Eastbourne: Date, how to watch, when will Serena Williams play and more

Eastbourne International

The Eastbourne International, considered a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon, is set to get underway this weekend.

Played on outdoor grass courts, the WTA 500 event has a total prize pot of $757,900 (£624,000).

The Eastbourne International is often overshadowed by the build-up to Wimbledon, but the announcement that Serena Williams will return to the tennis court at the tournament has propelled it into the spotlight.

British tennis star Emma Raducanu could also compete as she bids to return to full fitness in time for Wimbledon.

Without further ado, GiveMeSport Women runs through everything you need to know about the Eastbourne International, including the schedule, the draw and how to watch.

When is the Eastbourne International?

Qualifying for the Eastbourne International starts on Saturday (June 18th), with the main draw getting underway on Sunday (June 19th).

The semi-finals are scheduled for June 24th, with the final set to be played on June 25th.

Where is the Eastbourne International?

The tournament will be held at the Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club in Eastbourne, which is on the south coast of England.

The main court has a capacity of 8,000 people.

The Eastbourne International

Who is playing at the Eastbourne International?

Jelena Ostapenko will be back to defend her Eastbourne International title, having triumphed last year against Anett Kontaveit, who is also set to return.

Two-time Eastbourne champion Karolína Plíšková will be competing, as will fellow Czech and world number 14 Barbora Krejčíková.

World number three Maria Sakkari and world number four Paula Badosa will look to capitalise on the absence of world number one Iga Świątek, who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury.

Serena Williams made a splash when she announced she would be returning to the tennis court after a 12-month break. The 40-year-old is set to play in the doubles tournament at Eastbourne alongside Ons Jabeur.

Jelena Ostapenko is the Eastbourne International defending champion

When is the Eastbourne International draw?

The draw for the Eastbourne International can be found below:

When will Serena Williams play at the Eastbourne International?

Serena Williams will get underway at the Eastbourne International this afternoon. Alongside Ons Jabeur, she faces off against Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzková.

Will Emma Raducanu play at the Eastbourne International?

Emma Raducanu’s grass season was derailed when she suffered a side strain at the Nottingham Open, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the Birmingham Classic.

The 19-year-old has also declined to play at the Eastbourne International, missing the deadline to request a wildcard for the tournament.

How to watch the Eastbourne International

The Eastbourne International will be broadcast across the BBC for UK viewers. The tournament can also be watched on Amazon Prime.

1 of 16

Who won the 2021 Australian Open?

News Now - Sport News