It would be remiss of Tennis Scotland not to champion the successful staging of the Glasgow Trophy, ATP Challenger Event. This boasted the largest prize pot ever made available in Scotland.
Two new ATP Challenger events in Britain were added to the calendar ahead of the grass court season, creating more playing opportunities for British players in the UK. The Glasgow Trophy was the culmination of sustained LTA and Tennis Scotland efforts to bring an event of this magnitude to Scotland, allowing the best young Scots to test themselves against some of the game’s top talents.
7 Scots competed at the event, including three juniors, Aidan McHugh, Jacob Fearnley and Connor Thomson, and University of Stirling students Jonny O’Mara, Scott Duncan, Scott Macaulay, Reuben Henry and Kieran Macarty (English). O’Mara reached the doubles final with British partner Scott Clayton, losing to Gerard Granollers and Guillermo Olaso 6-1, 7-5 who also beat Duncan and Macarty in the quarter finals 6-4, 2-6, 10-5. Tennis Scotland took the chance to speak to some of the players about their path to where they are now.
Credit should go to Tennis Scotland CEO Blane Dodds for securing this prestigious event. John Stevenson once again demonstrated incredible expertise and experience as a Tournament Director and did a fantastic job in organising the event. He deserves tremendous credit for this. His efforts were supported by the entire Tennis Scotland team.
Blane Dodds commented "The Glasgow Trophy was a fantastic success and we are delighted that the players agreed. 100% of the players surveyed said that they would attend another tournament of this level in Scotland with 92% rating the tournament at the highest level for its organisation. This is a testament to the great work of the volunteers, staff, organising team and the partners. For the spectators, we were delighted that we were able to showcase some of the best of the Scottish talent with the strong pool of Scots within the draw. We have made representations to the LTA to bring it back next year and have the event as a regular in the event calendar.”
Partners involved in supporting the event include Glasgow Life, who made the facilities available for the event and put in significant resources and support to make the event happen. Glasgow enjoys and enviable reputation as one of the world’s top five sports cities, which is reflected in the outstanding portfolio of sporting events and venues. Event Scotland provided additional financial support through the Year of Young People, creating a mixture of ambassadorial, workforce and participation opportunities. The LTA invested substantial finance to support the event.
Partners were rewarded with a fantastic event. Great crowds created a wonderful atmosphere and the warm welcome extended by the Scottish public was widely appreciated as demonstrated in the extremely positive feedback from players and officials. Moreover over 1000 kids got the chance to take part in fun tennis activities, as well as watch the action. 40 children formed the ball teams, as well as the fantastic opportunities for Scottish players to test themselves at a higher level.
Scotland has once again put its best foot forward and hopefully events of this nature can become more regular in the future.