Aegon Open Nottingham will be bigger and better this year

Monday, March 07, 2016
Aegon Open Nottingham will be bigger and better this year

Aegon Open Nottingham will be bigger and better this year

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Denis Istomin celebrates winning the Aegon Open in Nottingham last summer.

The Aegon Open Nottingham will be back bigger and better this year, according to its two tournament directors.

Paul Hutchins, who is overseeing the ATP event, and his WTA counterpart Rebecca James are confident of once again attracting some big names to the Nottingham Tennis Centre, with tickets going on general sale at 10am today.

More fans will also be able to watch world class players in action, with the capacity of Centre Court set to increase for the men's tournament.

And the prize pot on offer for the male players will be bigger, taking the combined cash jackpot beyond the $1m mark.

The ATP event was originally only booked for 2015. It proved a huge hit and Hutchins is hoping for another sellout success when it takes place again from June 18-25, with an extra 250 seats to be added on the show court.

"We're going to increase Centre County capacity for the ATP to 2,750," said Hutchins.

"We had virtually a sell out on the Saturday, Friday and almost the Thursday last year, so we decided to increase it.

"We were very pleased with the turnout last year; it was very good and we're hopeful it will be the same again."

This summer, some of the best players in the world will be competing for 648,255 Euros, up from 589,160, with the women's prize money staying roughly the same.

Reproduced courtesy of Nottingham Post



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