The Lawn Tennis Association announced that the ATP tournament in Eastbourne will be moved to Nottingham and will take place the week before Wimbledon in 2015. The women’s event will stay in Eastbourne. The ATP will also add weight to the grass court season by re-categorizing Queen’s Club and Halle as ATP World Tour 500 events.
“The extended grass-court season, with additional Emirates ATP Rankings points at stake, is a positive step forward,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “One of our assets as a sport is to provide for variance across playing surfaces throughout the season, so the strengthening of the grass-court season is a significant enhancement for the overall calendar.”
As of 2015, the pre-Wimbledon grass-court swing will have expanded to three weeks, with events in Stuttgart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, London (Queen’s Club), Halle, and Nottingham.