Nottingham Open

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For the current successor tournaments to the Nottingham Open, see Aegon Championships (played at Queen's Club as part of the ATP tour) and the Aegon Trophy (played in Nottingham as part of the Challenger tour)
Nottingham Open
Tournament information
Founded 1995
Abolished 2008
Location Nottingham
Great Britain
Venue Nottingham Tennis Centre
Category International Series
Surface Grass / Outdoors
Draw 32S/32Q/16D
Prize money $416,000

The Slazenger Nottingham Open (previously known as Red Letter Days Open, Samsung Open and Open) was a tennis tournament on the ATP Tour that was held in Nottingham, Great Britain. Originally a replacement of the Manchester Open, 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.[1] The tournament was played on outdoor grass courts, and the final event was held from June 14 till June 21.

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".[2] 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 will be an ATP Challenger Series event, which is 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.[2][3]

The tournament will return in 2015 as a ATP World Tour 250 series event.

Past finals[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2008 Croatia Ivo Karlović Spain Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(8–6)
2007 Croatia Ivo Karlović France Arnaud Clément 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2006 France Richard Gasquet Sweden Jonas Björkman 6–4, 6–3
2005 France Richard Gasquet Belarus Max Mirnyi 6–2, 6–3
2004 Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan Sweden Thomas Johansson 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
2003 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski United States Mardy Fish 6–3, 6–2
2002 Sweden Jonas Björkman Australia Wayne Arthurs 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
2001 Sweden Thomas Johansson Israel Harel Levy 7–5, 6–3
2000 France Sébastien Grosjean Zimbabwe Byron Black 7–6(9–7), 6–3
1999 France Cédric Pioline Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett 6–3, 7–5
1998 Sweden Jonas Björkman Zimbabwe Byron Black 6–3, 6–2
1997 United Kingdom Greg Rusedski Slovakia Karol Kučera 6–4, 7–5
1996 Netherlands Jan Siemerink Australia Sandon Stolle 6–3, 7–6(7–0)
1995 Argentina Javier Frana Australia Todd Woodbridge 7–6(7–4), 6–3

Men's doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2008 Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 7–6(7–5)
2007 United Kingdom Jamie Murray
United States Eric Butorac
United Kingdom Joshua Goodall
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
4–6, 6–3, 10–5
2006 Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–2
2005 Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2004 Australia Paul Hanley
Australia Todd Woodbridge
United States Rick Leach
United States Brian MacPhie
6–4, 6–3
2003 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
Australia Joshua Eagle
United States Jared Palmer
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
2002 United States Mike Bryan
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
0–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2001 United States Donald Johnson
United States Jared Palmer
Australia Paul Hanley
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6–4, 6–2
2000 South Africa Piet Norval
United States Donald Johnson
South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
1–6, 6–4, 6–3
1999 United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Justin Gimelstob
South Africa Marius Barnard
South Africa Brent Haygarth
5–7, 7–5, 6–3
1998 United States Justin Gimelstob
South Africa Byron Talbot
Canada Sébastien Lareau
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–7, 6–4
1997 South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
United Kingdom Danny Sapsford
United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
1996 United Kingdom Mark Petchey
United Kingdom Danny Sapsford
United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Piet Norval
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1995 United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
United States Patrick Galbraith
South Africa Danie Visser
6–2, 6–4

Women's singles[edit]

A women's event was held briefly, from 1972–73.

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1973 United States Billie Jean King United Kingdom Virginia Wade 8–6, 6–4
1972 United States Billie Jean King Australia Evonne Goolagong Rain prevented play

Women's doubles[edit]

Women's doubles was held once, in 1973.

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1973 United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 9–7


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  2. ^ a b "Anger over scrapped tennis event". BBC News. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Nottingham to host tennis trophy". BBC Sport. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-16.