Reigning Champion Angelique Kerber confirmed to play at Aegon Classic Birmingham

After Andy Murray’s Davis Cup heroics at the Barclaycard Arena over the weekend, Birmingham can look forward to more world class tennis when the best players head from around the globe to the Edgbaston Priory Club for the Aegon Classic Birmingham on June 11-19th.

The WTA Premier level grass court tournament that takes place ahead of Wimbledon is set to be packed full of some of the biggest stars of the women’s game, led by Australian Open winner and defending Aegon Classic Birmingham champion Angelique Kerber. Former French Open finalist Simona Halep and rising American star Madison Keys are also confirmed for this year’s edition of the Classic, which boasts Martina Navratilova, and Billie-Jean King amongst its illustrious former champions.

“I’m really happy to come back to Birmingham,” said Kerber, the World No.2. “A lot has happened since I won there but it turned out to be a really big week for me and I’m looking forward to coming back and re-living those memories.

It’s a great tournament and Birmingham is a really cool city, where people really love sport. I’ve always really enjoyed playing there, which is why winning the title in 2015 was very special. It’s great that we have such an important tennis event in Birmingham, especially in the lead-up to Wimbledon.”

Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman said: “We’re really excited and looking forward to welcoming our defending champion Angelique back to Birmingham, especially as she has just become a Grand Slam champion with that thrilling win over Serena Williams in Melbourne.

We’re proud to say that the Aegon Classic Birmingham is now one of the most prestigious stops on the WTA Tour and 2016 will see the tournament attract more world class players than ever before. It will be a fantastic day out for everyone coming to the Edgbaston Priory Club this June to watch the tennis and to cheer on the stars of the WTA.”

The Davis Cup Trophy itself, which Murray helped Great Britain win for the first time in 78 years last year, will be visiting the Aegon Classic Birmingham as part of the Davis Cup Trophy tour on Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th June.

For more information and to get your tickets using the members exclusive booking code EPC2016 visit Aegon Classic Birmingham