Aegon Open Nottingham History | Tennis in Britain

History

Donna Vekic with the Elena Baltacha trophy

Nottingham Tennis Centre plays host to many varied tournaments throughout the year, including Aegon GB Pro-Series events, Aegon British Tour events, the British Deaf Championships and the British Wheelchair Championships. In the past, the centre has hosted Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

In 2015, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Daniela Hantuchova said of the wonderful grass courts in Nottingham “Apart from Wimbledon, I don’t think I’ve ever played on such a good court” and these brilliant facilities at the tennis centre as well as the city itself are two reasons why the events will attract over 150 of the highest ranked players in the world during June.

The trophy awarded to the champion of the WTA is named after Elena Baltacha, the ex-British No.1 player who tragically lost her battle with cancer in May 2014. The winner of the ATP event lifts a much older cup, owned by Nottinghamshire LTA and originally used in the early 20th century for a county mixed doubles tournament.

What happened in 2017?

Women's Singles: D. Vekic (CRO) d. J. Konta (GBR) 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5

Women's Doubles: M. Adamczak (AUS) / S. Sanders (AUS) d. J. Rae (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 

Men's Singles: D. Sela (ISR) d. T. Fabbiano (ITA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Men's Doubles: K. Skupski (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR) d. M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) 7-6(1), 2-6, 10-7