The Brits are coming

For the first time in many years, a British tennis player has a fighting chance of success at the AEGON International this week.

Action gets underway at Devonshire Park on Saturday where qualifying will begin for the 2013 tournament.

This year, young British players Laura Robson, 19, and Heather Watson, 21, will lead the way into the main draw followed by former British number-one Anne Keothavong and British number three - Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta.

The popular Elena Baltacha will also return to Eastbourne having recovered from her recent injury problems.

But it’s Robson who is expected to provide tennis fans with plenty to cheer.

The Former Wimbledon junior champion and current British number-one has enjoyed a fine year and has shot into the top 50 with a current ranking of 39.

She enjoyed Olympic silver medal success with doubles partner Andy Murray and recorded some tremendous tournament victories this season over Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska, at the Australian Open and Madrid Open respectively.

Watson will see Eastbourne as another opportunity to get her year back on track having recovered from glandular fever.

In her first tournament back, she suffered a first round defeat on the clay at the French Open.

The Brits, though, will not have it all their own way with seven from the world’s top 10 confirmed to play at Eastbourne.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is the top seed but will face stiff competition from the likes of last year’s finalist Angelique Kerber of Germany and the 2012 champion Tamira Paszek.

France’s Gilles Simon is expected to go deep into the men’s draw with Juan Monaco of Argentina also tipped to go well.