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Wozniacki and Kuznetsova return to challenge for Eastbourne crown

4 May 2017

Two former champions will return to the Aegon International Eastbourne this summer as Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova come back to the south coast.

 

Centre Court at the Aegon International Eastbourne, photo by Graham Huntley

The duo will join Britain’s No. 1 Johanna Konta in bidding for the prestigious grass-court title at Devonshire Park from June 25 - July 1.

After confirming her place in Eastbourne, former world No. 1 Wozniacki said: “Eastbourne is one of my favourite tournaments of the year. I lifted the trophy here in 2009 and would love to do the same again this time. I always get a great welcome from the fans and I can’t wait to get back on those courts.”

Crowd-favourite Wozniacki will be joined by another former champion in the shape of world No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 winner. The Russian star will make her ninth appearance at the event.

"Coming back to a tournament you have won is always nice, I have lots of great memories on those grass courts."

“I have played in Eastbourne many times and I'm really looking forward to coming back this year,” said Kuznetsova. “Coming back to a tournament you have won is always nice, I have lots of great memories on those grass courts.”

This year’s tournament will combine top class women’s and men’s tennis again for the first time in three years and boasts more than €1.4 million in prize money.

The women’s event, along with the Aegon Classic Birmingham, is one of two top level WTA Premier women’s tennis events leading into The Championships, Wimbledon. Now in its 43rd year, the Aegon International Eastbourne boasts Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Chris Evert amongst its former champions.

Entries for the main draw of the tournament close on 15th May, with more big names likely to be added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

Gavin Fletcher, Tournament Director for the Aegon International Eastbourne, said: “We’re excited to announce more world class players for this year’s Aegon International Eastbourne. Caroline and Svetlana are very popular with the fans here and we are looking forward to seeing the former champions back on court.”

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK, said: “The Aegon International Eastbourne is one of the jewels in the British tennis calendar. We are delighted to welcome back more amazing players in what is once again a very strong line up. Fans coming to Devonshire Park will see some incredible tennis action and savour what is a unique atmosphere in tennis.”

 

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