The ATP has announced today the calendar for the 2015 season. To the delight of the grass court players there will be a extra week between the French Open and Wimbledon. The three week grass period will see the introduction of a new 48 draw tournament in Nottingham. This will be the second time that Nottingham has hosted a ATP event after the Nottingham Open which was played 1995-2008. The allocation of a extra tournament to Nottingham delighted the British LTA with the chief excutive Michael Downey releasing the following statement:-
“Nottingham is a great city with a rich sporting pedigree and I’m delighted that we are bringing this international tournament back to the area which will help to inspire more people to play and follow tennis. The weeks in the lead up to Wimbledon are a vital time for players to find their feet on grass, and the Nottingham Tennis Centre boasts some of the finest grass courts in the country.”
This now means that in 2015 there will be 3 WTA and 2 ATP British events played in the three week lead up to Wimbledon.
Elsewhere Queens and Halle are to be promoted to ATP 500 events. China will keep holding a wide variety of ATP tournament’s which is unsurprising giving the fact a estimated 14 million Chinese people regularly plays tennis. In South America Rio will head up the four week period with it being the first ATP 500 tournament in the region. Finally there will be a introduction of a third tournament in week 17 during the European outdoor clay season. The ATP is taking applications with my money being on either Spain or Romania.
Full calendar can be seen here.