Former Champions Among World Class Entry For Sixth Bolton Indoor wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Five former champions, including leading Brit Jordanne Whiley and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands are among more than 80 players from 22 countries in a star-studded field for the LTA’s 2019 Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, which takes place this week at USN Bolton Arena from Tuesday 29th to Saturday 23rd February.
Ten-time Grand Slam champion Whiley, the winner of the women’s singles in Bolton in 2015 and 2016, is attempting to make it back-to-back titles on home soil this week after being victorious over the weekend at the ITF 3 Series Wrexham Indoor.
The Wrexham event was Whiley’s first international tournament since winning a fourth Wimbledon doubles title in July 2017 and subsequently becoming a mum for the first time in January 2018.
Whiley said: “For my first international tournament since 2017 I certainly exceeded my expectations last week. Now I’m really excited for Bolton as there are more Top 10 players than last week and it’s a whole new challenge.
“Compared to training I made some big improvements in certain aspects of my game last week, but I’ve also played better in training than some of the tennis I played in Wrexham and there’s still plenty to work on so it’s going to be an interesting week.”
With Whiley set to regain a place on the International Tennis Federation’s world rankings next week, since she needs to have earned ranking points from a minimum of two tournaments, the former world No.3 will meet current world No.3 and 2014 and 2018 Bolton Indoor champion van Koot in Wednesday’s women’s singles second round this week.
Whiley beat Germany’s world No.9 Katharina Kruger in Sunday’s final in Wrexham. Kruger and van Koot are just two of four Top 10 players among the women’s singles entry in Bolton, which also includes current world No.8 Marjolein Buis, the 2017 Bolton Indoor champion and runner-up in last year’s all-Dutch final.
European players fill the bulk of the eight seeded positions for the men’s singles, which features seven of the world’s Top 20 and another strong Dutch entry headed by world No.10 Maikel Scheffers and world No.11 Tom Egberink.
Domestic interest in the men’s singles is led by British No.3 Dermot Bailey, a semi-finalist in singles and finalist in doubles in Wrexham last week. Bailey plays second seed Egberink for a place in the men’s quarter-finals.
Two former champions are among the entries for the quad singles, including another Dutch world No.10-ranked player, Sam Schroder. Schroder won the Bolton Indoor title in 2017 and lines up alongside Sweden’s 2015 champion Anders hard and leading Brits James Shaw, Antony Cotterill and Richard Green.
In addition to the world-class play, this year’s event sees the return of Bolton’s Junior Wheelchair Tournament taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, with entries including six members of the GB Wheelchair Junior Futures Potential Programme.
Tournament Director Claire McCulloch commented: “This is the start of a vitally important season for international wheelchair tennis as players begin to think about qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics and that is reflected in the world class entry we have in Bolton. We are very excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Bolton Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament with many of the country’s top younger players joining us at the weekend. To have our world-class athletes play alongside stars of the future really helps to inspire upcoming talent and we would encourage all members of the public to come down to the arena and watch some world-class sport for free this week!”
The Bolton Indoor ITF 2 forms part of the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is the second of seven world ranking wheelchair tennis tournaments to be held in Great Britain in 2019.
Entry for spectators is free throughout the duration of the tournament.
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.
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This January we will be launching a brand new primary school programme, with the aim to deliver sessions to primary school children across the borough, as part of being a Regional Player Development Centre.
To launch this new programme, we have been working together with Bolton Council to attain the Bolton Mark.
The Bolton Mark, is an accreditation to show that an organisation working within the Bolton area is safe, friendly and effective. It sits alongside governing body accreditations and can be used to complete the National Governing Body club mark, through County Sports Partnership or Ofsted.
It is a minimum standard any organisation working with children or vulnerable adults, would be expected to have in Bolton.
Communities & Partnerships Activator, Jennie Swarbrick commented “We are proud to expand our services and put ourselves in an extremely strong position, to be able to support and develop children in and around the Bolton Area. We pride ourselves on high standards of delivery, and the Bolton Mark has helped us to shape our primary school programme so, that we meet the necessary requirements, to be able to deliver safe and fun sessions.”
