Details: WTA Queen's set for 2025 facing issues, with some working on stopping it

In mid-May, it was announced that the Queen's Club would be hosting a women's event from 2025.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Details: WTA Queen's set for 2025 facing issues, with some working on stopping it
© Getty Images Sport - Luke Walker

A new WTA tournament that is set to take place at the Queen's Club in 2025 is already experiencing difficulties after reportedly numerous club members have been left "furious" over not being consulted on the decision. 

For many years, the Queen's Club has been hosting an ATP 500 grass tournament, which is widely regarded as one of the top in the ATP 500 category. In mid-May, the Queen's Club shared a very important announcement as they revealed that from 2025 they are planning to host ATP/WTA 500 tournaments, with the women's tournament taking place a week before the existing pre-Wimbledon event.

But not everyone seems to be so thrilled about a new WTA tournament at the Queen's Club, as according to British paper i, a group of members are planning legal action to stop it from going ahead. The Queen's Club is not only one of the most prestigious tennis clubs in Great Britain, but also in the world, and the fee to become a member is listed at £15k - or $19.1k when converted to US dollars.

Queens Club
Queens Club© Getty Images Sport - Luke Walker
 

The Queen's Club board dismisses claims of a rift inside the club 

"We are not aware of any litigation and as this is a private members club we do not comment on internal club matters. The Queen’s Club is delighted to be hosting a leading women’s tournament after a 52-year absence," Queen's Club Chair Simon Greenwell said in a statement to i.

"The Queen’s Club Championships was first held at the club in 1890 as a joint men’s and women’s event and, 135 years on, we are very proud to be hosting both WTA and ATP 500 tournaments on our historic grass courts."

The LTA also issued a brief statement on the matter.

"We have full confidence in the agreement we already have in place and look forward to staging the first women’s tour event in London for over 50 years at the club next year," LTA's spokesperson said in a statement. 

Next week, the Queen's Club will be hosting a men's tournament where Carlos Alcaraz returns as the defending champion.

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