The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has confirmed today that Ana Ivanovic will play at the Aegon Classic Birmingham in June. Ivanovic, the current world No.6, will return to the grass courts of the Edgbaston Priory Club for the WTA Premier tournament as defending champion as part of her preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon. The announcement coincides with the beginning of the early-bird ticket purchase period for the tournament. Until 28 April tickets for the event are available at an exclusive discounted rate.
The Aegon Classic Birmingham, one of the WTA Premier events on the world tour, will take place from 15-21 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 first time. The extended grass court season will enable some of the world’s very best players extra time to find their feet on grass and make the most of the best grass-courts in the country.
Speaking on the announcement, Ana said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to coming back to defend my title at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, I had such a great time there last year. It was my first title on grass and I had such a warm welcome from everybody. The tournament has a really friendly atmosphere and can’t wait to experience all of those emotions again and have fun in this great city.”
The Aegon Classic Birmingham, Tournament Director, Patrick Hughesman, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ana Ivanovic back to defend her title at the Aegon Classic Birmingham this year. Ana put on a fantastic performance in 2014 on her way to the title and won a lot of fans in doing so. The tournament plays a key role in players’ preparations for Wimbledon and we look forward to announcing more world class players soon.”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon said: “Ana Ivanovic is one of the biggest names in women’s tennis and to have her returning to the Aegon Birmingham Classic is fantastic news for the tournament. We are delighted that she has chosen the event as part of her grass court season and look forward to seeing her on the fantastic courts at the Edgbaston Priory Club in June.”
Tickets to the Aegon Classic Birmingham go on general sale today, Wednesday 18 March at 10am. An early bird discount will apply to all adult tickets bought before 28 April.
For more information and to purchase tickets using the Edgbaston Priory Club member promotional code: EPC2015 please visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-classic-birmingham