Nottinghamshire residents are to get the opportunity to witness world class sporting action on their doorstep next month as the best wheelchair tennis players on the planet come to the city – with free tickets available for children.
Famous names from the sport, including Paralympic gold medallists and Grand Slam champions will be showcasing their skills at the 2017 British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 1-6 August.
Great value tickets
Tickets for the event cost just £2-£5 for adults, with children free all week – tickets can be booked online in advance via http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/tickets. With such exceptional value pricing and the opportunity to get so close to some top tennis action, it makes the tournament the perfect day out during the school holidays.
Some of Great Britain’s best talent will be in the mix for honours at the event, including Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley – all of whom viewers around the world will be watching at Wimbledon this week.
Once the action at SW19 is complete, Nottingham will take over the wheelchair tennis spotlight as the players focus on trying to win the prestigious UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour Super Series event – one of only six tournaments of this level anywhere in the world.
The event is organised by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, as a platform for promoting tennis as an inclusive sport and encouraging more disabled people to play. The tournament features men’s, women’s and quads competitions, as well as a junior competition.
For those that want to get more involved and do more than just watch tennis, the Tennis Foundation is also organising a pre-tournament ‘Social Doubles Day’ (Sunday 30 July, 1pm-3pm – entry £2 per player) and a free ‘Come & Try Tennis’ session (Saturday 5 August, 10am-2pm). Both take place at Nottingham Tennis Centre – for more details or to register your interest contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said:
“Here is another great chance to watch world class tennis players compete in our city. We were proud to host the Aegon Open tournament in June and now the public can enjoy the fast paced action and skill of wheelchair tennis while enjoying the top-class venue that is Nottingham Tennis Centre with a chance to watch Wimbledon champions in action. It’s a brilliant day out with the kids for the summer and I would also urge visitors to take the opportunity to try the sport on August 5. If you are inspired to take up the sport then we’d be delighted to help support that too.”
Tennis Foundation Tournament Director, Kirsty Thomson, said
“This year’s British Open field is exceptional. Almost all of the top men’s, women’s and Quads players in the world have entered, including all of the men’s top ten. The event is one of only a handful in the world of this standard so we are delighted to be able to host it at Nottingham Tennis Centre. It gives the people of Nottinghamshire the chance to watch what will undoubtedly be some brilliant tennis action at a great value price so we look forward to seeing lots of them come along to watch!”
For more information about the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/BritishOpen.
The Tennis Foundation’s vision is to make tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to all, and works to open up tennis to its priority audiences of disabled people, young people in education and people 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.
For disabled people, the Tennis Foundation facilitates and delivers tennis activity for all abilities and covering a range of impairments, including for those with a visual or physical impairment, with a learning disability or who are deaf. Anyone interested in finding out more about tennis for disabled people or learning about the work of the Tennis Foundation can visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.
The British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships is one of many major events taking place in Nottingham in 2017. To see the full list of upcoming events visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/events-markets-parks-and-museums/events-in-nottingham/.