Jelena Jankovic is the latest A-list player confirmed to compete in the Aegon Classic tennis tournament at Edgbaston Priory Club from 9th to 15th June.
The former world No. 1 will compete alongside other top tennis names including Germany’s Sabine Lisicki and fellow Serbian Ana Ivanovic. As the current world No.7, Jankovic is the highest ranking player to be announced so far and the third player in the WTA’s top 20 singles confirmed to compete.
She has twice been a finalist at the Aegon Classic (in 2005 and 2012) and won the event in 2007, beating Maria Sharapova in a thrilling final, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Commenting on her announcement to compete in the prestigious tournament, Jankovic said: “I’m thrilled to be playing the Aegon Classic again this year. Birmingham’s a great city and I really enjoy playing on the grass there. I have particularly fond memories of playing at the Edgbaston Priory Club in 2007, as I won the title and then went on to win the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Jamie Murray. I know the player field will be as strong as ever, particularly as the tournament has been upgraded to WTA Premier status.”
In addition to the main draw, a charity exhibition match has been revealed for the final day at the Aegon Classic on Sunday 15th June. The ‘Rally for Bally’ will see 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, Anne Keothavong, Tim Henman and Jamie Murray compete in a mixed-doubles exhibition match to raise money for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, after former British number one Elena Baltacha announced that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year.
Previously won by Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Maria Sharapova, the Aegon Classic is one of the world’s major grass court tournaments, taking place ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.
Members of Edgbaston Priory Club may purchase their exclusive discounted tickets direct from the Club. A booking form may be picked up from Reception or downloaded from the members’ area of the website.
Hospitality packages are still available in the Members’ Gallery on 10th and 11th June and finals weekend with a 10% discount available to members of Edgbaston Priory Club. For full details of the packages on offer contact Charlotte Harper at Edgbaston Priory Club on 0121 440 2492.
For information on tickets sales for members for the public visit www.aegonclassic.co.uk