The new programme also falls alongside one of main beliefs of the Arena, which is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle across the community.
For more information on the Bolton Mark or to find out more about our new primary school programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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It’s been an amazing summer of sport so far!
After mixed fortunes for the home nations in the Euros, home pride was restored when Andy Murray claimed the Wimbledon men’s singles’ title. And then Chris Froome continued the party when he won the Tour de France in fabulous style!
Now, it’s the turn of the Rio Olympics and the chance to see modern legends like superstar runner Usain Bolt and Brit favourite, heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill among the many inspirational performances on offer.
And we’ve had our share of inspiring performances at the Arena in our Summer of Sport!
Martin Jones won our Tour De France gym challenge, covering a staggering 1424km, followed by Jackie Birks (1005km) and Julian Wood (828km). They all now get to enjoy some much needed retail therapy having won Trafford Centre shopping vouchers.
We are now into our Olympic Challenges, where we are challenging our members to combine their efforts to cover the 9.351km to Rio. As well as raising money for charity, members are in with a chance of winning a much sought-after Technogym Active Sitting Ball. If cardio isn’t your thing, why not try our many strength challenges, where there are also lots of spot prizes up for grabs.
And this weekend (Sunday 14th August), there’s a chance for you and your family to get involved in the Great British Tennis Weekend, where there will be a variety of FREE Tennis coaching and play sessions for all the family. To find out more and to register, go to http://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/BoltonArena or call the Arena on 01204 488100.
So don’t just watch this amazing summer of sport on TV – Get involved!!
NAME: Stuart Kay
JOB: Tennis Manager
BACKGROUND: My dad was in the Forces so I travelled around the world when I was young. I went to school in Germany and played all sports – badminton, football and where I first played tennis in my teens. I got a bit more interested in tennis and played for a German club but that was really my level, as a club player. My Mum was from Preston so when we came back to the UK, we lived in Preston.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I started working in leisure centres – first as an attendant and eventually became assistant manager – and then I got a job at Southport Tennis Centre as Manager where I worked for 10 years. I realised that I wanted to teach tennis, especially to youngsters, and took my coaching Levels 1, 2 and 3 there. I came to Bolton Arena as Tennis Manager 12 years ago. A lot has changed in that time in tennis generally and here we have the High Performance Centre which attracts many players from outside the Bolton area and further afield including Yorkshire and Cumbria. I’ve been involved in the development side of tennis, bringing large tournaments here and team tournaments like the under-14s – which is something I’ve been really proud of.
IS TENNIS MORE POPULAR AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? Wimbledon Fortnight always makes a difference and we get more people coming to play tennis at the Arena, which is great.
IS YOUR WORK JUST WITHIN THE ARENA? No. We have an outreach programme where we work with 25 different schools and we try to promote tennis across the borough. We’re also working with tennis clubs at Lostock and Eagley and putting on sessions in Moss Bank Park.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF TENNIS LOCALLY? I think it needs to be available to more people by making it fun, through cardio and other sorts of enjoyable tennis sessions, to help everyone’s fitness and making sport more accessible.
WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING AT THE ARENA? The staff and the facilities are great here. My job is never mundane, it’s always different, working with different people. I still really enjoy it.
HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT THESE DAYS? I don’t get on court enough to play tennis these days but I tend to go for a 30-minute run which I like.
NOT sure how to keep your children happy and active during the long school Summer holidays?
The USN Bolton Arena has a great solution with its popular Holiday Camp sessions. From Monday, July 25th to Friday, September 2nd, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, we will be running active sessions from 8am to 6pm to delight all ages.
Our Ofsted-registered holiday camp offers a fun-packed day of sport and physical activity for youngsters aged five to 15 years. Activities include athletics, boxing, floorball, swimming football, waterplay, tournaments, arts and crafts, dodgeball, handball, rugby and much more.
