Superb courts lure Baghdatis to Devonshire Park

Marcos Baghdatis
Marcos Baghdatis

Devonshire Park’s growing reputation on the ATP tour encouraged former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis to compete in Eastbourne this year.

World number 41 Baghdatis, who reached the Wimbledon semis in 2006, confirmed this week he will take part at AEGON International in June.

The 26-year-old Cypriot said, “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Eastbourne and competing in the AEGON International this year.

“I’ve always loved playing tennis on the grass and I’m told the courts at Devonshire Park are up there with the best in the country, so should serve me well going into Wimbledon.

“Eastbourne is not a venue I have played at before but I have only heard good things about it so I can’t wait to see for myself what it’s like.”

Baghdatis reached a career high world ranking of number 8 in 2006.

That year he reached the final of the Australian Open as an unseeded player followed by his fine run at SW19.

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 Wimbledon, which starts the following week.

Italy’s Andreas Seppi won the men’s tournament in 2011, and World number seven Marion Bartoli scooped the women’s title in a draw which featured 13 of the world’s top 20 female players.

This year’s event will offer fans free entry on Kids Day, the opening Saturday of the tournament with a Legends match confirmed for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17.

Big-Serving former British number-one Greg Rusedski and Aussie Mark Philippoussis, a former Wimbledon finalist have confirmed their places.

For ticket information visit: www.aegoninternational.co.uk/tickets