Great Britain’s Fed Cup star and British No. 2 Heather Watson will play at this year’s Aegon Open Nottingham.
Heather, who is part of the Aegon GB Fed Cup Team to face Romania in the World Group II play-off in Constanta this weekend, has again named the Nottingham Tennis Centre as the place to begin her preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon.
Guernsey-born Heather is set to line up alongside Fed Cup team-mate and World No. 7 Johanna Konta at the Aegon Open, which runs from June 10-18.
Heather, 24, appeared at Nottingham last year and went on to enjoy a glorious summer on grass, as she claimed her first Grand Slam title by winning the mixed-doubles at the All England club with Henri Kontinen.
There is something extra special about playing in front of home fans for the first time during the summer
Speaking to British Tennis, Heather said: “Nottingham is the ideal place to get an early feel for the grass and is a city and venue that really helps build the atmosphere of excitement ahead of Wimbledon.
"I've always enjoyed my time in Nottingham, where there is something extra special about playing in front of home fans for the first time during the summer.
"It is an important time of year, returning to play in Britain ahead of our home Grand Slam, and I'm looking forward to getting back on the grass in Nottingham."
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Heather is the latest British star to sign up for the Aegon Open, which for the first time in 44 years will feature combined women’s and men’s tournaments, with British Davis Cup ace Dan Evans headlining the $150K ATP Challenger Tour event.
George Donnelly, the Aegon Open Nottingham WTA Tournament Director, said: “Heather is a popular player with the fans and it is great that she is choosing to return to Nottingham again to kick off her grass court season.
“This year’s event presents fans with an exciting prospect of seeing the WTA stars alongside the ATP stars in what is the highest possible level of ATP Challenger so it will certainly be a thrilling week of tennis.”