Britain is guaranteed a quarter-final slot in the AEGON ITF women’s $25,000 tournament taking place at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village this week in parallel with the men’s $42,500 AEGON ATP Challenger tournament.
Melanie South’s reward for beating sixth seed Mona Barthel of Germany in the round of 32 yesterday is to face her compatriot Naomi Brady in a last 16 match today.
Brady is the UK no.7 whilst South is ranked at no.8 so spectators can expect a tight encounter when the duo meet second on court 1 today. Entry for spectators is free of charge for the two tourmaments which also feature doubles events.
South and Brady, meanwhile, are two of eight British players still in action as the tournament moves towards its latter stages. Nicola George will today play Anna Floris, the world no.156 and the fourth seed.
Dan Evans, meanwhile, is the lone British survivor in the men’s singles. He beat eighth seed Conor Niland in the first round and now plays Ludovic Walter of France.
Britain also has a men’s doubles and women’s doubles pairing left in the mix with Jamie Delgado and Jonn Marray playing a quarter-final today.
Top-seed Nicolas Mahut of France is through to the quarter-finals, where he will face Andreas Beck of Germany tomorrow and Dmitry Tursunov remains on course to progress. The third seed will play Andrei Martin of Slovakia in his quarter-final.
The University of Bath
The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities. Our Mission is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our graduates to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence. Our courses are innovative and interdisciplinary and we have an outstanding record of graduate employment. We are ranked in the UK top 15 of universities in The Guardian, Times, Sunday Times and Independent national tables.
The University of Bath is a member of The 1994 Group representing 19 of the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. Established in1994 it promotes excellence in university research and teaching.
The University features world-leading sports facilities at the Sports Training Village which fully open to members of the public, as well as University of Bath students and staff. Its facilities are also used by individual athletes and teams training for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The TeamBath MCTA Tennis Academy is one of the LTA’s four International High Performance Centre’s and is based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. It offers a complete range of tennis from mini tennis for kids, recreational tennis through to performance tennis.
• AEGON is Lead Partner of British Tennis, and supports the game at all levels from grassroots programmes such as AEGON Schools Tennis and AEGON Parks Tennis, through to supporting British talent in the AEGON FutureStars programme and Team AEGON. It is also title sponsor for the British Tennis Series, of grass court tournaments, including the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club. For further information click here.
• The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is working to improve competitive opportunities for players of all levels and ages, including those aged 16-years-old and over, for example through the club v club AEGON Team Tennis competition, and events such as the AEGON GB Pro Series
• Increasing the number of junior players competing regularly, that is those players who compete six or more times a year, is also a key priority for the LTA. This has increased from 8,000 to more than 40,000 over the past four years, an increase of 450%.