Grass-court swing expanded to three weeks in 2015
The ATP grass-court tournament in Eastbourne will move to Nottingham next year. The Lawn Tennis Association announced that the tournament will take place the week before Wimbledon in 2015, but the women’s event will stay in Eastbourne.
In 2015, the pre-Wimbledon grass-court swing will expand to three weeks and be comprised of events in Stuttgart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, London (Queen’s Club), Halle, and Nottingham.
Queen’s Club and Halle will be re-categorized as ATP World Tour 500 events, which the tour says will bring the grass-court season additional weight.
“The extended grass-court season, with additional Emirates ATP Rankings points at stake, is a positive step forward,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “One of our assets as a sport is to provide for variance across playing surfaces throughout the season, so the strengthening of the grass-court season is a significant enhancement for the overall calendar.”