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5 November 2010 | PR 10/170

World class tennis comes to Loughborough University


Jamie Baker in action at Wimbledon

There will be an opportunity to watch some of the world’s best tennis players on 13 - 14 November when Loughborough University hosts the AEGON GB Pro Series.

The Loughborough event is the first professional international tennis tournament held at the University. The tournament will consist of an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger €42,500 for the men and a $10,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit for the women.

In the men’s singles players ranked in the world’s top 100 will be taking on current Great Britain Davis Cup players, including Jamie Baker who has previously been based at Loughborough.

Commonwealth Games mixed doubles champion Jocelyn Rae will be competing in the women’s singles, along with Loughborough University sport science students Ena Ankutze and Joanna Horne.

The tournament will be played at the University’s superb tennis complex which comprises the Dan Maskell Centre and the Lawn Tennis Association Academy. The complex provides eight high quality indoor acrylic hard courts that will be used for the tournament.

Chris Earle, Director of Sport at Loughborough University, said:

“I am delighted that Loughborough University is hosting the AEGON GB Pro Series for the first time. Loughborough is the UK's premier University for sport and renowned for hosting major events.

“Working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association to bring international tennis to the University is a significant addition to our calendar of events. I hope that the players and spectators enjoy the event and their time spent in Loughborough.”

Players drawn in the qualifying round will start their campaign on 8 November, hoping to progress onto the main draw which gets underway on 10 November.

The doubles final is scheduled to take place on 13 November and finalists in the singles event will battle it out for Loughborough honours on Sunday 14 November.  

Steven Martens, Player Director of the Lawn Tennis Association, said:

“The AEGON GB Pro Series events showcase some of the best up and coming talent in the world and offer British players the opportunity to compete at the highest level on home soil. Competition is vitally important in developing both the tactical and mental competitive qualities the players need to have in place as they progress and develop."

Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, said:

“British Tennis is committed to creating and improving competitive opportunities for all players and the AEGON GB Pro Series is a great example of this. It provides the players with the opportunity to test themselves against players from all over the world which can only be of benefit.”

AEGON GB Pro Series events take place all over the UK; all of which attract a strong field of national and international players. It is also a breeding ground for Britain’s best young players, including Team AEGON and AEGON FutureStars, to learn their trade against strong and often experienced international opposition.

There will be opportunities to watch the tournament as it reaches its climax on the weekend of 13 - 14 November.  Full details of the opportunities to watch this event can be found at: http://sdc.lboro.ac.uk/showevents.php?events_id=124&cat_id=19&level=1

For more information on the event please visit http://www.lta.org.uk/AEGONGBPro-Series


For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk

Imogen Gaunt
LTA Communications
T: 0208 4877250 / 07917 521044
E: Imogen.gaunt@lta.org.uk

Laura Whitehouse
LTA Communications
T: 020 8487 7193 / 07779 001601
E: Laura.Whitehouse@LTA.org.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. AEGON is Lead Partner of British Tennis, and supports the game at all levels from grassroots programmes such as AEGON Schools Tennis and AEGON Parks Tennis, through to supporting British talent in the AEGON FutureStars programme and Team AEGON. It is also title sponsor for the British Tennis Series, of grass court tournaments, including the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club.  For further information visit www.aegon.co.uk/tennis

    British Tennis is working to improve competitive opportunities for players of all levels and ages, including those aged 16-years-old and over, for example through the club v club AEGON Team Tennis competition, and events such as the AEGON GB Pro Series.

    Increasing the number of junior players competing regularly, that is those players who compete six or more times a year, is also a key priority. This has increased from 8,000 to more than 40,000 over the past four years, an increase of 450%

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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