The WTA Tour Will Visit Queen's Club for the First Time in 2025 as Part of the Redesign of the Lawn Tennis Season Calendar - Latest Global News

The WTA Tour Will Visit Queen’s Club for the First Time in 2025 as Part of the Redesign of the Lawn Tennis Season Calendar

The Lawn Tennis Association has confirmed the Queen’s Club will host a WTA Tour event next summer in a shake-up of the lawn season.

The governing body has expressed a desire to raise the profile of women’s tennis and expose it to more people amid changes that will see the Birmingham and Eastbourne tournaments lose status.

The new women’s event, which will take place the week after the French Open, means a tour-level women’s tournament is coming to London for the first time in more than 50 years.

It means Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, which has hosted a WTA Tour event since 1982, will now host a combined men’s and women’s second division tournament in the second week of the French Open.

The joint men’s and women’s tournament in Nottingham will be moved to the same week as the men’s tournament at Queen’s, with the combined event in Eastbourne in the week before Wimbledon now at the lowest 250 level for both tours.

Last month the LTA revealed that a sticking point was the ATP’s concerns about the impact of a women’s tournament the previous week on its event, second only to Wimbledon during the British grass tournament.

Chris Pollard, LTA director of major events and digital, admitted the agreement could only last for a year if the male players were unhappy.

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British players Katie Boulter and Emma Raducanu could play at the Queen’s Club next year

“We are absolutely confident that we can host a two-week event at the Queen’s Club,” he said.

“Obviously the Wimbledon championships prove that grass can withstand two weeks of tennis. We have independent data that really provides a lot of evidence that men’s week will not suffer in any way, shape or form.”

“We have had many discussions with both tours about this. (The ATP) has given the green light to hold the tournament in 2025 and we continue to have an ongoing dialogue with them about the success of the tournament in 2025.” Tournament.

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The 2025 season marks the second full year of the WTA’s revised calendar structure, introduced to better showcase the top athletes competing in the top events and support sustainable long-term growth

“They would like to think about what happens after 2025, but we continue to be in very close dialogue with them on this point and remain very confident that it will be a permanent change.”

Differences in prize money levels between the tours mean the men will earn more money at their tournament, while Pollard stressed the LTA is committed to ensuring both events are broadcast on free-to-air television.

Meanwhile, the second-tier event in Surbiton that opened the grass-court season will be scrapped from next year, but Ilkley will still host a men’s and women’s tournament.

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