The Tennis Foundation are offering the opportunity to watch world class sport free of charge this week as the best players on the planet arrive in Nottingham to take part in the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Organised by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity as a platform to both raise the profile of wheelchair tennis and promote tennis as an inclusive and accessible sport, the event is one of only six ITF Super Series tournaments on the worldwide UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, alongside events in Australia, Japan, France and the USA.
A host of Grand Slam champions and Paralympic medallists will be in action from 17 – 22 July, including star attractions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett of Great Britain fresh from winning the Wimbledon doubles title on Saturday.
Nottingham based energy company E.ON has been announced as a supporter of the event, backing the Tennis Foundation’s provision of free tickets to help generate what will be a record crowd for the event at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The final four days of the event will also be streamed live by the BBC.
Alongside the main Super Series event there are also tournaments for up and coming players looking to progress towards international competition and for juniors and, including a number of local East Midlands players that are part of the Great Britain junior squad. Throughout the week the is an engagement programme with almost 400 people from local schools and community groups involved.
For families looking for a fun day out there will be a free ‘Come & Try Tennis’ session on Saturday 21 July at which anyone can have a go at tennis, as well as having the chance to get in a chair and experience playing wheelchair tennis and other forms of disability tennis.
Anyone wanting to book free tickets for the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships or the Come & Try activity, or find out more about the event, can visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/BritishOpen.
Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director at the Tennis Foundation, said: “We have already had an incredible response to our offer of providing free tickets this year, and we would encourage anyone to take the opportunity to come along next week and see some world class tennis free of charge. We are delighted to have a company of E.ON’s stature and values supporting this year’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship, particularly because they have such strong local ties. We work to make tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to all, and so this agreement provides a real boost towards us reaching more people with that message.
E.ON, which was last year named as one of the top 50 UK employers for promoting an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce, employs about 5,000 people in Nottinghamshire. The energy company’s support of the British Open will involve them promoting it to their workforce, as well as providing volunteers to assist with the event.
Nigel Dewbery, Head of Energy Efficiency at E.ON, said: “We’re really proud to be supporting the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship in Nottingham and really looking forward to being part of this event which brings the whole of the community together.
“Working with our local communities is at the heart of what we do at E.ON and events like this are a great opportunity to be able to talk to people face to face about the additional support available for people to better control their energy use. At E.ON we have a variety of ways we help people to understand and manage energy use and costs, from a range of energy solutions for people’s homes, to financial support available for those who are struggling with their energy costs. We look forward to supporting the event to share this information.”
The Tennis Foundation works to open up tennis to its priority audiences of disabled people, young people in education and in lower socio-economic communities – making it possible for them to enjoy the many health and social benefits of the sport whilst maximising their personal potential.