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Tennis Stars Commit to Nature Valley International

15 May 2019

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and British No.1 Johanna Konta will headline a star-studded women’s field, while British No.2 Cameron Norrie and 2016 finalist Richard Gasquet will be among those contesting a strong men’s draw at next month’s Nature Valley International Eastbourne.

Nature Valley EastbourneContinuing its long-standing tradition of bringing fans and world class tennis together in a uniquely laid-back, intimate environment, the 2019 Nature Valley International will again showcase an impressive WTA line-up with a trio of Grand Slam champions, and six of the world’s Top 10 – and 13 of the Top 20 – committing to this year’s women’s singles draw at Devonshire Park.

Australian Open 2018 champion Wozniacki will be joined by fellow former major winners Sloane Stephens (2017 US Open) and Jelena Ostapenko (2017 French Open), along with new world No.4 Kiki Bertens – the champion in Madrid this month – and some of the brightest young stars in tennis including Elina Svitolina, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka.

A winner on the grass in Nottingham last year and current world No.9 Barty said she was looking forward to immersing herself in Eastbourne life again in 2019:

"I got a great welcome when I played at Eastbourne last year," said Barty. "The Nature Valley International is so fan-friendly, and it's a great feeling to play tennis in a relaxed, open atmosphere, in front of such enthusiastic crowds. I'm looking forward to finalising my Wimbledon preparations at Devonshire Park again this year."

In the men’s draw Cameron Norrie and Richard Gasquet join top seeded Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals of last year’s French Open, and fan favourites Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Simon in the 28-man main draw.

Nature Valley Tournament Director Gavin Fletcher said: “We are very pleased with this year’s player line-up for the Nature Valley International, which has a long history of opening tennis up to people from the south east and from all over the country.

“Few tennis events in the world give spectators the chance to see inspiring sporting role models up close and personal like Devonshire Park does. It’s a great day out for everyone whether you are new to the sport, a casual player or a regular visitor. There is something for everyone!”

In addition to the on-court action, this year’s Nature Valley International will showcase a host of off-court activities including Family Day on Friday 21 June, which opens up the tournament to parents and children to enjoy the qualifying action, watch the stars on the practice courts, and soak up the atmosphere at Devonshire Park for free.

As part of the LTA’s mission to grow the game by making it more relevant, welcoming, accessible and enjoyable, the tournament will also invite along pupils from 30 local schools, giving them the chance to try tennis, and get inspired by the action around the grounds.

Nature Valley International Eastbourne

WTA Direct Entry List

Name Country Ranking* Name Country Ranking*
Kiki Bertens NED 4 
Elina Svitolina UKR 6 
Karolina Pliskova CZE 7 
Sloane Stephens USA 8 
Ashleigh Barty AUS 9 
Aryna Sabalenka BLR 10 
Caroline Wozniacki DEN 12 F
Anastasia Sevastova LAT 13 
Belinda Bencic SUI 15 
Anett Kontaveit EST 16 
Wang Qiang CHN 17 
Julia Goerges GER 18
Elise Mertens BEL 20 
Daria Kasatkina RUS 21 
Bianca Andreescu CAN 23 
Donna Vekic CRO 24 
Hsieh Su-Wei TPE 25 
Lesia Tsurenko UKR 26 
Jelena Ostapenko LAT 27 
Mihaela Buzarnescu ROM 29
Danielle Collins USA 30
Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 31
Alliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 32
Dominika Cibulkova SVK 33
Camila Giorgi ITA 34
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 36
Sofia Kenin USA 37
Yulia Putintseva KAZ 38
Maria Sakkari GRE 39
Barbora Strycova CZE 40
Johnanna Konta GBR 42
Marketa Vondrousova CZE 44
Katerina Siniakova CZE 45
Saisai Zheng CHN 46
Ajla Tomljanovic AUS 47
Shuai Zhang CHN 48
Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 50
Alison Riske USA 52
Alize Cornet FRA 53
Ons Jabeur TUN 56
Ekateriina Alexandrova RUS 58
Tatjana Maria GER 59
Kirsten Flipkens BEL 60
Monica Puig PUR 61
Margarita Gasparyan RUS 62

ATP Direct Entry List

Marco Cecchinato ITA 19
Guido Pella ARG 21
Gilles Simon FRA 28
Dusan Lajovic SRB 31
Djere Laslo SRB 32
Matteo Berrettini ITA 33
Fernando Verdasco ESP 38
Richard Gasquet FRA 39
Pierre-Hugues Herbert FRA 40
Hubert Hurkacz POL 41
Jeremy Chardy FRA 42
Radu Albot MDA 44
Cameron Norrie GBR 45
Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ 47
Pablo Cuevas URU 49
Taylor Fritz USA 52
Reilly Opelka USA 53
Philipp Kohlschreiber GER 56
John Millman AUS 57

*Rankings correct as at 13 May 2019.

To purchase tickets, and for more information about the Nature Valley International, visit Ticket prices start from £2 for children aged 16 and under, and £12 for adults. Free admission to people of all ages on Nature Valley International Family Day on Friday 21 June.

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