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Nottingham Open, officially named Nature Valley Open for sponsorship reasons, is a tennis tournament for men and women held in Nottingham, United Kingdom, played on outdoor grass courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. After being discontinued in 2008, it was briefly re-established as an ATP World Tour 250 event on the men's tour in 2015 & 2016, before being downgraded to a Challenger event in 2017, and an international event on the women's tour. The tournament is held in June as a preparation before the third Grand Slam event of the season, the oldest and widely considered the most prestigious tennis tournament, The Championships, Wimbledon.

Nottingham Open
Tournament information
Event nameNature Valley Open
Founded1970; 49 years ago (1970) (men)
1971; 48 years ago (1971) (women)
LocationNottingham
United Kingdom
VenueNottingham Tennis Centre
SurfaceGrass - outdoors
Websitelta.org.uk
Current champions (2019)
Men's singlesUnited Kingdom Dan Evans
Women's singlesAustralia Ashleigh Barty
Men's doublesDenmark Frederik Nielsen
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
Women's doublesPoland Alicja Rosolska
United States Abigail Spears
ATP World Tour
CategoryATP Challenger Tour
Draw48S / 4Q / 16D
Prize money127,000 (2017)
WTA Tour
CategoryWTA International tournaments
Draw32S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$226,750 (2017)

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HistoryEdit

The event was previously known as John Player Tournament, John Player Open,[1] Slazenger Nottingham Open, Red Letter Days Open, Samsung Open, 10tele.com Open and Aegon Open Nottingham. Originally a replacement of the Manchester Open and part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit from (1970–89), it was also a Grand Prix Super Series prestigious event (1974–75), which was discontinued after the 2008 edition, and the International Women's Open at Eastbourne became a combined event for both male and female players.[2]

Nottingham City Council bosses announced their "extreme disappointment" at having Nottingham Open removed from the ATP Tour. The event had, according to the council, been partly responsible for stimulating interest in tennis in Nottingham. Roger Draper, the head of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) responded by saying that the changes would introduce tennis to a "new audience".[3] It was announced later in 2008 that Nottingham would host a new tennis event, the Aegon Nottingham Challenge, in lieu of The Surbiton Trophy, which was cancelled, in 2009. The new event was an ATP Challenger Series event, one level lower than the main ATP Tour. The Nottingham Tennis Centre, which had hosted the Open, had undergone refurbishments costing £735,000 in 2008, and councillor Dave Trimble called it "great news" to have a new tennis event in the city.[3][4]

In 2015 Birmingham based company Eventmasters LTD[5] were appointed by the LTA to promote official hospitality at both the WTA ATP Open events transforming part of the indoor court area into the Sherwood Suite.

Past finalsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
ATP Challenger Tour (2017–)
2019   Dan Evans   Evgeny Donskoy 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2018   Alex de Minaur   Dan Evans 7–6(7–4), 7–5
2017   Dudi Sela   Thomas Fabbiano 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
ATP Tour Event - (1970–2016)
2016   Steve Johnson   Pablo Cuevas 7–6(7–5), 7–5
2015   Denis Istomin   Sam Querrey 7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)
2009–14 Not held
2008   Ivo Karlović (2)   Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(8–6)
2007   Ivo Karlović   Arnaud Clément 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2006   Richard Gasquet (2)   Jonas Björkman 6–4, 6–3
2005   Richard Gasquet   Max Mirnyi 6–2, 6–3
2004   Paradorn Srichaphan   Thomas Johansson 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2003   Greg Rusedski (2)   Mardy Fish 6–3, 6–2
2002   Jonas Björkman (2)   Wayne Arthurs 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
2001   Thomas Johansson   Harel Levy 7–5, 6–3
2000   Sébastien Grosjean   Byron Black 7–6(9–7), 6–3
1999   Cédric Pioline   Kevin Ullyett 6–3, 7–5
1998   Jonas Björkman   Byron Black 6–3, 6–2
1997   Greg Rusedski   Karol Kučera 6–4, 7–5
1996   Jan Siemerink   Sandon Stolle 6–3, 7–6(7–0)
1995   Javier Frana   Todd Woodbridge 7–6(7–4), 6–3
1978–94 Not held
1977 No Winner   Tim Gullikson
  Jaime Fillol
abandoned [6]
1976 No Winner   Jimmy Connors
  Ilie Năstase
6–2, 4–6 1–1 abandoned
1975   Tom Okker   Tony Roche 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
1974   Stan Smith (2)   Alex Metreveli 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
1973   Eric van Dillen   Frew McMillan 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1972   Geoffrey Masters   Premjit Lall abandoned due to rain
1971   Jaime Fillol   Greg Perkins 6–2, 6–3
1970   Stan Smith   Chauncey Steele 6–3, 6–1

