As expected there will be a big shake up on the grass court schedule for 2020. It was rumoured a while back that the WTA Premier event down in Birmingham was at risk of being downgraded and in 2020 it will go down to a WTA International meaning prize money will drop from about $1 million to $250,000. Part of this will see the event look at cutting the losses but will have to potentially leave themselves with less top players. Tickets prices have been released and prices are pretty the much the same leaving fans confused as less top … Continue reading Grass court shake up for 2020 leaves British events in trouble!
WTA Birmingham is being downgraded. The what was a Premier Event will now be an international event. This change could happen as soon as next year if not 2021 for sure. This year we saw world number one and two Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and other names including Venus, Muguruza and Konta amongst others but it may now struggle to attract the top stars. The tournament usually pulls in around 20,000 to the Edgebaston Priory Club but fails to sell out. With this downgrade points on offer to players and prize money will take a hit. Prize money could decrease … Continue reading WTA Birmingham set to be downgraded; points and prize money to fall with Wimbledon set to support a new event in Germany
All across Europe the biggest names in tennis have been in action once again as they prepare for Wimbledon with some upsets ahead of the third major of the year putting question marks over their chances. On a day where there were upsets there was also a big statement win and that was from the top seed in London, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Roger Federer also had a big fight as his bid for a 10th title in Halle continues. I came into this tournament with some doubts to be honest about what he can do on grass as I haven’t seen … Continue reading Federer & Stefanos survive as Sharapova, Osaka & Wawrinka fall!
Rain brought an early end to play at London and Birmingham yesterday with not one match completed in London. Today saw a better day for both but first round play in London is still not complicated on a big day across the UK and Europe as the grass court season continues. Jo out! Bit of a shock but Johanna Konta is out. The British number one never really got going and if you compare the performance today to the one against Ostapenko it was night and day. The Latvian was ruthless against Swiatek in round one and looked so composed … Continue reading Konta ❌ Venus ✅ Barty ✅ Del Potro’s knee 🙏🏻 Boys battle in Halle 💪🏻
It’s been a great day in Birmingham! Rain may have upset play in the last couple of matches but the quality of tennis today at the Edgebaston Priory Club has been exceptional. A day which has seen Julia Georges recover from a set down to win also saw wins for Putintseva, Kristyna Pliskova, Martic and world number one Naomi Osaka who saw off a spirited Maria Sakkari. Maria was in fact the first person I saw coming through security having a practice Next to the Greek number one was the Pliskova sisters who we now know will face each other … Continue reading Osaka battles through Sakkari on an action packed day at Birmingham despite the rain!
16 wins in her last 20. 15 of them on the clay but now we are on the grass. Jo who is ranked back at 18 in the world following an excellent clay court season decided not to play Nottingham with it being so close to the conclusion of her clay court season so is opening her grass season in Birmingham. Jo’s start could not have gone much better. Her first round opponent was Anett Kontaveit who is having a good year and is super dangerous from the baseline. The Estonian is coached by British coach who is the former … Continue reading Jo Konta opens with Birmingham win!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!