Ivanovic aims to cut it on the grass in 2012

Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic

Former World number one Ana Ivanovic will hope to improve her grass court form when she returns to Devonshire Park this year.

The 24-year-old Serbian this week confirmed she will be appearing at the AEGON International in June 2012.

Last year Ivanovic was ousted by Venus Williams in the first round on centre court and in 2009 Russian baseliner Nadia Petrova sent her packing at the second round stage.

The 2008 French Open champion said, “Eastbourne is a charming tournament and it’s one of the most competitive on the Tour – the field there is always strong.

“I enjoy competing at Eastbourne for a number of reasons, one of them is the facilities. The grass is beautiful, and now that I have a British coach (Nigel Sears), I appreciate this tournament even more.

In 2011 the Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli won the WTA title. Andreas Seppi from Italy triumphed in the men’s tournament.

The AEGON International takes place from June 16-23, and provides a final opportunity for some of the world’s best players to compete on grass before The Championships, Wimbledon, which starts the following week.

A bumper crowd is expected again at Devonshire Park this year – particularly on the opening day of the tournament, after it was announced that entry to the grounds will be free.

Centre court and court one will also have unreserved seating making it the ideal time to see great tennis served daily. Sunday March 17 will feature a host of legends competing in a Father’s Day tussle with the names of the contenders for the match-up set to be revealed in the near future.

LEFT Ana Ivanovic