British Tour is heading to Norfolk

The Aegon British Tour comes to Norwich next month as Easton College Tennis Centre plays host to some of Britain's aspiring professional players for the first time.

The Aegon British Tour comes to Norwich next month as Easton College Tennis Centre plays host to some of Britain's aspiring professional players for the first time.

The tour traditionally provides quality competition for up and coming players with a view to progressing them towards world ranking events.

This year the tour has been restructured with greater prize money and an increased number of tournaments in order to attract a higher standard of entry, with established professionals also able to use the tournaments as an income boost to support their playing careers.

There is limited Norfolk interest, with members of the men's county team unable to compete due to work and university commitments. However two members of the women's team will be pitting their wits against strong opposition. Olivia Nicholls and Amy Partridge, both key figures in the promotion-winning Norfolk side from the summer's County Cup, will be looking to progress through the draw at the venue where they train.

Harry Weeds, the Norfolk 16-and-under champion, enters a British Tour event for the first time and he is joined by local player James Armstrong in a men's draw packed with quality.

The two Norfolk men will be forced to qualify for the main draw, which features players such as Matt Pearce from Essex and Attila Balogh of Lancashire who, as a 1.2, is the highest rated player to enter the event.

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Qualifying begins on Monday, October 11, with the main draw set to start on Wednesday.

Play begins at 10am daily and there will be viewing for spectators in the new indoor centre's excellent gallery.

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