A highlight of the Scottish tennis calendar this ATP Challenger tournament in Scotland returns to Scotstoun Leisure Centre newly named as the Murray Trophy – Glasgow. Play starts at 10am and tickets are on sale.
It was back in May the LTA confirmed a new title for the Scotland ATP Challenger tournament, the Murray Trophy – Glasgow, and the waiting is over with the action due to unfold on court over seven days.
This men’s event was won last year (when known as the Glasgow Trophy) was won by Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, who fought back from a set down to beat Italian Luca Vanni 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
The entry list this year includes eight players ranked within the world top 200 including Austria’s Dennis Novak, Frenchman Gregoire Barrere and Tunisian Malek Jaziri.
The Murray Trophy – Glasgow is one of a new and expanded international calendar of tournaments being staged by the LTA in Britain this year, providing a showcase for tennis outside of the traditional summer grass court season and opening up the sport to more fans around the country.
The LTA has worked in partnership with Glasgow Life and Tennis Scotland to deliver the event, and worked closely with Jamie Murray over the course of several months to develop it for 2019. The collaboration has meant Murray’s experience on the pro circuit can be combined with the LTA’s expertise in delivering world class events to ensure the tournament excels in meeting the needs of both the players on court and the fans in the stands.
Jamie Murray was the first player from Britain to rank as No.1 in the world in either singles or doubles in the Open Era. Fans will also get the chance to see Murray in action during the week alongside other British and international players as he will compete in the doubles draw.
This event, along with the LTA $25,000 GB-Pro Series in Glasgow earlier this year, aligns with the LTA’s new long-term Performance Strategy, aiding the development of British players by providing more opportunities for them to compete, earn world ranking points and win prize money in this country.
Ones to watch:
Aidan McHugh – supported by the LTA’s Pro Scholarship programme McHugh has been in good form on the ITF circuit over the summer winning a $15k title in Singapore and reaching the final of two others in June. He has a great chance to impress in his hometown after being given a wild card joining fellow Brits Jay Clarke, Lloyd Glasspool and Evan Hoyt.
Another Brit given a wildcard is 18-year-old Anton Matusevich who continues his comeback after injury after a run to the quarter-finals of the Junior Championships at Wimbledon earlier this year.
Jack Draper is another Brit in the draw aiming to impress. Aged just 17 Draper comes into the tournament in fine form, having won two ITF $25k tournaments within a fortnight over the summer in Chiswick and Roehampton.
Play starts today daily at 10am. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch elite tennis on your doorstep!
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets‘ link.
Tickets on the day are subject to availability. Checking the Tennis Scotland Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
Travel tips: From Scotstounhill Train Station the venue is within a 12-minute walk. Scotstounhill Train Station can be accessed through Glasgow Queen Street Station. For further information, contact the National Rail Enquiry Line on 08457 484950 or via www.nationalrail.com.uk or www.thetrainline.com
The venue can be accessed by following local bus routes: Services 1/A/B/C/D, 2 & 3 – alight at Dumbarton Road. Service 6 – alight at Annieland Road. Service X4 – alight at Westland Drive
There is parking available in the centre car park however parking spaces are limited. A limited number of bicycle spaces are available on site outside the main entrance to the Centre. Please ensure you bring an appropriate security locking device if you wish to use the bike facility and all bicycles are left at the owner’s risk.
By Air. The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport which is 6.5 miles from Scotstoun Leisure Centre. There is also a bus service, the 500 Airport Express which connects to Glasgow City Centre in just 15 minutes.