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World’s Top Tennis Juniors Return To Bolton Arena

                                                 World’s top tennis juniors return to Bolton Arena in January

Some of the world’s best junior tennis players will converge on the Bolton Arena in 2020 for the LTA Junior International from 17 to 24 January.

The event, which is open to Juniors aged 14 and under is steeped in history and regularly attracts stars of the future.

Since it began as Teen Tennis in 1995, the event has attracted a strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players have gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Jelena Ostapenko, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Lucas Pouille and Tomas Berdych.

Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, competed in the 2014 event, reaching the quarter finals of the singles and winning the doubles title.

This year’s breakout star Cori Gauff beat compatriot Alexandra Yepifanova to capture the 2017 title aged just 12 and current world number 21, Amanda Anisimova, was runner up in 2015.

British number two Kyle Edmund reached the last 16 of the boy’s competition back in 2009, while Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was a semi-finalist in both the  singles and doubles in 2014and current world number 18, Alex Di Minaur, reached the quarter finals in 2013.

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg was also a visitor to the Arena in 2017 to watch his son Leo progress to the consolation singles final.

Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, commented: “This event provides a great opportunity to see the future stars of world tennis. The number of players who have played this tournament and gone on to reach the higher echelons of the professional game is seriously impressive. It’s also a great opportunity for players from the north-west, including some who train at the Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best players in their age group.”

Paul Bartle, Managing Director of Bolton Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this prestigious event at Bolton Arena again in 2020. The recent rapid progress of player’s such as Cori Gauff and Bianca Andreescu onto the major world stage reflects the high calibre of junior player’s from around the world who have played here with us at Bolton Arena in recent years. Once again we look forward to welcoming future stars of the professional game to Bolton and the north-west, with everyone welcome to come to watch to catch a glimpse of these stars of the future.”

Qualifying is Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January, with main draw Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through live scoring on

www.tenniseurope.org

For more information please contact: Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, on 07971 141329 or richard.joyner@lta.org.uk

Further Success For Our Walking Footballers

It’s three years now since we formed our walking football programme which today boasts four weekly sessions and a registration of sixty eight players. We accommodate all football needs whether it be social sessions, friendlies, tournaments and league options.

Last August we formed our very first league team to enter the Curzon Ashton six-a-side league which spanned over seven months and twenty four matches. Previously, our pool of players have entered numerous tournaments picking up success at the Chorley Cup ‘winners’, Lancashire Cup winners along with some of our players now representing BWFC and the Northwest County teams at O50’s and O60’s.

It gives us great pleasure to share with you more walking football success as the Bolton Arena team went on to claim the Curzon Ashton league title on the very last day, last game and final two minutes of the season.

A 2-1 victory over arch rivals Nash Amblers in a title shootout game saw the team lift the trophy and claim yet more thorough deserved honours.

Pictured are: (back row) David Tonge, Derek Howarth, Andy Clarke and Ian Thomasson. (front row) David Mort, Chris Kershaw © and Shaun Mulvaney. Not in the picture but also in the squad Sean Roddy, Ian Grozdanovic-Whittle and Gilson Rogers.

To find out more about our walking football sessions, please call our football department on 01204 488106 or click here

 

Professional Tennis returns to USN Bolton Arena

As part of the ITF World Tennis Tour some players with a world ranking inside the top 200 will be converging on the Arena for this men’s & women’s $25,000 event. The ITF World Tennis Tour is the first stage of the professional tennis ladder, with the all of the current world’s top 10 having sharpened their skills at this level.

Bolton last staged an event at this level in 2004, a men’s event which saw a 17 year old Andy Murray in action. Marcos Bagdhatis won the title, an was then ranked 8 in the world just 2 years later, having reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-final of Wimbledon in 2016.

Tournament Director, Richard Joyner, commented ‘This really is a great opportunity to come to watch some professional tennis free of charge. A number of players competing at this level progress to the higher echelons of the game, as reflected by Marcos Baghdatis reaching a grand slam final, and the world’s top 10 within 2 years of capturing the 2004 Bolton title. The women’s event could attract some players already inside the world’s top 200, and the event promises to produce a great spectacle of men’s and women’s tennis’.

The qualifying event is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting Tuesday 2 April playing through to the doubles final’s on Saturday 6 April, and singles finals on Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start from 10.00am each day with the order of play confirmed on a daily basis.

Please follow the links below for further information:

Men: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045231

Women: https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100045250

The player entry list will appear on the links above after the entry deadline on Thursday 14 March.

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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