International tennis will once again by played on the campus of Loughborough University thanks to the welcome return of the annual AEGON GB Pro-Series event.
It is the third time the University has hosted the Pro-Series event at the Dan Maskell Tennis Centre. This year will see one of the best line-ups ever with five of the world’s top 100 male players all vying for the trophy.
Last year’s winner Tobias Kamke from Germany, world ranked 68 returns as the highest ranked player with Slovenian duo Grega Zemlja (70) and Aljaz Bedene (89) the next highest ranked at the $42,500 ATP Challenger event. Israeli number 1 Dudi Sela who has been ranked as high as 29 in the world is also in action at the University.
There will be a strong British contingent on show with British No.2 Josh Goodall, No.3 Jamie Baker and No.5 Dan Evans all flying the flag. Running alongside the men’s draw is the $10,000 women’s event and there are British hopes in that competition too, with Jade Windley, Anna Fitzpatrick, Francesca Stephenson and Lucy Brown all eager to get started in Loughborough.
However, Czech Republic’s Renata Voracova and Quirine Lemoine from Netherlands will be looking to dampen their spirits as the top ranked players in the tournament.
Tournament Director Richard Joyner said: “The Loughborough ATP Challenger Tournament has established itself as a launch pad for rising professional stars.
“In the last couple of years we have seen a number of players go on to break into the top 100, while this year’s Wimbledon Doubles Champions Jonny Marray and Frederic Nielson have both played at the event in the last two years.
“This is a great opportunity for local people to see top class international tennis on their doorsteps.”
Qualifying will take place between 3-4 November with the main draw running from 5-11 November.
Entry is free for spectators Saturday 3 – Friday 9 November, with £3.00 payable on the door Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November.
Andy Borrie, Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University, said:
“The AEGON GB Pro Series has been a great addition to our calendar of sporting events held at the University. I look forward to welcoming the players back to Loughborough, and hope that our students, staff and the local community make the most of the opportunity to attend this significant event.”