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2 November 2012 | PR 12/192

World class tennis returns to Loughborough University

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International tennis will once again by played on the campus of Loughborough University thanks to the welcome return of the annual AEGON GB Pro-Series event.

It is the third time the University has hosted the Pro-Series event at the Dan Maskell Tennis Centre. This year will see one of the best line-ups ever with five of the world’s top 100 male players all vying for the trophy.

Last year’s winner Tobias Kamke from Germany, world ranked 68 returns as the highest ranked player with Slovenian duo Grega Zemlja (70) and Aljaz Bedene (89) the next highest ranked at the $42,500 ATP Challenger event.

Israeli number 1 Dudi Sela who has been ranked as high as 29 in the world is also in action at the University.

There will be a strong British contingent on show with British No.2 Josh Goodall, No.3 Jamie Baker and No.5 Dan Evans all flying the flag.

Running alongside the men’s draw is the $10,000 women’s event and there are British hopes in that competition too, with Jade Windley, Anna Fitzpatrick, Francesca Stephenson and Lucy Brown all eager to get started in Loughborough.

However, Czech Republic’s Renata Voracova and Quirine Lemoine from Netherlands will be looking to dampen their spirits as the top ranked players in the tournament.

Tournament Director Richard Joyner said:

“The Loughborough ATP Challenger Tournament has established itself as a launch pad for rising professional stars.

“In the last couple of years we have seen a number of players go on to break into the top 100, while this year’s Wimbledon Doubles Champions Jonny Marray and Frederic Nielson have both played at the event in the last two years.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to see top class international tennis on their doorsteps.”

Qualifying will take place between 3-4 November with the main draw running from 5-11 November.

Entry is free for spectators Saturday 3 – Friday 9 November, with £3.00 payable on the door Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November.

Andy Borrie, Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University, said:

“The AEGON GB Pro Series has been a great addition to our calendar of sporting events held at the University.  I look forward to welcoming the players back to Loughborough, and hope that our students, staff and the local community make the most of the opportunity to attend this significant event.”

For more information on the AEGON GB Pro-Series, visit: www.lta.org.uk/AEGONGBProSeries

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For all media enquiries contact:

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

Katie Leach
Marketing & PR Manager
Lawn Tennis Association
T: 07947 566 291
E: katie.leach@lta.org.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. The AEGON GB Pro-Series events are organised by the LTA on behalf of the ITF (International Tennis Federation). The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is the national governing body for British tennis, which supports and governs the sport. The LTA runs and supports over 8,000 competitions and events at all levels from schools and mini-tennis through to the AEGON Championships at The Queen’s Club and The Championships, Wimbledon (joint with AELTC)
  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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England 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 13 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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