British players set to star as international tennis comes to Glasgow
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Stars of British tennis are in Scotland this week as the ITF World Tennis Tour heads to Glasgow for a women’s $60k (W60) and a men’s $25k (M25) tournament at Scotstoun Tennis Centre.
Main draw competition begins on Tuesday 18 October with Katie Swan, Jodie Burrage, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter all in singles action as the four highest ranked players in the draw. Lily Miyazaki and Maia Lumsden complete the line-up of British players in the singles draw. Burrage and Watson will also team up in doubles where Brits Freya Christie and Ali Collins will enter the draw as no.1 seeds.
Scotstoun will also serve as the practice venue for the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November. Heather Watson and Katie Boulter were both named in captain Anne Keothavong’s team last week, with the final place in the team still up for grabs. There is also Billie Jean King Cup representation in Glasgow from Spain’s Aliona Bolsova who has been named in her nation’s team for the Finals in November.
Men’s international tennis is also taking place at Scotstoun this week with at least five British players competing in singles, including Aidan McHugh, Stuart Parker, Daniel Cox, Harry Wendelken and Arthur Fery. Wendelken will be bidding for back-to-back M25 titles having defeated fellow-Brit Arthur Fery in the final of M25 Sunderland last week.
These tournaments are part of our Performance Competitions Calendar that has provided a great platform for British players to enhance their rankings over the course of 2022.
Glasgow is the latest in an expanded calendar of pro level ITF World Tennis Tour events we've staged in Great Britain this year, with the number of events more than doubling from seven men’s events and eight women’s events in 2019 to 16 for men and 16 for women in 2022. This is in addition to the grass court season playing opportunities already in place.
The aim of the enhanced LTA Performance Competitions Calendar is to provide more opportunities for players to compete regularly at a higher level and make progressive ranking gains at the formative stages of their careers, something which has already paid dividends for British players in the first half of this year. The increased calendar means that there will be over 40 weeks of either international ranking point or prize money earning opportunities in Great Britain this year.
Across these events, we have introduced progression through wild card feed-ups into higher-level competitions and retained the LTA Tournament Bonus Scheme in addition to prize money earned.
See the Brits in action at this year's Billie Jean King Cup!
The Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals take place at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, from 8-13 November. Tickets, starting from £5 for children and £10 for adults.