Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is returning to the Aegon International Eastbourne this year.
The Czech world No.4, a winner at The Championships, Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, reached the quarter-finals at Devonshire Park last year, and was a runner up in 2011 after a close fought final with Marion Bartoli.
The Aegon International Eastbourne, one of the WTA Premier events on the world tour, will take place the week before Wimbledon from 20-27 June 2015 and forms an integral part of the new British grass court season, which in 2015 will see a three week window between Roland Garros and Wimbledon for the very first time. The extended grass court season will enable some of the world’s elite players extra time to find their feet on the surface and make the most of the very best grass courts in the country.
Speaking on the announcement, Kvitova said: “I’m really excited to be returning to the Aegon International Eastbourne this summer. It is a special tournament for me and one I always enjoy playing.
“The crowds there really know their tennis and the intimate site is a great place for the fans to get close to the action. From the first round, every match is tough which makes it the perfect warm-up event in the week before Wimbledon.”
The Aegon International Eastbourne Tournament Director, Gavin Fletcher, said: “Petra is unquestionably one of the best grass court players in the world and I am delighted she will be lining up once again at the Aegon International Eastbourne this year.
“She is a double Grand Slam champion on grass and a former finalist at this tournament so someone will have to play well to beat her. I am pleased the supporters will be able to watch such a great player in action”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon, said: “We are delighted that Petra is returning to the Aegon International Eastbourne this summer.
“She has a fantastic track record of Wimbledon performances following preparations at Devonshire Park and we can’t wait to see her on court again. Petra will be joined by some more great names from the Women’s game as we look forward to another great tournament in Eastbourne.”
A limited number of tickets are still available.
It is a special tournament for me and one I always enjoy playingPetra Kvitova
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-international-eastbourne/