|Watching Venus practice at Eastbourne 2011|
First up is Eastbourne. I attended this tourney in 2011 and LOVED IT. I seriously rate it as my fave tourney outside the slams (at least from those I have attended). The town itself is beautiful, the grounds are small and all the players and practice sessions are very accessible.
In 2011, I was spoiled though as the tourney marked the return of Serena Williams from her nearly-year long absence, and also the return of her big sis Venus after an injury layoff. Here are some pics from my trip two years ago.
|Li Na, Eastbourne 2011|
I was stoked to hear that late entries included Li Na and Sam Stosur. Of course, this isn't just a WTA tourney (which I had totally forgotten about in 2011) so there will be some men, led by Giles Simon and Juan Monaco.
I'll be attending at least the first three days before I visit family and friends, and then it's onto Wimbledon. I'll be queuing, so....there's that. I am determined to see Serena play on the first Tuesday, and hopefully see Rafa. I do not look forward to sleeping in the queue, but I will do what is required.
This will be the first tourney I've attended in ages in which I will be a tennis fan and not have media or tournament credentials. As much as I LOVE the chance to cover the tourney or get such special access, I'm excited to be a tennis fan and nothing else. I'll blog when I can, and if you're planning to attend feel free to tweet me at @stephintheus.