The BBC has signed a deal with the LTA to cover the Aegon International in Eastbourne this June after a five year break, showcasing tennis from some of the world’s top male and female players.
Coverage will commence from Tuesday 18 June through to the finals on Saturday 22 June and will be broadcast live on BBC Two HD and online.
Lawrence Robertson, Commercial Director at the LTA said; “The LTA are delighted that the BBC has extended its commitment to the grass court season and is back with us in Eastbourne after five years away.
“The BBC’s commitment to cover the event bears testament to the quality of the tournament and the field we have assembled. With a mix of Grand Slam champions, Top 10 players and a number of the games future stars, it promises to be a wonderful week of tennis for fans in Eastbourne and at home”
Barbara Slater, Director of Sport at the BBC said; “The BBC are delighted to be coming back to Eastbourne. With comprehensive coverage of the event from Tuesday, our presence further underpins the BBC’s commitment to tennis in this country alongside our coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s and of course, Wimbledon.”
Viewers and spectators will be able to watch some of the world’s best male and female players after a stellar player field has today been announced. Defending champion Tamira Paszek has confirmed she will return to defend her title after winning one of the most exciting finals on the WTA Tour last year, saving five match points against Angelique Kerber before taking the match 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
World No.4 Agnieszka Radwańska, the highest ranked player to enter the event so far, will be looking for another successful grass court season having reached the final of The Championships, Wimbledon last year, as will world No.6 Kerber and 2011 champion Marion Bartoli, who will both be returning to the event.
The men’s draw has 2012 runner up Andreas Seppi attempting to go one better this year and reclaim the title he won in 2011 after going down 6-3, 6-2 to Andy Roddick in last year’s final.
Frenchman and former world No.6 Gilles Simon is the current No.1 seed while Argentinean Juan Monaco and last year’s quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, are also in the draw.