Nottingham ATP Event to end in 2008

The Wimbledon build up event played in Nottingham will come to an end this year with new event for both men and women planned for Eastbourne. ¬†Eastbourne is currently the UK’s biggest women’s tournament after Wimbledon.

The Nottingham event, held the week prior to Wimbledon, is a significant smaller than that of the Uk’s other grass court tournament the Stella Artois championships at Queens Club, which is held two weeks before Wimbledon and usually attracts a first class field.

In 2010 the Eastbourne event venue will be opened up to bids from new venues, so it’s current Birmingham location could change.

Former British Number 1 Greg Rusedski won this title twice in his career and younger brother to Andy, Jamie won the doubles here last with Eric Butorac.

Roger Draper, chief executive of the LTA, said:

The new, co-ordinated calendar will help raise the profile of the sport nationally and enhance the experience for fans, players and spectators. We are confident that the changes will help to re-energise the calendar and open up the sport to a new audience as well as offering a better experience for existing fans. The bidding process in 2010 further opens up the calendar and means that new venues have the option of bidding to host world class tennis. This is at the heart of the LTA’s new commercial strategy where we hope to position a lead partner as the umbrella sponsor of British tennis.