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Upcoming Tournaments

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

Marrakech, MOROCCO
Apr 21 - Apr 27
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Stuttgart, GERMANY
Apr 21 - Apr 27
Portugal Open

Portugal Open

Oeiras, PORTUGAL
Apr 28 - May 03
Mutua Madrid Open

Mutua Madrid Open

Madrid, SPAIN
May 03 - May 11
Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Rome, ITALY
May 12 - May 18
NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP

NÜRNBERG, GERMANY
May 18 - May 24
Aegon Classic

Aegon Classic

Birmingham, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 09 - Jun 15

Tournament Info

Tier: Premier
Prize Money: $710,000
Surface: Grass
Director: Patrick Hughesman
The transition from clay to grass on the calendar is swift, with the Aegon Classic coming on the heels of the French Open. Many WTA stars descend upon Birmingham, Britain's most populated city outside of London, to compete for the Maud Watson Trophy and to prepare for Wimbledon.

Previous winners include Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King - who was Birmingham's inaugural champion in 1982 and collected the last of her 67 Open Era singles titles here in 1983 - and more recently, Jelena Jankovic, Li Na and Maria Sharapova, who in 2004 became the only player to capture Birmingham and Wimbledon in the same year. Pam Shriver has the most titles in tournament history, having secured four consecutive from 1984 to 1987. Larisa Neiland leads in doubles with six titles.

The Aegon Classic, which is being upgraded from International to Premier level in 2013, is hosted less than a mile from the Birmingham city center at the Edgbaston Priory Club, a 12-acre private members facility that includes 29 tennis courts and 10 squash courts. It is one of the country's largest and most popular racquet and leisure clubs. On top of that, the origins of the modern game of lawn tennis are believed to have started in Edgbaston as early as 1859.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2013 Daniela Hantuchova Casey Dellacqua / Ashleigh Barty
2012 Melanie Oudin Su-Wei Hsieh / Timea Babos
2011 Sabine Lisicki Olga Govortsova / Alla Kudryavtseva
2010 Na Li Cara Black / Lisa Raymond
2009 Magdalena Rybarikova Cara Black / Liezel Huber
Previous Winners

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Videos

  • Maria's Birmingham Mural

    June 08, 2010
    While in Birmingham for the Aegon Classic, Maria Sharapova helps create a tennis-themed mural with local kids.
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  • Hantuchova Conquers Birmingham

    June 16, 2013
    Daniela Hantuchova survived some very close brushes with defeat en route to the final then beat Donna Vekic in straight sets for her sixth WTA title. Who is the former World No.5's Wimbledon pick?
  • Barty & Dellacqua End Six-Year Drought

    June 16, 2013
    Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua won the Aegon Classic doubles title. They are the first Australian duo to win a WTA doubles title since 2007 - who was the last duo from Down Under to do it?
  • Vekic & Hantuchova Into Birmingham Final

    June 15, 2013
    Donna Vekic and Daniela Hantuchova made the final of the Aegon Classic. The 16-year-old Vekic could become the youngest WTA champion since 2006 - which 15-year-old won a WTA title that year?
  • Vintage Hantuchova Into Birmingham SFs

    June 14, 2013
    Daniela Hantuchova won a three set thriller against Francesca Schiavone at the Aegon Classic to reach her first semifinal of the season.
  • Riske Manages Kudryavtseva In Birmingham

    June 13, 2013
    Alison Riske continued her love affair with the Aegon Classic, reaching the third WTA quarterfinal of her career - the first two also coming here. Top seed Kirsten Flipkens wasn't so fortunate.
  • WTA Diary: Petko's Back & Serena's Stats

    June 13, 2013
    Catch up on all the WTA news from the past week, including Petko's return to form and Serena's sensational statistics.
  • Black's Love Affair With Birmingham

    June 12, 2013
    Cara Black is a four-time doubles champion at the Aegon Classic. Why does she play so well here?
  • Lisicki Eases Through In Birmingham

