The LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) confirmed today that Victoria Azarenka and Madison Keys will both play at the WTA Aegon Open Nottingham this summer; Saturday 4th – Sunday 12th June 2016. Both players will be making their debuts at the tournament ahead of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open winner and currently ranks number 15 in the world; there is no doubt she will be one of the biggest names competing at the superb event.
Speaking on her announcement, Victoria Azarenka said: “I’m really looking forward to playing the Aegon Open Nottingham tournament for the first time.
“I know the tournament was new to the calendar last year and I’ve heard great things from other players about the atmosphere, the city and what great preparation it was for the grass-court season ahead. It’s so important to get time on this surface ahead of Wimbledon, and I can’t wait to get on the grass courts in Nottingham.”
While 21-year-old Keys is one of the rising stars of the women’s game and will be looking to add to her 2014 Aegon International Eastbourne title. She has a proven grass-court pedigree having made the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.
Officials excited by prospect of stars competing in Aegon Open Nottingham
The prospect of these two world class players playing at the Aegon Open Nottingham will be an exciting one for fans and the officials mirrored that excitement.
The Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “We are delighted to announce such a world-class star of the game for the Aegon Open Nottingham. Not only does Victoria bring one of the most exciting on-court games on the circuit, she is an engaging character off it and will provide great entertainment for fans coming to watch. ”
“It’s great news for the tournament that Madison will also be on court this summer. With these two top players, it shows that the tournament is growing in reputation after a great first year in 2015, I am excited at the prospect of some great tennis and I can’t wait to welcome them both to Nottingham.”
For more information please see our Nottingham Open hospitality packages page.