Scenes from Eastbourne: Tuesday

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 /by

Photos by Anita Aguilar.


The pier at Eastbourne, opened in 1870 but mostly quiet today, has a melancholy, Gatsby-esque beauty.

Flavia Pennetta celebrated a winning point in her doubles match with Elena Vesnina. As the grounds thinned out later, Flavia stayed late into the evening to practice with her coach.

New British hope Kyle Edmund, 18, reacts to a close call in his doubles match Tuesday.

Juan Monaco signs an autograph for a young fan.

Yuliya Beygelzeimer, who lost to Laura Robson Tuesday, doesn't appear encouraged by her coach's words.

Clouds, and a crowd, gathered to see a doubles match featuring Andy Murray's brother, Jamie.

Old pro Feliciano Lopez, another member of the over-30 brigade, sweated out a win.

Angelique Kerber is known for her defense, but she went full speed ahead with this shot in her win over Sorana Cirstea on Tuesday...

...as did Petra Kvitova with this backhand...

...as did Li Na with this forehand.

Eastbourne may be best seen at night, when the lights along the oceanfront are turned on, and Big Band music floats out from the old hotels that line the street.

A sight familiar to all tennis fans: Piotr Wozniacki offers (many) words of advice for his daughter, Caroline. Those words worked today; she'll play Laura Robson Wednesday.

A less talkative Rory McIlroy observed from the bleachers. Asked to comment on her boyfriend's club-bending act at the U.S. Open, Caroline said, "Uh, I...next question?"

A high-flying Lucie Safarova was a winner on Tuesday.

The scores are still changed manually after each point on the outer courts at Eastbourne. A beleaguered teenager is usually held responsible.

Most of the players stay at the Eastbourne Center, a glass-and-concrete pile referred to by at least one local as, "the ugliest hotel in the world." It's not pretty, but it isn't that bad.

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