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Aegon British Tour Masters: Top class tennis in Loughborough


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Sean Hodkin plays at the Aegon Open Nottingham

Top class tennis will arrive at Loughborough University this week as the Aegon British Tour Masters brings the domestic season to a close.

This season-ending event sees players qualify from their performances on the Aegon British Tour throughout the year. It will be the second time Loughborough has staged this event, and follows closely in the footsteps of the NEC Wheelchair Masters staged at Loughborough’s Tennis Centre last week.

Staged from December 7-9, the Masters has a total prize money pot of £9,400 up for grabs, with a prize money cheque of £1,500 for each of the two winners.

The men’s player list is headed up by Lincoln’s world-ranked Sean Hodkin, who captured six Aegon British Tour titles in 2017, and won the Men’s Bonus Pool with over 32,000 points (nearly 10,000 clear of second-placed Michael Shaw). Rob Carter is the second-highest ranked player in the men’s line up.

The 24-year-old from Essex, has had a world ranking as high as 803, and like Hodkin, will be looking to capture his first Masters title in Loughborough.

With Freya Christie, who has won the Masters title an unprecedented 4 times, unable to defend her title, the women’s event is wide open, with former Loughborough student Louise Holtum, the highest-ranked player. 17-year-old Summer Yardley, who won the Women’s Bonus Pool with 23,741 points, will be looking to take her good form on this year’s circuit into the event.

Tournament Director, Richard Joyner said: “We are really looking forward to staging the Masters at Loughborough University for a second time. The University is gaining a growing reputation for staging a number of professional events, with last week’s NEC Wheelchair Masters the largest tennis event staged by the university to date. Last year’s British Tour Masters was well supported, and we are hoping for some more great support this week.

Play at Loughborough starts 10.00am on Thursday, and Friday, with the singles finals scheduled from 10.30am on Saturday December 9. Entry for spectators is free of charge, with court-side seating on Saturday.

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