Jay Clarke has been handed a wildcard for Nature Valley Open in Nottingham

Jay Clarke has been handed a wildcard for Nature Valley Open in Nottingham

The 19-year-old from the East Midlands joins fellow British players Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady for the British Tennis event, with the ATP Challenger tournament running from June 9 – 17 at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

One of the Britain’s brightest young talents, Clarke is no stranger to the Nottingham Tennis Centre, being born down the road in Derby and also receiving a wildcard for last year’s tournament.

Clarke is relishing the oppourtunity, saying:

“I am really pleased to be back in Nottingham, especially as it is near to home and has such great grass courts…It is so important to get good grass-court preparation for Wimbledon. I have travelled so much in the last year and really feel I am improving, so cannot wait to get back on the grass.”

A former British No.1 junior, Clarke already has three Futures titles to his name and reached the final of the Challenger event in India last November.

He cut his teeth at Wimbledon last year in the doubles with fellow Brit Marcus Willis, where they reached the third round after upsetting the defending champions and second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Tournament Director Paul Hutchins said: “It is always good to have local talent playing at the event and Jay is really a player on the up. He is a dedicated young professional with a good family and fantastic coach support.

These days the circuit is tough with so many players, but Jay has good athletic ability, a strong offensive game and lots of dedicated ambition – and it will be good for local spectators to see their local player.”

The men’s challenger runs alongside a WTA international tournament, with British No.1 Johanna Konta, defending champion Donna Vekic and Olympic champion Monica Puig all confirmed at the grass-court event.

To enjoy the Nature Valley Open in VIP style this year with our official hospitality packages, please click here.

Our Sherwood Suite provides a wonderful setting for the day, as guests enjoy this dazzling tennis showcase. Overlooking central court, this corporate facility gives guests unrivalled views of the action coupled with stylish surroundings and first-rate cuisine to match.

If you are also interested in enjoying hospitality at our other summer tennis tournaments, then please find our links below:

Birmingham Classic (Monday 18th – Sunday 24th June 2018)

Eastbourne International (Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June 2018)

Wimbledon Championships (Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July 2018)

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