Nottingham’s tennis community got a major boost with the announcement that the city will host an ATP World Tour men’s event in 2015. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced an extra week will be added to the grass-court season next year, creating a three-week gap between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon.
This latest news comes after the Women’s Tennis Association has announced a pre-Wimbledon grass-court women’s tournament prior to Wimbledon. The women’s tournament is set to take place 8-14 June 2014, with the men’s event set to begin on 22 June.
Nottingham Tennis Centre hosted the Nottingham Open, an annual men’s tournament, until 2008 when it folded. Previous winners include current stars Ivo Karlovic and Richard Gasquet, as well as former British number one Greg Rusedski.
This new tournament will attract a host of top players and will help to establish Nottingham as a first-class sporting destination.
Michael Downey, chief executive of the LTA, said: “Nottingham is a great city with a rich sporting pedigree. I’m delighted that we are bringing this international tournament back to the area, which will help to inspire more people to play and follow tennis.
“The weeks in the lead-up to Wimbledon are a vital time for players to find their feet on grass, and the Nottingham Tennis Centre boasts some of the finest grass courts in the country.”
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