Aegon British Tour

Introduction to the Aegon British Tour

The Aegon British Tour provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players. The tournaments are grade 1 (premier & tier 1) & grade 2 (tier 2) and therefore primarily aimed at performance players with a rating of 5.2 or better, although any rating may enter.

Who can play the Aegon British Tour?

The tournaments are open age group category with a mixture of adults and juniors competing. The tournaments are grade 1 (premier & tier 1) & grade 2 (tier 2) and therefore primarily aimed at performance players with a rating of 5.2 or better, although any rating may enter.

Aegon GB Pro-Series / Pro events

The following rules apply when there is an Aegon GB Pro-Series/ ITF Pro-Circuit, ATP/WTA Tour and an Aegon British Tour in the same week:

  • If a player is in the main draw of a Pro event (Aegon GB Pro-Series/ITF Pro/ATP/WTA) singles or doubles they cannot compete in an Aegon British Tour in the same week.
  • If a player is in the qualifying of a Pro event (Aegon GB Pro-Series/ITF Pro/ATP/WTA) they may also compete in an Aegon British Tour in the same week – if a player qualifies for the main draw of the Pro event then they must withdraw (free from penalty) from the Aegon British Tour. At ATP / WTA events a player losing in Qualifying still needs to be ‘released’ by the ATP / WTA Supervisor.
  • A player must have lost in the qualifying of a Pro event, before playing their first match in the Aegon British Tour.

It is the player’s responsibility to contact the relevant Aegon British Tour event.

Format & acceptances

Both men’s and women’s singles events are run at each tournament. Most tournaments start on a Monday. Pre-qualifying and qualifying draws feed through to the main draw which usually commence on the Wednesday with the finals normally scheduled on the Saturday. Matches are scheduled during the daytime. Please check tournament schedule, tournament fact sheet, or with the event referee for exact days and dates, as these may vary.

Order of acceptances is based on ATP/WTA singles ranking, followed by LTA rating and open ranking at the entry deadline. Seeding in all draws is based on ATP/WTA singles ranking, followed by LTA rating and open ranking at the time of making the qualifying draw (7 day rank). Wherever feasible (after ATP/WTA singles ranking), each draw is composed of players in ratings groups.

Once qualifying draws have been published, only in exceptional circumstances, will any players be moved from a pre-qualifying draw to qualifying draw, or qualifying draw to main draw

All draw sizes will vary according to the number of entries, rating of entries, and number of courts available.

Wild cards

1-4 wild cards per main draw may be awarded at the discretion of the tournament director providing the wild card applicant is within the main draw acceptance cut-off for that tournament. In certain circumstances and if there are spaces in the main draw, this number may be increased at the discretion of the Aegon British Tour tournament director.

A wild card may be awarded to a player who has not entered the tournament. A wild card may also be awarded into the relevant qualifying or pre-qualifying draw, to a non-entered player of the relevant rating, in a situation where all the originally entered players have moved into the event. In both the above instances a wild card may be seeded.

For wild card requests please contact the Aegon British Tour tournament director, by Friday (midday) before the event for main draw, and by the withdrawal deadline for qualifying or pre-qualifying.

Wild cards will normally be allocated in order of ATP/WTA world ranking, followed by LTA rating (LTA open ranking will be used to determine the order of players with the same rating).

Prize money

The prize money break down for 2015 is as follows:

 

Premier tier

Tier 1

Tier 2

Winner

£1500

£750

£250

Runner-up

£800

£400

£150

Losing semi-finalist

£450

£250

£80

Losing quarter-finalist

£225

£135

n/a

Equal prize money is available in men’s and women’s main draws.

By entering an Aegon British Tour event, a player is expected to be available to compete in each part of the event which they progress to. If a player is unable to start a match or withdraws from a match (including due to a prior commitment), the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director may decide to withhold all or part of any prize (including any prize money) won by the player. Where the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director decides to withhold any prize pursuant to this paragraph, they will notify the player as soon as practicable. The player may appeal against the Tournament Director’s decision by providing written notice of the appeal, with details of the evidence that will be provided in support of the appeal, to the LTA Disciplinary Officer (at ltadiscipline@lta.org.uk) within 72 hours of receipt of the notification of the decision to withhold all or part of the prize.

In addition, where a club has increased the prize money, the club and tournament may withhold all or part of this additional sum.

Feed up wild cards

Wild cards to Aegon GB Pro-Series tournaments will be awarded to British players (within a 12 month period) as follows:

Men & women

  • Winner of Aegon British Tour (ABT) premier or tier 1  events will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k)  - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.
  • Winner of ABT tier 2 will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw of a men’s Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.
  • If a player wins three ABT tier 2 events during 2015 they will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.

Feed Up to Aegon GB Pro-Series

Wild cards to Aegon GB Pro-Series tournaments will be awarded to British players (within a 12 month period) as follows: 

  • Winner of ABT premier or tier 1 events will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.
  • Winner of ABT tier 2 will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw of a men’s Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.
  • If a player wins 3 ABT tier 2 events during 2015 they will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the men’s or women’s tennis team.

LTA Wimbledon wild card play offs (18-19 June 2015)

1. Felixstowe 24-29 May - the winner of the men’s & women’s events will receive a wild card into the LTA Wimbledon wold card play offs. If the winner does not require a wild card, this will be offered to the runner-up. If the runner-up does not require a wild card then the wild card will be released.

2. A wild card slot will also be allocated to the player at the top of the Aegon British Tour leader board after Felixstowe (24-29 May). If not required by the player at the top this will be offered to the second placed player, and so on down to the 5th placed player only. If the wild card is not taken up then it will be released.

Bonus pool winner

The male and female players who finish top of the leaderboard, after the 37 Aegon British Tour tournaments staged during 2015 (excluding the masters), will receive a bonus pool payment of £500. Where there are two or more players at the top of the leaderboard on the same number of points, the £500 bonus pool payment will be equally shared.

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