A handful of tennis' best players will be on display in Eastbourne this week, taking part in one of the most anticipated grass-court tournaments of the season, the 2013 AEGON International.
With the 2013 Wimbledon Championships right around the corner, time is running out for players to find their groove on the faster-playing grass. Not everyone will make a smooth transition from red clay, but there are a number of notable contenders who will thrive on the faster-playing surface this summer.
None of the big names will be in action this week. Instead, many are looking to rest up and recover for the most coveted Grand Slam event on the season schedule, Wimbledon.
On the men's side, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are fresh off winning grass-court titles this past weekend, while on the women's side, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova have been content to lay low with the fortnight at the All England Club fast approaching.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for the 2013 AEGON International.
Where: Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, U.K.
When: Monday, June 17 through Saturday, June 22
Watch: Tennis Channel
2013 AEGON International Tournament Schedule
|Date||Round||Coverage (ET)||Watch||Live Stream|
|Monday, June 17||Men's, Women's Early Rounds||8 a.m.||N/A||TennisTV|
|Tuesday, June 18||Men's, Women's Early Rounds||8 a.m.||N/A||ESPN3|
|Wednesday, June 19||Men's, Women's Early Rounds||3 p.m. - 7 p.m.*||Tennis Channel||ESPN3|
|Thursday, June 20|| |
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
|Friday, June 21|| |
6 a.m. - 10 a.m.
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
|Saturday, June 22|| |
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
*Denotes delayed coverage on Tennis Channel.
Andreas Seppi Will Make Another Deep Run
Seventh-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi is coming off a third-round exit at the French Open, but he'll be happy to return this week to the grass where he won his first ATP singles title in 2011.
The 29-year-old has had his fair share of struggles on this surface, never getting further than the third round at Wimbledon, but he's figured out this tournament following two straight opening-round defeats in 2009 and 2010.
The men's draw features some serious contenders, including top seeds Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon, but Seppi has been a constant over the past two years at this event, winning it all in 2011 and reaching the final before losing to Andy Roddick in 2012.
Roddick, the defending champion, has since retired, opening the door for Seppi to win his second title in three years.
Agnieszka Radwanska Set to Win Second Title at Devonshire
Despite bowing out in the quarterfinals of the French Open earlier this month, world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska will enter this week's Wimbledon warm-up with momentum.
The 24-year-old had never been past the fourth round at Roland Garros prior to this summer, and she's always been a steady grass-court player. She won this tournament five years ago as a teenager and reached the Wimbledon final in 2012.
Radwanska enters the women's draw this year as the top-seeded player, which means she won't have to contend with either Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka this week.
Therefore, look for Radwanska to play her best tennis. She was seeded fourth here when she won for the first time five years ago, dropping just two sets total on her way to claiming her first grass-court championship.
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