Eastbourne International is a grass court warm up tournament held prior to the Wimbledon Championships. The tournament has a long history and has been a fixture on the tennis calendar for decades.
1. Eastbourne International tournament started in 1974
The first Eastbourne International tournament was held in 1974. Many top players have used this tournament to prepare for Wimbledon.
2. The tournament includes both men’s and women’s events but it was not always that way
Since 2017, the tournament has hosted both men’s and women’s events. But in 2015 and 2016, it was only a ladies event.
3. The tournament has many sponsors over the years
The tournament is currently sponsored by Rothesay. Its past sponsors iclude Nature Valley, Aegon, and Viking Cruises. From time to time, the tournament has struggled attracting sponsors.
4. Martina Navratilova has the most tiles
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova won 11 singles titles at Eastbourne, a record for the tournament.