Shropshire nominations invited for LTA Awards



Shropshire nominations invited for LTA Awards

Nominations are now being invited to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals, clubs and venues in Shropshire, as part of the annual Lawn Tennis Association Awards.

Held in collaboration with the LTA, Tennis Shropshire is seeking nominations to highlight the county’s unsung tennis heroes. 

Launched in 2015, with the help of Shropshire’s former LTA president Cathie Sabin OBE, the awards recognise the many thousands of inspirational individuals involved in tennis across the country, dedicating their precious time and energy.    

They turn the spotlight on the extraordinary contribution of those who help to open the sport up to new audiences.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate individuals and venues that make a difference in the local community - from the 25,000 volunteers, to the 4,400 coaches and almost 1,000 officials to over 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and over 9,700 LTA approved tournaments across the UK. 

Shropshire nominations are invited across 10 categories - Volunteer award, young person award, coach award, club award (£5,000 grant for winner), community and parks award (£5,000 grant for winner), education award, disability award, official of the year award, competition of the year award and lifetime achievement.

All nominations will go forward to the LTA’s judging panel, where county winners for each of the categories will be selected. 

County winners, to be announced at a Tennis Shropshire presentation dinner in November, will then progress to a regional shortlist, where 70 regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales will be chosen. 

Thirty outstanding individuals and venues will then be shortlisted as national finalists and be invited to the LTA Tennis Awards national ceremony in July 2020, where 10 overall winners will be crowned.  

Sarah Downes, Tennis Shropshire’s LTA Awards co-ordinator, said: “We are very lucky in Shropshire to have so many amazing volunteers, tennis facilities, programmes and coaches. The awards is a great opportunity to formally recognise them and say thank you. 

"Over the years we have had hundreds of nominations from across the county and some of them have gone on to win regional awards, so we really do have a tremendous county to play tennis in.  

"We can’t wait to read the nominations this year, and whilst judging them is always hard, it is one of the best parts of the tennis calendar."

LTA deputy president David Rawlinson added: “The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that work at all levels of our sport, who are vital in growing the game. 

"As the governing body for tennis in Britain, we can’t achieve our vision of opening up our sport without them, so I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to nominate an individual, club or venue that makes a real difference in their local community so we can recognise their achievements and thank them for all that they do.” 

Shropshire nominations close on October 16.  

To nominate or find out more about the LTA Tennis Awards, visit www.lta.org.uk/awards

For further details, please contact Sarah Downes via email at [email protected]  


Professional tennis returns to Shrewsbury this month with $25,000 men's tournament

Professional tennis makes a popular return to Shropshire this month as The Shrewsbury Club hosts the Budgen Motors World Tour M25 Shrewsbury tournament.

Players from across Europe will be heading to the town to take part in a $25,000 men’s event between Monday, September 23 and Saturday, September 28, when the singles final takes place.

It will be the first men’s event staged on the indoor courts at the Sundorne Road venue since February 2018, although The Shrewsbury Club has since twice hosted women’s events, including a $60,000 tournament earlier this year.

Admission will be free for spectators throughout the week to watch rising stars of professional tennis competing in the International Tennis Federation tournament.

The main draw acceptance list has been announced and includes up and coming British player Jack Draper, 17, who reached the boys’ singles final at Wimbledon in 2018, and Evan Hoyt, 24, a quarter-finalist in the mixed doubles, partnering Eden Silva, at this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Both players are currently ranked around 350 in the world as they continue to move in the right direction.

Draper has played at The Shrewsbury Club before, winning a junior tournament in 2013, and lifted two $25,000 Futures titles earlier this summer, shortly after playing in the men’s doubles in the main draw at Wimbledon.

Aidan McHugh, who is mentored by Andy Murray, is among the other Brits on the provisional entry list, which also features experienced Illya Marchenko, from Ukraine, who was ranked as high as 49 in the world in 2016.

Dave Courteen, the managing director of The Shrewsbury Club, said: “It’s always exciting to see the main draw acceptance list for the first time and, while things can change with the schedule of players, there’s some very exciting players among the provisional entries.

"There will always be players appearing here in Shrewsbury that will go on to significantly climb the rankings.

“Two of our former men’s champions in recent years have done that as Frenchman Quentin Halys has been just outside the top 100 while Yannick Maden, another former winner from Germany, broke into the top 100 earlier this year.

“We have not had a British winner in the men's singles event here since Dan Evans in 2013 - and look how well he's done since - while both Marcus Willis and Ed Corrie have since reached the final.”

The Shrewsbury tournaments are always well supported by local tennis fans - with Dave hoping that will be the case once more with free admission from the qualifying rounds through to the final.

"We want this to be a festival of tennis,” he added. “We want it to be a chance for people who have not perhaps had the opportunity to watch professional tennis before to come and have a look. The standard and quality of matches is exceptionally high.

“Court-side stands will be in place from the middle of the week, with viewing available from the club’s balcony which overlooks the courts before that.

“These tournaments are always well attended - we love hosting them - and we are delighted with the support we receive from local people."