Released by the LTA today:
THREE STARS CONFIRMED FOR EASTBOURNE
Jennifer Capriati, currently ranked No. 6 in the world and one of the top names in women’s tennis, has confirmed she will be playing in this year’s Hastings Direct International Championships at Eastbourne. (June 16-21).
Capriati said: “I am glad to be coming back to Eastbourne, the fans have always been very supportive there. It’s a great tournament, it’s is very well run and I think it is an ideal tune up for Wimbledon.”
Championship organisers are also delighted to announce that Chanda Rubin and Anna Kournikova have confirmed their entry for this year’s WTA Tour event at Devonshire Park in the traditional warm-up to The Championships, Wimbledon.
Capriati, winner of three Grand Slams and a recent finalist at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida, will be one of the favourites to capture the prestigious grass court title.
There will also be plenty of interest in the entries of Chanda Rubin, as she defends her 2002 title and Anna Kournikova, a former Wimbledon semi finalist.
Hastings Direct International Joint Championships Director John Feaver said: “We are delighted that Jennifer has committed to playing at Eastbourne this year and her presence at the event will only add to its already high profile. Jennifer’s success in rebuilding her career and becoming one of the most successful women players in recent years is one of the most amazing stories in the history of tennis.”
“We are confident of announcing several other big names for this year’s championships at Eastbourne, tickets can now be booked on the Championship hotline 01323 412000.”
The Hastings Direct International Championships are the most prestigious women’s event in Britain outside The Championships, Wimbledon and it is one of the most keenly awaited dates in the WTA calendar.
This is the first year that the Eastbourne tournament has been sponsored by Motor Insurance provider Hastings Direct, who committed to a two-year deal beginning in 2003. Hastings Direct are already a key supporter of British tennis due to its sponsorship of the National Hastings Direct Tour, but the new backing demonstrates its commitment to international tennis as well.
The Hastings Direct International Championships at Eastbourne is an official LTA event on the WTA Tour. The main draw starts on Monday June 16 and ends on Saturday June 21. Ticket prices range from £5-£24 and can be ordered by calling the hotline on 01323 412000. For the latest news on the Hastings Direct International Championships go to http://www.LTA.org.uk/HastingsDirectChampionships