Men's doublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2019   Santiago González
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
  Gong Maoxin
  Zhang Ze
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–5]
2018   Frederik Nielsen
  Joe Salisbury
  Austin Krajicek
  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
7–6(7–5), 6–1
2017   Ken Skupski
  Neal Skupski
  Matt Reid
  John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–1), 2–6, [10–7]
2016   Dominic Inglot
  Daniel Nestor
  Ivan Dodig
  Marcelo Melo
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2015   Chris Guccione
  André Sá
  Pablo Cuevas
  David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
2011–14 Challenger Tournament
2009–10 Not held
2008   Bruno Soares
  Kevin Ullyett
  Jeff Coetzee
  Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
2007   Jamie Murray
  Eric Butorac
  Joshua Goodall
  Ross Hutchins
4–6, 6–3, 10–5
2006   Jonathan Erlich (2)
  Andy Ram (2)
  Igor Kunitsyn
  Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–2
2005   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
  Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2004   Paul Hanley
  Todd Woodbridge
  Rick Leach
  Brian MacPhie
6–4, 6–3
2003   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan (2)
  Joshua Eagle
  Jared Palmer
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
2002   Mike Bryan
  Mark Knowles
  Donald Johnson
  Jared Palmer
0–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2001   Donald Johnson (2)
  Jared Palmer
  Paul Hanley
  Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–2
2000   Piet Norval
  Donald Johnson
  Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
1999   Patrick Galbraith (2)
  Justin Gimelstob (2)
  Marius Barnard
  Brent Haygarth
5–7, 7–5, 6–3
1998   Justin Gimelstob
  Byron Talbot
  Sébastien Lareau
  Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–7, 6–4
1997   Ellis Ferreira
  Patrick Galbraith
  Danny Sapsford
  Chris Wilkinson
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
1996   Mark Petchey
  Danny Sapsford
  Neil Broad
  Piet Norval
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1995   Luke Jensen
  Murphy Jensen
  Patrick Galbraith
  Danie Visser
6–2, 6–4

Women's singlesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2019   Caroline Garcia   Donna Vekić 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)
2018   Ashleigh Barty   Johanna Konta 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
2017   Donna Vekić   Johanna Konta 2–6, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
2016   Karolína Plíšková   Alison Riske 7–6(10–8), 7–5
2015   Ana Konjuh   Monica Niculescu 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
↑  WTA International tournament  ↑
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
1973   Billie Jean King (2)   Virginia Wade 8–6, 6–4
1972   Billie Jean King   Evonne Goolagong rain prevented play
1971   Julie Heldman   Barbara Hawcroft 6-4, 7-9, 6-3

Women's doublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2019   Desirae Krawczyk
  Giuliana Olmos
  Ellen Perez
  Arina Rodionova
7–6(7–5), 7–5
2018   Alicja Rosolska
  Abigail Spears (2)
  Mihaela Buzărnescu
  Heather Watson
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2017   Monique Adamczak
  Storm Sanders
  Jocelyn Rae
  Laura Robson
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
2016   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Peng Shuai
  Gabriela Dabrowski
  Yang Zhaoxuan
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
2015   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
  Jocelyn Rae
  Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
↑  WTA International tournament  ↑
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
1973   Rosie Casals
  Billie Jean King
  Chris Evert
  Betty Stöve
6–2, 9–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nastase Stalled NOTTINGHAM, England (UPI)". 20 June 1976. The Hays Daily News. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon warm-up event scrapped". BBC Sport. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Anger over scrapped tennis event". BBC News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Nottingham to host tennis trophy". BBC Sport. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  5. ^ Eventmasters LTD
  6. ^ "Gullikson-Fillol Player tennis final rained out again NOTTINGHAM. England". 14 June 1977. The Independent Newspaper Long Beach. Retrieved 21 March 2015.

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