ATP event to return to Nottingham

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 10 2014, 11:48 GMT

ATP World Tour tennis will return to Nottingham next year as part of the expanded grasscourt season.

The Nottingham Tennis Centre will stage ATP tennis in 2015
The Nottingham Tennis Centre will stage ATP tennis in 2015

The Midlands city last played host to the ATP circuit in 2008.

However, Nottingham's gain is Eastbourne's loss with the Devonshire Park venue losing its ATP event and returning to a women-only event.

The Nottingham ATP tournament will be staged in the week before Wimbledon and offer 250 points to the winner. Its draw size will be 48 - up from the current 28 who can play at Eastbourne.

ATP executive chairman Chris Kermode said: "We are delighted that the ATP World Tour will return to Nottingham from 2015, giving fans the opportunity to witness many of the world's best athletes in action. The ATP has a long history in Nottingham and we look forward to the event playing a pivotal role in the overall grasscourt season."

It had already been announced that the Nottingham Tennis Centre would stage a WTA tournament in 2015. That will be held two weeks prior to the ATP event, in same week the men play on grass in Stuttgart.

The changes come as part of the expansion of the grasscourt season with a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon being introduced next year. The current gap is two weeks.

As part of the changes, the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament and the one in Halle, Germany, will both become '500' level events, awarding 500 ranking points to the winner, as opposed to the current 250.

The changes were announced on the day the ATP revealed their full calendar for 2015.

As part of their announcement, the ATP said they are currently seeking promoters to stage a tournament in the week beginning April 27. The new event, to be played outdoors on European clay, would effectively replace the Serbia Open which was last held in 2012.

2015 grasscourt season:

Week one (June 8-14):

ATP Topshelf Open, 's-Hertogenbosch (250)

ATP, Mercedes Cup, Stuttgart (250)

WTA, Nottingham (International)

WTA Topshelf Open, 's-Hertogenbosch (International)

Week two (June 15-21):

ATP Aegon Championships, Queen's Club, London (500)

ATP Gerry Weber Open, Halle (500)

WTA Aegon Classic, Edgbaston (Premier)

WTA, TBA (International)

Week three (June 22-28):

ATP, Nottingham (250)

WTA Aegon International, Eastbourne (Premier)

Weeks four and five (Jun 29-Jul 12):

The Championships, Wimbledon (Grand Slam)

Week six (Jul 13-19):

ATP Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, Rhode Island (250)

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