Dart, Jones and Boulter receive wildcards for Viking Open Nottingham
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Harriet Dart, Fran Jones and Katie Boulter have received wildcard entries to the Viking Open Nottingham taking place from 5-13 June at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
This year, the LTA has increased the singles main draw to 48, providing 16 additional main draw playing opportunities.
The trio will be competing against a stellar entry list including ten time Grand Slam champion VenusWilliams, 2017 champion Donna Vekic, two-time finalist Johanna Konta and British No.2 Heather Watson who are on the entry list for the WTA 250 level tournament.
Konta and Vekic are two of 13 players in the WTA Top 50 to have entered the competition – a list that also includes Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, American Alison Riske and Swiss world No.11 Belinda Bencic.
Dart, Jones and Boulter are all part of the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme (PSP) which is the highest level of coaching, medical and financial support offered to developing players by the national governing body. It is offered to players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles within five years.
The Viking Open Nottingham is the first Tour level grass court tournament on British soil for two years following the cancellation of last year’s summer events.
Katie Boulter said: “I’m excited to be back playing in Nottingham again and can’t wait to get back on the grass. I’m grateful to the LTA for the opportunity and am feeling good going into the tournament so hopefully can put in some good performances.”
Iain Bates, LTA Head of Women’s Tennis, said: “We are pleased to offer these wildcards to Harriet, Fran and Katie which provide them with a vital Tour-level opportunity on home soil, as well as grass court preparation in the lead up to Wimbledon.
"The entry list at the LTA’s Viking Open Nottingham this year is very strong and it will be great to see our players back out on the grass competing against high calibre opposition and hopefully progressing in the tournament.
"I’d also like to recognise the hard work of the LTA Events team and all those involved in making these tournaments happen and giving our players the chance to compete at home.”
The ATP Challenger 125 event at the Viking Open Nottingham will run concurrently and will feature former World No. 1 Andy Murray.