Five-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova has been forced to withdraw from the Aegon Classic Birmingham and the remaining grass court season due to an on-going injury. 

The former world No.1 sustained an injury to her left hip muscle during her most recent event in Rome and has been unable to recover in time for the Aegon Classic Birmingham which gets underway at Edgbaston Priory Club, from 17th – 25th June.

The player field for this year’s Aegon Classic Birmingham remains the best in the tournament’s history, promising world class action for Members and their guests.  The main draw which kicks off on 19th June includes eight of the world’s top 10, British No.1 Johanna Konta, French Open finalist Simona Halep, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

Sharapova’s wildcard reverts back to the Tournament Director and a final decision will be made in the coming days regarding which players will receive the remaining wildcards available. 

Commenting on her withdrawal, Maria Sharapova said, “I’m disappointed to withdraw from this year’s Aegon Classic Birmingham. I was very much looking forward to returning to the place I won my first grass court title as a 17 year old and will miss seeing all the loyal fans that come out to support this great event.  It’s already on my calendar for next year.  My main priority now is getting back healthy to the sport I love.” 

The remaining tickets for this year’s Aegon Classic Birmingham are on sale now.  For details of the Member Offers go to