Roddick’s love match

2013 AEGON International

Golfer Andy Roddick

Ball control: Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick, last year’s AEGON International champion, amazingly found himself in the world’s top 40 despite having hung up his racquet following the 2012 US Open.

The American ace, who breezed to the 2012 Eastbourne Tennis title on his Devonshire Park debut, moved up the Singles rankings to no40 on Valentine’s Day without even playing a competitive match on the ATP Tour for almost six months.

However, his elevation back into the world’s top 40 was shortlived as the veteran ex-world no1 officially retired from the ATP Tour in mid-February 2013 following his announcement  – on his 30th birthday last August – to retire from the sport.

Flamboyant Roddick, whose final match was the rain-delayed defeat to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro at September’s US Open, has since entered just one professional golf tournament (off a handicap of six). However, although he teamed up with pro John Mallinger the pair missed the cut to get the final round at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the United States.

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Ticket Prices

2013 AEGON International, Get Tickets, Tickets

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Smashing time: Eastbourne Tennis

AEGON International 2013 tickets

The ace 2013 AEGON International promises the usual array of exciting top-class tennis, with tickets available to be purchased in from the Ticket Factory Sales Advisors.

General sale of tickets available via TELEPHONE HOTLINES: 0121.780.3127 & 0121.789.4133.

The 2013 Ticket Prices are as follows:

Adult prices (child prices in brackets)

Saturday 15 June – Free  (Centre Court),  Free (No1 Court) and Free (Ground Pass)

1st Qualifying Round (Men & Ladies), 10.30am

Sunday 16 June  – £27 (£10), £20 (£5) and £14 (Free)

Legends Exhibition, 2ndQualifying Round (Men & Ladies) and 1st Round (Men), 11am

Monday 17 June – £40 (£12), £20 (£5) and £14 (Free)

3rdQualifying Round (Ladies) and 1st Round (Men & Ladies), 11am

Tuesday 18 June – £40 (£12), £20 (£5) and £15 (Free)

1st Round (Men & Ladies), 11am

Wednesday 19 June – £40 (£12), £20 (£7) and £15 (Free)

2nd Round (Men & Ladies), 11am

Thursday 20 June – £40 (£12), £20 (£7) and £15 (Free)

Quarter-finals (Men & Ladies), 11am

Friday 21 June – £43 (£14), £18 (£5) and £15 (Free)

Semi-finals (Men & Ladies) and Men’s Doubles Final, 11am (10am)

Saturday 22 June – £43 (£14), N/A and £5 (Free)

Finals (Men & Ladies) and Ladies Doubles Final, 12.45pm (10am)

Bartoli shock split

Marion Bartoli, News

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

Marion-Bartoli on OlympicsMarion Bartoli, the 2011 AEGON International champion, has ended her coaching relationship with father Walter following two decades of success and will have a new coach for the 2013 Eastbourne Tennis tournament.

The unorthodox ace has always faced criticism from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) over her both her gritty style of play and coaching methods implemented by her father.

Dr. Walter Bartoli, a former physician and GP, is set to return to his medical career with his daughter determined to reignite her career, preferably under the guidance of ex-Wimbledon winner and French Federation Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo.

Bartoli had refusing to represent in the Fed Cup for the past eight years as the rules exclude parents or private coaches from being involved during Fed Cup preparation.

However, Bartoli travelled to France’s Fed Cup home tie in Limoges against Germany without her father for the first time since 2004. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old was unable to compete as she was suffering from flu.

Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, said: “Much has been discussed together, there is no rupture or clash, it is just the culmination of a long reflection that has happened little by little.

“My father always wanted the best for me. I talk to him every day on the phone, there is no problem.

“He told me that it might be better if I try something else to get what I want to win a Grand Slam title. For me the ideal would be to be with someone to help me win a Grand Slam and I think Amelie can, but it is up to her.”

Moving forward, Bartoli will use the services of FFT coaches and physios such as Nicolas Perrotte and Xavier Moreau.

 

Getting there

2013 AEGON International, Getting There, Visitors

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex. England. BN21 4JJ

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Devonshire Park, situated a stone’s throw off Eastbourne’s seafront, is the perfect setting for top class tennis and is highly accessible from all over the world.

The lawn tennis club plays host to the Davis Cup and County matches, as well as the traditional last chance for players to warm-up for Wimbledon.

AIR | London Gatwick

Eastbourne is located within an hour’s journey from London Gatwick international airport, and such accessibility seems to which helps to attract players and spectators to the annual Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

BUS | Other towns & local

Services from other towns come directly to Eastbourne. During the tournament, the 55 bus for Meads operates from the bus precinct near Eastbourne train station, close to Devonshire Park.

ROAD | Car, bicycle & motorbike

Since 2008, parking restrictions have been imposed within the Eastbourne town centre. For visitors, the main approach roads are the A27from Brighton, the A259 from Hastings and the A22 from London.

SEA | Newhaven & Channel Tunnel

As one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts, Eastbourne has good sea connections. The port of Newhaven lies 15 miles away while the Channel TunnelDover and Folkestone are around two hours away.

SHUTTLE BUS | Train station & car parks

A special shuttle bus operates during the main draw (Monday-Saturday) of the AEGON Tournament from Eastbourne train station and certain major car parks directly to Devonshire Park.

TAXI | Hotels & around town

The taxi services in Eastbourne tend to be reliable. Taxi ranks line up outside Eastbourne train station, and hotels recommend their favourite taxi services. Both public and private hire taxis are available.

TRAIN | Ashford, Brighton & London 

Eastbourne has excellent connections with important destinations like Ashford International (65 minutes), Brighton (45 minutes) and London Victoria(85 minutes).

WALK | Town centre 

There are various routes to devons hire Park, and regulars to the tennis event will know their own ‘special’ shortcuts. Most hotels are within a 10 minute walk, while Eastbourne train station is a 15 minute walk away.

parking in eastbourne

CAR PARKS | Locals attempt to cash in during the tennis event by charging £10 and upwards to park on their property.

Beware of the claims the money is going to charity, although some may be genuine.

The best bet is to use the three official car parks, as they are all linked to Devonshire Park by a special shuttle service bus during the tournament.

There are two NCP car parks, situated at Ashford Road and Trinity Place, plus a special makeshift car park at the Saffrons Cricket Ground in Meads Road.

OFF-ROAD PARKING | Parking is always at a premium during the popular tournament, and has been much more difficult to claim a space since 2011.

Parking restrictions were imposed in Eastbourne town centre since early 2009. The parking enforcement officers will be out in force to swiftly deal with anyone dumping their vehicles on double yellow lines and/or private properties – you’ve been warned!

Parking

2013 AEGON International, Parking, Visitors

parking in eastbourne

CAR PARKS |

Locals attempt to cash in during the tennis event by charging £10 and upwards to park on their property. Beware of the claims the money is going to charity, although some may be genuine. The best bet is to use the three official car parks, as they are all linked to Devonshire Park by a special shuttle service bus during the tournament. There are two NCP car parks, situated at Ashford Road and Trinity Place, plus a special makeshift car park at the Saffrons Cricket Ground in Meads Road.

OFF-ROAD PARKING |

Parking is always at a premium during the popular tournament, and will be much more difficult to claim a space in 2011. With the men’s ATP Tour playing alongside the women’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, there will – in theory – be twice as many vehicles as previous years when only the ladies event was played. Because parking restrictions have been imposed in Eastbourne town centre since early 2009. The parking enforcement officers will be out in force to swiftly deal with anyone dumping their vehicles on double yellow lines and/or private properties – you’ve been warned!