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WTA Tour to visit Queen's Club for first time in 2025 as part of grass-court tennis season calendar shuffle

Queen's Club will see women's tennis being played at the venue from 2025 as part of a change to the grass-court season calendar; watch the conclusion of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia live on Sky Sports Tennis, with the women's final on Saturday and the men's on Sunday

A general view of play as Andy Murray serves during the Men's Singles Lucky Loser Qualifying match against Alex De Minaur on day two of the 2023 cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 20, 2023.
Image: Queen's Club will host a women's tennis event in 2025

The Lawn Tennis Association has confirmed that Queen's Club will stage a WTA Tour event next summer in a reshuffle of the grass-court season.

The governing body has cited a desire to raise the profile of women's tennis and promote it to more people for the changes, which will see the Birmingham and Eastbourne tournaments reduced in status.

The new women's event, which will take place in the week following the French Open, means a tour level women's tournament is coming to London for the first time since 1973, when Olga Morozova was crowned the last female champion.

Katie Boulter and Emma Raducanu
Image: British players Katie Boulter and Emma Raducanu could play at Queen's Club next year

It means the Edgbaston Priory club in Birmingham, which has staged a WTA Tour event since 1982, will now host a combined men's and women's second-tier tournament in the second week of the French Open.

The joint men's and women's event in Nottingham will move to the same week as the men's tournament at Queen's, with the combined event in Eastbourne the week prior to Wimbledon now at the lowest 250 level for both tours.

Last month, the LTA revealed that a sticking point was concerns from the ATP over the impact on its event, second only in status to Wimbledon during the British grass swing, of a women's tournament the previous week.

Chris Pollard, the LTA's director of major events and digital, admitted the arrangement could end up only being for a year if the male players are unhappy.

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"We have absolute confidence that we can stage a two-week event at the Queen's Club," he said.

"Obviously the Championships at Wimbledon prove that grass can withstand two weeks of tennis. We've got independent data that really provides a lot of evidence that the men's week will not suffer in any way, shape or form.

"We've had many discussions with both tours in respect of that. (The ATP) have given the green light for the tournament to take place in 2025 and we continue to have an ongoing dialogue with them in respect of the success of the 2025 tournament.

"They would like to consider what happens after 2025 but we remain in very close dialogue with them on that point and remain very confident that it will be a permanent change."

Olga Morozova of Soviet Union dives across court to make a backhand return to Billie Jean King of Long Beach, California, whom she defeated 7-5; 6-2 in the quarter finals of the women...s singles at Wimbledon, London on July 3, 1974. (AP Photo)
Image: Olga Morozova was crowned last female champion at Queen's Club

Disparities in prize money levels between the tours mean the men will earn more money at their tournament, while Pollard stressed the LTA is committed to both events being on free-to-air TV.

Meanwhile, the second-tier event at Surbiton that has kicked off the grass-court season will be scrapped from next year but Ilkley will continue to host a men's and women's tournament.

Broady: Having women's tournament is not to detriment of men's event

Queen's Club
Image: The 2025 season will mark the second full year of the WTA’s revised calendar structure, which was introduced to better showcase the top athletes playing the top events and support sustainable long-term growth

"The guys have done their research over at the LTA and they've said the courts can handle two weeks of play," said Liam Broady on Sky Sports Tennis.

"I know that the first few days at Queen's is renowned for having very slippery courts, a very slick old-style grass court.

"I know at Wimbledon now they do allow play on the match courts in the build up to the event just to take away that extra slickness of the grass. They do play better once they've been played on a little bit.

"I don't think it's to the detriment of the men's event. I'm a little bit upset for Surbiton, but I'm sure there's good reasons for it and we'll see how it goes."

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