Classic Birmingham History | Tennis in Britain


Edgbaston Priory Club is home to many legends of tennis that have graced the Club’s courts over the years. The first Wimbledon ladies singles winner, Maud Watson was a member of the Lawn Tennis Club and she brought the Wimbledon trophy back to Birmingham with her name engraved on it in 1885.

Many exceptional players including; Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Martina Navratilova and Angelique Kerber have clasped the Maud Watson trophy and been crowned the Classic Birmingham Champion.

Ann Jones, was a pivotal member of the Edgbaston Priory Club and she enjoyed a glittering tennis career, winning Wimbledon in 1969, two French Open singles titles, and reaching six other Grand Slam singles finals. Ann went on to play an active role in the Club, mentoring young players and refereeing tournaments. It was Ann, with the support of the LTA, who brought the Edgbaston Cup, now known as the Classic Birmingham, to the Club in 1982.

In 2016 Maddison Keys’ love affair with grass court tennis continued as she beat Barbora Strycova to lift the Aegon Classic Birmingham title.

The Classic Birmingham tournament is regarded as one of the most premier level ladies’ tournaments and continues to attract many top players from around the world.

2017 Aegon Classic Birmingham Results

Singles: P. Kvitova (CZE) d. A. Barty (AUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles: A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d. H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN)  1-6, 6-2, 10-8

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