ATP Challengers: Glasgow and Loughborough added to calendar
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Two new $100,000 ATP Challenger Tour events at Glasgow and Loughborough are set to join the UK calendar for 2018, the LTA has announced.
The tournaments will provide high-level competition on British soil ahead of the highly-anticipated grass court season, including The Queen’s Club Championships, Eastbourne International, and Wimbledon.
The first of these ATP Challenger events will be held in Glasgow from April 28-May 6 at the Scotstoun Tennis Centre, while the second will take place at the Loughborough Sport Tennis Centre at Loughborough University from May 19-27.
Both tournaments will be staged on indoor hard courts, featuring a 32 singles main draw and 32 qualifying draws with 16 doubles teams. These events will provide valuable ATP ranking points and quality playing opportunities for British players.
Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s Tennis and Davis Cup Captain, said: “It’s great news that we’re creating more playing opportunities for British players in the UK.
“These Challenger events are invaluable in providing high-quality match experience as well as the opportunity to build up important ATP ranking points. Hopefully we can see some high-level performances from our Brits at these events.”
Oliver Scadgell, LTA Director of Major Events and Competitions said: “We are delighted to add to new playing opportunities at home for GB players, bringing high-level men’s tennis to Glasgow and Loughborough.
“These two new events enhance our domestic calendar of International Tournaments in 2018, which consists of 12 ITF Pro-Circuit tournaments (six men’s and six women’s) ranging in prize money from $15,000 to $25,000, in addition to the grass court Trophy Series which sees three events for men at Surbiton, Nottingham and Ilkley and four for women at Surbiton, Manchester, Ilkley and Southsea.”
Due to capacity, limited tickets will be available for these events and British Tennis Team Members will have exclusive access to a 48-hour priority ticket window, from Wednesday 11 April, 11:00, with General Sale from Friday 13 April.
Tickets for both qualifying weekends will be free and main draw action will be available from £10 per ticket.*
Make sure you become a Team Member before 23:59 on Tuesday 10 April, to have the best chance to guaranteeyour seat to enjoy all the courtside action.
Annual subscription to Team Membership is £30 for adults (18 plus) and Lite Members can upgrade for £20 by logging into their Members' Area.
*All tickets for qualifying and main draw action must be purchased in advance, and an additional transaction fee of £1.50 will be applied to each ticket. A delivery cost of £1 for e-tickets or £2.50 to Collect at Box Office also applies.