And then you have the AEGON International held in Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, which is found at the other end of the spectrum. Away from the snobs of Queen’s Club, the event is definitely more relaxed and you can definitely see it in the restaurant – which is actually open to everyone – when you’re sitting next to some of the players (yes, being a tennis fan is quite amazing) or on the grounds which looks more like a small tennis fun fair than a tournament.
Entry is free on the Saturday prior to the tournament starting, when qualifying rounds are held, but the whole affair is quite affordable and makes for a good day out away from the London buzz. The weekend before definitely tends to be popular with families so avoid if you’re paedophobic but there is the traditional Legend’s matches on the Sunday which would almost make it bearable to be around children. There does seem to be many activities to keep them occupied and out of your way. My little cousin definitely enjoyed the whole experience even if she hated me when I used to switch from Disney Channel to Sky Sports to watch tennis.
From what I’ve heard, as from 2015 the tournament will be held only a Ladies’ event so this year will be the last year where it’ll be held as an event on both the men’s and women’s tennis circuits. Looks like fans of men’s tennis will be doing the trip to Nottingham as from next year!
And on the plus side, Eastbourne is definitely a pretty little town – the harbour is definitely my favourite spot!