Glasgow hosts week of professional tennis on ITF World Tour
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Professional tennis is returning to Scotland as Glasgow hosts International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s and women’s tournaments.
Delivered by Tennis Scotland, the ITF World Tennis Tour women’s $60,000 and men’s $25,000 events take place at Scotstoun Leisure Centre from 24-29 October, with free entry for spectators all week and a host of big names on the entry lists.
Wimbledon doubles quarter-finalist and British doubles number one Maia Lumsden heads a strong Scottish contingent on home turf, with defending champions Ali Collins (women’s doubles) and Aidan McHugh (men’s singles and doubles) also in action.
Other Scots set to feature include Anna Brogan, who reached the final round of Wimbledon qualifying, 2023 All England Club debutants Jacob Fearnley and Connor Thomson, as well as Hamish Stewart, Ewen Lumsden and Ewan Moore.
Fans can also expect to see Great Britain Davis Cup player and former world number 14 Kyle Edmund on court, alongside current Wimbledon Junior Boys champion Henry Searle.
International stars due to compete include Leo Borg, the son of Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg.
Lily Miyazaki will defend her singles title, after winning an all-British final in 2022, overcoming a first-set loss to beat Heather Watson 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.
Currently sitting at fifth in the GB rankings, Miyazaki returns to Glasgow having qualified for her first US Open in the summer.
Also among the field are top Brits Harriet Dart and Katie Swan, who were part the Team GB squad earlier this year at the inaugural United Cup.
Hungary’s world number 104 Anna Bondar will also be challenging for the women’s title, while, in the men’s draw, the French world number 257 Lucas Poullian will be looking to recapture a title he won in 2020.
Qualifying begins at Scotstoun on Sunday, 22 October with the main draws in singles and doubles getting underway from 10am on Tuesday, 24 October.
Entry is free for spectators all week, including during all the finals over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 October.
Tournament Director Mike Cohen, Head of Competitions & Events at Tennis Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming a host of stars to Glasgow for what should be a fantastic week of tennis.
“It’s a great chance for fans to see a host of young Scottish stars on home turf alongside some well-known international players.
“Entry is free all week and we can’t wait to welcome spectators to enjoy what promises to be a terrific event.”
The event is the latest top-class tennis competition to come to Glasgow, following the successful hosting of the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup finals last year.
It will be swiftly followed by the prestigious new TS Open Tour Scottish National Doubles Championships, being held at Scotstoun from 9-12 November and set to feature the likes of Lumsden, Collins and former GB Davis Cup player Colin Fleming.
Blane Dodds, Chief Executive of Tennis Scotland, said: “We know there is a tremendous appetite for tennis in Scotland and this is another great opportunity to showcase our fantastic sport and inspire our communities to pick up a racket.
“I am sure spectators and fans will relish the opportunity to enjoy watching exciting homegrown talent and international stars.”