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Nottingham to host tennis trophy


Nottingham will again host a professional tennis tournament as the city has been chosen as the venue for the 2009 AEGON Trophy.

The event consists of a $50,000 ATP Challenger for men and a $50,000 ITF event for women and will replace the event previously held at Surbiton.

It will run from 30 May to 7 June at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

City figures were angered by the LTA's decision to scrap the Nottingham Open - held for the last time in 2008.

The city hosted the men's Wimbledon warm-up tournament for 14 years - which has now been moved to Eastbourne.

Paul Hutchins, AEGON Trophy Tournament Director, said: "The AEGON Trophy will provide tennis fans in and around Nottingham with an excellent opportunity to watch world class tennis.

"The event has historically attracted a large number of top class players and I have no doubt that this tradition will continue next year."

Nottingham city councillor Dave Trimble said: "After the disappointment of losing the Nottingham Open to Eastbourne we were keen to work closely with the LTA and ensure world class tournaments continue at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

"Having just completed an extensive refurbishment of the Tennis Centre this is great news for customers, residents and tennis fans from across the region."

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