Today the LTA announced that the winner of the 2015 Aegon Open Nottingham WTA event will be presented with ‘The Elena Baltacha Trophy’, one year after the passing of the British star.
Baltacha won her 11th and final ITF Women’s Circuit title at Nottingham 2013 – less than a year before tragically losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4, 2014. In September 2010 she became the first British woman for 25 years to break into the world’s Top 50. She also ties with Virginia Wade for most Fed Cup appearances with 39.
Elena’s husband, Nino Severino said: “The loss of our darling Bally is a heartbreak that will never go away. It’s very touching that the British Tennis family is remembering her this way.”
While LTA President Cathie Sabin added, “Bally was an inspiration to us all, she always found time to talk to people even when in the middle of an event and had a way of making everyone feel special.”
The Aegon Open Nottingham will see two tournaments take place in June, the women’s WTA event taking place from 6-14 June 2015, and the men’s ATP event being staged from 20-28 June 2015. These two events will be an integral part of the new British grass court season, which begins after Roland Garros and will give the world’s best players to prepare for Wimbledon.
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