Court as she looks to hit form ahead of the Wimbledon Championships 2016. While Broady, 26, faces Australian up-and-comer Daria Gavrilova; in a fascinating encounter.

Unfortunately Laura Robson will not be in action after she fell in the second round of qualifying losing 6-1 6-3 to promising Czech youngster Katerina Siniakova.

American star Madison Keys will also be in action on Monday; the Wimbledon quarter-finalist takes on Timea Babos of Hungary. World No.15 Carla Suarez Navarro faces Ukrainian youngster Elina Svitolina; while Russian powerhouse Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will also be in action taking on Jeļena Ostapenko of Latvia.

The 2016 Aegon Classic Birmingham promises to be the best in the tournaments history with nine of the world’s top 20 players featuring amongst the final 32 competitors. These include British No.1 and World No.18 Johanna Konta who will be looking to give the British fans something to cheer about, after her early exit at the Nottingham Open.

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[7] M. Keys (USA) vs T. Babos (HUN)
C. Giorgi (ITA) vs H. Watson (GBR)
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [WC] N. Broady (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – C. Mchale (USA) vs M. Linette (POL)

Not Before 12:30 pm
Qualifying – K. Siniakova (CZE) vs I. Shinikova (BUL) or A. Krunic (SRB)
Qualifying – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) or T. Paszek (AUT) vs A. Tatishvili (USA) or O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 4:30 pm
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – K. Bondarenko (UKR) or K. Koukalova (CZE) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE) or T. Pironkova (BUL)

Petra Kvitova joins stellar Aegon Classic Birmingham 2016 line-up

Two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova is the latest star to confirm her participation at the 2016 Aegon Classic Birmingham. This premier WTA event takes place at the Edgbaston Priory Club from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th June 2016.

Kvitova is one of the finest players of her generation and has claimed victory twice at the All England Club winning the women’s title in 2011 and 2014. Now she will be looking to add the prestigious Aegon Classic crown to her trophy cabinet on her way to Wimbledon 2016.

On her return to Birmingham Kvitova said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to Birmingham for the first time since 2008!

“That’s a long time and I know that the tournament has grown so much and made a lot of improvements since then. It’s important for me to get the best possible preparation on grass this year so adding Birmingham to my schedule is the perfect opportunity.”

Biggest stars in the women’s game to compete at Aegon Classic Birmingham ahead of the 2016 Wimbeldon Championships

Kvitova will compete alongside some of the world’s biggest players with British No.1 Johanna Konta, former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, World No.6 Simona Halep, Madison Keys, World No.10 Belinda Bencic, Lucie Safarova and Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber set to feature.

Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman said: “Petra has a fantastic grass court pedigree and her two Wimbledon titles speak for themselves.

“I’m delighted that she has chosen to come in Birmingham. Our player field this year is one of the best in the tournament’s history and we’re delighted that we’ve become the tournament the very best players in the world want to be part of.”

The Aegon Classic Birmingham promises to be the biggest tennis event in the West Midlands this summer and offers the perfect chance to see the worlds best players in action ahead of Wimbledon 2016.

For more information please see our Birmingham Classic hospitality packages page.


Aegon Classic Birmingham Hospitality – Superstars clash in Q-Finals

Birmingham Classic hospitality guests will enjoy some superb action as former champions Sabine Lisicki and Daniela Hantuchova meet on the Ann Jones Centre Court.

Hantuchova won the Classic title in 2013 and is without doubt one of the crowd favourites in Birmingham. Lisicki also won the title in 2011 and reached the 2013 Wimbledon final and it looks set to be a brilliant match. World No.9 Carla Suarez Navarro plays World No.12 Karolina Pliskova in another fantastic clash of star names.

Elsewhere on another star-studded day three of the WTA Top Ten will be in action across the day on the Ann Jones Centre Court. Top seed Simone Halep has look assured so far on the pristine grass courts but will be wary of giant-killing Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Mladenovic, who has already knocked Eugenie Bouchard and last year’s finalist Barbora Strycova out of the tournament, will be keen to add to her tally of big name scalps.

Our Birmingham Classic hospitality packages have been hugely popular in 2015, and as we reach the ‘business end’ the top stars are beginning to shine.

For more information on our tennis hospitality packages including packages for next week’s ATP Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality packages please follow the links.

Aegon Classic Birmingham Hospitality – Watson begins Campaign

British No.1 Heather Watson begins her grass court campaign at the Birmingham Classic later today. She takes on qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in her first match at the premier WTA event. The opportunity to see Britain’s best women’s player in action will excite Birmingham Classic hospitality guests.

Watson was due to compete at the Aegon Open Nottingham last week, but was forced to miss the tournament with an elbow injury. She will be hoping to join fellow Brits Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta in the second round, after they both caused memorable wins at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Monday.

Broady, from Stockport, beat Aija Tomjanovic 6-2, 6-4 and faces top seed Simone Halep on the Ann Jones Centre Court on Tuesday afternoon. While Konta notched up an even more emphatic victory over World No.52 Jarmila Gajdosova. Konta has shown some impressive form so far this grass-court season and reached the last eight at the Aegon Open Nottingham.

Another star in action on Tuesday will be two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who takes on Vavara Lepchenko in her first round match. There are some mouthwatering clashes for guests enjoying Aegon Classic Birmingham hospitality packages.

For more information on Birmingham Classic hospitality packages for this Premier WTA event please follow the link.

French Open Review

Just when you thought that Novak Djokovic was virtually unbeatable Stanislas Wawrinka stunned the Serb to take took the French Open title. Now, as tennis looks towards the build-up to Wimbledon, it is suddenly all to play for again.

That build-up centres on the Midlands, with Eventmasters providing official tennis hospitality for the WTA Aegon Open Nottingham at Nottingham Tennis Centre June 8-14; the Birmingham Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, a premier WTA event, June 15-21; and the ATP Aegon Open Nottingham event at Nottingham Tennis Centre June 22-27.

And it has the same official tennis hospitality packages at the Aegon International Eastbourne June 20-27.

A feast of VIP corporate packages on the table.

British No.2 Johanna Konta and compatriot Katy Dunne have been awarded wildcards for the main draw of the Aegon Open Nottingham. The brand new WTA International event, which began with qualifying over the weekend, will see some of the world’s best players including Agnieszka Radwanska take to the grass courts.

Konta, 24, broke into the world’s top 100 last year and qualified for the main draw of the French Open. British No.1 Heather Watson has been forced to pull out of the tournament with an elbow injury.

The Aegon Classic features 10 of the top 20 players in the world. In the strongest field the event has ever known there are three Grand Slam champions and two former world No.1 players.  

Ana Ivanovic is joined by fellow Grand Slam winners Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova while current world No.2 Simona Halep is making her debut. They will be backed by the German trio of Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki as well as rising stars of women’s tennis Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza.

The Aegon International Eastbourne has six of the world’s top ten and a host of former champions. They include World No.5 Caroline Wozniacki, Keys, Ekaterina Makarova, Radwańska and Kuznetsova plus two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

Meanwhile the Aegon Open Nottingham welcomes French Open semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who will be joined by world No.13 Gilles Simon and fellow former Grand Slam finalists David Ferrer and Marcos Baghdatis.

In total five of the world’s top 20 have entered with fans also getting the chance to cheer on home players James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Aljaz Bedene alongside rising star of men’s tennis Nick Kyrgios.

Wawrinka shocked Djokovic to win his first French Open title and thwart the world number one’s career Grand Slam hopes.

The Swiss eighth seed played magnificently in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka, aged 30, brought an end to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title.

Djokovic had been strong favourite after beating nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and third seed Andy Murray, but he was outplayed. It was a wonderful performance by Warwrinka.

In the women’s final, despite being sapped by a nasty flu for much of the week, Serena Williams beat Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-7 6-2 to win the French Open and claim a landmark 20th major.

It was an immense achievement for the 33-year-old American given she blew a 4-1 advantage in the second set and trailed 2-0 in the third. Always a fighter, she recovered, and now only the legendary Steffi Graf has more majors in the Open Era at 22.

