The Nottingham Open (currently known as the Nature Valley Open for sponsorship reasons) is a professional tennis tournament that is a WTA 250 event on the women’s tour and an ATP Challenger event on the men’s tour. First played in 1970, the grass court event is used by many players as a warm-up event for Wimbledon.
The men’s tournament was first held between 1970 and 1978, with former world number 1 Stan Smith a two time winner and the 1976 abandoned final featuring Jimmy Connors and Ilie Năstase. The men’s event was then not held again until 1995, with winners including Ivo Karlović, Richard Gasquet, Jonas Björkman and Greg Rusedski.
The women’s event meanwhile was originally played between 1971 and 1973, with Billie Jean King a two time finalist. The event returned in 2011, initially as an ITF event before becoming part of the WTA tour in 2015 – winners have included Ashleigh Barty, Donna Vekić and Karolína Plíšková.
The 2019 Nottingham Open champions were:
2019 Men’s Singles Champion – Dan Evans (GBR)
2019 Women’s Singles Champion – Caroline Garcia (FRA)
2019 Men’s Doubles Champion – Santiago González (MEX) / Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)
2019 Women’s Doubles Champion – Desirae Krawczyk (USA) / Giuliana Olmos (MEX)
When is the Nottingham Open?
The tournament is held annually, usually in mid June, two weeks before the start of Wimbledon.
Where is the Nottingham Open?
Address: University Blvd, Nottingham NG7 2QH
How do I get there?
The Nottingham Tennis Centre is held within the University Park area of Nottingham, approximately 2 miles south west of Nottingham’s city centre.
Airport: East Midlands Airport is 13 miles to the south of Nottingham and serves many European destinations. From the airport, The Skylink bus service runs to the city and stops directly outside of the club.
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Coach: Coaches currently run close to Station Street, next to Nottingham Train Station.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to Nottingham and offers over 10 routes from Barnstaple, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, London, Plymouth and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The tennis centre is located just off the A52, use the A6005 exit towards City Centre/Long Eaton and follow Beeston Road. Public car parking is available adjacent to the tennis centre in Highfields Park (NG7 2PS) and is available to book in advance. Alternatively use the Tram Park & Ride just off the A52 or at Hucknall off Junction 27 of the M1.
Train: Nottingham Train Station has services to Birmingham New Street, Cardiff Central, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool Lime Street, London St Pancras, Manchester Piccadilly, Norwich, and Sheffield. From the train station take the tram as below, or walking will take around about 45 minutes.
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Tram: The Nottingham Express Transit (NET) runs to the University of Nottingham, just a 3 minute walk away and runs every 7 minutes from Nottingham Train Station. During the tournament, tram tickets cost just £2 for those with tickets to the tennis.
Where to stay in Nottingham
How do I get tickets to the Nottingham Open?
Tickets for the general public usually go on sale in October, you can purchase tickets through the tournament’s ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory by clicking here.
Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist