University of Bath to host Aegon GB Pro-Series tennis tournament
Top-flight international tennis returns to the city this month when the University of Bath stages the Aegon GB Pro-Series event.
There is a strong entry for both the men’s and women’s competition for the tournament – which gets under way on Sunday, March 10 – and spectators can catch the action for free.
Both tournaments provide an opportunity to watch some of the rising stars of international tennis, with previous winners including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Urszula Radwanska.
Indonesia’s world number 344 Christopher Rungkat is the highest-ranked player scheduled to play in the men’s event.
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Brit Ed Corrie, who won the Aegon GB Pro-Series events in Preston and Wirral in February to climb from 518th to 385th in the ATP rankings list, is also among the entries.
Ex-Team Bath player Richard Bloomfield also features, while current MCTA Academy players Richard Gabb and Scott Clayton will have to go through qualifying to secure a place in the main draw.
Stephanie Vogt is the highest-ranked player in the women’s entry. The Liechtenstein player, currently 214 in the world, was runner-up in the women’s doubles alongside Tatjana Malek in last year.
Local interest comes in the shape of Team Bath MCTA players Samantha Murray and Lisa Whybourn.
LTA tournament director Julie Piper said: “I am very excited about the field of players we have entered in both the men’s & women’s events at the University of Bath.
“With the fantastic facilities at the Sports Training Village and of course, the city itself, Bath is a very popular tournament with the players and I am sure we are in for an exciting week’s tennis.
“Entry is free of charge to spectators, there is easy access to viewing, parking and catering – what better way to spot the stars of the future.”
Barry Scollo, director of the Team Bath MCTA Academy, said: “We always enjoy hosting the Aegon GB Pro-Series competitions. It’s a great opportunity for people to watch some top international tennis and it’s great that admission for spectators is free.”
The competitions take place on the indoor courts at the Sports Training Village and run from Sunday, March 10 to March 17. Play starts at 10am on the first five days and then 11am on the last two.