Tickets are on sale now for a $100,000 women’s tennis tournament in Shropshire that will feature top UK and international stars.
Preparations are continuing at Shrewsbury Club for the return to the city of the ITF World Tennis Tour next month.
The Budgen Motors W100 is the biggest women’s tennis event, outside of the grass season, to be held in England this year.
This is a new tournament – part of the LTA’s performance competition calendar – with the first qualifying round being played on the indoor courts at the Sundorne Road venue on Sunday 30 October.
A packed itinerary, including evening matches, is planned ahead of finals day on Sunday 6 November.
Dave Courteen, Managing Director of the Shrewsbury Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the LTA to host this top-flight tournament.
“Tickets are now available and we expect high demand given the quality of players who will be traveling to Shrewsbury.
“Half the tickets for Finals Day – over 200 – have been sold out, so there’s been a really good response already.”
He added: “The tournament should feature players ranked in the top 100 in the world, players who automatically make the main draw at Grand Slam tournaments.
“So many of the players who have competed at Shrewsbury in previous events, both men’s and women’s, are now playing regularly at Grand Slam level.
“Jack Draper, who recently reached the third round of the US Open and is now ranked in the top 50 in the world, won a tournament we hosted in 2019.
“Harriet Dart was another British player to impress at the US Open last month when she beat top 10 player Daria Kasatkina.
“Like Jack, Harriet is another former Shrewsbury champion having won a doubles title here in 2017.
“We are really delighted to hear that Harriet, now second in the UK rankings and also in the world top 100, has confirmed that she will be part of a strong UK challenge at Shrewsbury Club next month.
“Many talented international players, both rising stars and more established players, are also ready to play at Shrewsbury.
“This tournament, a tennis festival, is a truly exciting opportunity for local tennis fans to experience world-class tennis so close to home.”
Ticket prices, which include a tournament programme, start from £7.50.
Final day tickets to enjoy both the singles and doubles finals are priced at £17.50.
The day before, for the semi-finals on Saturday November 5, there will be a Family Day, with free entry for children under 16 accompanied by an adult, which will offer many off-field activities for juniors.
A tournament pass to watch all of the week’s matches from the pitchside stands is available for £49, with a number of special hospitality events also being held at the Shrewsbury Club.