Issued by the Lawn Tennis Association on 1 May 2012:
World No.41 Marcos Baghdatis will complete his preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon by competing at the AEGON International in June.
The 26 year-old Cypriot reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2006, and went on to reach a career high world ranking of No.8 two months later.
The AEGON International takes place from June 16-23, and provides a final opportunity for some of the world’s best players to compete on grass before The Championships, Wimbledon, which starts the following week.
Baghdatis said: “I'm very much looking forward to coming to Eastbourne and competing in the AEGON International this year."
“I've always loved playing tennis on the grass and I'm told the courts at Devonshire Park are up there with the best in the country, so should serve me well going into Wimbledon."
“Eastbourne is not a venue I have played at before but I have only heard good things about it so I can’t wait to see for myself what it’s like.”
Italy’s Andreas Seppi won the men’s tournament in 2011, whilst World No.7 Marion Bartoli scooped the women’s title in a draw which featured 13 of the world's top 20 female players.
This year’s event will offer fans free entry on Kids Day, the opening Saturday of the tournament with a Legends match confirmed for Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June. The players competing in the Legends event will be announced in the coming week.
For ticket information visit the AEGON International website.