Spanish tennis star David Ferrer leads the line-up for next month’s Aegon Nottingham Open.
The world number eight is the top ranked player to have signed up to the event, this after the official ATP player acceptance list was leaked out.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfired Tsonga, the world No.14, Spain’s Feliciano Lopez (13th) and Great Britain’s JamesWard had already been announced and they will be joined by Ferrer and a host of other players ranked inside the top 100.
While 33-year-old Ferrer, who has 24 titles to his name, will be the favourite for the event, he will be pushed all the way by the likes of Tsonga and Lopez, as well as Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Adrian Mannarino, Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, Belgium’s David Goffin, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Nicolas Almagro – all of whom are ranked inside the world’s top 30.
Nottingham Tennis Centre in Beeston will be awash with international talent for the ATP 250 tournament – from June 20 to 28 – a week before Wimbledon starts.
Of the players confirmed in the main draw – who will be joined by those coming through qualifying on the opening weekend – there are eight Spaniards, five Frenchmen, three Americans, three from Argentina, two Italians, as well as players from Cyprus, Germany, Slovakia, Canada, Portugal, Ukraine, Russia and Australia among other nations.
The Aussie in question is teenage sensation Nick Kyrgios, who won the Challenger event in Nottingham in 2014 and then went on to beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and reach this year’s Australian Open quarter-final before losing to Britain’s Andy Murray.
And with other well known former top ranked players turning out – like Julien Benneteau, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy, Juan Monaco, Sam Querrey and Mikhail Youzhny – fans turning out are in for a real treat of grass court action for the nine days of action.
Reproduced courtesy of Nottingham Post