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Wimbledon Champion back on court today despite surprise defeat

Marion Bartoli at Liverpool Hope Uni International Tennis Tournament Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will be back on court at the Liverpool Hope University International TennisTournament today despite her shock defeat by the teenage rising star Jodie Burrage.

Burrage won the first set 7-5 and was leading the second 3-2 when Bartoli retired with a shoulder injury.

Bartoli is playing in doubles action today.

Tickets are still available for the tournament, which runs until to Sunday, June 22.

Teenager's surprise victory over Wimbledon champion at Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

Marion Bartoli at Liverpool Hope Uni International Tennis Tournament Credit: ITV Granada Reports

British teenager Jodie Burrage had a shock victory at the Liverpool Hope University International TennisTournament.

Burrage, a rising star from Surrey, won the first set 7-5 and reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired with a shoulder injury.

Tennis festival gets new venue and a Wimbledon champion

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartolli Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Liverpool International Tennis tournament starts later this week ... with some big names to pull in the crowds .

Star attraction will no doubt be Wimbledon women's champion Marion Bartolli who'll be playing the tournament along with former British number 1 Greg Rusedski.

Liverpool Cricket club will be the venue for 2014 Credit: PA

This year the event is moving from Calderstones Park to Liverpool Cricket club which last hosted a similar event in 1954. The tournament runs from June 19th - 22nd.

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Serving up a treat for fans

Virginia Wade in action Credit: PA Images

Top tennis players are heading for Liverpool for the 12th international tennis tournament.

It's regarded as one of the key warm up events for Wimbledon.

Virginia Wade is one of the star players at this year's event.

In the past John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Greg Rusedski, Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis have taken part.

It begins today at Calderstones Park and continues until Sunday.

Greg Rusedski at the Liverpool International in 2007 Credit: PA Images
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