Nottingham Open

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Nottingham Open
Aegon Open Nottingham.jpg
Event name Aegon Open Nottingham
Founded 1970 (men) / 1971 (women)
Location Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom
Venue Nottingham Tennis Centre
Surface Grass / Outdoors
 ATP World Tour
Category ATP World Tour 250 series
Draw 48S/32Q/16D
Prize Money €644,065
 WTA Tour
Category WTA International tournaments
Draw 32S/32Q/16D
Prize Money $250,000

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.


The event was previously known as John Player Tournament, John Player Open,[1] Slazenger Nottingham Open, Red Letter Days Open, Samsung Open and 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.[2]

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".[3] 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.[3][4]

Past finals[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2015 Uzbekistan Denis Istomin United States Sam Querrey 7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)
2011–14 Challenger Tournament
2009–10 Not held
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), 6–3
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
1978–94 Not held
1977 United States Tim Gullikson Chile Jaime Fillol abandoned [5]
1976 United States Jimmy Connors Romania Ilie Năstase 6–2, 4–6 [1]
1975 Netherlands Tom Okker Australia Tony Roche 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
1974 United States Stan Smith Soviet Union Alex Metreveli 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
1973 United States Eric van Dillen South Africa Frew McMillan 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1972 Australia Geoffrey Masters India Premjit Lall abandoned Rain
1971 Chile Jaime Fillol Australia Greg Perkins 6–2, 6–3
1970 Australia Andrew Smith United States Chauncey Steele 6–3, 6–1

Men's doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2015 Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil André Sá
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain David Marrero
6–2, 7–5
2011–14 Challenger Tournament
2009–10 Not held
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]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2015 Croatia Ana Konjuh Romania Monica Niculescu 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
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
1971 United States Julie Heldman Australia Barbara Hawcroft 6-4, 7-9, 6-3

Women's doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2015 United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
2011–14 ITF Tournament
1974–2010 Not held
1973 United States Rosie Casals
United States Billie Jean King
United States Chris Evert
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 9–7


  1. ^ a b "Nastase Stalled NOTTINGHAM, England (UPI)". 20 June 1976. The Hays Daily News. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wimbledon warm-up event scrapped". BBC Sport. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Anger over scrapped tennis event". BBC News. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Nottingham to host tennis trophy". BBC Sport. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Gullikson-Fillol Player tennis final rained out again NOTTINGHAM. England". 14 June 1977. The Independent Newspaper Long Beach. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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