For the first time this year, alongside the main Super Series international event, we will be hosting an ‘ITF Futures’ entry level international tournament. This tournament, previously held separately as a standalone event, features players hoping to kick start their international career by earning world ranking points.
The majority of the 27 men and women entered for the Nottingham Futures event are British players, and by making the competition part of this week’s British Open it allows the Futures players to experience world class player services of a level most have never seen
The Tennis Foundation’s Liz Terry, Disability Competitions Manager – Strategic Planning, said “Combining our ITF Futures event with the British Open Super Series is an amazing way to get the Futures level players involved in a world class event. They will get to share the athlete lounge and player facilities with the world’s top players, which we really hope they will find both exciting and inspirational!”.
The Nottingham Futures event takes place from Thursday to Saturday. Among the players to look out for will be last year’s British Open Boys Singles champion Ruairi Logan, and Cornelia Oosthuizen who won a bronze medal for the UK team at the Invictus Games in Canada last year.
The overseas competitors taking part include Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo – after competing in the Wrexham Futures event last year both the Tennis Foundation and fellow players donated old rackets to Maclean which he took back with him to give to players in Ghana. Maclean is again collecting any unwanted old rackets to take back so if you have any to give please speak to a member of the tournament team.