London’s Queen’s Club to Host Women’s Tennis Event for First Time Since 1973, LTA Unveils Major Calendar Revamp

London’s Queen’s Club to Host Women’s Tennis Event for First Time Since 1973, LTA Unveils Major Calendar Revamp

London’s Queen’s Club is set to make tennis history by hosting a women’s tournament for the first time since 1973.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has revealed a significant overhaul of their 2025 calendar, introducing the women’s event to precede the men’s competition.

Prime Timing for Grass Court Season

Scheduled just after the French Open, the new women’s tournament will run from June 9 to June 16, serving as a curtain-raiser for the grass court season.

This strategic timing aims to elevate the visibility of women’s tennis in the lead-up to Wimbledon, the most prestigious event in the tennis calendar.

Navigating Concerns and Challenges

The decision to introduce the women’s event has not been without challenges. Concerns arose from the men’s game regarding the condition of the grass courts by the time their event begins.

However, the LTA has worked to address these concerns, assuring the integrity of the courts for both tournaments.

Path to Permanent Inclusion

While the men’s ATP tour has yet to fully commit to the women’s event as a permanent fixture, the LTA remains optimistic about its long-term viability.

Discussions with the ATP have been ongoing, with plans to evaluate the tournament’s future beyond 2025.

Gender Equality in Tennis

The move towards more joint men’s and women’s events reflects a broader trend in tennis towards gender equality.

By reshuffling the calendar to ensure every venue hosts events for both sexes, the LTA is aligning with this progressive shift in the sport.

Impact on Other Events

To accommodate the introduction of the Queen’s women’s tournament, adjustments have been made to existing events.

Eastbourne will be downgraded to a 250-level event, while Birmingham will transition to a Challenger event, coinciding with the second week of the French Open.

These changes aim to optimize the quality of the field for women’s tournaments across the board.

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