A WTA International Series event, the Aegon Classic Birmingham, is the year’s first opportunity to see the top tennis players from the women’s game on grass. Held at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, (where the modern game of lawn tennis is believed to have started as early as 1859), and now in its 36th year, this family friendly occasion is considered one of the top events of the tennis calendar.
Featuring a strong international field, the Aegon Classic Birmingham is an important fixture on the women’s tour. In the tournament's 36-year history, it has seen many great champions, including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and the first-ever Chinese player to win a Grand Slam title, Na Li, the 2010 champion.
This year’s champion was Madison Keys who, at just twenty-one years old, lifted the Aegon Classic Birmingham title after overcoming Barbora Strycova.
The American can now count herself in one of the top ten in the world for the first time after beating the Strycova 6-3, 6-4 at the Edgbaston Priory Club.
Edgbaston Priory Club has recently been improved with the addition of a new centre court. Ensuring that it stays a world-class tennis venue, the new courts were spectacularly opened in 2013 by a doubles exhibition match featuring Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea.
The work safeguards the future of the club and the future of those that play there. As an LTA High Performance Centre, the club hosts some of Britain’s top tennis players and caters to their every need, from specialist training to support.