Aegon Southsea Trophy Event Guide | Tennis in Britain

2017 Event Guide



Wheelchair Spaces

  • Wheelchair users are welcomed and, for The Aegon Southsea Trophy Event, there is easy access to viewing. There is no need to reserve any spaces.  

Accessible Toilets

  • There are accessible toilets in the grounds and at Greens Café.

Assistance Dogs

  • No dogs are permitted entry into the Tournament grounds, except for registered guide dogs. Unfortunately, whilst they are allowed into the grounds they are not permitted in the centre court.

Babies and children

Babes in arms and children aged under five are permitted in the grounds. Children aged under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.


Balls used during Tournament matches can be purchased from the Information Desk.


A limited number of bike spaces are available close to the tennis courts outside Greens Café and the Pavilion.  Please ensure you bring appropriate security locking devices.

Cash machines

The nearest cash machines are located in Albert Road which is less than 1km from Canoe Lake.


Light refreshments will be available on site through the public catering area between 10am and 4pm.

Conditions of entry

Food can be brought into the grounds, along with non-alcoholic drinks in non-glass containers.

Due to licensing laws, no alcohol may be brought onto site and any that is will be confiscated and handed to security staff for disposal before entry can be granted.

Spectators are prohibited from bringing in the following:

  • Any item which may be interpreted as a potential weapon, including sharp or pointed objects (e.g. knives, large corkscrews), glass bottles, pyrotechnics and 'personal protection' sprays
  • Bags larger than 16’’ x 12’’ x 12’’ (40cm x 30cm x 30cm)
  • Large flags (max. 2’x2’/60cm x 60cm) banners, rattles, klaxons, oversized hats or any items causing an obstruction or nuisance
  • All promotional, commercial, political or religious items of whatever nature, including but not limited to banners, signs, symbols, marketing materials and leaflets (unless expressly authorised by the LTA).
  • Spectators are advised that the use of laptops, professional video equipment is not permitted on site.

Photographic equipment with lenses of more than 300mm, when extended, is not permitted on site.

Courtside etiquette

Please keep noise and movement to a minimum during play. Mobile phones must be switched off in the vicinity of the courts.

Please be respectful of those around you by ensuring that you do not obstruct their view or cause any unnecessary inconvenience. Flash photography is strictly forbidden in the stands

Draw sizes

The Tournament operates a Ladies’ 16 player singles main draw. There is an 8 pair doubles draw.

The Maureen Connolly Trophy Event will be run alongside the professional Event on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June.

Drinking fountain

There is a drinking fountain station in the grounds. This located by the Tennis Zone at the rear of the grounds.

Dress code

There is no dress code at the Tournament.

First Aid

There will be first aid provision for spectators. The First Aid room will be located in the grounds.  

Getting here & travel advice

Address: Canoe Lake, Eastern Parade, Southsea, PO4 9RG.

Due to its central location, Canoe Lake is about a 15 minute walk from the town centre and can be accessed in the following ways:

By Train

  • Canoe Lake is 1.5 miles from Fratton station and 2.3 miles from Portsmouth & Southsea station.

By Car

  • Canoe Lake is a 15 minute drive (5 miles) from the M27 (M275 exit) and it is the same distance from the A3(M)/A27.

By Air

  • Canoe Lake is a 45 minute drive from Southampton Airport and 90 minutes from Gatwick and Heathrow.

Lost property

All lost property will be taken to the Tournament Office in The Pavilion.


Free of charge car parking is available along Eastern Parade and the seafront. 

Spaces are limited and will be operated on a first come first served basis. There is also a pay & display car park located next to Canoe Lake park.

There are spaces on-site for blue badge holders in the car park.

Player field

Information on the 2017 player field will be available closer to the event. 


Programmes will be available for sale on-site.

Drawsheets and Orders of Play can be obtained from the Information Desk.

Schedule of play

Proposed Schedule of Play (subject to change particularly in the event of bad weather):

Tuesday 27 June

1st round Ladies’ Singles 

Wednesday 28 June   

Quarter-Finals Ladies’ Singles & Doubles 

Thursday 29 June 

Semi-Finals Ladies’ Singles & Doubles, Maureen Connolly matches

Friday 30 June

Ladies’ Singles & Doubles Final, Maureen Connolly matches

Play is scheduled to start 11am daily. Check daily Order of Play. Access to grounds from 10am daily.

The following day’s order of play will be decided once play for the day has concluded. Please visit the website for more details.

Smoking area

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.

Start and finish times

The grounds open at 10am daily. Start times of play may vary but will be no earlier than 11am. The times are dependent on the weather and other conditions and are subject to change at the Tournament’s discretion.

If there have been no breaks in play then it is likely that play will finish approximately 6:30pm in the evening. If the weather has been poor then play may continue as long as the light is good, which can be as late as 9pm


There will be toilets available on-site.