With Williams going strong, Graf’s record is under threat.

Already Williams has won in Melbourne and Paris; she’s claimed five Wimbledon titles and is the three-time defending champion at the US Open. But no-one has won all four majors in a season since … you’ve guessed it, Graf in 1988.

Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, commented: “I think it’s the most difficult thing to do in tennis. That’s why it doesn’t happen often. But as she won the first two, why not believe it’s possible? And second, with her, everything is possible.”

A terrific performance too from Safarova, the 13th seed who was making her debut in a grand slam final. She will undoubtedly be one of the stars of the Aegon Classic Birmingham and could potentially renew her rivalry with Ana Ivanovic, who she defeated in the semi-final at Roland Garros.

A fantastic summer of sport ahead for Birmingham

Birmingham is set for a fantastic summer of International Sport, starting with the strongest field of players ever assembled in the history of the Birmingham Classic at the Priory Tennis Club in Edgbaston. Monday 15th – Sunday 21st June 2015. Eventmasters are delighted to provide official tennis corporate hospitality packages at one of the World’s leading WTA events.

Lucie Safarova (CZE – World No 13) beat defending Aegon Classic Champion Ana Ivanovic (SRB – World No 7) at the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros yesterday, and the two will renew their rivalry in the “Second City” when the tournament gets underway a week on Monday.

The 2015 grass court event has attracted, three Grand Slam Champions, two former World No 1’s and 10 of the World’s top 20 players including: Simona Halep (ROU – World No 3), Eugenie Bouchard (CAN – World No 6), Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP – World No 8), Andrea Petkovic (GER – World No 10), Angelique Kerber (GER – World No 11), Karolina Pliskova (CZE – World No 12), Madison Keys (USA – World No 16), Sabine Lisicki (GER – World No 19), Garbine Muguruza (ESP – World No 20). Have all confirmed their participation to complete a stellar line-up for the pre-Wimbledon tournament.

This event will be one of the highlights of the summer for the West Midlands, having so many recognisable names at one tournament speaks volumes for the quality and prestige of the Birmingham Classic.

Aegon Classic Birmingham Tournament Director, Patrick Hughesman, said: “We are delighted at the strength of the player field and are excited for the action to begin.

“To have Grand Slam winners, former world No.1 players and the defending champion on show will provide a fantastic spectacle for the fans and hopefully inspire people in the area to play tennis.

“With preparations well under way, we are set for a world class week of grass court tennis.”

Defending Champion Ana Ivanovic said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to coming back to defend my title. The tournament has a really friendly atmosphere and I can’t wait to experience all of those emotions again and have fun in this great city.”

With just 10 days to go until the start of the tournament, time is running out to book your Birmingham Classic hospitality packages. Please follow the link for more information on how to be part of this world class tennis event in Birmingham.

Eugenie Bouchard confirmed for Aegon Classic Birmingham

Eugenie Bouchard the current world number 6 has been confirmed to play at the Birmingham Classic June 15-21st. Bouchard is one of a number of tennis stars who will entertain Eventmasters guests enjoying the excellent Birmingham Classic hospitality facilities.
The Canadian star appeared at the WTA event in 2013 and returns in 2015 as part of her preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have already confirmed that 10 of the top 20 players in the world will compete in Birmingham, including defending champion Ana Ivanovic. The announcement that Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon finalists will also play is another major coup for the event.
The Aegon Classic Birmingham, one the WTA Premier events on the world tour, will take place from 13-21 June 2015 and forms an integral part of the new British grass court season, which in 2015 will see a three week window between Roland Garros and Wimbledon for the very first time. The extended grass court season will enable some of the world’s best players extra time to find their feet on grass and make the most of the best grass-courts in the country.
Speaking after the announcement, Eugenie said “I love playing on grass and I’ve played some of my best tennis on this surface. I’m looking forward to coming back to Birmingham.”
With just 11 days to go until the start of the event time is running out to see world class women’s tennis in Birmingham, please follow the link for more information on our Birmingham Classic hospitality packages.