Last Updated on June 12, 2023
The Nottingham Open, also known for sponsorship reasons as the Rothesay Open, is a women’s WTA 250 tennis tournament. This event will be hosted on the grass courts at Nottingham Tennis Centre in Nottingham, United Kingdom.
The Nottingham Tennis Centre is one of the biggest indoor tennis hubs in the country, boasting 40 courts. These include 11 indoor courts, 13 grass courts, and 16 outdoor hard courts.
In 2023, the Nottingham Open will celebrate its 15th edition. The tournament is scheduled to run from the 12th to the 18th of June.
WTA Nottingham Open Prize Money
The prize money purse at the WTA Rothesay Open has increased for the 2023 tennis season. The total prize money came to – $259,303, up 8.8% from 2022. The champion in Nottingham will receive just over 13% of that total – $34,228 if she wins the trophy. The runner-up will receive a small payout, pocketing $20,226 for her efforts. There is a significant drop off in prize money after the semi-final stage, with the two losing players in that round taking home $11,276 each. Those eliminated in the quarter-finals will receive $6,418 for their efforts. First-round losers will walk away with $2,804.
The below tables give you a full breakdown of prize money for the WTA 250 event in Nottingham this year.
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Nottingham Open Prize Money History
In the table below we have collected data on how prize money in this tournament has changed in recent years.
WTA Rothesay Open Entry List Will Be Headed by Maria Sakkari
The event will feature the participation of notable figures of British tennis such as Katie Boulter, Katie Swan, and Jodie Burrage.
In singles, the trophy will be contested by 32 athletes, while 16 will take part in the doubles event. The top seeds are the Greek Maria Sakkari and the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The last event in 2022 was won by Beatriz Haddad Maia, beating Alison Riske in the final. A Brazilian tennis player, Beatriz Haddad Maia, will defend her title this year.
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WTA Nottingham Open History
The WTA Nottingham Open, also known as the Rothesay Open, began back in 1971, but was cancelled after just two years. For a long time, Nottingham was a venue for men’s tennis tournaments, hosting ATP International competitions from 1995 to 2008.
The city saw a return of both men and women’s tournaments in 2015 and 2016, each with an ATP 250 and WTA 250 category. This was a result of an expanded calendar during the grass season. However, while the women’s tournament remains at the WTA level, the men’s tournament was relegated to the ATP Challenger series in 2017.
All matches for the WTA Nottingham are played on the grass courts of the Nottingham Tennis Centre. Despite other venues worldwide hosting grass-court tournaments, Great Britain remains the primary location for these tournaments. These include the women’s WTA 250 in Birmingham, WTA 500 in Eastbourne, the men’s ATP 500 in London, and ATP 250 in Eastbourne. The most significant tournament for both tours on the grass surface is Wimbledon, located in the outskirts of London.
Originally, the Nottingham Open was established in 1887 as the Nottingham Championships. It underwent multiple name changes due to different sponsorships, including John Player Nottingham Tennis Tournament, John Player Open, Samsung Open, Aegon Open Nottingham, and Nature Valley Open, among others. The tournament was originally created to replace the Manchester Open and was part of the prestigious Grand Prix Super Series from 1974 to 1975. It was discontinued after the 2008 season when the International Women’s Open at Eastbourne became a combined event for both male and female players.
When the Nottingham Open was removed from the ATP Tour, the Nottingham City Council expressed their extreme disappointment, acknowledging the tournament’s role in stimulating local interest in tennis. However, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) stated that the changes would bring tennis to a “new audience”. In response, the city started hosting the Aegon Nottingham Trophy, an ATP Challenger Series event, starting in 2009.
The Nottingham Tennis Centre, which hosted the Open, underwent refurbishments costing £735,000 in 2008. In 2015, Birmingham based company Eventmasters LTD was appointed by the LTA to promote official hospitality at both the WTA and ATP Open events, transforming part of the indoor court area into the Sherwood Suite.
WTA Nottingham Open Ranking Points
The below tables give you a full breakdown of ranking points across the WTA 250 event in Nottingham.