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Eastbourne gets new sponsor

The new sponsor for Eastbourne WTA tournament for 2003 and 2004 will be Hastings Direct insurance (who also sponsor the British Tour events).

Tickets go on sale on 10/03 and I've been told, that court 1 will NOT require separate tickets for weekly ticket holders, which it did last year. This of course resulted in Jelena Dokic being watched by almost empty stands in her defeat there.

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LOL!

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Thanks for the info! Hopefully I'll get to go to the first couple of days this year. It's such a nice tourney.

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Do you mean the first two days of MD or qualifying? Qualifying is Saturday - Sunday (sometimes stretches into Monday) and is definitely well worth attending. Last year, the top qualifying seed was Elena Likhovtseva, then world-ranked about 40.
I'll be there the whole week, as for the last 2 years.
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I'm not too sure yet. I'm planning on going to a few days of Birmingham too, so it kind of depends on what days I end up going there, but I might try and catch the qualifying. Eastbourne's only 1 1/2 hours by train for me, so I tend to just see how I feel. I've been for at least a day trip most years though!

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I'm just going to the qualifying of Birmingham (which at Birmingham is free, if I remember correctly) this year on the Saturday and Sunday. Funnily enough, one of my friends who always spends the whole week in Eastbourne, also comes from Woking.
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I'm going to NONE, cos me damn manager and assistant booked their holidays first, without telling us we could actually start to pick our holidays, conveniently they have booked them around the grass court season and Glastonbury, leaving me to work. Bah.

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bluepastures - Really? It' a small world, maybe I know them!! I'll probably be going to the first few days of the main draw of Birmingham and then I'm not sure yet about Eastbourne. Last year was the first year I went to Birmingham and, despite the terrible weather, I had a great time - Gallofa and I managed to find ways to amuse ourselves during the *long* rain delays! I still can't believe how small the tourney is though!

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The guy who I know from Woking is called Graham.

About, Birmingham, it does have a great draw, but like you say it feels "small". Indeed, organisation-wise it's no better than a challenger. Orders of play were rarely available before the play actually started! Also the view of 3 of the 4 outer courts is pretty poor, with the only option being sitting high up on the grass bank at one end.
Anyway, Eastbourne's a lot nicer to stay in for a week, than Birmingham is! I expect Lindsay Davenport to come back to attempt to win the title she won in 2001. Amelie has entered the last two years, but pulled out. Hantuchova will certainly play, as will defending champion Rubin. What I really hope is that some of the young Russians like Safina and Kuznetsova come and play there.

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bluepastures - Really? It' a small world, maybe I know them!! I'll probably be going to the first few days of the main draw of Birmingham and then I'm not sure yet about Eastbourne. Last year was the first year I went to Birmingham and, despite the terrible weather, I had a great time - Gallofa and I managed to find ways to amuse ourselves during the *long* rain delays! I still can't believe how small the tourney is though!
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i'm hopefully gonna be able to attend Birmingham on Sunday Monday and Tuesday unless i have exams.

I've been invited to attend Eastbroune, but it's a very long journey from edinburgh to there! PLus, being a bit odd, i'd rather go to watch teh Wimbledon Qualifying in Roehampton, lol!

Would love to go to 1st 2 days of Wimbledon, but it's my last week of school ever! So i really ahve to go

Caz - can u recommend anywhere cheap for a 17 year old to stay on their tod for a couple of days in Birmingham?

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Paul, I'd go and have a look at www.superbreak.com. You could stay at the Comfort Inn, on Hagley Road (less than two miles from the tennis) for about 22 pounds per night B&B.

I'll be staying at the Wetherspoon lodge in the city centre for about £40 per night.

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thanks Jon

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Birmingham is excellent for buses. I'm sure you'll be able to get one taking you at least most of the way there.
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Paul - I'll be staying at the Beechwood Hotel. I shared a room last year there for £25 per person, per night. The hotel literally backs onto the tennis club and is just a couple of minutes walk to the nearest bus stop! If you want their tel. no. PM me and I'll give it to you.

bulepastures - Well, I don't know your friend, but still it's a small world!! As for Birmingham, lol, yeah we spent a lot of time watching matches on those outside courts! You kind of feel like you should take your own deck chair!! Still, I had a great time there! Did you have any of the crepes? They were gorgeous!! Esp. the apple and cinnemon ones!!

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Well, during those two weeks, I'm torn between Edgbaston, Eastbourne, and Wimbledon quallies. I've not been to Eastbourne for a couple of years now, but do like it. Edgbaston is quite small and friendly, I agree, and some of my favourites usually play there (if only in quallies). Let's hope the weather behaves this time!! - then a quick dash up the M5 should be worth it just to see the Brits (and my other faves) lose, but then again some of them may even win!!
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