Having been denied competitive tennis since last March, the British calendar is creating plenty of events to prepare the contingent of professional home players for the time the tours make their long-awaited return following the final easing of restrictions in relation to Covid-19
Next month sees the Lawn Tennis Association’s British Tour kick off on July 3 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton with Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray leading the eight-man field.
But it looks like the British Tour will have competition from an independent group which includes Jamie Delgado, Andy Murray’s coach, who are staging another four-week event supposedly starting on July 6 with players attempting to qualify for a final ‘Classic’ week.
The event – the SGH Series – is set to take place at the prestigious St George’s Hill Tennis Club in Weybridge featuring 12 men and 12 women with a prize fund of £250,000 mostly, it is understood, being provided by betting companies.
In addition there is the prospect of another event which is apparently being considered for the Gosling Tennis Centre at Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.
Meanwhile the now seemingly crowded British professional calendar of exhibition events will start with Jamie Murray’s ‘Battle of Brits’ event at Roehampton on the 23rd June, with the women’s version, the ‘Women’s Progress Tour’ following on the 13th July.