(Pictured left to right - Tom Day, Sue Lawrence, John Lawrence, Dave Lawrence, Anthony Knight, Steven Whitfield)
Led by Grounds Manager Dave Lawrence, and Assistant (and son) John, the Edgbaston Priory Club grounds team is responsible for the preparation of the eight championship standard grass tennis courts used for the Aegon Classic Birmingham. Preparation for the following years tournament begins as soon as the previous edition has ended, with courts being renovated to ensure they are in pristine condition for the commencement of the Championships.
In the final weeks leading up to the event, the team lives on site, sometimes as much as eight weeks in advance, to ensure they are available to adjust to the weather 24/7 so that the courts play to their optimum level. The team is also responsible for the upkeep of the clubs 14 acres of surrounding grounds, ensuring a pleasant and picturesque environment for the worlds best players to compete and the public to watch.