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 and a 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,[2] 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), it 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 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

YearChampionRunner-upScore
2016United States Steve JohnsonUruguay Pablo Cuevas7–6(7–5), 7–5
2015Uzbekistan Denis IstominUnited States Sam Querrey7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)
2011–14Challenger Tournament
2009–10Not held
2008Croatia Ivo KarlovićSpain Fernando Verdasco7–5, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(8–6)
2007Croatia Ivo KarlovićFrance Arnaud Clément3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2006France Richard GasquetSweden Jonas Björkman6–4, 6–3
2005France Richard GasquetBelarus Max Mirnyi6–2, 6–3
2004Thailand Paradorn SrichaphanSweden Thomas Johansson1–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2003United Kingdom Greg RusedskiUnited States Mardy Fish6–3, 6–2
2002Sweden Jonas BjörkmanAustralia Wayne Arthurs6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
2001Sweden Thomas JohanssonIsrael Harel Levy7–5, 6–3
2000France Sébastien GrosjeanZimbabwe Byron Black7–6(9–7), 6–3
1999France Cédric PiolineZimbabwe Kevin Ullyett6–3, 7–5
1998Sweden Jonas BjörkmanZimbabwe Byron Black6–3, 6–2
1997United Kingdom Greg RusedskiSlovakia Karol Kučera6–4, 7–5
1996Netherlands Jan SiemerinkAustralia Sandon Stolle6–3, 7–6(7–0)
1995Argentina Javier FranaAustralia Todd Woodbridge7–6(7–4), 6–3
1978–94Not held
1977United States Tim GulliksonChile Jaime Fillolabandoned [6]
1976United States Jimmy ConnorsRomania Ilie Năstase6–2, 4–6 [2]
1975Netherlands Tom OkkerAustralia Tony Roche6–1, 3–6, 6–3
1974United States Stan SmithSoviet Union Alex Metreveli6–3, 1–6, 6–3
1973United States Eric van DillenSouth Africa Frew McMillan3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1972Australia Geoffrey MastersIndia Premjit Lallabandoned Rain
1971Chile Jaime FillolAustralia Greg Perkins6–2, 6–3
1970Australia Andrew SmithUnited States Chauncey Steele6–3, 6–1

Men's doubles

YearChampionRunner-upScore
2016United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
Canada Daniel Nestor
Croatia Ivan Dodig
Brazil Marcelo Melo
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2015Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil André Sá
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
2011–14Challenger Tournament
2009–10Not held
2008Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
2007United Kingdom Jamie Murray
United States Eric Butorac
United Kingdom Joshua Goodall
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
4–6, 6–3, 10–5
2006Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–2
2005Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2004Australia Paul Hanley
Australia Todd Woodbridge
United States Rick Leach
United States Brian MacPhie
6–4, 6–3
2003United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
Australia Joshua Eagle
United States Jared Palmer
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
2002United States Mike Bryan
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
0–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2001United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
Australia Paul Hanley
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–2
2000South Africa Piet Norval
United States Donald Johnson
South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
1999United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Justin Gimelstob
South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Brent Haygarth
5–7, 7–5, 6–3
1998United States Justin Gimelstob
South Africa Byron Talbot
Canada Sébastien Lareau
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–7, 6–4
1997South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
United Kingdom Danny Sapsford
United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
1996United Kingdom Mark Petchey
United Kingdom Danny Sapsford
United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Piet Norval
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1995United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
United States Patrick Galbraith
South Africa Danie Visser
6–2, 6–4

Women's singles

YearChampionRunner-upScore
2016Czech Republic Karolína PlíškováUnited States Alison Riske7–6(10–8), 7–5
2015Croatia Ana KonjuhRomania Monica Niculescu1–6, 6–4, 6–2
↑  WTA International tournament  ↑
2011–14ITF Tournament
1974–2010Not held
1973United States Billie Jean King (2)United Kingdom Virginia Wade8–6, 6–4
1972United States Billie Jean KingAustralia Evonne GoolagongRain prevented play
1971United States Julie HeldmanAustralia Barbara Hawcroft6-4, 7-9, 6-3

Women's doubles

YearChampionRunner-upScore
2016Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
China Shuai Peng
Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Zhaoxuan Yang
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
2015United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
↑  WTA International tournament  ↑
2011–14ITF Tournament
1974–2010Not held
1973United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 9–7