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World’s Top Juniors On The Way To USN Bolton Arena

The Junior International Bolton, held here at USN Bolton Arena will take place from Friday 11th – Friday 18th January,  the tournament will see junior’s aged 14 & under converging on the north-west from all over the world.

The event, which is steeped in history, regularly attracts stars of the future. 2017 saw tennis legend Bjorn Borg in Bolton, overseeing his son Leo progress to the consolation singles finals. 2017 also saw a 12 year old Cori Gauff, capture the title, before remarkably going on to reach the final of the US Open Junior event 8 months later. Whilst Whitney Osuigwe,  who played Bolton in 2015 became world junior number 1, 2 years later.

On the boy’s side the 13 year old 2012 finalists, Francis Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh, are now ranked 44 and 102 in the ATP men’s pro ranking’s, whilst top seed in 2015 was Britain’s Jack Draper, who reached the Junior Wimbledon Boy’s Singles final this year, and is already inside the world’s top 500 at pro level aged only 16

Since the inaugural event as Teen Tennis in 1995, it has attracted a very strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players having gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, and Tomas Berdych.  In addition, Bolton runner up in 2011 Jelena Ostapenko, sensationally won the French Open in 2017, to become the world number 7.

Richard Joyner, Tournament Director, commented ‘This event really is where history and the future meet. The number of players who have gone on to reach the higher echelons of the pro game is seriously impressive. As well as the wealth of players from across the globe, it’s a great opportunity for player’s from the north-west, including some who train at the USN Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best 14&under players’.

Qualifying is Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, with main draw Sunday 13th to Friday 18th January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through:

www.lta.org.uk

www.tenniseurope.org

USN Bolton Arena Becomes Regional Player Development Centre

 

We are delighted to announce that USN Bolton Arena has been chosen as a regional player development centre by the LTA.

The regional player development centres will provide high level support to junior players with high potential aged between 10 – 14yrs.  The regional centres will also provide an exceptional standard of coaching and structured sessions geared towards the athletic development necessary to progress to a national academy.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: ” With an emphasis on creating a seamless player pathway for talent development, this new Performance Strategy marks a step-change in the LTA’s approach to developing a pipeline of future tennis champions. It’s fantastic to see the new player pathway start to become a reality with the confirmation of the National Academies, supported by our new Regional Player Development Centres.”

USN Bolton Arena, Head Of Sport, Stuart Kay added: “We are delighted to be part of the Lawn Tennis Association Regional Player Development Centre performance pathway. This is in recognition of all the hard work the coaching team have put in over the past 10 years. We have built up an excellent reputation in the northwest for providing a fantastic pathway for all players.”

It is down to the hard-work and dedication of our team that we have been presented with this exciting new challenge. This is also a huge leap forward regarding our long-term development.

To find out more, take a look at the article here.

For more information on our tennis programmes email stuartkay@boltonarena.com or click here.

 

 

Nike Junior International Returns To The USN Bolton Arena

The Nike Junior International returns to the USN Bolton Arena on Friday 15th January and will run until Friday 22nd January. The tournament plays host to the best tennis players, aged 14 and under, from around the world. Over the years the event has produced several world top 10 players.

Qualifying is Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January. The main draw will then run from Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd. Entry is free and play will start at 10.00am on a daily basis.

To find out more about the tournament click here.

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