Preview: What tennis events are coming up in December 2023?
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With the curtains closed on another year of excitement in the tennis world, the pros have headed off for some well-earned rest off the back of what was a jam-packed 2023 season.
With that said, you’ll still be able to get your tennis fix in December, with a few events still lining the calendar for the month. Here are the events you ought to keep an eye out on in December.
- United Cup
- Ultimate Tennis Showdown
4-10 December: WTA Challenger tour continues
- Montevideo Open (WTA 125)
- Open Angers Arena Loire (WTA 125)
The opening week in December will welcome two WTA 125 events across two continents. The Open Angers Arena Lorie will get underway in Angers, France, while the Montevideo Open will take place in Uruguay.
Both events are set to serve up a week's worth of entertainment, between 4-10 December with the event in France fielding a strong selection of WTA stars including home favourite Alize Cornet, Yanina Wickmayer, Oceane Dodin and Clara Burel.
11-17 December: Star-studded line up take to London for Ultimate Tennis Showdown
- Ultimate Tennis Showdown
- Open BLS de Limoges
A new format of tennis is coming to London, with an exceptional line-up set to compete in the Grand Final at the London ExCel Arena between 15-17 December.
Launched in 2020, the UTS is the world's newest, fun and innovative tennis league that presents the sport in a completely reinvented and interactive game format. Each match consists of four quarters of eight minutes, with the first player to win three quarters winning the match. The event comes with a completely new set of rules, including only being allowed one serve, mic'd up players, 'bonus cards' and more.
World No.5 Andrey Rublev leads an exciting line-up of ATP stars, including world No.8 Holger Rune, Roland Garros runner-up Casper Ruud, Gael Monfils, Alexander Bublik and British No.4 Jack Draper.
The round-robin battles will take place across the first two days of the tournament, with the two semi-finals and final taking place on Sunday 17 November.
You can find out more about UTS, the players competing and the rules of the event below:
Meanwhile, the final event of the WTA Challenger tour wraps up as the remaining stars head to France to contest the title at the WTA 125 event. The event has welcomed a host of talent across the years, including Caroline Garcia, Ekaterina Alexandrove and reigning champion and world No.27 Anhelina Kalinina.
29 December–7 January: Boulter and Norrie lead Great Britain down under in United Cup
The United Cup is returning for the second year in a row as 18 countries prepare to head down under for the combined ATP-WTA international team competition during the closing days of the year. The tournament will take place from 29 December-7 January,
The Great Britain team will enter as the eighth seeds and consists of an impressive line-up that boasts both British No.1’s Cam Norrie and Katie Boulter, while Dan Evans, Neal Skupski, Fran Jones and Maia Lumsden complete the six-strong squad.
The Brits have drawn Australia and reigning champions USA in arguably one of the standout groups of the tournament. The Group C matches will take place in Perth, with each tie consisting of one men’s singles, one women’s singles and a mixed doubles rubber.
The calendars for the 2024 season are yet to be announced.