    June 12, 2013
    Former champion Sabine Lisicki eased past Kristyna Pliskova and into the third round of the Aegon Classic.
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Photos

  • Birmingham Gallery: Dani Vs Donna

    June 16, 2013
    Daniela Hantuchova and Donna Vekic played each other for the very first time in the final of the Aegon Classic on Sunday - in a battle between youth and experience, it was experience that triumphed.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Chocolate Heaven

    June 14, 2013
    Johanna Konta, Tamira Paszek and Urszula Radwanska are among the WTA stars keeping up appearances off the court in Birmingham, making - and sampling - the goods at Cadbury World.
  • Birmingham Gallery: Ann Jones Centre Court

    June 11, 2013
    An all-star doubles exhibition took place in Birmingham to christen the newly-named Ann Jones Centre Court. Ann Jones herself was present - who are the four players in the exhibition?
  • Birmingham Gallery: Gorillas & Bracelets

    June 11, 2013
    The WTA stars have been shining off of the court in Birmingham, including Tamira Paszek judging best dressed window displays and Heather Watson visiting a very special charity. Check it out!
  • Birmingham Gallery: Gloomy Mondays...

    June 11, 2012
    Fun has begun off the court at the AEGON Classic, but Monday was a gloomy day on the court.
  • Court On Canvas Gallery

    July 07, 2011
    The Barber Institute of Fine Art's Court On Canvas exhibition runs in Birmingham until September 18. Don't miss it!
  • Lisicki & Birmingham: Photos From The Finals

    June 13, 2011
    Sabine Lisicki stormed to her second career WTA title in Birmingham. See all the best pics...
  • Birmingham Gallery I

    June 09, 2011
    The stars of the WTA are out in full force at the first grass court tournament of the year...
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Videos

  • Maria's Birmingham Mural

    June 08, 2010
    While in Birmingham for the Aegon Classic, Maria Sharapova helps create a tennis-themed mural with local kids.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2013 Daniela Hantuchova Casey Dellacqua / Ashleigh Barty
2012 Melanie Oudin Su-Wei Hsieh / Timea Babos
2011 Sabine Lisicki Olga Govortsova / Alla Kudryavtseva
2010 Na Li Cara Black / Lisa Raymond
2009 Magdalena Rybarikova Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2008 Kateryna Bondarenko Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2007 Jelena Jankovic Chia-Jung Chuang / Yung-Jan Chan
2006 Vera Zvonareva Jelena Jankovic / Na Li
2005 Maria Sharapova Daniela Hantuchova / Ai Sugiyama
2004 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova / Maria Kirilenko
2003 Magdalena Maleeva Els Callens / Meilen Tu
2002 Jelena Dokic Shinobu Asagoe / Els Callens
2001 Nathalie Tauziat Cara Black / Elena Likhovtseva
2000 Lisa Raymond Rachel McQuillan / Lisa McShea
1999 Julie Halard-Decugis Corina Morariu / Larisa Neiland
1998 Steffi Graf Els Callens / Julie Halard-Decugis
1997 Nathalie Tauziat Katrina Adams / Larisa Neiland
1996 Meredith McGrath Linda Wild / Elizabeth Smylie
1995 Zina Garrison Manon Bollegraf / Rennae Stubbs
1994 Lori McNeil Zina Garrison / Larisa Neiland
1993 Lori McNeil Lori McNeil / Martina Navratilova
1992 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Lori McNeil / Rennae Stubbs
1991 Martina Navratilova Nicole Bradtke / Elizabeth Smylie
1990 Zina Garrison Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1989 Martina Navratilova Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1988 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1987 Pam Shriver Belinda Cordwell / Anne Harris
1986 Pam Shriver Elise Burgin / Rosalyn Nideffer
1985 Pam Shriver Terry Holladay / Sharon Walsh
1984 Pam Shriver Leslie Allen / Anne White
1983 Billie Jean King Billie Jean King / Sharon Walsh
1982 Billie Jean King Jo Durie / Anne Hobbs
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