Rothesay Open Nottingham 2023: Everything you need to know ahead of a summer of great tennis

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We take you through the premier event held at Nottingham's Tennis Centre on University Boulevard from Monday, June 12 to Monday, June 18

What is the Roseay

The Rothesay Nottingham Open began as the Nottingham Championships or Nottingham Lawn Tennis Tournament. It originally run from 1887 until 1967. The John Player Open, Samsung Open, Aegon Open and the Nature Valley Open.

Although the game was stopped in 2008, it was then brought back in 2011 to the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women's Circuit before returning to a Challenger event in 2017. It is an international event on the women’s tour and is part of the British grass court season before the start of the Wimbledon Championships.

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The men’s trophy is called the ‘Paul Hutchins Trophy’; being named after Paul Hutchins, who died in March 2019. Paul a player, coach, captain, commentator, administrator and tournament director for over 50 years.

The women’s trophy is also named after someone, the ‘Elena Baltacha Trophy’ - named after Elena Baltacha. She was an ex-British No.1 player who, after a battle with liver cancer, tragically died in May 2014.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available for as little at £12 on Centre Court whilst ground admission tickets are free for children aged 5 to 16 when their ticket is bought with an adult ticket. Adult tickets for ground admission are £11.

You can find all ticket information here. Gates open to the public each day from 10a m.

Who can I expect to see?

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Jiri Vesely, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Great Britain’s Liam Broady are some of the names on the men’s side of the draw.

Representing the women’s draw are figures such as Donna Vekic, Shuai Zhang and Alize Cornet.

With previous winners including Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta and Great Britain’s Dan Evans, expect to see the biggest names in tennis arriving in Nottingham.

Dan Evans celebrates winning the men's title in 2022Dan Evans celebrates winning the men's title in 2022
Dan Evans celebrates winning the men's title in 2022 | Submitted

What is the format?

Playing on grass courts, there will be five rounds of tennis and a €145,000 prize pot for the ATP players.

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Three-set matches will be played throughout the respective tournaments, as is customary on the WTA and ATP tour for events below Grand Slams.

It is rare to witness some of the best tennis players do battle at such a low price in comparison to other tour-level competitions.With star names visiting Nottingham once again, this opportunity is too good to miss.

Will there be food and drink?

There will be plenty of places to purchase food and drink at the venue but The Tennis Centre also allows visitors to bring in their own too.

Courtside Rules

As the players need to concentrate, there are rules about what you can and can't do as it would be distracting. So be careful when watching the game.

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Please keep noise to a minimum during play, don’t leave your seat unless the players are at the bench and keep your phones must be switched off in the vicinity of the courts. Aim to ensure that you do not obstruct their view or cause any unnecessary inconvenience.

Flash photography is also forbidden.

LGBT+ Pride Day

In a bid to make tennis more inclusive, the event holds a Pride Day on the Friday where visitors are encouraged to wear as much colour as they can. This could be rainbow laces, wristbands or t-shirts in support.

These events place a special focus on Pride, especially as June is Pride month, and act as a platform to raise visibility and awareness of LGBTQ+ inclusion in tennis and sports. Volunteers from the Pride in Tennis network will be on-site throughout the day.

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