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Tennis - 12. June 2018.

NATURE VALLEY OPEN: CAN JOHANNA KONTA GO ONE BETTER IN NOTTINGHAM?

With grass court action in full swing at the Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy, we look ahead to the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham as we head into nine days of world-class action. 


A line-up of international and British stars are prepared to battle at Nottingham Tennis Centre, June 9 - 17, with qualifying getting under way on Saturday and main draw action kickstarting on Monday. 

The Nature Valley Open, which features both a WTA International and ATP Challenger tournament, is the first instalment of the Nature Valley summer grass court tournament series and will feature a 32 qualifying singles draw size, a 32 singles main draw, as well as a 16 pair doubles draw for both men and women.

WHO’S PLAYING?

Defending champion Donna Vekic returns to Nottingham in attempt to reclaim her crown as she opens her grass court season for 2018.

Vekic is joined by 18 of the WTA's Top 100 including Britain’s No.1 Johanna Konta, British No.2 Heather Watson, 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova and 2018 Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka. Brits Katie Boulter and Gabriella Taylor are also in the main draw after receiving wild cards this week. 

Leading the charge for the ATP challenger is Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin and defending champion Dudi Sela, along with a handful of British players including top seed Cameron Norrie, Liam Broady, Dan Evans, and wild cards Jay Clarke, Alex Ward and James Ward. Check out the full player entry list!

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

Johanna Konta kickstarted her sensational grass court season at Nottingham, where she sealed her 300th career WTA Tour singles win en route to reaching her first grass court final.

In the sell-out showdown, she went on to fall in a three-set thriller to young Croatian Vekic 6-2, 6-7(3), 5-7, whilst the men’s singles title was claimed by Israel’s Sela as he defeated Italy's Thomas Fabbiano. 

The Skupski brothers claimed men’s doubles victory for Britain against the Australian pairing of Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith in a nail biting championship tiebreak to top off what was a successful tournament for our British players.

British doubles pair Joss Rae and Laura Robson teamed up to enjoy a successful run to the final, but they were denied the title as they fell short in a championship tiebreak against Australians Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders. 

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