Cost is £23 per day, or £20 with an arenaactive card or pay for five days at £90; childcare vouchers are also accepted.
There are limited places available – but the fun is unlimited! Just call 01204 488100 to book a place.
IF you have always wanted to try out the gym and other facilities at the USN Bolton Arena but didn’t want to commit to a membership, this Summer offers a unique opportunity.
With the Active Bundle you get 10 day passes you can use for the gym, sauna and steam room or for our studio classes. You can also have free bonus vouchers that include a one-hour tennis coaching session, a one-hour badminton court, a one-hour adult gymnastics’ session, an arenaactive card and one month free on any 12-month gym membership.
Just call 01204 488104 to find out more, and take the first step to lifelong fitness.
IT’S been a brilliant Summer of Sport so far – and there’s still so much more to come!
We’ve already had some amazing football matches in the Euros with patriotic feelings running high, especially for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wonder goals have come from players like top scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and nail-biters in the group stages included a 3-3 draw between Hungary and Poland.
However, now the Euros are over for England you may want to turn your attention to other sporting events over the next few months. Wimbledon has been delighting many with its clutch of major stars vying for honours and lesser-known players giving the performance of their lives. The finals on July 9th and 10th offer special viewing for tennis fans – and I know many tennis fans here at the Arena will be in front of their TV screens then.
The Tour de France gets underway on July 2nd with a chance to marvel at this talented field of international cyclists; by July 24th this year’s champion finally powers through.
For golf fans, the 145th British Open Championships running from July 14th to July 17th in the rugged West of Scotland at Royal Troon provides a fascinating look at the pro’s who make the game look so easy when we know it isn’t!
The long-awaited Rio Olympics has its impressive opening ceremony on August 5th , and just over a week later on August 13th the new football season starts.
Once we have viewed all the new world records and personal best times and performances of the Olympics, it comes to a close on August 21st. . And all the inspiration and athletic prowess of the Paralympics begins with the opening ceremony on September 7th with events finishing on September 18th .
If this remarkable sporting Summer inspires you to get off your couch and into the gym, onto the running track or the tennis court, why not come down to the USN Bolton Arena?
We’ve got our own Tour de France Gym Challenge from July 2nd to 24th when you can see how far you can travel on a bike. You need to register with a TGS key for this and there are spot prizes throughout the challenge, plus a first prize of a £50 voucher, second of a £30 voucher and third prize of a £20 voucher. There’s just never been a better time to get on your bike!
It’s also never been cheaper to join the Arena gym. We’ve got £20.16 off all 12-month gym memberships throughout the Summer of Sport.
THE Summer of 2016 is going to be a really exciting one for sports’ fans.
A month of football started on 10th of June with Euro 2016 and will be followed by the start of Wimbledon fortnight on 27th June.
July 10th is an amazing day of sport with the Men’s Singles Final, Euro 2016 Final and the British Grand Prix all happening on the same day!
July also sees the Tour de France, Open Golf Championships and two England cricket Test matches. July 17th is also a massive day of sport in Bolton with the return of Ironman UK.
The Football season starts again in August along with the greatest show on Earth, the 2016 Olympics starting on 5th August. The sporting spectacular continues into September with the 2016 Paralympics.
At the USN Bolton Arena, we don’t want YOU to just watch all these fabulous events on TV, we want you to GET INVOLVED! So we’ve got some great money-saving offers to help get you started.
From 13th June, we’ll be taking off £20.16 off all our memberships to bring some sunshine into your fitness plans.
If you’re unsure about membership, why not try the new ACTIVE BUNDLE. This includes 10 gym or class passes and bonus vouchers so you can come along and really try out everything the Arena offers without the commitment of membership – all for only £49.99. This saves you £27.51 and gets you £62.99 worth of free bonus vouchers.
For more ways to get involved in sport this summer, go to our Summer of Sport web page. In the meantime, enjoy a fabulous Summer of Sport!