The Eastbourne International (currently known as the Nature Valley International for sponsorship reasons) is a professional tennis tournament that is a WTA 500 event on the women’s tour and a ATP 250 event on the men’s tour. First played in 1974, the grass court event is one of the key warm-up events for Wimbledon.
The event was just a women’s event from its inception until 2009, with Martina Navratilova an 11 time champion and other past champions including top players such as Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. Since Eastbourne became part of the men’s ATP tour in 2009, winners have included Novak Djokovic, Feliciano López and Andy Roddick.
The 2019 Eastbourne International champions were:
2019 Men’s Singles Champion – Taylor Fritz (USA)
2019 Women’s Singles Champion – Karolína Plíšková (CZE)
2019 Men’s Doubles Champion – Juan Sebastián Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
2019 Women’s Doubles Champion – Chan Hao-ching (TPE) / Latisha Chan (TPE)
When is the Eastbourne International?
The tournament is held annually, usually in mid to late June in the week before Wimbledon.
Where is the Eastbourne International?
Address: College Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ
How do I get there?
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club is located about half a mile west of the centre of Easbourne.
Airport: Gatwick Airport is the closest airport to Eastbourne, about 40 miles to the north. The airport is the second busiest in the UK and offers a number of flights across Europe and the world. There are direct trains between the airport and Eastbourne, with a journey time of about 55 minutes.
Bus: During the tournament, there is a shuttle bus that runs between Birley Centre, Saffrons Car Park, the Railway Station, Junction Road and Trinity Place costing £1.50 per journey.
Driving: Eastbourne is accessible via the A22 from London, A259 from Hastings and A27 from Brighton. There are public car parks available at the JCP Junction Road car park and the NCP car park at Trinity Place. Saffrons Car Park has a £6 charge per car, per day. A shuttle bus (as above) runs during the tournament between the car parks and the tennis club.
Train: Eastbourne railway station has two services per hour that run to London Victoria (90 minutes journey) and Brighton (40 minute journey). The station is less than a mile away from the tennis club, which is about a 10-15 minute walk or catch the shuttle bus as above.
Thinking of catching a train to Eastbourne? Search and book your journey through the Trainline here.
Walk: Walking from central Eastbourne or the railway station to the tennis club takes just 10 to 15 minutes.
Where to stay in Eastbourne
How do I get tickets to the Eastbourne International?
Tickets for the general public usually go on sale in October, you can purchase tickets through the tournament’s ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory by clicking here.