Nottingham Open , officially named for sponsorship reasons Aegon Open Nottingham , is a tennis tournament for men and women held in Nottingham, United Kingdom. After being discontinued in 2008, it has been re-established as from the 2015 season as an ATP World Tour 250 event on the men's tour, before being downgraded to a Challenger event in 2017, and an international event on the women's tour, played on outdoor grass courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The tournament is held in June as a preparation before the third Grand Slam event of the season, the oldest and widely considered the most prestigious tennis tournament, The Championships, Wimbledon.

History

The event was previously known as John Player Tournament , John Player Open , Slazenger Nottingham Open , Red Letter Days Open , Samsung Open and 10tele.com Open . Originally a replacement of the Manchester Open and part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit from (1970–89), it was also a Grand Prix Super Series prestigious event (1974–75), which was discontinued after the 2008 edition, and the International Women's Open at Eastbourne became a combined event for both male and female players. [3]

Nottingham City Council bosses announced their "extreme disappointment" at having Nottingham Open removed from the ATP Tour. The event had, according to the council, been partly responsible for stimulating interest in tennis in Nottingham. Roger Draper, the head of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) responded by saying that the changes would introduce tennis to a "new audience". [4] It was announced later in 2008 that Nottingham would host a new tennis event, the Aegon Nottingham Challenge, in lieu of The Surbiton Trophy, which was cancelled, in 2009. The new event was an ATP Challenger Series event, one level lower than the main ATP Tour. The Nottingham Tennis Centre, which had hosted the Open, had undergone refurbishments costing £735,000 in 2008, and councillor Dave Trimble called it "great news" to have a new tennis event in the city. [4] [5]

In 2015 Birmingham based company Eventmasters LTD [11] were appointed by the LTA to promote official hospitality at both the WTA ATP Open events transforming part of the indoor court area into the Sherwood Suite.

Past finals

Men's singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Dudi Sela Thomas Fabbiano 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2016 Steve Johnson Pablo Cuevas 7–6 (7–5) , 7–5
2015 Denis Istomin Sam Querrey 7–6 (7–1) , 7–6 (8–6)
2011–14 Challenger Tournament
2009–10 Not held
2008 Ivo Karlović (2) Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 6–7 (4–7) , 7–6 (8–6)
2007 Ivo Karlović Arnaud Clément 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2006 Richard Gasquet (2) Jonas Björkman 6–4, 6–3
2005 Richard Gasquet Max Mirnyi 6–2, 6–3
2004 Paradorn Srichaphan Thomas Johansson 1–6, 7–6 (7–4) , 6–3
2003 Greg Rusedski (2) Mardy Fish 6–3, 6–2
2002 Jonas Björkman (2) Wayne Arthurs 6–2, 6–7 (5–7) , 6–2
2001 Thomas Johansson Harel Levy 7–5, 6–3
2000 Sébastien Grosjean Byron Black 7–6 (9–7) , 6–3
1999 Cédric Pioline Kevin Ullyett 6–3, 7–5
1998 Jonas Björkman Byron Black 6–3, 6–2
1997 Greg Rusedski Karol Kučera 6–4, 7–5
1996 Jan Siemerink Sandon Stolle 6–3, 7–6 (7–0)
1995 Javier Frana Todd Woodbridge 7–6 (7–4) , 6–3
1978–94 Not held
1977 No Winner Tim Gullikson
Jaime Fillol
abandoned
1976 No Winner Jimmy Connors
Ilie Năstase
6–2, 4–6 1–1 Match Abandoned
1975 Tom Okker Tony Roche 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
1974 Stan Smith (2) Alex Metreveli 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
1973 Eric van Dillen Frew McMillan 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1972 Geoffrey Masters Premjit Lall abandoned due to rain
1971 Jaime Fillol Greg Perkins 6–2, 6–3
1970 Stan Smith Chauncey Steele 6–3, 6–1

Men's doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Ken Skupski
Neal Skupski
Matt Reid
John-Patrick Smith
7–6 (7–1) , 2–6, [10–7]
2016 Dominic Inglot
Daniel Nestor
Ivan Dodig
Marcelo Melo
7–5, 7–6 (7–4)
2015 Chris Guccione
André Sá
Pablo Cuevas
David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
2011–14 Challenger Tournament
2009–10 Not held
2008 Bruno Soares
Kevin Ullyett
Jeff Coetzee
Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6 (7–5)
2007 Jamie Murray
Eric Butorac
Joshua Goodall
Ross Hutchins
4–6, 6–3, 10–5
2006 Jonathan Erlich (2)
Andy Ram (2)
Igor Kunitsyn
Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–2
2005 Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
Simon Aspelin
Todd Perry
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2004 Paul Hanley
Todd Woodbridge
Rick Leach
Brian MacPhie
6–4, 6–3
2003 Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan (2)
Joshua Eagle
Jared Palmer
7–6 (7–3) , 4–6, 7–6 (7–4)
2002 Mike Bryan
Mark Knowles
Donald Johnson
Jared Palmer
0–6, 7–6 (7–3) , 6–4
2001 Donald Johnson (2)
Jared Palmer
Paul Hanley
Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–2
2000 Piet Norval
Donald Johnson
Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
1999 Patrick Galbraith (2)
Justin Gimelstob (2)
Marius Barnard
Brent Haygarth
5–7, 7–5, 6–3
1998 Justin Gimelstob
Byron Talbot
Sébastien Lareau
Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–7, 6–4
1997 Ellis Ferreira
Patrick Galbraith
Danny Sapsford
Chris Wilkinson
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
1996 Mark Petchey
Danny Sapsford
Neil Broad
Piet Norval
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1995 Luke Jensen
Murphy Jensen
Patrick Galbraith
Danie Visser
6–2, 6–4

Women's singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Donna Vekić Johanna Konta 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) , 7-5
2016 Karolína Plíšková Alison Riske 7–6 (10–8) , 7–5
2015 Ana Konjuh Monica Niculescu 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
WTA International tournament
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
1973 Billie Jean King (2) Virginia Wade 8–6, 6–4
1972 Billie Jean King Evonne Goolagong rain prevented play
1971 Julie Heldman Barbara Hawcroft 6-4, 7-9, 6-3

Women's doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Monique Adamczak
Storm Sanders
Jocelyn Rae
Laura Robson
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
2016 Andrea Hlaváčková
Peng Shuai
Gabriela Dabrowski
Yang Zhaoxuan
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
2015 Raquel Kops-Jones
Abigail Spears
Jocelyn Rae
Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
WTA International tournament
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
1973 Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
Chris Evert
Betty Stöve
6–2, 9–7