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Top Tennis Stars to Thrill in 2008
The International Women's Open tennis championship will return to Devonshire
Park from 14-21 June 2008 guaranteeing more tense tennis battles for the
record crowd of spectators.

The WTA Tier II event has been held at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park since
1975 with last year's championship drawing the biggest crowd numbers in the
event's 32-year history. More than 40,000 spectators are expected in 2008 to
support a thrilling tournament that stands as the pre-Wimbledon main event.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said
"I am delighted that the tennis is returning to Eastbourne next year. It is
a major sporting event not just in Eastbourne and the south east region, but
internationally too, with top tennis stars from around the world always keen
to take part. The tennis championships have been an important part of the
town's history for many years and I can't wait to see what exciting contests
2008 will bring."

2007 saw a thrilling tournament finale between world number one Justine
Henin and world number four Amelie Mauresmo, with Henin triumphing and
retaining the title she won in 2006 after a gripping two and a half hours of

Other tennis events to watch out for in 2008 include the Men and Women's 35
Veterans Inter-County Championships, LTA Summer County Cup, LTA Family
Festival of Tennis and the LTA South of England Tennis Championships.

For tennis throughout the year, join the Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club,
offering facilities for players of any ability, from families wanting to
play tennis together to experienced players and coaches wanting to join a
new club.

Tickets for the LTA International Women's Open will be on sale from February
4th 2008. For more information and the latest news on the championships
telephone 01323 412000 or visit or .
30 November, 2007

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