2013 pre-tournament News

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<< Home Run For Keen Konta | The British pair of Johanna Konta and Elena Baltacha are granted the last wildcards

<< Raonic Races In As Top Man | Milos Raonic’s late wildcard entry takes him straight to no1 in the seedings and relegates Gilles Simon from top spot

<< Errani Out, Stosur Up | Sara Errani’s withdrawal through injury pushes grass court expert Stosur into the provisional last place for seeded players

<< Simon Set To Impress | Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon and Phillip Kohlschreiber are the favourites to lift the 2013 AEGON International title

<< Pressure Mounts on Paszek | Unseeded Tamira Paszek returns to defend her title but has stuttered all season due to a combination of illness and injury

<< Watson’s In A Brit Of Bother | Heather Watson’s slips up at Birmingham include a rare public loss of temper and a 2nd Round defeat for the Guernsey girl

<< Greener Grass Beckons For Tomic | Bernard Tomic crashed out of the grass court at Queen’s with Eastbourne his final chance to warm-up for Wimbledon

<< Stosur Ready To Bounce Back | Sam Stosur’s aggressive style of play is suited for grass, and the Australia is mentally prepared to regain her confidence on the circuit

<< Simon Set For Centre Stage | Gilles Simon, the provisional top seed, is relishing experiencing both the low bounce of grass and the laidback town of Eastbourne

<< Stephens Skips Wimbledon Warm-Up | America’s rising star Sloane Stephens and Kazakhstani’s Yaroslava Shvedova have withdrawn from competing this year

<< Stosur Plans Eastbourne Return | Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, is granted a wildcard for Devonshire Park after rethinking her plans of only training before Wimbledon

<< Aussie’s Potent Weapon | Australian Sam Stosur’s trademark kick serve will cause problems for opponents, especially as the wildcard won’t be seeded

<< Radwanska Is Leading Lady | Former Eastbourne champion Agnieszka Radwanska is the top seed for 2013

<< Simon Snatches Top Billing | French ace Gilles Simon is the provisional no1 seed in the Men’s draw as the world no17

<< Opportunity Knocks For Wilting Wozniacki | Caroline Wozniacki returns to grass, her favourite surface, in urgent need of lifting her game to pre-romance standards.

<< Robson’s New Coach Journey | Laura Robson hires Andy Murray’s former coach, initially for the grass court season following a dire season with seven 1st Round exits on Tour.

<< Six Pack Tune Up For Wimbledon | Li Na, the world no6, has been granted a wildcard entry – as exclusively revealed by EastbourneTennis.com – and will be one of six WTA Tour top 10 players in the Ladies draw.

<< Ace Anderson Set To Bounce Back | Kevin Anderson, the big-serving 6 foot 8 inch South African star, is determined to bounce back from the French Open to become a top 20 regular player.

<< Ready To Serve Revenge | Ana Ivanovic will be aiming to get revenge for her French Open exit over former Eastbourne champion Agniezka Radwanska if they meet in the 2013 AEGON International.

<< Wozniacki Set For Early Arrival | Caroline Wozniacki said: “I’ll most likely go to Eastbourne a bit earlier to get some longer practice on grass. I really like it there and it’s one of my favourite tournaments atmosphere wise.”

<< Li Likely For Wildcard Entry | Li Na, twice a Wimbledon quarter-finalist and 2011 French Open champion, hasn’t entered the grass court event in Birmingham but will ask for a Devonshire Park wildcard.

<< Bartoli Brings In Drouet | Marion Bartoli opts for French compatriot Thomas Drouet, at the centre of an alleged assault by Bernard Tomic’s father, as her new practice partner.

<< The Turn Of Keys | Big-serving American teenager Madison Keys is ready for a shot at making a name for herself on grass after leaving the French Open courts in tears following defeat.

<< Tomic Set To Tune-up For Wimbledon | Bernard Tomic, who withdrew from Roland Garros due to a hamstring injury, should be fit in time for his return to Eastbourne.

<< Robson’s Back Blow | Laura Robson rests her back and may be cautious about playing in back-to-back events at Birmingham and Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon.

<< Elementary Dear Watson | Heather Watson, the British no2, returned from a two-month layoff from the WTA Tour due to glandular fever but vows to “get fit for the grass court season”.

<< Baltacha Set To Bounce Back | Elena Baltacha, who missed eight months following ankle surgery, will warm-up for Eastbourne by playing second tier grass court tournaments..

<< Konta Keen For Grass Act | Johanna Konta relishes the opportunity to play in her ‘home’ tournament at Eastbourne.

<< Paszek Pleased To Return | Eastbourne champion Tamira Paszek said: “It would be the most amazing thing if I could win it for the second time!”

<< Wimbledon Winners Set For Showdown | Greg Rusedski admitted: “I enjoy playing on grass, so I’m looking forward to dusting down my racquet.”

<< Great Brit Is Back | Laura Robson claimed: “I’m excited to be returning to Eastbourne, it’s fantastic preparation ahead of Wimbledon”

<< Eagerness Of Errani | Sara Errani said: “This will be my first time playing at Eastbourne, so I hope I can maybe add my name to that list of champions.”

<< Simon Takes Coach Journey | Gilles Simon has started working with a new coach, German Jan de Witt.

<< EXCLUSIVE: Ladies Line-Up Revealed | 2013 Entrants

<< EXCLUSIVE: Men’s Line-Up Revealed | 2013 Entrants

<< Bring On Berdych | Tomas Berdych would be the only top 10 ace in the men’s draw if his coach Ivan Ljubicic wants him to warm-up Wimbledon as a Devonshire Park wildcard.

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