THE TENNIS has seen Eastbourne hit the headlines both here in the UK and abroad – as sports fans try and get an idea of who is heading to Wimbledon in form.
Reporters from all over the world have packed the Devonshire Park media room, sending copy back to America, Australia and a host of other countries.
And fans and players alike have taken to social networking website Twitter to discuss the tournament – meaning #Eastbourne became one of the top trending hashtags of the week.
Twitter users who want to share their messages with other people use a hashtag alongside their post to identify it to people who may not usually follow them.
And a quick search of #Eastbourne revealed hundreds of messages relating to events at Devonshire Park.
Many were in a foreign language – illustrating the international buzz around the tournament – but plenty were from local fans only too happy to talk up the town.
@charyoungs25 wrote, “Best day ever! #Eastbourne #sunshine #andyroddicktouchedme,”
@joegibbss said, “Had a great day sipping pimms and watching the tennis here in Eastbourne.”
@AEGONClassic had sympathy for the Brit girls who went out despite a valiant effort. They wrote, “Sad to see @HeatherWatson92 & @laurarobson5 out of the #AEGONInternational singles draw. Ladies, you rock!”
Perhaps they could blame their exits on @MHLesta, who tweeted, “I think I’m a bad luck charm for the British tennis players. They always lose when I watch #AegonInternational.”
@PooleKieran, who was at Devonshire Park as part of the Herald’s team, said, “Andy Roddick says he’s “pleasantly surprised” at quality of courts in Eastbourne and described tournament as ‘mellow’,” while@Gemmahahaha said, “Goodbye Eastbourne, its been a blast! Defo see u again next year.”
The Herald’s website also received hits from all over the world, with fans keen to read our unrivalled coverage of the tournament.
Previews, match reports and player interviews were uploaded every day this week as the eyes of the tennis world fell on Eastbourne.