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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.

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

 

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.