NOT IN 2017 OR 2018

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Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) is killing off Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club by not providing us access to our beloved grass courts.

After many meetings, emails, conversations and repeated commitments by the 4 individuals mentioned below to get us playing again, we have not had a single hour of court time since 2016!

This is despite the EBC running a full program of tournaments in both 2017 and 2018 including Aegon International, Nature Valley International, Aegon Summer County Cup, GB Women’s 35s Inter county, GB Men’s 35s Inter county, Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club Open Tournament and LTA South Of England Tennis Championship but to name a few.

It is a shame that the following key individuals (who are blocking our access to the courts) at the EBC fail to recognise the history and heritage of our great tennis club which dates back to 1874.

Councillor David Tutt

(Leader of the council)

Philip Evans

(Director of Tourism & Enterprise)

Mike Marchant

(Events Development Manager)

Given the fact that every other grass court club in the world manages to have playing club members alongside its tournament commitments, why can’t the world renowned Devonshire Park? Questions surely need to be asked about the competence and management skills of the EBC team above not to mention their lack of leadership in making sure this unique tradition continues to grow and thrive.


Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club is a warm welcoming club which promotes tennis and provides access to grass court lawn tennis to all comers including the general public and local school children.


Johanna Konta (current British Number 1) was awarded our Life Time Membership award in 2016 and it would be a shame to have to rescind this due to the short term actions and lack of foresight of the EBC!

The History behind Devonshire Park


Devonshire Park opened its gates to the public on 1 July 1874 and in 1879, the first tennis courts were marked out on its prestigious lawns. A little later in 1877 the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club set about regularising the laws of lawn tennis and produced its first tournament at Wimbledon running from July 9–16 of that year. In 1881 the club staged the inaugural South of England Championships, the event was played annually for 136 years until 1972.

All the greats have played and won here including Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Virginia Wade, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Novak Djokovic and Karolína Plíšková.